senate Bill S3590

Entitles a volunteer firefighter or ambulance worker to certain benefits when such volunteer provides services when there is no jurisdictional officer in command present

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  • 07 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1556
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A400

Summary

Entitles a volunteer firefighter or ambulance worker to certain benefits when such volunteer provides services when there is no jurisdictional officer in command present.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A400
Versions:
S3590
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง209-i, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S5625, A8564, S5625

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3590

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation
to volunteer firefighter and volunteer ambulance worker response

PURPOSE: The purpose of the legislation is to provide coverage for
volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers when they are injured in
the line of duty.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the legislation amends the general municipal law to address
VFBL and VAWBL coverage for volunteers who provide emergency services
before an officer in command arrives on the accident scene.

Section 2 of the legislation is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Volunteer emergency response is dangerous. A reliable
source of protection for volunteers is the volunteer firefighters' bene-
fit law

(VFBL) and the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law (VAWBL). VFBL
and VAWBL provide coverage similar to workers' compensation for injuries
sustained in the line of duty. However, in some instances coverage is
not provided even though the volunteer is injured in the line of duty.
One such instance occurs when a volunteer is providing emergency
services outside of his regular jurisdiction before an "officer in
command" arrives on the scene. Unfortunately, if the volunteer is
injured before the officer in command arrives, coverage can be (and is)
denied. This quirk in the law can be addressed by making it permissive
for a local government entity and fire company to authorize coverage for
volunteers responding in these circumstances, thereby encouraging the
best possible emergency response service to the citizens of the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S. 5625 Local Government Committee/A. 8564
Passed Assembly.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3590

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GRIFFO, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, SEWARD -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Local Government

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  general municipal law, in relation to volunteer
  firefighter and volunteer ambulance worker response

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  209-i of the general municipal law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 1-b to read as follows:
  1-B. IN THE EVENT THAT AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTER  OR  VOLUNTEER
AMBULANCE WORKER PROVIDES SERVICES UNDER SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION
WHEN  THERE IS NO JURISDICTIONAL OFFICER IN COMMAND PRESENT, SUCH VOLUN-
TEER FIREFIGHTER OR VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE  WORKER  SHALL  BE  ENTITLED  TO
COVERAGE  UNDER THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW OR THE VOLUNTEER
AMBULANCE WORKERS'  BENEFIT  LAW  DURING  THE  TIME  SUCH  SERVICES  ARE
RENDERED.  COVERAGE UNDER THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW OR THE
VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS' BENEFIT LAW SHALL NOT BE  PROVIDED  IF  THE
FIRE  COMPANY,  AMBULANCE  COMPANY  OR MUNICIPALITY THE VOLUNTEER SERVES
ADOPTS A RESOLUTION PROHIBITING  COVERAGE  FOR  THE  PROVISION  OF  SUCH
SERVICES.  UPON  ARRIVAL  OF  A  JURISDICTIONAL OFFICER IN COMMAND, SUCH
OFFICER SHALL ACCEPT OR DECLINE  FURTHER  SERVICES  AT  WHICH  TIME  THE
VOLUNTEER  SHALL  BE  ENTITLED  TO  BENEFITS  IN THE MANNER SET FORTH IN
SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01508-01-3

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