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President's Report

May 6, 2015

Negotiations: On Thursday April 9, 2015 the EMS Local Presidents met with Maria Elena Cortez from DC 37 Research and Development to discuss preparation for our Cinco De Mayo (May 5) negotiation date at the New York City Office of Labor Relations (40 Rector Street). Also present at this meeting was Tracey Ziemba from the Professional Division, Steve Sykes from the Legal Department, Jack Schaeffer and a representative from our in house attorney Terry Meginniss’s office. We discussed any clarifications and presentation of our joint demands.

On May 5, 2015 the Unions met at the Office of Labor Relations with representatives of the Fire Department and OLR to discuss moving forward with a successor agreement. The Union put forward its opening proposal and the City responded with theirs. The City has initially proposed a seven-year contract term following the civilian pattern. The City and Fire Department are interested in speaking about alternative work schedules and a committee has been formed and is scheduled to convene on May 28, 2015 at 40 Rector Street. Our next bargaining session will be held on June 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM. We expect to discuss other demands on our proposal and receive some financial costing on several issues like differentials and annuity funding for our Fire Protection Inspector titles. This is the beginning of the process. We will continue to keep you advised.

Legislative: We are currently awaiting the release of our fiscal notes from the New York City Actuary Office for our Chapter 96 Refund Bill and our 25 and Out Pension Benefit for Fire Inspector Groups. Our amended assault language is aggressively being discussed by our attorneys and the Brooklyn District Attorneys Office. It should be introduced shortly to both sponsors of the bill in the Senate and Assembly.

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Vice President's Report

May 6, 2015

EMS Week Union Poster: The local would like to thank the members who submitted photos for the 2015 EMS Week Union Poster. The winners this year are EMT Alex Arroyo of station 3 and EMT Nelson Cintron of station 27.  Both EMT Alex Arroyo and EMT Nelson Cintron will receive a framed poster. Their posters will be distributed citywide.  Thank you!

EMS Week: EMS Week is fast approaching and I would like to remind the membership to enjoy and participate during the weeklong celebration. EMS Day at Citi Field is Sunday May 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Members that are interested in purchasing tickets should go to www.mets.com/ems. Part of the proceeds for purchasing tickets online will go to the National EMS Memorial.

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FDNY EMS Hockey

Calling All Hockey Fans!

Please be advised of the following FDNY EMS Hockey Game dates and time.
Members are encouraged to come out and support this hockey team.

All Games are played at:

Newbridge Arena
2600 Newbridge Road
Bellmore, NY 11710

Day Date Time Platoon Off
Friday May 1, 2015 10:30 AM C
Thursday May 7, 2015 10:30 AM B
Thursday May 14, 2015 10:30 AM B
Friday May 22, 2015 10:30 AM B

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The FDNY EMS Hockey Team invites all members to their inaugural games!

APRIL 16TH and APRIL 23RD
AT 10:30

Newbridge Arena
2600 Newbridge Road #2
Bellmore, NY 11710

Please call Newbridge Arena at (516) 783-6181 for directions.

For more information on the FDNY EMS Hockey Team email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Facebook: FDNY EMS Ice Hockey

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EMS Memorial Bike Ride

May 16 - 23, 2015
Boston, MA to Alexandria, VA
(the most enjoyable 600 miles you will ever bicycle)

Come join your fellow EMS providers from around the country to honor our fallen Brothers and Sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties or have dedicated their lives as an EMS Professional.

For information on what the ride ia all about and the route we will be taking check out the website: Muddyangels.org

or contact

Lt. Michael Kaiser - Station 59 - Cell # (631) 834-9514 / Work # (718) 927-3400
Paramedic Robert Kelly - Station 14 - Cell # (917) 902-5426 / Work # (718) 665-1832

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President's Report

April 1, 2015

Contract Negotiations: On March 5, 2015 the Unions met with Steven Banks from the New York City Office of Labor Relations to discuss certain union matters. At this meeting we also discussed our request to begin negotiations for a successor agreement to the current 2006-2010 memorandum of agreement. Towards the end of our meeting, tentative dates were exchanged. We await confirmation on these dates but expect to begin negotiations in the very near future. We will keep you advised.

