Volunteer Emergency Services Bill Passes

June 12, 2008

As a co-sponsor, Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch today helped the Assembly pass a bill that would permit volunteer firefighters to be eligible to serve in more than one volunteer fire department at a time.

“This is a great day for all volunteer emergency services across New York state. This is another way to move forward in order to maximize the services and dedication of our volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel,” said Assemblyman Crouch. “This bill is very important for the communities that depend on emergency services,” stated Assemblyman Crouch.

“This is a great opportunity to help keep volunteer firemen and emergency squads active and well experienced,” stated Assemblyman Crouch. The current law only allows volunteer firefighters to assist on an as-needed basis in emergency situations. This bill will allow volunteer firefighters to serve in more than one fire company and, ultimately, will benefit small upstate departments where volunteer service personnel is difficult to maintain.