Legislative Agenda – Issues of United Concern Covered at the Legislative Breakfast
The Capital Area Association would like to thank the following legislators for their support for our legislative agenda and for attending the Virtual Breakfast on Saturday Morning March 20th.
We also want to thank your patience as we dealt with the media glitches that crop up when trying something new and innovative.
Thank you to; Senators; Jordan, Breslin, Hinchey and Tedisco and to Members of Assembly; Tague, Ashby, McDonald, Fahy, Santabarbara, Walsh, Woener and Simpson.
OPEN THE LINK AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS: https://pheedloop.com/legislativebreakfast2021/login/auth/?redirect=/legislativebreakfast2021/virtual/
We Often Get The Question – What Is A Fire Commissioner Responsible For???
The Powers and Duties of a Fire District Commissioner:
Powers and duties of a Fire Commissioner Open this link, it will amaze you!!!!
Capital Area Secretary-Treasurer Position Open
Due to family commitments the Capital Area Association’s current secretary-treasurer is unable to continue in the position, therefore the Association is actively looking for a person who would we willing to perform these duties for the Association membership. Basic duties include correspondence, member dues notices, correspondence with business partners, financial duties and support of the Association’s mission of information, education and legislation. The position receives a modest stipend.
Apply by letter to President Rinaldi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Legislative Scorecard – Get Involved or Else!!
See the latest scorecard HERE: Scorecard April 16 2021
This is the most up to date Scorecard, there are some things you are going to like and some that are not good for the fire service – get involved.
This is an easy grass roots effort to make your voice heard…..
This is the link to the NYS Senate bill search, once you land on this page the bills will be listed in numerical order, when you click on the bill the full text of the individual bill will be displayed, on the right side of the page a box will appear that will ask if you support this bill, and you can vote aye or nay. Using the scorecard, you can see whether or not the Association of Fire Districts supports the bill and you can get a good idea from reading the narrative on the scorecard.
Link to the Senate Bill Search vote:
The Next Capital Area Meeting will be Hybrid – In Person and Virtual
The next Capital Area meeting will be held at the Clifton Park Station on Thursday May 13th. Food will be supplied. We are going to hold this hybrid meeting in person and virtually for those members who live in the far reaches of our coverage area. The Capital Area represents fire districts in Montgomery County, Fulton County, Warren County, Washington County, Rensselaer County, Schenectady County and Saratoga County. You will be provided with a Zoom Meeting link as we lead up to the meeting date. Please watch for it!! We would certainly like to see you in person, but this will be a close second.
We are dealing with some concerning issues and we need as many districts involved as possible.
Do You Have Six or More Paid Firefighters? What you need to know!
Requirements for Chiefs of Departments where that department employs six (6) or more paid fire fighters
(Does not distinguish full or part time paid, and includes both paid and volunteer chiefs)
Purpose: Minimum qualifications for fire chiefs subject to Civil Service Law, section 58-a and General Municipal Law, section 204-dd.
Text of proposed rule: 19 NYCRR Part 426.9(h) is amended to read as follows:
(h) For Supervisory Level V (chief of department level responsibilities) [under development.] a person shall:
- possess Fire Officer 3 certification, pursuant to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 2014 Edition, or possess the training, education, experience, or combination thereof, determined by the State Fire Administrator to meet the requirements of Civil Service Law section 58-a; and
- meet the minimum qualifications established by the local civil service agency having jurisdiction; and
- meet the core competencies for incident commander established by the State Fire Administrator, pursuant to General Municipal Law section 204-dd and 9 NYCRR Part 227. A new Part 227 is added to title 9 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations to read as follows: Qualifications of a Fire Chief. 227.1 Authority, intent and purpose. (a) Statutory authority: General Municipal Law Section 204-dd; (b) The intent and purpose of this part is to establish minimum qualifications for a fire chief in any fire department or fire company that employs six (6) or more paid fire fighters in the State of New York. 227.2 Definitions. (a) The term “fire chief” mean the person who is head of the department or any title or rank that includes the duties of fire chief in any fire department or fire company with six (6) or more paid fire fighters. (b) The term “fire fighter” means a member of a fire department whose duties include fire service as the phrase fire service is defined in paragraph d of subdivision eleven of section three hundred two of the retirement and social security law.
227.3 Qualifications of a fire chief
(a) To eligible for appointment or election as a fire chief he or she must meet the core competencies for incident commander established by the State Fire Administrator.
(b) The Office of Fire Prevention and Control shall post and keep current the core competencies for incident commander on its official website.
Text of proposed rule and any required statements and analyses may be obtained from: Kenneth Bruno, Deputy Counsel, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, 1220 Washington Avenue, Building 7A, Albany, New York 12242, (518) 242-5000, email: Kenneth.Bruno@dhses.ny.gov Data, views or arguments may be submitted to: Same as above. Public comment will be received until: 60 days after publication of this notice.
