Monroe County Fire Advisory Board > MCFAB - November 2012


19 Nov 2012

 

 

 

Fire Advisory Board

Monroe County, New York

 

                                                          Maggie Brooks                                    L.J. Sutherland

                                                                                              County Executive                                    Chairman

 

November 19, 2012

 

 

Voting Members: B. Carter, M. Terzo, D. Widera, K. Preston,

A. LaFountain, J. Lemcke, L. Ritz, M. Burnside, J. Schreiber, M. Cholach,

T. Bane, A. Hiller, A. Way, W. Lightfoot, C. Fish, C. Dunn

 

Ex-Officio: L. Sutherland, S. DeRosa, S. Bowman, T. Carson, D. DiSalvo, T. Albert, R. Jensen, B. Holtz, P. Schwartzman, G. Chisholm, 

J. Wurtenberg, S. Forrett, T. Frost, J. Cushman, F. Rion, D. Batty,

B. Wiedman, D. DiSalvo, J. Bucci, D. Pfersick, L. Ruiz


A.            CALL TO ORDER THE FIRE & EMS ADVISORY BOARDS 19:00 hrs.

 

B.            PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

C.            MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR FALLEN EMERGENCY SERVICES             PERSONNEL.

 

D.            DO WE HAVE A QUORUM? YES

 

E.            INTRODUCE ANY GUESTS/NEW MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

           

F.            FIRE ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – L. SUTHERLAND

·      No agendas were emailed out. They will only be mailed out if there are additions to the standard agenda.

·      Working on more feedback to the County Legislature.

·      Congratulations to permanently appointed Rochester Fire Chief Salvatore Mitrano.

           

G.            EMS ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – T. CZAPRANSKI

 

H.            PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR – S. BOWMAN

·      CAD testing not going well. A letter has been sent to the vendor to address issues. More to come on this.

 

I.            FIRE & EMS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

·      Discussions regarding various alerting systems available including IAMRESPONDING, Red Alert, and Active911 App. User agencies must sign a waiver to have turned on.

·       Use of VCALL & VTAC channels during storm recovery efforts went well. Agencies are encouraged to program into their radios.

 

J.            FIRE COORDINATORS REPORT – S. DeROSA

·      Jay France has left the Fire Bureau for the fire program training coordinator position at MCC. A job posting with job description and all relevant information will be sent out pending Human Resources approval to fill the position. 

·      Letters of re-appointments for all deputy fire coordinators have been sent to the chair of the FAB. A letter of appointment for 2 new deputy fire coordinator positions for Special Operations has also been sent to the chairman. 

·      I would like to publicly thank all of our deputy fire coordinators for another year of service excellence to the County of Monroe and the Fire Bureau and we look forward to another productive year with all of you.

·      I would like to officially welcome 2 new deputy fire coordinators who will be assigned to Special Operations. Please join me in welcoming Timothy Kohlmeier and Robert Duemmel.  These 2 gentlemen bring several decades of experience with special operations and technical rescue and we are fortunate to have them on board with our team. 

·      A formal notice will go out in December but the December 19th Executive Chiefs Meeting will be postponed until January. This was done based on feedback from the chiefs.

·      Deployments to downstate:

o   The State officially demobilized their command presence yesterday at 4 PM

o   In all, 78 city and county firefighters from 17 fire agencies responded on behalf of Monroe County – my thanks to everyone for a job well done.

o   At the height of the event, Monroe County had engines, ladders, a heavy rescue and SEFU’s all deployed. 

o   Shortcomings at the State end which we’ll discuss at upcoming RFA meeting

o   Issues at the County level that are currently being discussed (evacuations)

·      No resolution yet on the EMT training costs – the matter is being looked at by MCC and the EMS Bureau.  I am waiting for more information.

·      Assessment Centers were conducted for Monroe County candidates for one open State Fire Instructor position.  The assessments were cut short because of the deployments down state but will resume when our FPS returns.

·      Our compliment of part time fire training instructors is back up to full strength – you will be seeing a total of 8 new instructors working on different training, FTG, etc.

·      Happy holidays from everyone in the Fire Bureau..

 

            HAZMAT – S. SCHALABBA

            Responses

·      The Monroe County HazMat Team provided assistance at twelve (12) Level 0 responses since our last meeting. The majority of these matters involved “over the roadway” type incidents related to petroleum spills. There was one matter that involved suspected meth making materials that required the assistance of NYSDEC, local law enforcement, and NYSP. There was also one incident involving a 55-gallon drum of an unknown chemical that spilled into the storm sewer system in the Barnard Fire District that required the assistance of a NYSDEC environmental cleanup company and the Town of Greece Sewer Department.

