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Positive Trend in Workers’ Comp Law Has States Adding PTSD Benefits for First Responders

A recent article on the Business Insurance site detailed how many states are considering reforms to their workers’ compensation laws to cover mental stress injuries to first responders. The states contemplating or taking action include: Colorado — The State Senate passed a bill that would clarify the definition of “mental impairment” and expand it to […]

Addressing Firefighter PTSD in the Normal Course of Service

Post-traumatic stress disorder among surviving firefighters was a much publicized topic in the months and years after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Many FDNY firefighters, who felt the shock, grief, and emotional devastation of losing 343 of their own to a single event, developed acute and persistent symptoms of PTSD. Now, more than 15 years […]

FDNY Announces 100-Year Record Low in Fire Deaths and Improved Response Times

On January 9, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced a historic achievement for the Fire Department of New York: the 48 deaths by fire in New York City for 2016 was the lowest annual total recorded since 1916. The department also saw the largest annual decrease in the number […]

NYS Senate Unanimously Passes Bill To Deter Interference With EMS Duties

We applaud the New York State Senate for unanimously passing a long-overdue bill aimed at protecting firefighters who perform emergency medical services. The bill, which has been sent to the Assembly and is expected to become law, makes it a misdemeanor crime if a person intentionally interferes with a firefighter performing care on a sick […]

Restaurateur Salvages Fireboat, Securing Piece of FDNY History

A 62-year-old decommissioned FDNY fireboat will get a new life as a museum just north of the Tarrytown Lighthouse, thanks to restaurateur Edward Taylor, who purchased the 129-foot vessel and is refurbishing it to serve as an attraction near his new Sleepy Hollow eatery. The fireboat John D. McKean is named for an FDNY marine […]

FASNY Applauds State Senate for Passing Volunteer Firefighter Presumptive Cancer Coverage

  Mike Barasch, managing partner of the firefighter law firm Barasch & McGarry, applauded the NYS Senate for passing a volunteer firefighter presumptive cancer coverage bill. He urged legislators in the NYS Assembly to do the same. “Volunteer firefighters are exposed to the same toxins as professional firefighters. Not surprisingly, they are diagnosed with the […]

FDNY Battalion Chief Killed in Bronx Fire

The FDNY is mourning the loss of Battalion Chief Michael Fahy, a 17-year veteran and father of three, killed when an explosion at a Bronx house rained debris down upon him. According to metro.us, “Fahy is the FDNY’s highest ranking member to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and […]

FDNY Union Chief Cassidy Leaves UFA

In September, The Chief reported that Steve Cassidy, the long-time head of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, was stepping down to take a newly created position as executive director of the Fire Pension Fund. James Slevin, the UFA’s vice president for the past 14 years, will serve the remainder of Cassidy’s term, which runs to April 30, […]

FDNY Director of Emergency Operations Center to Speak on Use of Live Video

For the FDNY, the ability to process information can be the difference between life and death. However, urban firefighting is inherently chaotic, and what firefighters need to know – floorplans, exit routes, materials on site, and the positions of building occupants – is often hidden from view. That’s why harnessing technology to serve at the […]

NYC Fire Safety High School Renamed for 9/11 Hero

On June 30, the New York Daily News reported that the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety in Brooklyn has been renamed to honor Captain Vernon A. Richard, who perished in the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. About 100 people, including some 50 FDNY […]

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