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Updates on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Extension Legislation

House of Representatives Votes in Favor of VCF Extension On Friday, July 12th, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a large margin to reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until the year 2090. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation to those whose health has been impacted by 9/11 and the families of…

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House Judiciary Committee Unanimously Votes in Favor of VCF Extension After Testimony from SPBMC Client and Jon Stewart, Among Others

After powerful testimony from several key figures, including SPBMC client and retired FDNY Lieutenant Michael O’Connell and former Daily Show host and 9/11 victims advocate Jon Stewart, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted in favor of an extension to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The VCF will be extended through 2090. Also present at the hearing were House Judiciary…

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Remembering Black Sunday Firefighters

Today marks the anniversary of the devastating Black Sunday fires in 2005, which killed or severely injured seven members of the FDNY. First, Brooklyn firefighter Richard Sclafani died when overcome by smoke at a private house fire. On that same day, five firefighters and a lieutenant became trapped in a Bronx apartment that was consumed by flames and were forced…

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What Are My Rights If I Am Asked For a Drug Test?

The FDNY has a random drug testing program. When a Company is chosen by computer as the subject of a random drug test, the BITS Drug Testing Unit will come to that Company’s firehouse without notice. Presumably they will wait until the Company is in quarters before announcing their presence. When the Drug Testing Unit…

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