New DEC Rules on AFFF Foam Storage and Use

June 30th, 2016

New DEC Rules on AFFF Foam Storage and Use

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued Emergency Rules and has concurrently proposed a Formal Rule Making on the storage and use of AFFF firefighting foam. These actions are being taken to address concerns about the potential environmental and public health impacts of these substances.

DEC adopted an Emergency Rule that modifies the list of hazardous substances in Part 597 to include:

  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) No. 335-67-1),
  • ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt, CAS No. 3825-26-1),
  • perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid, CAS No. 1763-23-1), and
  • perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt, CAS No. 2795-39-3)

The effect of these new rules on fire departments is that the fire service can use AFFF until April 25, 2017, for fighting a fire, but should discontinue the use of any Class B foam for training purposes. OFPC recommends use of training foam, Class A wetting agents, or a mild dish detergent verified not to contain materials listed as hazardous substances for the purpose of conducting Class B foam training. Any Class B foam containing these hazardous substances must not be released to the environment after April 25, 2017, and should be properly disposed of.


In addition – if you use AFFF that contains these hazardous substances to fight a fire and more than one pound of a hazardous substance is released to the environment, then the release must be reported to the DEC’s Spill Hotline at (800) 457-7362. In order to determine if there has been a release of one pound or more, you will need to know the amount of foam concentrate that has been used and the concentration of the hazardous substance in the foam. Manufacturers may provide guidance on their websites on how to make this determination, but if this is not the case you should contact the manufacturer of any AFFF in stock to determine the percentage of these compounds it may contain.


Please click on the following links for additional information:


OFPC’s Guidance to Fire Departments Regarding Foam Concentrates Which May Contain Hazardous Substances


DEC Proposal     Link to the Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule on PFOA substances


State Chiefs and the other fire service organizations will continue monitor this DEC proposal. At the current time there are no funds available to fire departments to replace existing stockpiles of foam or to assist in disposal of old stocks. NYSAFC recommends that any fire department that has stockpiles of this foam not wait until the deadline to replace it.

New Building Code Adopted

March 27th, 2016
  • The Codes Division issued a technical bulletin on Friday March 25th which outlines the adoption of the 2015 ICC Codes and the Energy Code.
  • The official interim rule date will be April 6 with final adoption on October 3rd 2016, which is a 180 day transition period
  • Local governments will be receiving their new code books in early May.  If they have submitted their required annual report they will receive a set of books for each registered code official.  If they have not submitted their annual report, they will receive one set of books.
  • In addition to the books, every municipality will obtain an electronic submission to the codes which will provide computer access to the codes and all of the adopted standards within the code.
  • Each municipality will receive a complimentary one year membership to the ICC and they then can be active voting members.
  • This membership also provides each municipality with access to the technical services of the ICC, for code technical assistance and interpretations.
  • Now the bad news;  long time Codes Division employees, Julie Nemeth-Weisser, Ron Piester and Mark Blanke will all be retiring from the Department of State Codes Division at the end of April.  A tremendous loss.

Ron Piester has taken a position with the ICC in Birmingham Alabama


March 18th, 2016

Stay informed, know your fire service laws, the 2016 Edition is available from FASNY at just $26.00 for members.  Order on line at or call 800-232-7692.  This all-in-one reference guide combines fire- and emergency services-related statutes, rules and regulations. “Fire Service Laws of the State of New York” gathers a diverse and wide-ranging area of law covering penal law, environmental conservation, municipal law, insurance law and much more. This book allows you to find law information in seconds and includes a CD-ROM to further enhance your research capabilities.


Business Partner Information

January 5th, 2016

IRS Mileage Rate Reduced

January 5th, 2016

The IRS mileage rate for official travel has been reduced to .54 cents per mile for 2016,

Embrace The Capital Area Association – Make it Your Association

September 29th, 2015

This is your organization, we understand that you can’t make all of the meetings and we also know that we are operating in a new way, many are getting information through the Capital Bulletin, but we still need to have an administrative structure to govern the Association.  We have grown to 75 member district with only a few districts in the 8 counties we cover that don’t belong.  We are financially strong and have reduced the cost of our workshops.  But, we still have to govern and need your input and participation.  I have been an officer in the Capital Area Association for several years as has President Meehan, we would both welcome anyone who would like to run for an office who is interested in continuing our success.  Please consider attending the November meeting where elections will take place, we don’t want this organization to become limited in scope and control and urge that nominations are open to anyone who wishes to do a good job.  Tom Rinaldi 1st VP.

Common Sense Prevails on the 7 Year Tire Standard – For Now

September 6th, 2015

ENCOURAGING REPORT ON NFPA 1911: STANDARD FOR THE INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, TESTING, AND RETIREMENT OF IN-SERVICE AUTOMOTIVE FIRE APPARATUS. This Standard provides minimum requirements for establishing an inspection, maintenance, and testing program for in-service fire apparatus, including guidelines for fire apparatus refurbishment and retirement. Most notably, or infamously, this standard required that, “tires shall be replaced at least every seven (7) years or more frequently…”

There has been some rethinking on the subject, see the Bulletin thanks to Attorney Bill Glass here:  Bulletin May 2015 Tires


Fire District Legal FAQ’s

March 24th, 2015

Did you know that you can access a number of legal questions on the State Association of Fire Districts web site at  Many of the frequently asked questions sent to our legal counsel, Bill Young are published for your research.  You need to Login as a member fire district, your ID and Password can be requested  at tab Member Center, see tab Create New Account.  Your personal login will be approved within 72 hours.   Once you have your login credentials then click on Counsel Corner & FAQs.  If you have a legal question, start there first.  This is one of the benefits of belonging to the State Organization.

Risk Assessment for Emergency Self Escape Systems

November 7th, 2014

This document is form used to assess structures in your primary area of response where self rescue may be required due to elevation.Risk Assessment Emer Escape Systems final document


To assist you in performing your risk assessment and to fill out the Risk Assessment Form we are supplying the following Guidance Document Self Rescue Risk Assessment Guidance Document draft 1

Sex Offender Background Check Process

January 31st, 2016

AFDCA Polo Shirts

July 7th, 2014

Polo Shirts with the Capital Area logo are available. The first order of 24 shirts has been submitted to our vendor, we will contact those who have ordered shirts when they arrive. Reserve yours today! Cost will be $37.95 or $39.95 for XXL. These are high quality Port Authority Polos which resist wrinkles and wear well.  If you are interested contact Darren Costanzo at Milton Fire District #1/Rock City Falls FD at



July 5th, 2014

The following is a list of locations that host a regular breakfast at least once a month.

• Clifton Park Fire Department sponsors a Breakfast the 1st Sunday of each month until the Mother’s Day breakfast in May. They begin again in September.

• Gansevoort Fire Department sponsors a Country Breakfast the 3rd Sunday of each month except July and August.