Welcome to CSFA!

 

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association, Inc. (CSFA)

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Welcome to the Official Website for the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, or CSFA.

(First, please bookmark this website now for easy access to CSFA in the future.)

This is the place to learn everything about CSFA, our mission, our goals and our proud membership of brave Firefighters that spans the state of Connecticut.

We hope that some day soon Connecticut State Firefighters Association membership will include every fire company in the state, volunteer and career, because of the great benefits our members receive. We also hope that the public will learn more of our efforts to help educate communities and Connecticut’s Firefighters on issues related to safety from fire.

Who are the members of CSFA?

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association is a non-profit organization that has more than 26,000 members (22,000 Volunteer Firefighters, 4400 Career Firefighters) and we hope to soon be able to say that every Firefighter in our state is part of our organization.

Coming soon to this website will be a complete list of Fire Departments and Fire Companies that are members of CSFA.

Please make sure that your Fire Department or Fire Company is up-to-date with CSFA membership dues to ensure the best benefits coverage for yourself and family.

 

Our Officers

 

  • Vaughan Dumas (Orange), President
  • Stephan D. Brown (Windsor Locks), First Vice-President
  • Stephen Stewart (New London), Second Vice-President
  • Gerald V. Schaffer (Mansfield Center) Secretary
  • William Coffey (Danbury) Treasurer
  • James O’Neil (Thomaston), Immediate Past President

 

(For a complete list of our officers and committees, please visit our “CFSA Officers and Committees” Page.)

 

 

 What is CSFA?

The Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) is the focal organization for Connecticut’s Fire Service Members in matters relating to Federal and State legislative initiatives, Firefighter Death and Disability Benefit Claims and the exchange of pertinent information. CSFA coordinates with the various Fire Service organizations at the national, state and regional levels.

To learn more about us, our mission and our history in Connecticut, please visit our “About CFSA” page.

Why join CSFA?

Over the past five years, the Connecticut State Firefighters Association has paid out almost $1 million in benefits to members and their families. The officers of CFSA, its current members, their families, and many other “friends of the bravest” all know the many benefits of membership in our organization.

To learn more about these benefits and membership, please visit our “CFSA Member Resources” page.

Online Membership Services

We hope this website will become your source for all your CFSA information needs. Both old and new members of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association should review this site regularly for updates regarding events and benefits that membership in our organization provides. There will soon be forms available for downloading, as well as current information for seminars, training, and fundraising.

For more information, please visit our “CFSA Member Resources” page and stay informed!

Support Us

There are countless ways to support Firefighters across Connecticut, but one of the best ways to support your local firefighter is to make a donation to the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CFSA). Thousands of supporters have kept us going for more than 125 years. Help us to be part of the future as well, visit our “Support CSFA” page.

Keep in Touch with CFSA

For contact information and email links to our officers and committees, please visit our “Contact CSFA” page.

Thanks for visiting!

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Hope you’ll join us Fire Service Day at the Capitol, Wednesday, March 29th

Fire Service Day Starts with Breakfast at the Officer’s Club at 8am

Hope to see you at the Capitol this Wednesday for Fire Service Day. We begin the day with a breakfast at 8am at the Officer’s Club in the State Armory sponsored by Shipman’s Fire Equipment Co.

Breakfast at the State Armory will be Sponsored by Shipman’s

Our sponsor will also be showcasing two new products that Fire Service representatives should find very interesting: the Scott Sight Mask and the Scott RIT Pak Fast Pak will be on display and available for demonstration at the breakfast.

Click this link to see a youtube  video on the the Scott Sight Mask.

Click this link to see a youtube video on the RIT Pak Fast Pak.

Fire Service Day at the Capitol – See you at the Legislative Office Building March 29th!!!

Fire Service Day, March 29th, 2017

Thanks for your support!!!

 

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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – March 23rd, 2017 from Leon Collins

All,

HB 5207 (AN ACT IMPOSING A SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE POLICIES TO FUND REGIONAL FIRE SCHOOLS’ OPERATING BUDGETS AND CERTAIN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING COSTS) had a public hearing but has stalled in the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. The best news is that we still have a commitment from Sen. Tim Larson to assist Rep. Linda Orange’s bill perhaps by amending it to another bill in Public Safety and Security Committee.

Additionally, we had a good long meeting with Sen. Steve Cassano and his staff today March 23rd in which we discussed how the senator might use his SB 538 (AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION TO FUND FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS) to help in our efforts with Rep. Orange’s HB 5207. We discussed some alternative funding sources and have another meeting on Tuesday to follow up the research Sen. Cassano has asked his staff to do between now and then.

HB 5089 (AN ACT ELIMINATING THE CITIZENS’ ELECTION PROGRAM AND TRANSFERRING FUNDS TO STATE AND REGIONAL FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS) has not had any movement in the Government Administration and Elections Committee. Rep. Sampson has not provided any further action on the bill.

