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Federal changes could mean higher costs and fewer volunteers for local fire departments

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The Firefighters Association of New York (FASNY) is raising concerns about proposed changes to federal OSHA regulations that could impact volunteer fire departments and increase local taxes.


FASNY members are worried that new requirements, such as increasing basic firefighter training hours and mandating specific classes not currently offered in New York, will pose significant challenges. They fear these changes will lead to a decline in volunteers and higher costs for local fire departments.

“We support firefighter safety, but the proposal as written presents many issues,” said David Denniston, FASNY’s Second Vice President. The association is asking OSHA for an extension to the public comment period and for in-person hearings to address their concerns.