Volunteer firefighter LOSAPs in New York are governed by the General Municipal Law (GML). Article 11-A of the GML contain the relevant sections (214 through 219-a) that authorize volunteer firefighter LOSAPs. Most attention is paid to the sections that provide the detail on establishing a plan, the point system, and the benefits that can be provided - those are clearly important parts of the law. What is often overlooked is the very first section - section 214. This section is entitled "Purpose" and the text is as follows:
There are three takeaways from this section of statue:
This last bullet point is an important one in understanding the nature of LOSAP, and helps to inform and clarify some of the remaining parts of the statute. These will be explored in future posts.