Looking for Members to Return
- The Capital Area can appreciate that it has been a very distracting year and we would like to remind some of our usual members that their dues have not been sent in yet; East Glenville #3, Elsmere, Glenville #5, Halfmoon FD #1, Hoosic Falls Joint Fire Dist., Perth, & Rotterdam #6. We would like to see you join for 2020.
State Fire Training to Resume
- Bill Davis Deputy State Fire Administrator announced on behalf of State Fire Administrator Nerney, “I’m pleased to announce that we are ready to begin regional training on a limited basis. Counties will be contacted by OFPC staff in the coming days to begin the planning process. The policies and procedures that we have all become familiar with will need to be in place for county level training to be conducted. Our initial focus will be to complete those courses that were postponed due to NY PAUSE. Class size along with other engineering controls will dictate the rate of completion as some classes my need to be split as a result of distancing requirements. As a result, course offerings for the remainder 2020 may be limited and may not reflect what had been previously planned for each county. As always our office will continue an open dialogue and work with each county to the greatest extent possible to meet their 2020 training needs.”
The CoVid LOSAP Amendment has been Signed Into Law
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends General Municipal Law § 217 relation to Length of Service Award Programs ("LOSAP's") in order to address the impact of the COVID 19 crisis on the ability of volunteer firefighter participants to achieve performance points under the program point system in light of changes to emergency response protocols and the cancellation of activ- ities for which points can be earned. Adds a new subparagraph (q) to address developments in how volunteer fire departments respond to emergencies in order to limit certain responses for reasons of safety and efficiency. Makes subsequent amend- ments to GML 219-e and 219-m, to allow volunteer ambulance workers to achieve performance points under the program.
Coffee With the Commissioners
Next opportunity will be on Saturday July 18th at 9am Join Director Dave Denniston, Attorney Joe Frank and Past President Tom Rinaldi What would you like to talk about, questions welcome.
Web Based Commissioner Training for 2020
Mandatory commissioner training for 2020 has been canceled at all on-site locations but will be available via Webinar by the State Association. Watch the State Website for dates and times. Four Attorneys teach this 6 hour course covering the subjects as required by the State Comptroller’s Office and with the web based format, you will be able to ask questions. This will be a certificate course for all attendees. If you registered for an on-site course you will be eligible for a refund if you take the Web Based Course.
The State Association will be offering a web-based Commissioner’s training course to fulfill the legal requirements of OFC. Each class will have two (2) parts, a part A and a part B, and two options when to take each part, you choose as long as you complete a Part A and a Part B, you will be issued your certificate.
- Option 1 Part A Wednesday June 17th from 6:30PM to 9:30PM with Attorneys Joe Frank and Frank Simeone
- Option 2 Part A Saturday June 20th from 8:30AM to 11:30AM with Attorneys Bill Glass and Joe Frank
- Option 1 Part B Thursday June 18th from 6:30PM to 9:30PM with Attorneys Greg Serio and Ray DiRaddo
- Option 2 Part B Saturday June 27th from 8:30AM to 11:30AM with Attorneys Ray DiRaddo and Peter Weishaar
NOTE: YOU MUST ATTEND AND COMPLETE PART A & PART B TO OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE
TO REGISTER GO TO THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE:
Fire Service Legislation Included in Budget Bill
Items of interest to the Fire Service in the Budget Bill signed by the Governor
- The Heart and Lung provisions of the VFBL will be extended until 2025.
- Amendment to the Vehicle and Traffic Law to allow amber and blue lights on safety service patrol vehicles when engaged in hazardous operations in conjunction with amber lights.
- Amendments to the 205cc Cancer Disability Benefits: removing the language re: physical examination upon entering and replacing it with simply subsequent to having passed a physical exam with failed to reveal evidence of cancer, plus in place of the 5 fit tests a firefighter can present training or certification records, health care provider records, internal fire department records or any combination of official documents capable of evidencing that the firefighter meets the requirements of this section.
- For services and expenses related to suicide prevention efforts for veterans, first responders, law enforcement and corrections officers; 1,000,000.
