Category: LOSAP Point System

  • A question came in about military leave, and we thought it would be a good subject for a blog post. In a prior post, we discussed who is eligible for military leave points. You can read more here: who-is-eligible-for-military-leave-points.html We encourage you to read this prior post carefully, but the takeaway is that our interpretation is that…

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  • I’m purposefully skipping to the end – to the last point system category. We’ll circle back to the other three, leaving Miscellaneous to the end since it is sort of a “catch all” category. (ix)Teaching fire prevention classes—five points maximum. An active volunteer firefighter who at the direction of his company, district or department, and…

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  • The next point system category is meetings: ​(v)Attendance at meetings—twenty points maximum.Attendance at any official meetings of the volunteer fire company—one point per meeting. The biggest issue that surrounds the meeting category are what types of meetings qualify as a meeting for the purposes of this category. The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) has…

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  • The next point system category is Elected or Appointed Positions. Here is the text of the statute: (iv) Elected or appointed position (see definition)—twenty-five points maximum.     (A) Completion of one year term in an elected or appointed position. If the term of office for a firefighter who has been elected or appointed to a…

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  • Today we will look at the third Point System category in the statute – Sleep-in and Stand-by. Here is the text of the statute: (iii) Sleep-in or stand-by—twenty points maximum.      (A) Sleep-in–one point each full night.      (B) Stand-by—one point each. A stand-by is defined as line of duty activity of the…

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  • The next category in the State law is the drill category. This is a very short category in the statute: Drills—twenty points maximum. One point per drill (minimum two hour drill). Similar to the Training Courses category, there is no definition of a drill in Article 11-A of the New York State General Municipal Law.…

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  • Today we will look at the first Point System category – Training Courses. The current version of the statute looks like this: (i) Training courses — twenty-five points maximum.    (A) Courses under twenty hours duration — one point per hour, with a maximum of five points.    (B) Courses of twenty to forty-five hours duration…

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  • It seems appropriate to first address who actually adopts, or amends the point system. There is some confusing language in the statute that must be navigated through. Section 217(c) of the General Municipal Law (GML) includes the following language: “Points shall be granted in accordance with a system adopted by the program sponsor. Such system…

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  • I thought I’d spend some time taking a more deep dive into the LOSAP Point System. There was a flurry of audit activity from from State in 2014 and 2015, which gave us more insight into how the State views that Point Systems should be adopted and administered. Since 2015, there have been a handful…

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  • A commissioner cannot earn points for attending fire district meetings. This is because activities of the volunteer fire company/department are eligible for points. The same would go for the chief attending the monthly district meeting. The points for attending district meetings should be baked into the officer points that are awarded to the chief.

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