Several bills have moved forward in various committees (each bill listed bellow is followed by a link to the latest available version of the bill):

Still no word from the UPFFA or the Governor’s staff regarding progress with finding an alternative funding source for 2016’s Public Act 16-10 (“The Cancer Bill”).

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our downloadable CSFA House Bill Status Report.

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405

Want to bring in new volunteers to your Fire Department? Come learn how this weekend in Branford!

Learn How to Bring in More Volunteers to your Fire Department

The Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association is working with Volunteer Workforce Solutions again to help train and inform local Fire Departments across the state to take advantage of the training and financial opportunities made available by Phase III of the FEMA SAFER program.

The program is being offered in separate sessions on Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th from 9am to 12:30pm and registration is still available today and at the door.

Go to https://ctvws_phase3.everbrite.com to register for either session.

Learn about Fire Department Financial and Training Opportunities

Where: Branford Fire Department Headquarters

When: Saturday or Sunday, March 24th or 25th from 9am -12:30pm

For more information see the flyer below:

 

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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – March 7th, 2017 from Leon Collins

All,

Most importantly this week, there is a Public Hearing at the LOB in front of legislators of the Finance, Review and Bonding Committee on Thursday March 9th, 2017 at 10:30am in Rm 2E for matters related to Governor’s Bills, specifically,  S.B. 788 is on the agenda ( i.e., AN ACT AUTHORIZING AND ADJUSTING BONDS OF THE STATE FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER PURPOSES.) The bill itself does not specifically refer to Fire Schools or related issues, however, this is an opportunity to submit testimony to urge and convince every legislator possible to continue the bonding of our Regional Fire Schools. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to FINtestimony@cga.ct.gov. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement. If you would like to submit oral testimony, at the Public Hearing, please contact me, Leon Collins and I will add your name to the list of people who wish to testify.

Some other bills are moving forward through their respective committees. You can see the list of bills CSFA is actively supporting this session below:

H.B. 5207 To impose a surcharge on the net direct premiums of homeowners and renters insurance policies written on property or risks located or resident in this state, to fund the operating budgets of regional fire schools.

S.B. 27 To expand workers’ compensation coverage in certain situations that result in mental or emotional impairment. (“The PTSD Bill”)

H.B. 7047 To require each municipal and volunteer fire department to maintain the pump and aerial components of such department’s fire apparatus in compliance with the inspection, maintenance and testing requirements of standard 1911 of the National Fire Protection Association. (“The Apparatus Bill”)

H.B. 7092 To require the installation of smoke detection and warning equipment in residential buildings, amend requirements concerning the Fire Safety Code and delete certain immunity provisions regarding local officials’ duty to detect carbon monoxide within a public school building.

S.B. 847 To allow state and local police officers to obtain insurance records from insurance companies to aid in the investigation of fires of undetermined or incendiary origin.

H.B. 6258 To include within the offense of intimidation based on bigotry or bias the act of a person intimidating or harassing another person because such other person is a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician.

To see the full list of legislative bills that we are tracking, see our updated CSFA House Bill Status Report.

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405
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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – February 14th, 2017 from Leon Collins

All,

Most importantly, the Insurance and Real Estate Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Proposed H.B. No. 5207 AN ACT IMPOSING A SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE POLICIES TO FUND REGIONAL FIRE SCHOOLS’ OPERATING BUDGETS AND CERTAIN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING COSTS is scheduled for that Public Hearing.

We ask everyone who can possibly attend the public hearing in Class A uniform to be part of a strong Fire Service presence we need to show support for this proposed legislation.

If you would like to submit written testimony for this proposed bill please follow these instructions:

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to INStestimony@cga.ct.gov.  Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials.  Speakers will be limited to five minutes of testimony.  Bills will be heard in the order listed in the Bulletin.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.

If you would like to oral testimony at the Public Hearing please contact me, Leon Collins, or CSFA President Vaughan Dumas or CSFA Education Chairman Al Hawkins and we will add your name to the list of people who will testify for the Public Hearing.

Also, the Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.  We are tracking several bills that are on the agenda for that Public Hearing. Bill we are tracking that are on that Public Hearing Agenda are listed below:

H.B. No. 5298 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND PATIENTS DURING EMERGENCIES.

Proposed H.B. No. 5299 AN ACT REQUIRING 9-1-1 CALLS TO BE ROUTED TO THE NEAREST PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT.

Proposed H.B. No. 5767 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF GRILLS IN CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL CONDOMINIUM COMPLEXES.

Proposed H.B. No. 6043 AN ACT CONCERNING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN CERTAIN BUSINESSES.

