DECON Yourself At the Scene of a Fire

June 20th, 2017

Properly Deconing Yourself at the Scene of a Fire


  1. Remove Wipes from packet and fully open to take advantage of the whole wipe. If both sides of the wipe become soiled during the process, use additional wipes as needed
  2. Start with your eyelids and external corners around your eyes. Action Wipes contain no alcohol or harmful chemicals to further irritate or harm your skin
  3. Clean your hands, lips and surrounding skin BEFORE hydrating. If you are thirsty and cannot wait to hydrate, be sure to clean your hands off before grabbing a beverage
  4. Your nose has a lot of blood vessels close to the skin that easily absorb contaminants. Clean inside and around the folds of your nose
  5. Be sure to get inside and around the back of your ears
  6. Get all around your neck and make sure you get all sides as well as under your shirt collar
  7. Wipe down your hair
  8. Use a clean side of the wipe to thoroughly clean your arms. Be sure to mop up the soot and debris and not just spread it around
  9. Clean your hands and be sure to get in-between your fingers and underneath any rings or bracelets
  10. Get as much of the debris out of your fingernails
  11. Underarms and groin are dense with hair follicles and very important to clean, since they can capture and hold debris
  12. Be sure to wipe down below your belt and into your groin to remove as much debris and contaminants as possible.
  13. Don’t forget to blow your nose and TAKE A SHOWER at your earliest opportunity


Do not forget, these can also be used to DECON Equipment before it is washed or that cannot be washed  {ie. helmet, ear-flaps, SCBA, Portable Radio etc.}

Considering a Municipal Lease Agreement – Read This First

June 10th, 2017

A municipal lease can be much more complicated than you might imagine, read this before you decide to make a move.


The Final Scorecard for 2017 – Now we Wait for the Governor’s Pen

June 8th, 2017

The legislative season is over for this year, it all came down to the last few days.  Here is where we stand –2017 Bills May Scorecard 21June2017

Fire Service Legislative Day a Resounding Success

May 19th, 2017

Fire Service Legislative Day was a full day at the Capital and LOB

The day began with registration and saying hello to fire service friends from across the state, from all of the fire service and codes organizations and both career and volunteer.  Registration commenced at 8:30.  The State Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli spent much time with us discussing various issues including their latest fire service report;  and legislation requiring additional transparency for those who contract with Districts, Villages and Cities for fire protection.


There were a number of legislators that came in to speak with us about the legislative agenda; Senator Griffo  the passionate Senate sponsor of the cancer bill, Senator Marchione who became very emotional when speaking about her brother who was a local firefighter who died from lung cancer.  She is the leader of the Local Government Committee and helped push the Senate cancer bill to a vote.  Assemblywoman Gunther stopped by, she is the Assembly sponsor of the cancer bill.  MOA Brindisi stopped by to speak about not only the cancer bill but other bills he is supporting which benefit the fire service.  Senators Carlucci and Brooks also stopped by to speak on the cancer bill, the EMS billing bill and several others.  State Fire Administrator Skip Nerney briefed the group on some of OFPCs activities.  Legislative updates were provided by both Paul Zuber, lobbyist for FASNY and Todd Vandervoort lobbyist for both Chief’s and Districts.  Jerry Deluca Executive Director for Chiefs was master of ceremonies. At 10am there was a news conference with the Presidents of the major fire service organizations speaking to the press and taking questions.  The morning’s activities ended around noon with group appointments beginning around 1pm.


The attendees were divided up by regions which were closely aligned with our regions.  Members from those regions were given a schedule to follow to meet with both Assembly and Senators from the various regions.  All of the appointments had been arraigned by Lauren Quirk from Todd Vandervoort’s office.  There was a group leader assigned who carried a packet to leave with the elected officials visited which included the Issues of United Concern and talking points on each of the bills currently being considered.  I had the opportunity to meet with a staffer from my Assembly woman’s office who had recently become a volunteer locally, it made for a productive discussion.  We also had the opportunity to meet with Jeff, Senator Marchione’s main staffer, to thank her and the Senate for passing several of the bills on our agenda.


Later in the day several of us met with Senate Majority Leader Flanagan in his office and with Andrea Stewart-Cousins the Democratic Conference Leader in her office.  We outlined the bills that needed their support and thanked them for their support to date.  Those who remained left the Capital after 5pm.


