New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

2017 Issues of United Concern Legislative Agenda

The Issues of United Concern is presented by the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, County Fire Coordinators’ Association of the State of New York, Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, and the Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York.


Expanded Cancer Coverage – Provides a rebuttable presumption that several types of cancer are covered under VFBL and VAWBL. (S.1411 Griffo / A.711 Gunther)

Fair Play Ambulance Cost Recovery for Fire Departments – Allows all fire departments and fire districts to bill for ambulance services to even the playing field with all other ambulance providers across the state. (S.363 Little / A.3100 Brindisi)

Illegal Building Conversions – Supports the continuation of discussions and cooperation with the New York State Department of State and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control to address the issue of illegal building conversions that endanger residents of the illegally converted buildings and firefighters. Further, supports any regulatory or legislative initiatives that result from these discussions. (S.1771 Carlucci, S.1357 Avella / A.1226 Zebrowski)

VFBL/VAWBL Increase – Provides for an increase in VFBL/VAWBL temporary total disability benefit levels from $400 to $650 per week for those volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers injured after July 1, 2017. (S.3904 Griffo)

Fire Apparatus Lemon Law – Provides that fire and EMS vehicles and apparatus be included under the New York State Lemon Law.

Upholstered Furniture Fire Safety Standards – Enhances fire safety standards for upholstered furniture by methods that do not require the use of cancer causing fire retardants. (S.742 Ritchie / A.3368 Brindisi)


Additional Funding for Firefighter 1 Training – Supports inclusion of additional funding in the 2017-2018 New York State Budget to support the Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s ability to provide more blended Firefighter 1 training using modern technologies, as this funding will further enhance the ability of municipalities to recruit volunteer firefighters.