Goldfeder Sponsors Bill That Would Create Incentives to Recruit and Retain Volunteer First Responders

photo Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder joined the dinner celebration to honor the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department on their 84th Anniversary.

photo Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder toured the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department with Chief Richard Colleran and Deputy Chief Louis Satriano and learned first-hand the training Roxbury Volunteer Firefighters undergo to keep residents safe in Rockaway.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced he is sponsoring legislation (A.7154), supported by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) that is aimed at recruiting and retaining volunteer first responders.

"Southern Queens and Rockaway has the highest number of volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance companies in all of New York City and this legislation will put these dedicated volunteers first - as they so often put the safety of our families first," said Assemblyman Goldfeder. "It is becoming harder and harder to recruit and retain volunteer first responders and creating quality incentives is the right thing to do."

This bill provides money-saving opportunities, cash incentives and help paying for higher education to all volunteer first responders by:

"This bill recognizes the great work of our volunteer first responders who put their lives on the line everyday to protect our communities," said Assemblyman Goldfeder. "These volunteers are the backbone of our community and they should be recognized as such."

Volunteer first responders comprise 72 percent of all firefighters in the United States. The services contributed by these volunteers save localities throughout the nation approximately $37.2 billion per year1.