Bill to make interfering with firefighters on EMS calls a crime

The bill will make obstructing a firefighter who is providing emergency medical care a misdemeanor


By FireRescue1 Staff

NEW YORK — A bill criminalizing intentional interference  with firefighters on EMS calls was approved by the New York state Senate this week. 

The bill will make obstructing a firefighter who is providing emergency medical care a misdemeanor, reported WHEC. The legislation is intended to guarantee firefighters the same protections they are granted while performing other duties.

Legislators cited a 2004 incident in which Rochester firefighters were attacked during a medical call, but police were unable to charge the suspect. 

The Senate unanimously passed the bill; it now moves to the state Assembly.

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