Representing Districts were: Fred Senti, John Wicka, Ken Preston, Joe Frank, Joel Bearman and Cathy DeLuca assisted with registration. While we certainly always have a percentage of those who do nothing but blow smoke up our butts, I think the impact was positive and as we continue having these events where they see 80 to 100 firefighters they are beginning to know us and recognize us.

lobby day 2017

Newly Elected Officers for the State Association for 2017

May 6th, 2017

The newly elected Officers of the State Association as of the Annual Meeting are:

President Tom Rinaldi, Stillwater Fire District – Saratoga County

1st Vice President Fred Senti, Lakeview Fire District – Nassau County

2nd Vice President Ken Preston, North Greece Fire District – Monroe County

Immediate Past President, Anthony Gallino, Rocky Point Fire District – Suffolk County

Secretary Treasurer, Joe DeStefano, Medford Fire District – Suffolk County

Cover Photo of Diary Circus Fire in Scotia – Rebuilding

April 3rd, 2017

A Scotia ice cream stand and restaurant that became an institution is planning to rebuild after a devastating fire nearly a year ago left its future uncertain.

Robb and Doreen Clemons have submitted plans to the village to rebuild the Dairy Circus on Sacandaga Road (state Route 147), which was destroyed by fire on April 18, 2016. The village Planning Board is due to review the plans on March 6.

“They are planning to rebuild something very similar, with the same business plan,” said Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg, a friend of the owners.

Congratulations to the owners for their conviction to rebuild their business, the Capital Area Association had sampled their food for several events.

Comptroller Publishes Updated Report on the Fire Service in New York

April 3rd, 2017

Read the new report on the fire service in New York State here:


Comptroller Proposes More Transparency for Fire Protection Districts

April 3rd, 2017

From the Office of the New York State Comptroller
Thomas P. DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today proposed changes to the process for local communities that contract out their fire protection services to incorporated volunteer fire companies. DiNapoli’s legislation would require any incorporated fire company to submit an itemized statement of the estimated costs of providing fire services prior to contract negotiations with any town, village or fire district.

“Many communities rely on the efforts of volunteer fire fighters to protect residents and their property,” DiNapoli said “My legislative proposal would help ensure that the public is aware of the costs of providing fire services before contracts are signed and creates a more standardized process across New York that implements best practices.”

DiNapoli’s legislation is supported by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York and the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

His office also released a report to help New Yorkers learn about the different ways that communities offer fire protection services to residents. New York’s system for providing fire protection is complex. It can lead to lack of civic understanding, limited participation in budget hearings and special elections, and not enough oversight of financial operations.

The report notes:

  • As of December 2015, there were 886 fire districts in the state.
    · All 62 cities and many of the state’s villages have municipal fire departments.
    · There are over 90,000 volunteer and about 18,000 paid career firefighters throughout the state.
    · Ninety-four percent of fire district revenues come from property taxes.
    · Because fire companies are private entities, they are not subject to many of the laws that apply to municipalities and fire districts.

Between 2011 and 2015, the Comptroller’s office audited 194 fire districts and 113 fire companies. DiNapoli’s office trained approximately 1,200 fire officials across the state in the last three years on financial matters.
Attached is the Legislative Memo related to the new legislation:


Attached is actual proposed text of the legislation:



Regional Director Election Results

March 13th, 2017

The State Association gathered on March 10th for their Board Meeting at the Saratoga Casino Hotel and to count the ballots for regional director for region 1.  A number of people oversaw the election including Counsel Joe Frank.  The results of the balloting was between three candidates and the count from highest to lowest was Norm Petricca, Joyce Petkus, and John Erickson.  Norm and Joyce will be sworn in at the Annual Meeting being held at the Desmond from April 20th to the 22nd.

We wish the best for departing Director John Erickson and we thank him for his service to the State Association.

So You Want to Form a Fire District? – Guidance Document

January 9th, 2017

Forming a Joint Fire District, or New Fire District


2017 Issues of United Concern Finalized

December 18th, 2016

All of the States major fire service organizations met on December 3rd in Colonie to determine the 2017 Issues of United Concern, a priority list of the top legislative agenda items to be supported by the fire service.




  1. Expanded Cancer Coverage – Provides a rebuttable presumption that several types of cancer are covered under VFBL and VAWBL.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Fire Apparatus Lemon Law – Provides that Fire, and E.M.S vehicles and apparatus be included under the New York State Lemon Law.


  1. 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.


Budget Initiative

  1. Additional Funding for Firefighter 1 Training – The IUC supports inclusion of additional funding in the 2017/2018 New York State Budget to support the Office of Fire Prevention Control’s ability to provide more blended Firefighter 1 training using modern technologies as this funding will further enhance the ability of municipalities to recruit volunteer firefighters.


Fire District Surplus Property Limits Go Up!

November 18th, 2016

The Governor signed bill S 5858-B on 11/14/16, which relates to the sale of surplus real or personal property.  The fire district may now sell or otherwise dispose of real and personal property of the district no longer necessary for any of its use or purposes if valued at less than $100,000 but not below $20,000 by resolution which will be subject to a permissive referendum.  If the value of the real or personal property is less than $20,000 a proposition is not needed, simply a resolution of the Board to declare the property surplus.  Over $100,000 a resolution by the Board and a voter referendum is required.  The amounts in Section 176, subdivision 23 of Town law were previously $50,000 and $10,000.