State & Union: the New York Firefighters Association changes its name | News

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the New York State Firefighters Association is giving itself a new name.

Starting this month, the group will be known as the New York State Association of Fire Fighters (FASNY). The organization’s board voted unanimously to change its name at a meeting in December.

“We all felt it was time,” said FASNY President John Farrell. Using “firefighter” removes the gender from the name of the association. “The voluntary fire service has evolved a great deal since the end of the 19th century. While our original name was based on the 1872 fire department, our new name positions us for the 21st century.

First Vice President Edward Tase echoed the comments. “We did not make this change lightly. We know and respect the great history of our association. “We also know that our name, like our logos, symbols and actions, must represent the volunteer fire service of today.

The association is in the process of updating its logos and its signage, adds a press release.

The organization also commended Governor Kathy Hochul for signing legislation banning the use of toxic carcinogenic flame retardant chemicals found in electronics enclosures, household items and furniture, to which firefighters may be exposed while performing their duties. their functions.

Andrew B. Reiter