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

Resource for Document Retention – MU-1 For Fire Districts

July 11th, 2019

Attached is a table of documents and retention schedules related to fire districts, its a great resource for your Records Retention Officers, Secretaries and Treasurers. Thanks to Joyce Petkus for sending it to us.

New State Association Officers Elected During Annual Meeting

May 7th, 2019

During the 76th Annual Meeting new Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York officers were elected, despite a very contentious election for Secretary-Treasurer. During the annual meeting there was no opposition to the three top positions. Fred Senti from the Lakeside Fire District in Nassau County has taken the helm as President, Ken Preston from the North Greece Fire District, Monroe County is the 1st Vice President and Don Corkery from the Sayville Fire District, Suffolk County. Tom Rinaldi from the Stillwater Fire District, Saratoga County moves into the position on the Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President.

The contentious portion of the election built to a fever pitch at the election at 4pm in the grand ballroom of the Marriott on Wolf Road in Colonie. Unspoken it became a downstate – upstate confrontation between Kevin Frank of North Massapequa Fire District in Nassau County and Director Joyce Petkus of Greenfield Fire District in Saratoga County. In a political shoot out with tensions running high the vote ended in a 5 vote victory for Joyce Petkus. The claims of election rigging to the point of threatening gestures is suspected to have turned several voters to cast a ballot for Joyce. We are sure we haven’t heard the end of it yet; but in the words of a local fire district official; “Nothing like that should even happen again.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a person of Joyce’s character and ability and future candidates for office like her, should never be put in that type of situation again.”

As has been said to others who cannot believe the actions of a few who demand to be in control, if you don’t get involved and have a voice other malcontents will take over the organization. Have a voice, be involved, just do the right thing.

Joyce Petkus wins State Office

May 5th, 2019


Joyce has taken the election at the State Association of Fire Districts Annual Meeting for Secretary-Treasurer by 5 votes. While it was an ugly election but Joyce prevailed with votes from 62 of the 119 voting delegates and is the first female officer of the Association – Congratulations Joyce, the first female officer of the Association in its 75-year history.

In addition: there were several By-Law amendments which were adopted which will not allow individual interpretation the most noted being; “A Fire District Officer (Commissioner, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer or Secretary) must register with the Association Secretary/Treasurer as the voting member for their Fire District by verifying their designation as the voting official of his or her fire district.” This clarifies the previous language which was being interpreted that a voting member had to register for the Annual Meeting and conference in order to vote in an election. All dues-paying members have should have the right to vote.

This amendment will be in effect after this election.

The Officers and Directors of the Capital Area wish to thank all who came out to vote for Joyce and hope that you realize that you have to get involved to have your voice heard. No organization should be controlled by individual groups it should represent ALL members.

We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.

Approved Accident & Health Endorsement from ESIP

April 9th, 2019

After months of hard work, ESIP is happy to announce that the NYS Department of Financial Services has approved an endorsement for our Accident & Health policies. This non-premium bearing endorsement adds coverage to the policy, including loss of life due to cardiac malfunction and weekly indemnity for illness! This change will be effective March 22nd, 2019 to all existing policy holders.

As you know, these are essential benefits to the members of emergency services organizations and we’re proud to be the first insurance provider in the state to receive approval to offer loss of life due to cardiac malfunction. If your organization does not already carry an Accident & Sickness policy, please reach out to your agent or the McNeil & Co. program representative for a review of full coverages available for your fire service members.

Capital Area Association By-Laws Updated

March 16th, 2019

The Board of Directors have again updated the By-Laws to keep up with the changing landscape of the capital region fire service.

See the updated Edition here:

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

Regional Breakdown for State Association Regions

January 6th, 2019
Region 1 = The Capital Region
Region 2 = Mid Hudson Valley
Region 3 = Central Region
Region 4 = Southern Tier
Region 5 = Finger Lakes Rochester Region
Region 6 = Western NY
Region 7 = Lower Hudson Valley
Region 8 = Nassau County
Region 9 = Suffolk County
Region 10 = Sullivan/Orange/Rockland
Region 11 = North Country

Regional Breakdown