The “Must Have” Book for Every Fire District, Fire Department, Fire Chief, and Fire Company

This manual explains every New York and federal law regulating fire districts and fire departments, and contains 100’s of sample bylaws, policies, rules, NFPA practices and model programs.

Over 1200 Pages, Including:

  • Explanations of all fire district & department laws, including forms, resolutions, and policies
  • Guidance on how to comply with each of the laws
  • Sample bylaws, forms, policies, procedures, and programs required by law
  • Recommended firefighter training programs
  • Sample contracts, releases, notices
  • Best practices in financial oversight and fiscal management
  • A complete list of all reporting requirements
  • A full review of liability issues faced by fire departments and management
  • Provides policies on required OSHA/PESH requirements
  • Best practices suggested by NFPA
  • And so much more!

Finally, a “Must Have” Manual Written Just for Secretaries and Treasurers of Fire Districts, Fire Departments and Fire Companies!

It will make your job easier by explaining the laws that govern your positions. Sample policies, forms, notices and best practices are included.

Over 400 pages, including the following chapters:

  • Fire District Secretary “Must Know Information”
  • Role of the Fire Company Treasurer
  • Fire District Treasurer “Must Know Information”
  • Role of the Fire Company Secretary
  • Checklist for the Fire Company Treasurer & Secretary
  • Membership Issues of Fire Companies
  • The Not-For-Profit Corporation Law & Bylaw Matters
  • Policies & Practices to Protect Funds
  • The Board of Directors & Executive Officers
  • Foreign Fire Insurance Funds (“2% Funds”)
  • Audits of the Fire Company (Internal & External)
  • External Audits of Fire Companies
  • Reporting Requirements of Fire Departments/Companies
  • Fundraising
  • Practices to Protect the Finances of the Corporation
  • Raffles
  • Financial Record Keeping Practices
  • Property & Improvement District Taxes
  • Financing Options for Fire Department
  • Retention Efforts
  • Payments to Volunteer Firefighters
  • Freedom of Information Law (“Foil”)
  • Miscellaneous Issues
  • Open Meetings Law
  • Auxiliaries
  • Records Management Programs

Your Go-To Guide to Navigating New York State’s Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws. A Necessary Read for any Public Officer!

Few things cause more stress to public entities and their officers than the burdens of complying with the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws. Not only are the laws governing the obligations of public entities lengthy, unclear and subject to interpretation, but penalties for violating these laws can be severe and unpleasant. Additionally, compliance with FOIL requests can be burdensome, time consuming and costly.

This Guide will make your job easier and your obligations to comply more clear. This Guide contains:

  • Easy to understand interpretations of the Open Meetings Law, Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law
  • A comprehensive list of entities that fall within the purview of each law
  • Detailed guidance on how to comply with each of the laws
  • Sample forms, policies and procedures
  • Recommended practices for legal compliance
  • Detailed discussions on exceptions which permit denials of Freedom of Information requests
  • Helpful information to navigate complicated appeals processes
  • Records Management policies, procedures and forms
  • Suggestions and best practices for managing FOIL programs
  • Reviews every significant court decision concerning FOIL, Open Meetings Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law

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