There are approximately 97,000 volunteer firefighters in NYS, making up 95 percent of our
state’s firefighters, and another 24,000 are volunteer emergency medical personnel.
However, in recent years, our local volunteer companies have had problems recruiting new
To help further protect our communities and support our volunteer firefighters, Assemblywoman
Annie Rabbitt would like to inform constituents about changes and new services for volunteer
firefighters and emergency personnel.
Volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel are not only some of the bravest residents in
our community, but they serve a vital role in protecting us all. For their service, they are currently
New Health Insurance Available for
Volunteer Firefighter Income Tax Credit
Volunteer Firefighter Property Tax Exemption
Participation in Municipal Health Insurance Plan
Partial & Total Disability Benefits
NYS Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Service Scholarship
Volunteer Firefighters & Emergency Personnel
Chapter 71 of the Laws of 2010 allows all municipalities to offer affordable health
insurance to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, including the New York
State Health Insurance Plan, which nearly 900 local governments currently offer
their employees. Payment for the entire cost of the insurance coverage would be the
responsibility of the volunteer; however, the cost for insurance through local governments,
especially if the insurance is NYSHIP, is much lower than what a volunteer firefighter would
pay for a private policy alone.
Fire companies should contact the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York or your
local municipality for more information on how to obtain coverage.
Help Keep Your Community Safe: Volunteer Today!
Did you know Annie was recently honored by the New York State Volunteer Ambulance
and Rescue Association for her rescue of half a dozen boaters who capsized on Greenwood
Lake last spring?