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A03509 Text:

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

                                         3509

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 23, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  MARKEY, GUNTHER, SKARTADOS, DUPREY, BARCLAY,
         MONTESANO, ROBERTS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ARROYO,  BARRETT,
         BRENNAN, BROOK-KRASNY, COOK, CROUCH, GALEF, GLICK, GOTTFRIED, LOPEZ --
         read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
         authorizing the forest ranger force to establish  a  training  program
         for volunteer wild land search and rescue personnel

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

    1    Section 1. Subdivision 18  of  section  9-0105  of  the  environmental
    2  conservation  law,  as  added  by  chapter  617  of the laws of 1984, is
    3  amended to read as follows:
    4    18. A. Establish, operate and maintain a search and rescue program  in
    5  fire  towns  and  fire  districts of the state. For the purposes of this
    6  section fire towns shall mean such towns provided for in section  9-1107
    7  of  this  chapter  and  fire  districts  shall  be deemed to be the fire
    8  protection areas provided for in section  9-1109  of  this  chapter  and
    9  regulations  promulgated  pursuant  to  the  authority of such sections.
   10  Pursuant to such program the forest ranger force of the department shall
   11  have the authority to organize, direct and execute search operations for
   12  lost persons or civilian aircraft  and  conduct  rescue  operations  for
   13  persons  injured  or in serious danger of injury in the wild, remote and
   14  forested areas of fire towns and fire districts of the  state;  provided
   15  that, where criminal conduct is suspected or fugitive search is involved
   16  such  search or rescue operations shall be conducted under the jurisdic-
   17  tion of the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Search and rescue oper-
   18  ations outside of fire towns and fire districts may be conducted by  the
   19  forest  ranger  force  upon request of the agency conducting such opera-
   20  tion.
   21    B. PURSUANT TO SUCH PROGRAM, THE FOREST RANGER FORCE OF THE DEPARTMENT
   22  SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH, DIRECT AND MAINTAIN A PROGRAM FOR

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD05719-01-5
       A. 3509                             2

    1  THE PURPOSE OF TRAINING AND CREDENTIALING VOLUNTEER,  WILD  LAND  SEARCH
    2  AND  RESCUE PERSONNEL TO ASSIST AND RESPOND ALONG WITH THE FOREST RANGER
    3  FORCE TO SEARCH FOR LOST AND MISSING PERSONS IN  THE  WILD,  REMOTE  AND
    4  FORESTED AREAS OF THE STATE.
    5    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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