The scheduled meeting of the Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Delegates was called to order by the President, Mr. Alan C. Way at 7:35 PM. The location of the meeting was at the Combined Training Facility located at 1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, NY.
The assembly was led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag by the Sgt.-At-Arms, Mr. Gordon Burris and the Opening Prayer was offered by the Acting Association Chaplain, Mr. Donald Fox.
With the taking of the roll call, it was determined that a quorum existed to conduct all business brought to the floor by the attendees.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved on a motion called for by the Chair. 1st by Mr. S. Giuliano. 2nd by Mr. R. Diehl. Motion carried by voice vote, no dissentions.
There were several communications that were read and passed on to the appropriate persons for their attention and workflow. There was a series of bills for postage and copying passed on to the Treasurer for his action.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. J. Princehorn
The treasurer gave a complete report to the attendees and a full official copy is part of these minutes and can be reviewed by any member by contacting either the Secretary of any other Officer at any time.
There was a motion called for by the Chair regarding the Treasurer’s Report for acceptance. 1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. W. Montagno. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as given with no discussion and passed by voice vote.
There was a motion called for by the Chair to pay all submitted warrants for payment. 1st by Mr. S. Giuliano. 2nd by Mr. M. Smith. This motion was passed by voice vote with no discussion.
The following Committees had no reports at this time for a variety of reasons: Audit, Constitution and Bylaws, Drills and Officials, Fire Prevention Education, Fire Safety Trailer, Fire Prevention Essay Contest, Historical, Public Relations, Siren, Special Events, Transportation, Yearbook and Special Committees 1 & 2.
Banquet Committee: Mr. W. Nichols
The MCVFA (Inc.) Banquet will be held at Logan’s Party House on May 6, 2006. Social Hour will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Dinner will be at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $25.00 each.
Budget and Finance: Mr. L. Hicks
Mr. L. Hicks reports that there will be a deficit in the Association budget this year.
Emergency Medical Service: Ms. D. Pfersick, RN
Ms. Pfersick reports that the EMS Seminar went very well and was fully attended. There will be a STEP Conference held on April 7-8, 2006.
The CPR changes are to go into effect this month. Ms. Pfersick took the time to explain the changes and how they are to be implemented.
Explorers: Mr. W. Montagno
The Explorer Recognition Dinner will be held at the Gates #2 Fire Facility on April 28, 2006.
Barnard will be hosting a Support Course on April 5, 2006. This course is open to all Explorers over 16 years of age.
There was a discussion by Mr. L. Hicks and Mr. W. Montagno regarding the various insurance plans that cover the Explorers while acting within the Fire Service sponsored events. This included discussions on both liability and hospital related costs to the sponsoring organization and the individual Explorer and or family.
Hospitality Room: Mr. A. Way
Mr. A. Way reports the Hospitality Room was a total success. The food was used up and the pop and beer were given over to the Brockport Exempts as a donation for all their assistance.
Legislative: Mr. W. Nichols
Mr. W. Nichols rose to discuss several of the issues discussed at the recent Legislative Conference. Among these were the Fire Service public relations efforts and the Tax Relief bill winding its way through the process. The amount discussed is $250.00.
Commissioner Training will be offered to newly elected Commissioners.
Membership: Mr. W. Nichols
To date there are 44 organizations paid and 1,504 individual members paid.
Nominating: Mr. P. Tracy
Mr. Tracy discussed the vacancies that exist for Directors.
Resolutions: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox will have the report ready for the next Quarterly Convention.
Steering Committee: Mr. D. Fox
Mr. D. Fox reports that the Committee is involved in the Schultz Campaign and requested approval by way of an official motion to cover various expenses relating to his committee’s work, (printing and postage). The Chair called for this motion. 1st by Mr. W. Montagno. 2nd by Mr. M. Smith. The motion was passed by voice vote with no discussion.
It was reported that City of Rochester Fire Chief Floyd Madison will be the Featured Speaker at the next Quarterly Convention.
REPORTS OF REPRESENTATIVES AND DELEGATES:
There was no report from the Finger Lakes Burn Association at this time.
Fire Advisory Board: Mr. A. Way
Mr. C. Dunn was appointed to the Goals and Standards Committee.
Narrow Band paging is being worked on for a completion date of May 1, 2006 in mind.
