senate Bill S5625

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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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S5625 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8564
Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง209-i, Gen Muni L

S5625 - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S5625

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' 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:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  5625

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 7, 2011
                               ___________

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,  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.
                                                           LBD11998-01-1

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