According to the Best Practices, Incident Commander core competency qualifications can be met by taking the following:
NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control
- Fire Officer I (2009) (Competencies 1 – 20 and 22) and ICS-200 (Competency 21)
Virtual Legislative Breakfast 9am Saturday March 20th
Register for the Virtual Legislative Breakfast
9:00 A.M. Saturday March 20th at a Computer near you!
⇓ REGISTER HERE ⇓
We will be joined by local Members of Assembly, Senators, our Fire Service Alliance Lobbyists plus the Officers and Directors of the Capital Area Association.
Our main focus will be to review and discuss the Fire Service Alliance Issues of United Concern
EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT SARATOGA SPRINGS FIREFIGHTER
Firefighter Exam announcement for the City of Saratoga Springs, NY
Communicable Disease Plan Components to comply with NYS-DOL Section 27-c Requirements
Open this document and use as a guidance document for your Communicable Disease response and continuity of operations plan as required of all public employers by the recent addition of Section 27-c of Labor Law.
LINK TO DOL SECTION 27-C CHAPTER AMENDMENTS http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/navigate.cgi?NVDTO:
The LGS-1 Replaces the Current Records Management Schedule
State Secretary/Treasurer Joyce Petkus has provided us with the new LGS-1 records management schedule with section headings particularly for Fire Districts. Also is a model resolution to be adopted by the Board prior to using the new schedule. This should be a great help to the records retention managers for each fire district.
Organized by Section Headings
Fire Districts had until January 1 2021 to adopt the new schedule by resolution of the Board, don’t use the new schedule until it is officially adopted.
NYSVFB Cancer Coverage Offered to Exterior Firefighters
The definition of Eligible Volunteer Firefighter has been amended to:
- a volunteer interior firefighter who:
- has five or more years of faithful and actual service in the protection of life and property from fire subsequent to having successfully passed a physical examination which failed to reveal any evidence of Cancer; and
- has submitted or is able to submit proof of five years of interior firefighting service by providing verification that he/she has passed at least five yearly certified mask fitting tests as set forth in 29 CFR 1910.134 or the applicable National Fire Protection Association Standards for Mask Fit testing or, for firefighters who entered fire service prior to January first, two thousand twenty documentation identified by the office of fire prevention and control in rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to subdivision seven of this section which shall include, but not be limited to, 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 afore mentioned requirements
NEW: Exterior Firefighter Definition
- a volunteer exterior firefighter who has five or more years of faithful and actual service in the protection of life and property from fire subsequent to having successfully passed a physical examination which failed to reveal any evidence of Cancer.
This definition does not include any firefighter who is provided paid firefighter benefits under the New York State Volunteer Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Act.
The Coverages are here, copy and Paste into your browser:
Open Meeting Law Suspension Extended Until February 26th
OPEN MEETING LAW SUSPENSION EXTENDED TO February 26, 2021 FROM AFDSNY ATTORNEY JOE FRANK
As you commence the process of holding your Annual Organization Meeting and Meetings for January, this will advise that the Governor has confirmed the extension of the authority to hold remote meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the following:
OPEN MEETING LAW SUSPENSION EXTENDED TO February 26th, 2021
Executive Order No. 202.87 dated December 30, 2020 has extended the suspension of Open Meeting Law rules to permit remote methods of conducting meetings for local government boards until January 29, 2021. Governor Cuomo noted the following in this Executive Order:
IN ADDITION, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to temporarily suspend or modify any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or parts thereof, of any agency during a State disaster emergency, if compliance with such statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation would prevent, hinder, or delay action necessary to cope with the disaster emergency or if necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster, or to provide any directive necessary to respond to the disaster, do hereby continue the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives not superseded by a subsequent directive, contained in Executive Orders 202 up to and including 202.21, and 202.27, 202.28, 202.29, 202.30, 202.31, 202.38, 202.39, 202.40, 202.41, 202.42, 202.43, 202.48, 202.49, 202.50, 202.51, 202.52, 202.55, 202.55.1, 202.56, 202.60, 202.61, 202.62, 202.63, 202.67, 202.68, 202.72, as continued and contained in Executive Order 202.79 for another thirty days through January 29, 2021
Please keep in mind that this series of Executive Orders do not require a Board of Fire Commissioners to conduct a board meeting remotely.
It permits the Board to conduct a remote meeting or a live meeting with proper precautions (health screening, facemasks, social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, etc.). Boards can also conduct a combination live and remote meeting where some participants are present at the meeting room and others are remote. If any aspect of the meeting will be remote in order to permit a member(s) of the Board of Fire Commissioners to participate remotely and be part of the meeting quorum, the information on how to gain remote access must be placed in the meeting legal notice, the meeting must be audio recorded and a transcript of the audio recording must be created and maintained.
In light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis and rising infection rates throughout the state it is anticipated that the Governor will continue to extend this remote meeting authority for several more months.