Fire Departments, Fire Districts, and EMS

Fire Law & EMS

Our firm offers a comprehensive array of services to address all of the needs of fire departments, fire districts, ambulance services and individual providers. We can handle most of your organization’s corporate, contract, litigation, regulatory and government relation needs. Our involvement in the fire and EMS service gives us an unparalleled ability to offer creative advice and solutions to address your issues. When we say that we wrote the book on fire department law, we mean it. Brad Pinsky has authored the popular “Fire Department Law & Management Resource Manual” used by hundreds of fire departments throughout New York State.

Fire Law & EMS Legal Services

The Group counsels providers in a variety of matters including:

  • General legal advice for districts and departments


  • Attendance at meetings (virtually or in person)


  • Review of meeting minutes


  • Compliance with state and federal laws and regulations


  • Drafting financial, administrative and operational policies


  • Bond Counsel (up to $5,000,000) and financing needs


  • Defense of lawsuits


  • Resolving internal disputes


  • Development, amendments and review of LOSAP plans


  • Draft of Human Resource Policies/Handbooks


  • Advice on labor/employment issues


  • Purchase and finance of equipment


  • Purchase and improvement of real estate


  • Cell tower contracts and ground leases


  • Merging of fire districts, fire companies and other not-for-profits


  • Formation of fire protection districts and fire districts
  • Formation of ambulance districts


  • Draft and revision to corporate bylaws


  • Protection of directors & officers from liability
  • Pursue compensation for serious injuries to firefighters


  • Defense of EMTs before the New York State Department of Health


  • Obtain exempt status from state sales tax and federal income tax


  • Implement ambulance billing services


  • Drafting corporate compliance plans


  • Obtaining certificates of need for ambulance services and municipalities


  • Contracts with municipalities


  • Compliance with New York


  • State Alcoholic Beverage Control Act


  • Billing matters, including Medicare compliance and anti-kickback laws


  • and much more