Will VFBL Cover a COVID19 Exposure?
- In addition to other sources the Saratoga County self-insurance program; VFBL and VAWBL will be covering confirmed (“documented”) covid19 exposures, all claims should be thoroughly investigated and documented. The issue of indemnity payments for individuals quarantined is an interesting one. They further stated that if the quarantined period is directed by the employer without confirmation that the virus is present or if the virus is present the exposure will need to be confirmed to determine compensability. That issue will require further investigation.
- Check with your provider!!
A Resource Document from State Archives for Fire Departments
How long do I have to keep this record?
MU-1 for Fire Districts – April 2017 here are your answers!!
Health Care Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals
This is an excellent resource from the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Capital Area Meeting Dates for 2020
Capital Area meetings are all about information exchange and learning from each other. The Capital Area encompasses Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Montgomery and Fulton Counties. All meets are scheduled to be held at one central location the West Crescent Fire Station and food will be served at the meetings. Thursday March 12th 7:00pm Thursday May 14th 7:00pm Thursday September 10th 7:00pm Thursday October 8th 7:00pm Nominations Thursday November 12th 7:00pm Elections Saturday January 9th 9:00am All fire district officers are invited including Commissioners, Treasurers, Secretaries and Chief Officers. We hope to see you there to join the discussion.
Creating Retention through Leadership – – Local Training Opportunity
**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
THE NEW BAIL REFORM LAWS AND THEIR IMPACT UPON EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNELThis information has been developed for the fire service by Association Legal Counsel Joe Frank
Information on the New Bail Reform Laws & the Fire Service
This information has been provided by Counsel to the State Association, Joe Frank:
THE NEW BAIL REFORM LAWS AND THEIR IMPACT UPON EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL
Amendments to the Cancer Benefit Program Signed by the Governor
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subparagraph (ii) of paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section 205-cc of the general municipal law to clarify that
the an interior firefighter eligible for the program may submit alternative documentation as determined by the office of fire prevention and
Section 2 states that this act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed 10 years after such date.
New Subsection 8. In the absence of the documentation required in paragraph a of subdivision one of this section, the volunteer firefighter shall be eligible if they submit alternative documentation as determined by the office of fire prevention and control. The office of fire prevention and control shall promulgate rules and regulations as to an acceptable combination of alternative documentation and such documentation shall include, but not be limited to, training records, documentation that the firefighter was an active interior volunteer firefighter as evidenced by National Fire Incident Reports submitted by the volunteer’s fire department, or any other combination of official documents capable of evidencing that the firefighter meets the requirements of this section.
New Criminal Discovery Laws and the Fire Service
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
Changes to the LOSAP Defined Contribution Program
Governor Cuomo signed bill A07552 / S4207a into law – Chapter 474 of the laws of 2019 – which increases the maximum allowable Defined Contribution (DC) benefit in New York State from $700 to $1,200. This does not impact those municipalities that sponsor a Defined Benefit (DB) plan – those benefits remain unchanged.
For a municipality that sponsors a DC plan to increase the contribution for its LOSAP, it must approve the increase by resolution of the governing board, then seek voter approval of the increase in a mandatory referendum. The amendment would be effective the January 1st following the date of the referendum.
The earliest a sponsor could make this effective is January 1, 2020; and that’s only if the sponsor were able to hold the referendum on or before December 31, 2019.
Note that a sponsor does not have to go straight to $1,200 but could instead select a smaller amount. In the past, some sponsors implemented a step-up in the contribution over a period of time – say to $950 effective January 1, 2020 and then to $1,200 effective January 1, 2021.
Typically, this type of amendment is administered such that the increased contribution is earned based on service credit accrued after the effective date. In other words, if an increase from $700 to $1,200 was effective January 1, 2020, then service credit earned in 2020 would result in the volunteer being credited with a $1,200 contribution to his/her account in 2021. The 2019 service credit year would remain at the $700 level. This also means that the municipal budget is not increased until 2021 (assuming a calendar year fiscal year). You are encouraged you to check with your attorney if an alternative interpretation can be made, especially for Villages that likely do not have a scheduled election until March 2020.
Interesting White Paper on the use of ISO Ratings on North Monterey County California
This white paper includes some interesting finds on the use of ISO ratings and the impacts or lack thereof on your fire department!!
ISO Ratings by Insurance Companies