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Formed in 1981 by a group of municipal officials, NYS Public Entities Safety Group 497 was created in order to obtain reductions in the human and financial costs of workers' injuries. The goal of Safety Group 497 is to provide its members a financially secure program, overall cost-effective pricing, exceptional service, and knowledgeable resources.

 

As a result, Safety Group 497 has paid dividends totaling more than $50 million throughout 35 consecutive years.

Safety Group 497 is underwritten by the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), directed by the Safety Group 497 Executive Committee, and managed by Fleury Risk Management.

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Program Availability

  • Municipalities

  • Volunteer Fire Districts

  • Libraries

  • Other Political Subdivisions

Coverage Available

  • Workers' Compensation

  • Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law (VFBL)

  • Volunteer Ambulance Workers' Benefit Law (VAWBL)

Program Benefits

  • Fully insured - financially backed by the full faith and credit of the State of NY

  • Upfront policy discounts for qualified risks

  • Potential end-of-year dividends based on the group's performance

  • No claim liability for funding shortfalls or insolvency

  • Accident analysis and trending reports

  • Claim reserve reviews

  • Experience mod factor review and forecasting

  • Workers' compensation premium budget projections

  • Audit review and class code verification

  • Risk control services

 

Executive Committee

 

Program Information

NYS Safety Group 497 Dividend History

Workers' Compensation Quote Sheet

Submission Requirements for a Quote

NYS Safety Group 497 Marketing Flyer

 

Partnership with Lexipol

In an effort to assist New York's first responders and local governments in reducing their risk of injury while also strengthening current policies and procedures, NYS Public Entities Safety Group 497 has partnered with Lexipol to offer policy solutions and scenario-based training bulletins to reinforce policy content and accountability reporting.

In addition, FRM and Safety Group 497 will be offering grant options to help customers partially subsidize the cost of their first year's subscription. Read more about this grant opportunity here.

To learn more about this partnership, the full press release can be accessed here and the flyer can be downloaded here.

 

Public Entity Safety Initiative Grant

Developed by NYS Safety Group 497's Executive Committee to help achieve safer workplaces, the Public Entity Safety Initiative Grant aims to provide Funding for an unmandated safety initiative. The grant of up to $5,000 is intended to be used towards safety equipment or training that the 497 member organization could otherwise not afford.

Requirements
  • Applicant must be a current NYS Public Entities Safety Group 497 member - all members are encouraged to apply!

  • Must submit all required documentation before February 1st.

What Documentation Should be Submitted?
  • Cover page that can be downloaded here.

  • Letter of intent that includes:

    • Explanation of need - what will the grant be used for (i.e., safety training or equipment?)​

    • Who will be benefiting from the equipment/training?

    • Outline of proposed training/equipment

 

Frederick C. Webster Memorial Scholarship

The Frederick C. Webster Memorial Scholarship was established for the purpose of annually providing monetary assistance to deserving individuals interested in pursuing a degree in the public service sector. This includes, but is not limited to: fire and emergency services, political science, public administration, and library science. A maximum of two (2) scholarships will be awarded annually at $1,500 per award.

The scholarship is sponsored by the NYS Public Entities Safety Group 497 Executive Committee and is dedicated to the memory of Frederick C. Webster. Webster was not only a former 497 Executive Committee member, but also a past chief and chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Elsmere Fire District in Delmar, NY. This scholarship honors Fred's spirit, dedication, and service to his community.

Requirements
  • Applicants must be enrolled (or planning to enroll) in an accredited two- to four-year college or university with a course concentration in a public services-related field.

  • Applicants must be sponsored by a current NYS Public Entities Safety Group 497 member.

  • Submit a completed packet including:

    • Scholarship application (available for download here)​

    • Certified school transcripts

    • Two (2) letters of recommendation

    • An original essay of at least 250 words

  • All materials must be submitted no later than February 1st.