10/02/14 4:00pm
10/02/2014 4:00 PM
Volunteer firefighters march in a Presidents Day parade hosted by Greenport Fire Department. (Randee Daddona file photo)

Volunteer firefighters march in a Presidents Day parade hosted by Greenport Fire Department. (Randee Daddona file photo)

Local fire department and ambulance chiefs are praising recently signed legislation that protects volunteer firefighters and EMTs from losing their regular jobs for missing work while responding to disasters and crises.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Sept. 23. The new law provides excused leave for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers who are called away to help out during a state of emergency. (more…)