senate Bill S7084

Relates to coverage for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers performing emergency services

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 24 / Apr / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1164
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A8991

Summary

Relates to coverage for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers performing emergency services.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8991
Versions:
S7084
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §209-i, Gen Muni L; amd §5, Vol Amb Wkr Ben L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7084

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law and the
volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law, in relation to coverage for
volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers performing
emergency services

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 coverage for volunteers who provide emergency services
before an officer in command arrives on the accident scene.

Section 2 amends the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law to
address VAWBL coverage for volunteers who provide emergency services
before an officer in command arrives on the accident scene.

Section 3 of the legislation is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Volunteer emergency response is dangerous. A reliable source of
protection for volunteers is the volunteer firefighters' benefit 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:

S. 3590/A. 400 of 2013 - veto memo 250

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become a law.


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

                                  7084

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 24, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- 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 and  the  volunteer  ambulance
  workers' benefit law, in relation to coverage for volunteer firefight-
  ers and volunteer ambulance workers performing emergency services

  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 PROVIDES
SERVICES UNDER SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION WHEN THERE IS  NO  JURIS-
DICTIONAL  OFFICER  IN COMMAND PRESENT, SUCH VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SHALL
BE ENTITLED TO COVERAGE UNDER THE VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTERS'  BENEFIT  LAW
PROVIDED  THE FIRE COMPANY OR MUNICIPALITY THE VOLUNTEER SERVES ADOPTS A
RESOLUTION GRANTING COVERAGE FOR THE PROVISION OF  SUCH  SERVICES.  UPON
ARRIVAL  OF A JURISDICTIONAL OFFICER IN COMMAND, SUCH VOLUNTEER SHALL BE
ENTITLED TO BENEFITS IN THE MANNER SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF  THIS
SECTION.
  S  2.  Subdivision  1 of section 5 of the volunteer ambulance workers'
benefit law is amended by adding a new paragraph 1 to read as follows:
  1. WHILE, WITHIN THE STATE, PERFORMING DUTIES IN AN  AREA  OTHER  THAN
HIS OR HER OWN RELATED TO THE DELIVERY OF EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE PRIOR TO
THE  ARRIVAL OF THE AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT, AMBULANCE COMPANY, OR ANY UNIT
THEREOF THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROVISION OF SUCH CARE IN THAT AREA,
PROVIDED THAT THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS'  MUNICIPALITY,  AMBULANCE
DEPARTMENT,  AMBULANCE COMPANY, OR ANY UNIT THEREOF, ADOPTS A RESOLUTION
GRANTING COVERAGE FOR SUCH DUTIES. UPON THE  ARRIVAL  OF  THE  AMBULANCE
DEPARTMENT, AMBULANCE COMPANY, OR ANY UNIT THEREOF RESPONSIBLE FOR EMER-
GENCY  HEALTH CARE IN THE AREA, SUCH VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER SHALL BE
ENTITLED TO BENEFITS IN THE MANNER SET FORTH  IN  PARAGRAPH  B  OF  THIS
SUBDIVISION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14055-01-4

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