Issues of United Concern
The IUC is a coalition of fire service organizations including the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), and associations representing the Fire Districts, Fire Chiefs, Fire Police, Fire Coordinators, Fire Marshalls and Inspectors, Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue squads, and EMS coordinators.
Expanded Cancer Coverage – Provides a rebuttable presumption that several types of cancer are covered under VFBL and VAWBL.
Fair Play Ambulance Cost Recovery for Fire Departments – Allows all fire departments and fire districts to bill for ambulance services to even the playing field with all other ambulance providers across the state.
Illegal Building Conversions – The IUC supports the continuation of discussions and cooperation with the New York Department of State and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention Control to address the issue of illegal building conversions which endanger residents of the illegally converted buildings and fire firefighters. The IUC further supports any regulatory or legislative initiatives that result from these discussions.
VFBL/VAWBL Increase – Provides for an increase in VFBL/VAWBL temporary total disability benefit levels from $400 to $650 per week for those volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers injured after July 1, 2017.
Fire Apparatus Lemon Law – Provides that Fire, and E.M.S vehicles and apparatus be included under the New York State Lemon Law.
Upholstered Furniture Fire Safety Standards – Enhances fire safety standards for upholstered furniture by methods that do not require the use of cancer causing fire retardants.
Additional bills supported by FASNY
Requires Prompt Payment of VFBL Death Benefit – This proposal establishes the payment of certain volunteer firefighter and volunteer ambulance worker death benefits shall be within ninety days of the filing of application to receive such death benefit.