Proposed H.B. No. 6954 AN ACT CONCERNING THE LIABILITY OF CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM FIRE.

S.B. No. 763 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

H.B. No. 5176 (COMM) AN ACT INCREASING THE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL.

Proposed H.B. No. 5177 AN ACT INCORPORATING THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE INTO THE STATE BUILDING CODE.

Proposed H.B. No. 5296 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OR DELIVERY OF BODY ARMOR TO FIREFIGHTERS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL.

H.B. No. 6038 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING GOOD SAMARITAN PROTECTIONS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RENDER EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO ANIMALS.

H.B. No. 6715 (COMM) AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR THE INTENTIONAL INJURY OR KILLING OF POLICE ANIMALS OR DOGS IN VOLUNTEER CANINE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS.

If you would like to submit written testimony for any of these proposed bills please follow these instructions:

Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to Committee staff from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. in Room 1E of the LOB.  Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.  Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to PStestimony@cga.ct.gov.  Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.

If you would like to submit oral testimony at the Public Hearing please contact me, Leon Collins, or CSFA President Vaughan Dumas or CSFA Education Chairman Al Hawkins and we will add your name to the list of people who will testify for the Public Hearing.

 

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our updated downloadable and printable

CSFA House Bill Status Report

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405

CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status Report – February 3rd, 2017 from Leon Collins

The Annual Meeting of the Regional Fire Schools for the General Assembly will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 1pm in room 1B.

See the agenda below:

 

Annual Meeting

Regional Fire Schools

February 6, 2017

1pm – 3pm

Room 1B

  1. Welcoming remarks by Rep. Orange
  2. Remarks from invited Guests
    1. Vaughan Dumas, President of CT State Firefighters Association
  3. History/Update Regional Fire Schools by Al Hawkins, Education Chair for CT State Firefighters Association
  4. History/Update by DAS Construction Services by Commissioner Melody Currey and Deputy Commissioner Pasquale “Bud” Salemi
  5. Question/Answer period
  6. Adjournment

 

We would like our membership to attend and create a strong Fire Service presence at this annual meeting. Please attend if you can in Class A uniform. All Connecticut legislators have been invited and Representative Linda Orange will be the legislator coordinating this event.

We ask each of you to reach out as a constituent to your own legislators ASAP and urge them to attend.

CSFA 2017 House Bill Status Report

 

Click the following link to view the full CSFA 2017 House Bill Status Report

(Tip: The links in the left column of the above downloadable .pdf will take to the cga.ct.gov website page for each bill where you can access the latest version of the bill.)

Also, we have added several new bills to our House Bill Status Report since our last update.

New bills that we have added to the list of bills we are tracking this session include:

  • H.B. 5894 – AN ACT CONCERNING DISBURSEMENTS FROM THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND AND MONEYS RECEIVED FROM TOBACCO TAXES.
  • H.B. 6038 – AN ACT CONCERNING GOOD SAMARITAN PROTECTIONS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RENDER FIRST AID TO POLICE DOGS.
  • H.B. 6039 – AN ACT DEFINING PEACE OFFICER TO INCLUDE TELECOMMUNICATORS.
  • H.B. 6042 – AN ACT PERMITTING THE USE OF GRILLS ON OUTDOOR PATIOS AT CONDOMINIUMS.
  • H.B. 6043 – AN ACT CONCERNING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN CERTAIN BUSINESSES.
  • H.B. 6049 – AN ACT CONCERNING ANNUAL INSPECTIONS FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT APPARATUS.
  • H.B. 6283 – AN ACT EXPANDING THE “MOVE OVER” LAW FOR VOLUNTEER FIRST RESPONDERS.
  • H.B. 6359 – AN ACT INCREASING THE CIGARETTE TAX RATE.
  • H.B. 6486 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE MEDICAL TREATMENT OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS BY FIRST RESPONDERS.
  • H.B. 6680 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE FUNDING OF MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
  • H.B. 6690 – AN ACT ALLOWING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDERS TO CARRY A FIREARM.
  • H.B. 6694 – AN ACT REQUIRING A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECK FOR PERSONS WHO ENROLL IN A CLASS FOR CERTIFICATION AS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6712 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSAULT OF POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6715 – AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTIES FOR THE INTENTIONAL INJURY OR KILLING OF POLICE ANIMALS OR DOGS IN VOLUNTEER CANINE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS.
  • H.B. 6717 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE “MOVE OVER” LAW FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6721 – AN ACT EXPANDING THE “MOVE OVER” LAW FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6909 – AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR FIRST RESPONDER DIVE TEAMS AND K9 SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL.
  • H.B. 6915 – AN ACT INCREASING THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLD FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT REMODELING PROJECTS.
  • H.B. 6953 – AN ACT RELEASING CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES FROM LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM FIRE.
  • S.B. 156 – AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDS FROM THE TOBACCO AND HEALTH TRUST FUND.
  • S.B. 243 – AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL FIRE APPARATUS SAFETY AND TESTING.
  • S.B. 538 – AN ACT APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION TO FUND FIRE TRAINING SCHOOLS
  • S.B. 763 – AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

To see the full list of proposed bills that we are tracking, see our CSFA 2017 House Bill Status Report.

