New State Law Allows Background Checks on Volunteer Firefighters
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that strengthens the vetting process for volunteer firefighter organizations by requiring applicants to submit to a background check for any prior sex offense convictions. ""Firefighters are often in a position where they serve and protect vulnerable members of their communities - which is why it is imperative that our volunteer firefighter organizations are staffed with highly qualified and dedicated individuals,"" Cuomo said. This legislation will require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions if the individual wishes to proceed with an application. This law passed both houses of the Legislature."