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Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Provision of Face Masks to Employees

April 15th, 2020

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

April 4th, 2020

Please see the attached document on Interim Guidance for Fire Service Agencies from OFPC:

DOH_COVID19_FireServiceAgencies_040320

COVID19 and HIPPA: Disclosures to First Responders and Public Health Authorities

April 1st, 2020

Cleaning and Disinfecting 3M Scott Facepieces

March 27th, 2020

See the information provided by Scott:  CleaningandDisinfectingScott

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

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
EOSB210-4

The annual filing form to OFPC from the AHJ to attest under oath that you have provided the Cancer Benefit
EOSB210-5

See the OFPC Final Regulations for the Cancer Benefit Program

October 22nd, 2018

The documents posted here that pertain to the Volunteer FF Cancer Benefit program as mandated by GML 205cc are the OFPC Final Regulations, the Final Rule Report with Answers to Comments, text of the Final Rule Report Answers and the OSHA Physical Exam Questionnaire as referenced in the final documents.

101718 OFPC FINAL REG 2018 NY REG TEXT 495278

101718 OFPC 2018 NY REG TEXT 495278 FINAL RULE REPORT ANSWERS FINAL DEC

101718 OFPC 2018 NY REG TEXT 495278 FINAL RULE REPORT WITH ANSWERS TO COMMENTS

101918 OSHA PHYSICAL EXAM QUESTIONNAIRE

Governor Signs Spending Limitation Exemption

August 28th, 2018
The Legislation contained in Bill A10327A/S8019A to amend Town Law authorizing fire districts to exempt the cost of the Fire Fighter’s Cancer Benefit Program from the fire district’s spending limitation has been signed by the Governor.
Fire districts have a spending limitation that applies to certain categories of their annual budget under Town Law Section 176 (18). Under current law, there are sixteen exemptions to the fire district spending limitation; this bill simply adds the newly adopted volunteer firefighter enhanced cancer disability benefits to the list. Exempting the cancer
coverage insurance expense from the fire district budget spending limitation is critical for fire district finances.
This legislation will have no impact on the real property tax levy cap provided for under General Municipal Law Section 3-c. A fire district will be required to follow the current procedure if it wishes to exceed that cap. The fire district budget spending limitation is merely a mechanism to control spending in some but not all budget categories.
We want to take this opportunity to thank the Bill’s sponsors Assemblywoman Gunther and Senator Griffo for sponsoring this legislation to especially help those fire districts who are at the top of their spending limitation.

Guide to Forming or Becoming a Fire District

April 8th, 2018

Becoming or Consolidating a Fire District 20180210

This is updated edition of an earlier resource document.  Updated on February 10th, 2018.

 

DECON Yourself At the Scene of a Fire

June 20th, 2017

Properly Deconing Yourself at the Scene of a Fire

 

  1. Remove Wipes from packet and fully open to take advantage of the whole wipe. If both sides of the wipe become soiled during the process, use additional wipes as needed
  2. Start with your eyelids and external corners around your eyes. Action Wipes contain no alcohol or harmful chemicals to further irritate or harm your skin
  3. Clean your hands, lips and surrounding skin BEFORE hydrating. If you are thirsty and cannot wait to hydrate, be sure to clean your hands off before grabbing a beverage
  4. Your nose has a lot of blood vessels close to the skin that easily absorb contaminants. Clean inside and around the folds of your nose
  5. Be sure to get inside and around the back of your ears
  6. Get all around your neck and make sure you get all sides as well as under your shirt collar
  7. Wipe down your hair
  8. Use a clean side of the wipe to thoroughly clean your arms. Be sure to mop up the soot and debris and not just spread it around
  9. Clean your hands and be sure to get in-between your fingers and underneath any rings or bracelets
  10. Get as much of the debris out of your fingernails
  11. Underarms and groin are dense with hair follicles and very important to clean, since they can capture and hold debris
  12. Be sure to wipe down below your belt and into your groin to remove as much debris and contaminants as possible.
  13. Don’t forget to blow your nose and TAKE A SHOWER at your earliest opportunity

 

Do not forget, these can also be used to DECON Equipment before it is washed or that cannot be washed  {ie. helmet, ear-flaps, SCBA, Portable Radio etc.}

Considering a Municipal Lease Agreement – Read This First

June 10th, 2017

A municipal lease can be much more complicated than you might imagine, read this before you decide to make a move.

MUNICIPAL LEASE OR INSTALLMENT PURCHASE CONTRACT

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