Legislative: We have been informed that the New York City Actuary office is currently working on our fiscal notes for our Chapter 96 Refund Bill. They are also working on our 25 and Out Pension Benefit for Fire Inspector groups. Once these fiscal notes are completed, we must lobby the City Council for appropriate home rules message before sending these legislative bills to Albany. We will advise.

On Monday March 30, 2015, the Union received amended language to our Assault Bill from the Brooklyn District Attorneys Officer. It addresses our issue with intent to prevent members from performing duties and causing injury. It also addresses causing injury of a member with intent if not performing duties. We have sent this language to our attorneys and sponsors of the original bill. This language will include our group also in subdivision (11) of section 120.05 of the penal law. We will update you when the bill is introduced.

Scholarships:The New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Association has once again offered the Union two $2,500.00 scholarships for members of EMS who currently are enrolled in college. Interested applicants must have submitted their letter of interest by May 1, 2015. Please refer to the Union website for direction or the member update on documents needed to apply.

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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Vice President's Report

April 1, 2015

Ballistic Protection: Members who have not been issued a bulletproof vest are encouraged to report to the Bureau of Training on the following dates to be measured.

Thursday April 16, 2015 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday April 17, 2015 8:00 am – 4:00pm

Please have your FDNY ID card available at such times.

BITS: I really hate to keep revisiting this issue but it keeps creeping back up. False documentation, false documentation, false documentation!!  Why is this still being done?  Please do not put your career on the line with false documentation because your doctor is not going to put his / her career on the line for you. Submitting false documentation could potentially lead to your arrest by DOI and can also lead to a member being terminated. Don’t do it!

EMS Graduation: Paramedic TOP Class 15-01 and communications TOP Class 15-01 graduated this past week. The local would like to congratulate each and every one that graduated and wish them the best of luck in their new career.

EMS Week Union Poster: Calling all Photographers, Artists and Graphic Artists! EMS Week is fast approaching and the union will be putting out its 2nd Annual EMS Week Poster. The union is looking for submissions for this poster. If you would like to submit a photo for this year’s poster, please submit it to myself Joe Conzo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later then April 15, 2015. The theme should be EMS being New York City’s Best and the dimensions should be 26” x 20”.  Please include your name, phone number and station with your photo. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me at the union office (718) 371-0310.

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Brothers and Sisters,

The Department has formalized the process for our members to go on record having been exposed to whatever might have been present during the multi-day operation in Harlem last year. There is an article on Diamond Plate that applies to both Fire and EMS members. Fire members would fill out a "CD-73", but EMS is not yet online with this system.

 EMS members of all ranks involved need to fill out the Haz Mat exposure form (Ops guide 125.07-01).

Please download the PDF information and Hazardous Materials Exposure and APR Canister Use Report

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Particulars of the Incident

Recently, an EMS crew arrived at the scene of an assignment, where there was a need to leave the vehicle running with the emergency lighting engaged. the driver activated the "Secure Idle" feature allowing the removal of the ignition key. While exiting the vehicle, the driver pressed "lock" on the power door lock switch, of the driver's door panel to secure the cab doors. When returning to the vehicle after completion of on-scene activities, the crew found that the cab doors were unlocked and that the crew's personal items were now gone. Someone was able to enter the cab of the running ambulance even though the driver had "locked" the doors.

Lessons Learned or Reinforced

Newer model Ford ambulances have a feature called "smart unlock". Below is an excerpt from the vehicle owner's manual:

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EMS Week Union Poster

Calling all Photographers, Graphic Artists and Artists!!

EMS Week is fast approaching and the Union will be putting out its 2nd Annual EMS Week Union Poster.  The Union is looking for submissions for this poster. If you would like to submit a photo for this years poster please submit it to Joe Conzo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later then April 15, 2015

The theme of the photo should be EMS being New York City’s Best with the dimensions of 26” x 20”

Please submit your Name, Phone Number and your Station with your photo.

Please contact Joe Conzo at (718) 371-0310 if you have any further questions.

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