The most recent notable activity of the bills we are following: February 1, H.B. 5176 referred to Joint Committee Public Safety and Security; January 26, H.B. 5294 change of reference to the Joint Committee on Appropriations; H.B. 5296 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security and reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing; February 2, H.B. 5767 reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing; February 1, H.B. 6038 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security; February 2, H.B. 6043 Reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security; January 30, H.B. 6283 reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing by the Joint Committee on Transportation, January 24, H.B. 6690 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health; January 24, H.B. 6694 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health; January 30 H.B. 6717 reserved for Subject Matter Public Hearing.

Please note that the following Public Hearing dates have been set:

H.B. 5755 – February 10 (Joint Committee on Public Health)

H.B. 6049 – February 6 (Joint Committee on Transportation)

H.B. 6717 – February 6 (Joint Committee on Transportation)

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 494-7842 voice and text
(203) 481-1446 fax
collins@csfa.org email
http://csfa.org website

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CSFA Legislative Update with House Bill Status – January 18th, 2017 from Leon Collins

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Everyone,

The 2017 Connecticut Legislative Session began on January 4th and we are tracking bills and monitoring daily activities in the state House and Senate. Already, there are a number of bills from various Representatives and Senators that could either directly or indirectly affect the Fire Service. We have listed below a table containing our House Bill Status Report that shows the entire list of bills that we are following to date.

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Legislative Bills CSFA is Tracking for the 2017 Session

Click the following link to download the full House Bill Status Report for January 18th, 2017

The current bills we are tracking at this time that are of concern to the Fire Service include:

H.B. 5177 – AN ACT INCORPORATING THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE INTO THE STATE BUILDING CODE.

H.B. 5207 – AN ACT IMPOSING A SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE POLICIES TO FUND REGIONAL FIRE SCHOOLS’ OPERATING BUDGETS AND CERTAIN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING COSTS.

H.B. 5294 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND DISBURSEMENTS FOR TOBACCO USE CESSATION PROGRAMS.

H.B. 5296 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OR DELIVERY OF BODY ARMOR TO FIREFIGHTERS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL.

H.B. 5297 – AN ACT CONCERNING INTIMIDATION ON ACCOUNT OF OCCUPATION AS PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL.

H.B. 5675 – AN ACT CONCERNING A GRANT PROGRAM FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL TO OBTAIN BULLETPROOF VESTS.

H.B. 5727 – AN ACT EXEMPTING STIPENDS PAID TO VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX.

S.B. 27 – AN ACT INCLUDING CERTAIN MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENTS WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF “PERSONAL INJURY” UNDER THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION STATUTES.

H.B. 5207 has been re-introduced this session by Representative Linda Orange and referred to the Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate on January 5th.

We are monitoring H.B. 5294 as it relates to possible funding for a program that benefits firefighters.

The most recent activity of the bills we are following: January 9th, S.B. 27 referred to the Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees. January 13th, H.B. 5675 referred the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security. January 17th, H.B. 5727 referred to the Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding, H.B. 5755 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health, H.B. 5767 referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security.

Please contact me if you have any questions or requests related to legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Leon Collins

Legislative Representative
The Connecticut State Firefighters Association
49 Midwood Road
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 494-7842 voice and text
(203) 481-1446 fax
collins@csfa.org email
http://csfa.org website

 

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FAQs about the New Wage Replacement Benefits Law for CT Firefighters with Cancer

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics of Wage Replacement Benefits for Connecticut Firefighters with Cancer

When Connecticut legislators passed House Bill 5262 during the 2016 session, it became Public Act No. 16-10. This new law provides new benefits for all Connecticut Firefighters who contract cancer. Every Connecticut Firefighter should immediately take note of some key points in this legislation.

 

FAQs for CT Firefighters with Cancer

 

  1. Who can file a claim for relief under this new law?

Any Connecticut firefighter, whether paid or volunteer is eligible. The act specifically says that “firefighter” shall also include: any local fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, fire investigator, fire inspector and other classes of inspectors and investigators described in the Connecticut General Statutes section 29-298 which can be found on the following web link (http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/lib/sots/regulations/title_29/298.pdf).

  1. What is the purpose of the “firefighter’s cancer relief account” that was established by the passage of this new law and who makes determinations on claims?