LOSAP Amendment Makes Adjustments for CoVid19
LOSAP Amendment GML §217 & Makes subsequent amendments to GML 219-e and 219-m, to allow volunteer ambulance workers to achieve performance points under the program.
(p) For purposes of determining total points earned for a calendar year in which a state disaster emergency, as defined in section twenty of the executive law, has been declared pursuant to executive order number two hundred two of two thousand twenty, as amended, to address the outbreak of novel coronavirus, COV/D-19, an active volunteer firefighter service award program may provide for the crediting of up to five additional points per month, prorated for periods of less than one month, to each ·active volunteer firefighter for each month that special emergency response rules were in place restricting firefighter responses to emergency responses and/or restricting the holding of activities for which points could be earned due to guidelines related to the state disaster emergency. A political subdivision electing to provide the additional points authorized under this subdivision shall adopt a resolution by April thirtieth, two thousand twenty-one determining the number of additional points to be credited per month, provided that any additional points credited pursuant to this subdivision shall be in addition to any other points earned pursuant to this section during the state , disaster emergency.
The Most Recent Legislative Scorecard
The most recent Legislative Scorecard for May 25th.
Open the 2020 May Scorecard with this link: 2020 Scorecard May 25
Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Provision of Face Masks to Employees
Executive Order: Executive Order 202.16, issued on April 12, 2020, provides the following directive:
For all essential businesses or entities (which includes Fire Departments), any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.
Guidance: Essential businesses, as well as state and local government agencies and authorities, must procure, fashion, or otherwise obtain face coverings and provide such coverings to employees who directly interact with the public during the course of their work at no-cost to the employee.
- Businesses are deemed essential by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), pursuant to the authority provided in Executive Order 202.6. Please visit the ESD website for specific information on essential businesses. For the purpose of this guidance, essential businesses shall also provide face coverings to contractors, including independent contractors.
- Face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” website for information on cloth face covers and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as instructions on use and cleaning.
- Direct interaction with the public shall be determined by the employer, but, at a minimum, shall include any employee who is routinely within close contact (i.e. six feet or less) with members of the public, including but not limited to customers or clients.
- Employees are allowed to use their own face coverings, but shall not be mandated to do so by their employer. Further, this guidance shall not prevent employees from wearing more protective coverings (e.g. surgical masks, N-95 respirators, or face shields) if the individual is already in possession of such PPE, or if the employer otherwise requires employees to wear more protective PPE due to the nature of their work (e.g. healthcare).
- Employees are required to wear face coverings when in direct contact with members of the public, except where doing so would inhibit or otherwise impair the employee’s health. Employers are prohibited from requesting or requiring medical or other documentation from an employee who declines to wear a face covering due to a medical or other health condition that prevents such usage.
- Employees who are unable to wear face coverings and are susceptible to COVID-19 based on the “Matilda’s Law” criteria (i.e. individuals who are 70 years of age or older, individuals with compromised immune systems, and individuals with underlying illnesses) should consult with their employer to consider reasonable accommodations, including but not limited to different PPE, alternate work location, or alternate work assignment with fewer interactions with the public. Employers should work with their employees to see if they can be accommodated to ensure the employee can continue to deliver essential services in the safest manner possible.
- If an employer is unable to procure, fashion, or otherwise obtain face coverings for their employees, they may consult with their local office of emergency management to determine if extra supplies exist within the municipality for this purpose and, if so, they may submit a request for face coverings. Please note that quantities are extremely limited and are prioritized for health care workers and first responders. Not being able to source face coverings does not relieve an employer’s obligation to provide such face coverings to their employees.
- Nothing in this guidance shall supercede the respiratory protection equipment requirements set forth by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Interim Guidance for Fire Service Agencies from OFPC
Please see the attached document on Interim Guidance for Fire Service Agencies from OFPC:
COVID19 and HIPPA: Disclosures to First Responders and Public Health Authorities
See guidance from: covid-19-hipaa-and-first-responders-508
Category B Public Assistance Disaster Declaration for NYS
What are Category B items that can be covered by FEMA.