firefighters http://wrvo.org en Hanna says Obamacare is hurting volunteer firefighters http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-says-obamacare-hurting-volunteer-firefighters <p></p><p>While touring a firefighter station in the Southern Tier town of Vestal recently, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) touted legislation that would exempt volunteer firefighters from the Affordable Care Act. The announcement comes a month after the U.S. Treasury Department already made the change.</p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Originally, the ACA counted volunteer firefighters as full-time employees. That would have made the Vestal fire stations and others around the country responsible to provide healthcare if they had more the 50 employees.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:02:53 +0000 Matt Martin 53166 at http://wrvo.org NY state considers easing fire suppression requirement for gas stations http://wrvo.org/post/ny-state-considers-easing-fire-suppression-requirement-gas-stations <p>Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) is urging New York state to keep the requirement that all gas stations have fire suppressant systems above their gas pumps. The New York State Code Council has proposed abolishing that regulation, but Brinidisi says that could put drivers at risk.<br><br>"These fire suppression systems act like having a firefighter already at the gas station. So if an incident does occur, the suppression system kicks in right away, and minimizes the risk of injury or even worse, potential death," he said.<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:07:57 +0000 Gino Geruntino 44362 at http://wrvo.org NY state considers easing fire suppression requirement for gas stations Hanna introduces bill offering tax breaks for emergency responders http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-introduces-bill-offering-tax-breaks-emergency-responders <p>When Mahlon Irish became a Homer volunteer firefighter in 1974, it was common for 60 people to head out to a fire. Now, it can be difficult to get the 12 firefighters national standards call for to a working blaze. The decline in the number of volunteers through the years is blamed on many things -- from extensive training required to changing family dynamics. But the expense of being a volunteer is also an issue, says Irish, using the cost of gasoline as an example.<br> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:59:26 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41316 at http://wrvo.org Hanna introduces bill offering tax breaks for emergency responders Syracuse firefighters make last gasp to save Station 7 http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-firefighters-make-last-gasp-save-station-7 <p>Syracuse firefighters have made a last gasp attempt to save Engine Company Number 7 from the Mayor's budget ax. Mayor Stephanie Miner's proposed budget would shutter the crumbling station, as well as cut four members from the ranks of the firefighters.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:23:43 +0000 Ellen Abbott 37025 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse firefighters make last gasp to save Station 7 Researcher looks to make firefighters' work a bit easier http://wrvo.org/post/researcher-looks-make-firefighters-work-bit-easier <p>Tyler Hale is a 25-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department. Wires connecting small plastic sensors snake up his arms and legs and down his back and Huiju Park, an assistant professor at Cornell University, directs Hale through a series of movements. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 32055 at http://wrvo.org Researcher looks to make firefighters' work a bit easier