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Six Ways to Be a More Heart-Healthy Firefighter this Year

Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer of firefighters nationwide and is by far the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the fire service. According to the International Association of Firefighters, more than 12 percent of all firefighters will develop heart disease at some point in their lives. Even young and healthy firefighters suffer from hardened […]

Creating a Health & Wellness Program for Your Department

Firefighting is a demanding occupation. Considerable physical fitness and mental fortitude are required to perform an array of challenging tasks. The public belief is that firefighters, career or volunteer, inherently possess physical fitness attributes and mental resilience that allow them to perform their duties with energy and efficiency. Unfortunately, this perception doesn’t always match reality […]

10 Ways Firefighters Can Support Their Own Mental Health

Firefighting is a stressful occupation. Working in unpredictable and hazardous environments takes a physical toll. Difficult calls, variable duty schedules, working in close proximity with others who may or may not be personally compatible – all of these things contribute to stress that, if not well managed, can lead to significant issues for both physical […]

Fire Districts Mutual of New York Maintains AM Best Rating for Third Consecutive Year

Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance Co. Inc. (FDMNY), has maintained its AM Best “A-” rating in the Financial Strength and Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating categories for the third consecutive year.  “AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of ‘A-’ (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of ‘A-’ (Excellent) to FDMNY. The […]

New medical bill review & pharmacy benefits management vendor

As a reminder, Fire Districts of NY Mutual Insurance Co. has established a new partnership for medical bill review and pharmacy benefits management. Beginning September 1, 2023, FDMNY has transitioned these services to ManageAbility, Inc. for medical bill review and Prodigy Care Services, LLC for pharmacy benefits management. Each applicable fire district should have received […]

NY Volunteer Fire Departments Gear Up for Annual Recruitment Weekend

Volunteer fire departments across New York State will open their doors and fire truck bays to local residents during the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 as part of the fourth annual RecruitNY statewide volunteer firefighter recruitment effort.  RecruitNY is designed to help increase volunteer membership which has suffered over the last […]

BULLETIN: VFBL Coverage for 16- & 17-Year-Old Volunteer Firefighters

As the fire service prioritizes recruitment efforts, many fire districts look to a new, younger generation of members and future leadership development. It is an important tradition and process to ensure that the fire service will continue to evolve and meet the needs of our communities. As the recruitment of young volunteer firefighters develops, we […]