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OFPC Cancer Awareness Video & Decon Information

January 21st, 2020

Creating Retention through Leadership – – Local Training Opportunity

January 19th, 2020

**Creating Retention Through Leadership**
February 8th, 2020, SUNY/SCCC Auditorium, 8a until 12p
This program focuses on the inherit challenges faced by the fire services current battle with retention.
Instructors: Chief Greg Serio, B/C Tim Miter, Chief Joe Dolan, Chief Brian Myers
This seminar is for all member’s of your department to attend at no cost. We encourage Commissioners, Board Members, Chief Officers, EMS Captains and Line Officers especially to attend. As you all know there has been a decline in membership in the volunteer Fire and EMS services. This training will help department leadership with how to be a more effective leaders and provide strategies to help Recruit and Retain members, along with how to enhance your training to meet the current standards (Best Practices).
To sign up for this class please contact Rick Manocchi, Schenectady County Fire Coordinator at Coordinator@SchenectadyFireTraining.com , Note: Rick will only require the names of who will be attending from your agency.

Information on the FF Enhanced Cancer Benefit Program Amendment

January 9th, 2020


THE NEW BAIL REFORM LAWS AND THEIR IMPACT UPON EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL
This information has been developed for the fire service by Association Legal Counsel Joe Frank

Information on the New Bail Reform Laws & the Fire Service

January 9th, 2020

This information has been provided by Counsel to the State Association, Joe Frank:
THE NEW BAIL REFORM LAWS AND THEIR IMPACT UPON EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL

Amendments to the Cancer Benefit Program Signed by the Governor

January 1st, 2020

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends subparagraph (ii) of paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section 205-cc of the general municipal law to clarify that
the an interior firefighter eligible for the program may submit alternative documentation as determined by the office of fire prevention and
control

Section 2 states that this act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 10 years after such date.

New Subsection 8. In the absence of the documentation required in paragraph a of subdivision one of this section, the volunteer firefighter shall be eligible if they submit alternative documentation as determined by the office of fire prevention and control. The office of fire prevention and control shall promulgate rules and regulations as to an acceptable combination of alternative documentation and such documentation shall include, but not be limited to, training records, documentation that the firefighter was an active interior volunteer firefighter as evidenced by National Fire Incident Reports submitted by the volunteer’s fire department, or any other combination of official documents capable of evidencing that the firefighter meets the requirements of this section.

New Criminal Discovery Laws and the Fire Service

January 1st, 2020

Attached is an excellent explanation of new Criminal Discovery Laws implemented by the State Legislature and how it will affect the fire service:
Crim Disc Law

Changes to the LOSAP Defined Contribution Program

November 14th, 2019

Governor Cuomo signed bill A07552 / S4207a into law – Chapter 474 of the laws of 2019 – which increases the maximum allowable Defined Contribution (DC) benefit in New York State from $700 to $1,200. This does not impact those municipalities that sponsor a Defined Benefit (DB) plan – those benefits remain unchanged.
For a municipality that sponsors a DC plan to increase the contribution for its LOSAP, it must approve the increase by resolution of the governing board, then seek voter approval of the increase in a mandatory referendum. The amendment would be effective the January 1st following the date of the referendum.
The earliest a sponsor could make this effective is January 1, 2020; and that’s only if the sponsor were able to hold the referendum on or before December 31, 2019.
Note that a sponsor does not have to go straight to $1,200 but could instead select a smaller amount. In the past, some sponsors implemented a step-up in the contribution over a period of time – say to $950 effective January 1, 2020 and then to $1,200 effective January 1, 2021.
Typically, this type of amendment is administered such that the increased contribution is earned based on service credit accrued after the effective date. In other words, if an increase from $700 to $1,200 was effective January 1, 2020, then service credit earned in 2020 would result in the volunteer being credited with a $1,200 contribution to his/her account in 2021. The 2019 service credit year would remain at the $700 level. This also means that the municipal budget is not increased until 2021 (assuming a calendar year fiscal year). You are encouraged you to check with your attorney if an alternative interpretation can be made, especially for Villages that likely do not have a scheduled election until March 2020.

Interesting White Paper on the use of ISO Ratings on North Monterey County California

November 10th, 2019

This white paper includes some interesting finds on the use of ISO ratings and the impacts or lack thereof on your fire department!!
ISO Ratings by Insurance Companies

Guidance to Form County or Regional Fire District Organization

November 10th, 2019

This resource document has been created to provide information or guidance to groups of fire district officers who may want to assemble a local organization.
Formation of a Regional Associations

Steps to Firefighter Cancer Prevention

November 10th, 2019

Download and post these firefighter cancer prevention steps:
FF Cancer Prevention

Vol FF Enhanced Cancer Benefit End of Year Reporting

November 7th, 2019

Please see the attached letter from the State Fire Administrator regarding upcoming deadlines for the Cancer Benefit Program.
Vol FF Enhanced Cancer Benefit Program 11_6_19
The needed forms are available at this site:
http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/regs/vfcancerdisability.cfm

Its Time to Report – 2019 Vol. Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Benefits Program

October 31st, 2019

The Volunteer Firefighters Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits program requires that fire districts, departments or companies report to OFPC, no later than December 1, 2019 and annually thereafter, on the claims and benefits payments for the reporting year using forms prescribed by the office for fire prevention and control as well as filing the “Annual Roster of Interior Firefighters” report.
Annual reporting filing forms can be found directly at the OFPC website here: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/regs/vfcancerdisability.cfm
Please note that both completed forms must be received by OFPC before December 1, 2019.

The reporting form “Fire District, Department, or Company Annual Claims Report” (EOSB-210.8c) must be completed and submitted regardless if your organization submitted and claims during the year or if members received program benefits in 2019. If your organization had no claims or received no benefits, enter “0” in each “Type of Claims” and “Type of Cancer” boxes. This report requires notarization before submission.

The second required reporting form is the “Annual Roster of Interior Firefighters” (EOSB-210.8r) which must be completed and submitted to OFPC for all Interior Firefighters that were covered by your organization during 2019. Firefighter information can be filed using either the OFPC form fill pdf version document on line or the using the provided Microsoft excel spreadsheet version of the form that are both found at the OFPC web site using the link above.
IMPORTANT: The “Annual Roster of Interior Firefighters” reporting form requires that each firefighter listed have a NYS OFPC Student ID Number. A “Student Data Sheet” will need to be completed to obtain a Student Identification Number for any FF that does not already have an assigned NY ID#. Use form (EOSB-601) to request required NY ID, also found at the OFPC link. The document can be submitted online or printed; scanned and emailed to: ofpc.training@dhses.ny.gov. Please submit ID request forms as early as possible so you don’t miss the Dec. 01, 2019 deadline.
REMINDER: January 1, 2020 is the deadline for filing your organizations 2020 “Volunteer Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Program Attestation / Proof Of Benefits” form (EOSB – 210.5). The form can be completed online and submitted.