Paid NYC Firefighters Restricted From Volunteering At Some LI Firehouses

The firefighters union voted that paid NYC firefighters can no longer volunteer at Long Island fire departments that have paid members.


LONG BEACH - A recent vote by the New York City Firefighters union may affect some Long Island towns.

The firefighters union voted that paid NYC firefighters can no longer volunteer at Long Island fire departments that have paid members. Garden City and Long Beach, which both have paid firefighters, are the two Long Island fire departments that will be affected.

Garden City Fire Department Chief Tom Foley says one of his members handed in his resignation Thursday night. Foley said the firefighter received threats from his delegates and was told to quit.

According to Foley, approximately 10 members of his department could be affected by the recent decision. Long Beach Fire Commissioner Michael Kerr says between 12-18 members of his department could be affected.

The fire fighters union was unavailable for comment due to the holiday.