The moneys in the firefighters cancer relief account shall be used solely for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits for up to 2 years to firefighters who are diagnosed with a condition of cancer. A panel of Fire Service representatives and one representative for state municipalities determines acceptance or denial of all claims.

  1. What forms of cancer are covered by the new law?

A firefighter shall be eligible for wage replacement benefits for any condition of cancer affecting the brain, skin, skeletal system, digestive system, endocrine system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, reproductive system, urinary system or hematological system that results in death, or temporary or permanent total or partial disability.

  1. Are there special conditions or criteria that must be met for any firefighter with one of the covered cancers to file and collect wage replacement benefits?

Yes, there are several criteria that must be met. Every Connecticut firefighter should be aware of all of these conditions immediately. Failure to meet these conditions may result in a firefighter’s failure to qualify for wage replacement benefits. The required special conditions are as follows:

  • Such firefighter successfully passed a physical examination upon entry into such service showing no indication of cancer.
  • Such firefighter has not used any cigarettes or any other tobacco products within 15 years of applying for wage replacement benefits.
  • Such firefighter has worked for not less than five years on or after the effective date of this section as:
    • an interior structural firefighter at a paid municipal, state or volunteer fire department
    • a local fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, fire investigator, or fire inspector at the time such cancer is discovered, or should have been discovered.
  • Such firefighter has complied with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards described in 29 CFR 1910.134 and in 29 CFR 1910.156 for a period of not less than five consecutive years. (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 can be found on the following link: https://www.osha.gov/dte/library/respirators/major_requirements.pdf  OSHA 29 CFR 1910.156 can be found on the following link: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9810
  1. Can someone who is no longer actively serving as a firefighter collect wage replacement benefits under this new law?

Yes, the new law says that any individual who is no longer actively serving as a firefighter but who otherwise would be eligible for wage replacement benefits may apply for such benefits not more than five years from the date such individual last served as a firefighter.

  1. Is there a requirement for physical examinations if someone wishes to file a cancer claim?

Yes, a firefighter or individual applying for wage replacement benefits shall be required to submit to annual physical examinations, including blood testing, during his or her active service and for a period of five years after the date such individual last served as a firefighter as a condition of receiving such benefits.

  1. When can someone file a cancer claim for wage replacement benefits under this new law?

This new law becomes effective February 1st, 2017. The effective date for a firefighter to be eligible to file a cancer claim for wage replacement benefits is July 1, 2019. Firefighter must have worked a minimum of 5 years and must not be more than 5 years retired.

  1. How do these wage replacement benefits affect my employer and other benefits and claims?

Employers must still maintain health and welfare benefits while a firefighter receives benefits from the firefighter’s cancer relief account. Firefighters may still file a Worker’s Compensation claim but cannot file for both simultaneously. Documentation will be required, e.g., presence at structure fire, activities completed, record of duration and exposure to the products of combustion, heat, etc. as defined by the International Agency on the Research on Cancer.

 

To download these FAQs, click the following link:

 

Frequently Asked Questions – The Basics of Wage Replacement Benefits for Connecticut Firefighters with Cancer

 

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It’s not too late to participate! Help CSFA Convention 2016… We Need Fire Trucks!!!

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It’s not too late to be part of tradition and celebration at the CSFA Convention in New London County this year. Just because there won’t be a parade at this year’s convention weekend does not mean that your Fire Department Apparatus can’t be a part of the show! The New London County Fire Chiefs are still looking for more trucks for the public to view. Read more about how you can help with your truck: http://nlcfca.com/fire/trucks/

We Need Fire Trucks! The Older, the Better!

Hope to see you next weekend in New London County. We’ll try to get more info posted on next Sunday’s Training Seminars in the next day or so.

Thanks and please spread the word!

 

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2016 Application for CSFA Membership for download with Membership Rules

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Application and Rules for CSFA Membership and Benefits

To download an application for membership to the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, simply click on the link below.

We have also included on this page an excerpt of all CSFA rules pertaining to membership and benefits from the most recent revision of our CSFA By-Laws.

Please contact any of our CSFA officers if you have any questions.

 

CSFA Membership Application

Click on the following link to download the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) Application for Membership

 CSFA Membership Rules & Dues

Section 1.The members of this Association shall consist of Department and Company Members. All individual members of each fire company, volunteer Fire/Police Patrol and rescue squad, ambulance squad, fire prevention staff, training staff, dispatch staff, repair staff, shall by virtue of their membership in such companies be members of this Association and entitled to funds distributed by it, so long as said individual continues as a member by complying with the By-Laws. The minimum age shall be sixteen (16) years. Whenever in these By-Laws the words he or she appear it shall, where appropriate, be changed to he or she. Industrial fire companies or fire brigades are not eligible for membership except those that are full time paid companies that furnish mutual aid in the area in which they are located.

