Announcements/ Classifieds


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 , 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

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:

Breakfast Meeting Capital Area Association of Fire Districts

January 1st, 2020

All fire district officers including chiefs are invited to attend. West Crescent Fire Station 9am

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

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:

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:
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: 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.

2020 Officers of The Capital Area Assoc. of Fire Districts

October 25th, 2019

The Following are the elected officers for 2020:
President:        John Meehan, Commissioner West Crescent/Saratoga
1st VP:              Tom Rinaldi, Commissioner Stillwater/Saratoga
2nd VP:             Jill Wiseman, Commissioner West Glenville/Schenectady
Directors:        Les Bonesteel Commissioner Burnt Hills/Saratoga, Tom Wood Commissioner Northumberland/Saratoga, Joyce Petkus Treasurer Greenfield/Saratoga, Ed Woehrle Commissioner Niskayuna #1/Schenectady and Mike Podolec Commissioner West Glenville/Schenectady

End of Session – Updated Legislative Scorecard!!

January 23rd, 2019

Click on to open the latest Legislative Scorecard with this session’s legislation related to the Fire Service:

End Of Session Scorecard

2019 End of Session

It’s all over with until next year!!  See what we accomplished this year!

The Latest Cancer Benefit Program FAQs as of January 13th, 2019

January 10th, 2019

Here are the most recent Cancer Benefit Program Frequently Asked Questions:
NYS FF FAQs. 1.13 2019(2)

Business Partner Applications for 2019

January 10th, 2019

Download a business application for the Capital Area Association for 2019 Here:

Business Partner Membership Application

Final Cancer Benefit Regulations from OFPC, Forms from OFPC

January 6th, 2019
Cancer Benefit Program Final Regulations from OFPC
101718 OFPC FINAL REG 2018 NY REG TEXT 495278

EOSB 210.4 Form to be filed with the Cancer Insurance Benefit Provider only when filing a claim- 
Keep a copy for your files

The annual filing form to OFPC from the AHJ to attest under oath that you have provided the Cancer Benefit