NY CLS Exec § 159

Advisory Council for Fire Prevention and Control

NY CLS Exec § 159
Advisory Council for Fire Prevention and Control

Advisory Council for Fire Prevention and Control

Established within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) pursuant to Executive Law § 159, the Advisory Council for Fire Prevention and Control, the Council is charged with advising the Commissioner and the State Fire Administrator with regard to:

a. Execution of the functions, powers and duties of the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) regarding fire and arson prevention and control.

b. Recommendations regarding training courses and standards for firefighters.

c. Recommendations regarding Federal and State legislation and programs for fire and arson prevention.

d. Recommendations on other matters as requested by the Commissioner or State Fire Administrator.


The Council consists of the following members:

  • The State Fire Administrator (chair), or designee
  • Six members appointed by the Governor
  • Two members appointed by the President Pro Tem of the Senate
  • One member appointed by the Senate Minority Leader
  • Two members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly
  • One member appointed by the Assembly Minority Leader

Members are to represent the volunteer and career fire service, half of whom must serve at the municipal level, and serve for a term of three years.  Members serve without salary of per diem but may be reimbursed for actual expenditures incurred as part of their official duties on the Council.

The Council is to meet twice per year or as called for a special meeting.  Agendas and meeting locations are to be made available to the public in advance.

NY CLS Exec § 159

  1. There is hereby created within the division of homeland security and emergency services an advisory council for fire prevention and control for the purpose of advising the commissioner and the state fire administrator with regard to: (a) execution of the functions, powers and duties of the office with respect to fire and arson prevention and control services, policies and programs; (b) recommendations on courses of instruction and standards for training of firefighters of fire departments, fire companies, municipal corporations, districts, and private industry of the state; (c) recommendations on federal and state legislation and programs relating to fire and arson prevention services, policies and programs; and (d) recommendations upon such other matters as the commissioner and the state fire administrator may request. 
  2. The council shall be composed of the state fire administrator, as chair, or his or her designee, and twelve other members appointed as follows: six members appointed by the governor; two members appointed by the temporary president of the senate; one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate; two members appointed by the speaker of the assembly; one member appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. 
  3. Membership of such council shall consist of representatives from the volunteer and career fire service, at least half of which shall serve at the municipal level. 
  4. Members of the council, other than the state fire administrator, shall serve for terms of three years, with such terms to commence on April first and expire on March thirty-first. 
  5. No member of the council shall be disqualified from holding any other public office or employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any such office or employment by reason of the appointment hereunder, notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special or local law, ordinance or city charter. 
  6. The council shall meet at least twice a year. Special meetings may be called by the chairperson. The agenda and meeting place of all regular or special meetings shall be made available to the public in advance of such meeting. 
  7. Members of the council shall serve without salary or per diem allowance, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties under this section, provided, however, that such members are not, at the time such expenses are incurred, public employees otherwise entitled to such reimbursement. 
  8. The chairperson may create subcommittees as he or she may from time to time deem appropriate to provide the council with advice and recommendations. Members of such subcommittees shall be entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties under this section, provided, however, that such members are not, at the time such expenses are incurred, public employees otherwise entitled to such reimbursement. 

Advisory Council Board Members

Current Board Members: Governor’s Seats
Seat Member County Last Appointed Current Term Expires
2

 Steven Klein

Nassau

6/1/2021

3/31/2022

3

Joseph M. Fahd, Jr. 

Albany 

11/2/2010 

3/31/2013

4

Dale Herman 

Jefferson

3/10/2022-3/31/2022

Reappoint 4/1/2022

3/31/2025

5

VACANT (former Jeffrey C.Winchell )

     
6

Maria D. Walker  

Albany 

9/4/2014 

3/31/2016 

7

VACANT (former Thomas J. Pigott)

     

 

Current Board Members: Statutory and Ex-officio
Seat Member

Statutory Sponsor 

Last Appointed 

Current Term Expires 

1

State Fire Administrator (Chair) 

     
8

Patrick Klein 

Temporary President of the Senate 

8/5/2016 

3/31/2019 

9

George V. Kern 

Temporary President of the Senate 

10/18/2019

7/30/2022

10

Anthony P. Jimenez

Speaker of the Assembly  

11/10/2020

11/10/2023

11

Kevin Lozano

Speaker of the Assembly  

11/10/2020

11/10/2023

12

Darrell L. Williams 

Minority Leader of the Senate 

1/11/2018 

3/31/2020 

13

Jeffrey Robert Harloff 

Minority Leader of the Assembly 

9/26/2019 

6/30/2022

 

Meeting Minutes and Agendas