Section 2. Department Members are Chiefs, District Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, Deputy and Battalion Chiefs, Fire Marshals, Deputy Fire Marshals Master Mechanics, Training Directors, Communications Directors, if they are sole occupants of those bureaus or

divisions, State Fire Control Officer, and District Fire Control Officers of the Forestry Division of the Department of Environmental Protection of the State of Connecticut. This section is applicable to career, volunteer or combination fire departments.

Section 3. Application for membership by a Company shall be in writing and have the endorsement of the Fire Chief of the city, town, district, or municipal district where located, which application accompanied by the prescribed sum or sums as required and

hereinafter stated, shall be filed with the Secretary and presented to the Executive Committee and thereupon no objections appearing shall be eligible to be become a member. Application for membership as a department member shall be on individual form in writing, endorsed by the proper fire department authority accompanied by the regular amount of the prescribed fee, which application shall be filed with the Secretary to be presented to the Executive Committee for election and if such applicant is eligible shall become a member.

Section 4. All companies, volunteer fire/police patrols, rescue squads, and department members represented in the Association must be in full accord and in good standing in the fire department where they are located, and if at any time they are not so, they shall forfeit all rights to membership in this Association.

Section 5. All Past Presidents shall be Life Members, entitled to all privileges of membership, and shall be exempt from payment of dues.

Section 6. The Executive Committee or the convention in assembly may at its discretion, elect honorary members of the Association. Such members may attend meetings, but shall not participate in discussion or vote on any questions and shall be ineligible to hold office or receive benefits.

Section 7. Any firefighter who is not a department member may apply to become an associate member. Associate members are not entitled to any benefits or a vote by virtue of their membership. Dues will be in accordance with Article III, Section 3.  

Section 8. Sustaining membership shall be open to manufacturers, vendors, and fire/emergency organizations. Representatives of Sustaining Members may attend meetings, other than closed sessions of the Executive Committee, but shall have no voting rights. Certificates of membership shall be issued annually to Sustaining Members. Sustaining Members shall also receive permission to use the Association Logo in their advertising and in addition will receive preferred booth space at the Annual Convention. Dues will be in accordance with Article III, Section 3.

Dues

Section 1. Each Engine, Truck, Hose or Squad Company, volunteer Fire/Police, Industrial Fire Company, Ambulance Squad, Fire Prevention Staff, Training Staff, Dispatch Staff, Repair staff, shall pay a membership fee per the schedule listed in Section 3. Dues are payable on or before July 1 each year. The dues for the first year of membership will be covered for the balance of the first year that a member joins the Association. The Secretary of the Association may request a current roster of any fire company of fire department upon written notice to the Captain or Lieutenant of the Company or the Chief of the department. Unless this is received by the Secretary within 30 days, any claim of the firefighter in this unit may be held and not processed pending the receipt of the list of names. In volunteer fire companies or departments with stations in addition to the headquarters company, each station shall be considered by this Association to be a separate company, even though they may have the same company or Department Officer’s and each company must join the Association as a separate company member.

Section 2. The annual dues shall be paid on or before the first day of July in each year, in advance, for the ensuing year and all company and departments who fail to pay said dues within six months after said first day of July shall thereupon, and by reason of such failure cease to be members of this Association, and cannot again become members except by new application made in regular form and paying the prescribed fee for new membership. Sustaining memberships are due and payable on the first day of July of each year. Sustaining membership shall be for a period of one year.

Section 3. DUES SCHEDULE

NEW MEMBERSHIPS AND REINSTATEMENTS:

COMPANY DUES:                                                                                   $80.00

ANNUAL DUES:

COMPANY DUES:                                                                                   $80.00

NEW MEMBERSHIPS AND REINSTATEMENTS

DEPARTMENT MEMBERS                                                                         $35.00

ANNUAL DUES:

DEPARTMENT MEMBERS:                                                                       $35.00

SUSTAINING MEMBERS ANNUAL DUES                                                 $250.00

 

CSFA Rules about Benefits: Injury and Line of Duty Death (LODD)

 

Benefits for Disability or Injury

 

Section 1. Members shall be compensated for disability, disease or injury incurred while performing fire duties as defined in Article VIII if funds have been provided for that purpose by the State of Connecticut as follows:

  1. Full-time career members: At a per diem rate as set per Article IX Section 7(Saturday’s and Sundays omitted). Said benefit will not be paid for the first seven days of any period of sickness or injury. Members submitting more than one set of claim papers for the same injury and fire duty date shall not have the first seven days omitted on their second or subsequent set of papers if they have not returned to fire duty, however, if they return to duty, but again request claim papers due to recurrence, the first seven days of any period of sickness or injury shall be omitted.
  2. Any member as defined in Article XI, Section 2, who is paid no more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) annually and all volunteer members, as a per diem rate set per Article IX Section 7(Sunday omitted) for each day of the period of sickness or injury.
  3. Said benefits will continue so long as the member is unable to attend to ordinary business by reason of such injury or sickness, unless terminated by action of the Executive Committee. Full-time career members shall cease to be eligible for benefits on the day of their retirement from any career or industrial fire department; this will not affect any benefits as defined in Article X, Section 1.

