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LOSAP Amendment Makes Adjustments for CoVid19

May 29th, 2020
LOSAP Amendment GML §217 & Makes subsequent amendments to GML 219-e and 219-m, to allow volunteer ambulance workers to achieve performance points under the program.

(p) For purposes of determining total points earned for a calendar year in which a state disaster emergency, as defined in section twenty of the executive law, has been declared pursuant to executive order number two hundred two of two thousand twenty, as amended, to address the outbreak of novel coronavirus, COV/D-19, an active volunteer firefighter service award program may provide for the crediting of up to five additional points per month, prorated for periods of less than one month, to each ·active volunteer firefighter for each month that special emergency response rules were in place restricting firefighter responses to emergency responses and/or restricting the holding of activities for which points could be earned due to guidelines related to the state disaster emergency. A political subdivision electing to provide the additional points authorized under this subdivision shall adopt a resolution by April thirtieth, two thousand twenty-one determining the number of additional points to be credited per month, provided that any additional points credited pursuant to this subdivision shall be in addition to any other points earned pursuant to this section during the state , disaster emergency.

Cleaning and Disinfecting 3M Scott Facepieces

March 27th, 2020

See the information provided by Scott:  CleaningandDisinfectingScott

Will VFBL Cover a COVID19 Exposure?

March 13th, 2020
  • 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!!

Health Care Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Physicals

February 13th, 2020

This is an excellent resource from the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

5594-11591 Other Health Care Providers Guide 2019

OFPC Cancer Awareness Video & Decon Information

January 21st, 2020

Amendments to the Cancer Benefit Program Signed by the Governor

January 1st, 2020

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
control

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.

Changes to the LOSAP Defined Contribution Program

November 14th, 2019

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

November 10th, 2019

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

Guidance to Form County or Regional Fire District Organization

November 10th, 2019

This resource document has been created to provide information or guidance to groups of fire district officers who may want to assemble a local organization.
Formation of a Regional Associations

Steps to Firefighter Cancer Prevention

November 10th, 2019

Download and post these firefighter cancer prevention steps:
FF Cancer Prevention

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: