- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state firefighters are pushing a legislative agenda that includes expansion of cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters, requiring smoke alarms to have sealed-in 10-year batteries, and allowing volunteer fire companies to charge for ambulance service.

Members of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York will be in Albany Monday for a lobby day.

Oneida County volunteer firefighters Brian McQueen of Whitesboro and Dan Schwertfeger of Floyd will be discussing their personal experiences with cancer. Some studies have shown that firefighters have an increased risk of cancer because of exposure to carcinogens in the line of duty. There is currently no formal assistance available for volunteers who are diagnosed with cancer.

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