Section 2.  Except for sub-sections (a) and (b) listed below, any career firefighters assigned to a volunteer fire company by the proper fire department authority shall be considered, for the purpose of the Association, to be a member of the said volunteer fire company. The firefighter shall be entitled to benefits as provided in Article IX, Section 1a provided the volunteer fire company to which the said career firefighter is assigned, shall be a member of this Association.

  1. Whenever the number of career personnel in a single volunteer company exceeds sixteen, they will be considered a separate entity and must have their own company membership.
  2. Whenever the number of career personnel in multiple volunteer companies or fire stations in a municipality exceeds thirty (30) they must have their own company memberships. Each additional increment of thirty (30) must also have a separate company membership.

Section 3. In no case shall benefits be paid to a member of this Association for injuries received or sickness contracted in the performance of regular routine house work in and about the fire station.

Section 4. No claim for benefits, except for Section 5, shall be considered for a recurrence of an injury unless such recurrence shall incapacitate the claimant within one year from the date of the return to duty from the injury for which the recurrence was claimed.

 

Section 5. In case of corrective surgery directly attributable to a previous injury, the time limit may be extended to two years provided that: (a) The claimant notifies the CSFA Secretary prior to the expiration of the time limit as provided for in Section 4 of this

article, or (b) the claimant submits a sworn statement from the surgeon in charge, if they are different persons, linking the surgery to the original claim, and (c) the Extension is approved by the Executive Board of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association.

Section 6. In case of exposure to chemicals, other materials or infectious diseases, which might prove to be injurious to the firefighter’s health, a claimant will be given ten years from the incident date to file claim papers, provided a claim report had been filed with Secretary of this Association within one year of the incident, which caused his disability, and he is still a member of the fire department where the incident occurred. A claim of this type must be approved by the Executive Committee..

Section 7. From time to time, but not less than annually, the Executive Committee shall establish per diem rates for benefits to be paid pursuant to Article IX, Section 1. In establishing said per diem rates the Executive Committee shall consider funds available from start appropriations, if any, as well as funds from all other sources. The per diem rate for new claims shall be the rate in effect when the claim is presented, not the rate as of the time of occurrence. The per diem rate for all claims may be amended by action of the Executive Committee so long as said amendment is consistent with the availability of funds. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the Executive Committee from establishing a per diem rate of no dollars ($0.00) if funds are not available for the payment of benefits.

 

ARTICLE X

Total Permanent Disability

Section 1.When any member of this Association has sustained disability, injury, or sickness arising out of fire duty as defined in Article VIII and has received benefits as provided in Article IX, the member may establish said disability as Total and Permanent and be able to receive benefits as provided in said Article IX provided

  1. Proper application has been made for benefits as provided in Article XIII.
  2. The disability has been established as permanent by a physical examination made by a physician appointed by the Executive Committee. Said physician must regularly have an office in a town other than the town in which the applicant resides and the physician is not the applicant’s regular physician. The expense of the examination shall be borne by the Association.
  3. The member submits to additional physical examinations as the Executive Committee may, from time to time direct.
  4. During the period in which benefits are paid, the member is not employed. If it is established that the member is employed, the Executive Committee may discontinue benefit payments forthwith.
  5. That before any benefits are paid under this article, they be approve from year to year by the Annual Convention.

 

  1. That before being acted on by the Annual Convention, the Executive Committee shall have considered the matter and made a recommendation to the Annual Convention. In making said recommendation the Executive Committee shall consider the amounts of funds available from state appropriations, if any as well as funds from other sources.
  2. The rate for new claims shall be the rate in effect when the claim is presented, not the rate as of the time of the occurrence.

 

  1. The rate for all claims may be amended at the Annual Convention or by the action of the Executive Committee at any regular meeting, so long as said amendment is consistent

with the availability of funds. Nothing in this Article shall prohibit the setting of a rate of ($0.00) if funds are not available for the payment of benefits.

  1. Upon approval of a claim for Total Permanent Disability, the disabled member will not be required to file periodic claim papers as required in Article XII.

Section 2. Any member receiving benefits under Article X shall receive in addition there to, for each natural or legally adopted child of said member under eighteen years of age (as further qualified in paragraph “F” of Article X) a sum set by the Executive Committee per day until each child becomes eighteen years of age, and as each child becomes eighteen years of age, said payments for such child shall cease.

Section 3. Upon the death of any member receiving benefits under Article X, death benefits will be paid as provided in Article XI.