County Fire Chiefs: Mr. A. Sweet
The County Chiefs are now going to be on the road for 4 meetings. Contact Mr. A. Sweet for any dates of these meetings.
Fire Districts, Fire Marshals and County Fire Police had no report at this time.
FASNY: Mr. W. Nichols
April 26, 27 & 28, 2006 will see the Codes Update at the WWFD.
May 23, 2006 will see a “Roll Over” Course at the Training Center. Both of these are FASNY Courses.
NCNYVFA: Mr. G. Burris
Their next meeting will be in Fairville at the Fairville Fire Department on April 9, 2006. Start time is scheduled for 1:00 PM.
WNYVFA: Mr. K. Fuller
Mr. K. Fuller submitted and read the complete WNYVFA Report. A copy is attached to these minutes and will be posted on the MCVFA (Inc.) web site (www.mcvfa.com).
Mr. K. Fuller relates that the deadline for the WNYVFA Scholarship is June 6, 2006.
REPORT OF OFFICIALS AND DELEGATES:
Chaplains Association, Coordinators Office and FASNY had no report at this time.
Firemen’s Home: Mr. D. Fox
Construction is going according to schedule. October is hoped for as the date of the Official Dedication.
Ms. Ella Ernst’s 100 Years Birthday Party is coming up. Mr. A. Way will be attending as the County Representative. There was a letter received from a resident requesting some local Fire Department patches. (The Secretary will act on this request)
State Fire Police: Mr. A. Way
Mr. A. Way reports that the seminar was well attended.
The State Fire Police Convention will be held this year in Utica, NY on May 5-7, 2006.
There was a Level 1 HAZMAT Incident at SUNY Brockport.
Mr. Fox discussed the Whitney Ridge fire and the “Luck of the Draw” that had a full crew already on duty that made a terrific stop and saved a “whole lot of real estate. Five people were treated at local hospitals. Due to the quick action of the Fairport Fire Department…..there were no fatalities.
There was a small fire at Home Depot due to defective light ballast.
Mr. A. Sweet discussed the fire at the Monticello Apartments. There were several local Fire Departments in on this one. Lima and Avon were two mentioned along with Monroe County Units. It was labeled a “good stop”. Although 2 citizens were hospitalized…….there was no fatalities.
The Hospitality Room Application was given to the Treasurer, Mr. J. Princehorn.
There was a motion called for to approve any recommendations the Steering Committee makes for the WNYVFA Slate of Officers. 1st by Mr. L. Hicks. 2nd by Mr. W. Montagno. The motion was passed by voice vote with no objections or discussion.
There was a discussion regarding the “Yearbook” – What to do? When? What is it? What should it include? – were some of the questions asked. The questions were still to be addressed at future meetings. Although there were several well thought out ideas presented, this is still an ongoing project.
The 75th Birthday of the Association is coming up. There are now ongoing discussions as to what will be done to celebrate this event.
The Association President, Mr. Alan C. Way reports that he has formed an Audit Committee to oversee the Association financial picture.
The Treasurer, Mr. J. Princehorn discussed the Certified Public Accountant fees that are charged to the Association to audit the books, etc. This fee is reported to be in the area of $450.00. There was a motion called for by the Chair to pay this fee. 1st by Mr. S. Giuliano. 2nd by Mr. M. Smith. The motion was passed by voice vote with discussion by the Treasurer as to its need.
REPORT OF OFFICERS:
The President: Mr. Alan C. Way
No report at this time.
The 1st Vice President: Mr. Lawrence A. Ritz
Mr. L. Ritz discussed the upcoming committee assignments.
The 2nd Vice President: Ms. Diana Pfersick, RN
No report at this time.
GOOD AND WELFARE:
Gene Renner is now a “CABG” (aka cabbage) Patient. He had a 3-artery Heart Bypass Operation in Florida. He’s doing OK now and it’s reported he’s on the mend. A card will be sent to him in Florida.
FYI: his address is:
Mr. Eugene Renner
19681 Summerlin Rd.
Ft. Meyers, FL 33908
With no additional business being brought to the floor by the attendees, there was a motion called for to adjourn the meeting. 1st by Mr. S. Giuliano. 2nd by Mr. J. Carberry. The motion was carried by acclimation.
The Closing Benediction was offered by the Association Acting Chaplain, Mr. Donald H. Fox.
Time of adjournment: 9:40 PM.
J. K. Walsh
Sec. MCVFA (Inc.)