STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
May 6, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. ABBATE -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Governmental Employees -- committee discharged, bill amended,
ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT defining the term "first responder in communications"
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. First responder in communications. 1. "First responder in
2 communications" means any individual who is a public safety dispatcher,
3 emergency responder, emergency operator, emergency complaint operator
4 and emergency services dispatcher who meets the minimum requirements
5 established by a local government, department or agency including, but
6 not limited to, police and sheriff's departments as well as fire, rescue
7 and emergency services departments. Such individual is responsible for
8 the administration or supervision of life saving communication services
9 for emergency situations.
10 2. To the extent practicable, employers of a first responder in commu-
11 nications shall provide training to maintain and enhance the knowledge,
12 skills and proficiency of such first responder in communications.
13 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.