 

ARTICLE XI

Death Benefits

Section 1. In case of death of a member due to disability, disease, or injury arising out of fire duty as defined in Article VIII, there shall be paid from funds provided for the purpose, by the State of Connecticut, such amounts as hereinafter indicated:

a.(1) To the spouse of the deceased a benefit, in the amount of which shall be determined at the end of the fiscal year during which the death occurs. The Executive Committee shall determine the amount of funds available or the payment of death claims from state appropriations and shall divide said funds equally among the spouses of said deceased firefighters. The maximum death benefit so determined shall be set by the Executive Committee.

a.(2)(a.) To each natural or legally adopted child of the deceased under eighteen years of age (as further qualified in paragraph “F” of this section) a sum set by the Executive Committee per week until each child becomes eighteen years of age, and as each child becomes eighteen years of age, said weekly payments for such child shall cease. For the purpose of this article “child” shall include each natural or legally adopted child of the deceased and any person under the age of eighteen years who qualifies as a “dependent” of the deceased as defined in United States Internal Revenue Code in effect at the time of his death.

  1. In the event that no spouse survives the decedent but there are children under eighteen years of age, then said weekly benefit set by the Executive Committee for each child shall be paid to the legally appointed guardian of said child or children under the same conditions as provided in “a” above. The proper officers of this Association shall authorize the payment of the sum set by the Executive Committee for funeral expenses of the decedent and the sum set by the Executive Committee to be paid to legal guardian of the said child or children for the benefit or education of said children.
  1. If there is no spouse or children under eighteen years of age, but there is a child or children over eighteen years of age, said death benefit may be expended by the proper officers of this Association toward funeral expenses, any unexpended balance shall be paid to such child or children.
  2. If there is no spouse or children but there is a dependent parent or parents, then said death benefit may be expended by the proper officers of this Association toward funeral expenses and any unexpended balance shall be paid to said dependent parent or parents.
  3. If there is no spouse or children or dependent parent or parents, then the proper officers of this Association may expend an amount set by the Executive Committee toward funeral expenses.
  4. Provided further: That no weekly benefits as herein before provided shall be paid to or for the benefit of any minor child or children between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years unless it is affirmatively shown to the satisfaction of the Executive Committee of this Association that such child or children are regularly attending a duly constituted and accredited day school during regular school periods, and the Executive Committee’s decision as to whether or not such child or children between the ages of sixteen and eighteen are entitled to weekly benefits, shall be final.
  5. The term “parent” herein includes the natural parents, the parent by adoption or the stepparent; but such parent shall not receive any of the benefits for which provision is herein made unless such parent shall have been actually dependent for support on the decedent at the time of the firefighter’s death Dependency, in every case, shall be determined by the Executive Committee of this Association and its decision shall be final.
  6. The term “proper officers of the Association” shall mean a committee consisting of the President, the Treasurer and the Secretary.

 

ARTICLE XII

Association Funds

Section 1. No claims for benefits of any nature shall be paid from the Association funds.

 

ARTICLE XIII

Filing of Claims

Section 1. It shall be the duty of any member who may be entitled to benefits, as provided in Article IX, to notify the officer in charge of his company or department of his sickness or injury. Said officer shall notify the Chief of the department who shall apply to the Secretary of the Association for a form “Application for Benefit Claim Papers”. Said form “Application for Benefit Claim Papers” must be applied for, filled out and returned to the Secretary of the Association within 60 days after receiving the injury or contracting the sickness. In case of reoccurrence within twelve months (as provided in Article IX, Section 4) the “Application for Benefit Claim Papers” must be made to the Secretary within 60 days of the first day the claimant cannot report to his regular occupation. The time for requesting for requesting “Application for Benefit Claim Papers” may be extended beyond 60 days by the Executive Committee for good reason shown but said extension will not exceed twelve months from the date of injury or sickness except in the case where a firefighter’s health may have been affected by exposure to chemicals, other materials or infectious diseases, in which case said extension shall not exceed 120 months from the date of the incident, providing Hazardous Exposure Verification Form has been filed within the time limits of Article IX. When the “Benefit Claim Papers” are received they shall be filled out and certified by the Chief of the Department; but no company, volunteer fire-police patrol, rescue squad or department officer enable him to conform to the requirements of the prescribed forms , he may make a written application fore relief to the Executive Committee who are empowered to make any order that justice may require; and if said Executive Committee refuse relief asked for in said application, said applicant may appeal to the Association at its Annual Meeting to refer the claim to the incoming Executive Board for final action.

 

Section 3 .No claim papers shall be sent in to the Secretary of the Association covering a period of more than 100 days of disability. When a disability extends more than 100 days, additional claim papers must be filled out for each 100 day period or less.

 

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