            Training

·      The Monroe County HazMat Team recently evaluated a new decontamination shelter which was favorably received due to its ease in set-up, take-down and overall size. We plan to add this piece of equipment to our cache as we work to streamline the equipment carried on the WMD trailers.

·      The 2013 training schedule for the Monroe County HazMat Team is currently under development. NYS OFPC classes targeted for this activity include the HazMat Incident Command class and a Hazardous Materials Technician level class.

·      Deputy Fire Coordinator Scott Lancaster and Dr. Cushman recently supported MCSO SWAT with their annual WMD refresher training.

·      Inspection of the new Special Ops Truck is scheduled for the week of December 17, 2012.

 

K.            EMS COORDINATORS REPORT – D. BATTY

·      Ems Study in final phase – some correction to call data will take place over the next week or two.

·      Livingston County EMS Agencies have been added to the Monroe County EMS Status page.

·      A Monroe Livingston TAG (Technical Advisory Group) on EMS Mutual Aid has met and will continue for the next 8 months. Based on new NYS Bureau of EMS regulations EMS Mutual Aid will need to change. In general the TAG members agree the closest most appropriate agency should respond to an emergency.

·      EMS office Executive Deputy (910) interviews being completed and will announce the first week of December.

·      Slate of 2013 EMS Coordinators as follows:

                        920 – Darrin Batty

                        906 – Dr. Cushman

                        907 – Dr. Shah

                        908 – Dr. Murray

                        909 – Dr. Ornovsky

                        901 -  Julie Jordan

                        902 – Dan Everett

                        903 -  Brian Wiedman

                        904 -  Dan DiSalvo

                        905 – Bob Faugh

·      EMS Summit is being planned for February time frame.

·      A heartfelt thank you to retiring car 910; Walt Holohan who has done a wonderful job over the years.

 

 

L.            PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS – R. VERDOUW

            Digital Paging

·      8 customers deployed out of 36 as of today

·      Radio Center is programming pagers in order of the P.O. date.

·      1503 pagers have been well received.

·      UHF digital paging will be turned off as of 12/31/12. PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF ANY “R-NET’s” ETC. STILL IN SERVICE.

·      Response View is being provided to agencies at no cost. Training & login’s on Response View are linked to receipt of the 1503 pagers.

·      Request for “Active 911” are coming in at an alarming rate and being handled as quickly as possible.

·      Coverage monitors have been added at each paging site to better manage the health of the digital paging system.

            Trunk System

·       The trunk system West cell is on the air.

·       East & South cells are on the air under test.

·       Next the cells will be optimized and then traffic handed off cell to cell, roaming.

·       After the Public Service traffic is transferred to the trunk, portables will be circulated for departments to test with and verify coverage in their respective districts.

 

M.            EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT – T. CARSON

·      Deployed 4 dispatchers to Suffolk County Nov 2-9, 2012.

 

N.            OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – F. RION

·      Thank you to all who assisted with the Hurricane Sandy activation.

·      Thank you to all who deployed for the EMAT team.

           

O.            BREAK  1917-1924 hrs.

 

P.            APPROVAL OF FAB MINUTES FROM September 17, 2012

            Motion to approve the September FAB meeting minutes as submitted,             by A. Way, seconded by T. Bane. Motion carried.

                                   

Q.            COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED: L SUTHERLAND

 

R.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

            A.            MUTUAL AID PLAN – D. COON

           

B.            FIRE INVESTIGATOR – M. BURNSIDE

FIRE CAUSE

 

FIRE TYPE

 

ACCIDENTAL

186

 

 

NATURAL

2

 

 

INCENDIARY

36

VEHICLE

81

UNDETERMINED

34

STRUCTURE

169

RFD ASSISTANCE

0

MISC

13

CANCELED ENROUTE

5

 

 

Fatal Fire(s)  3 YTD

 

 

 

YTD TOTALS

263

YTD TOTAL

263

·      263 calls YTD, 42 since last meeting

·      Calls down some, 278 YTD in 2011

Calls of Significance

·      11/4-1 Park Road, Ogden (Pine Ponds) Arson fire to enclosed pavilion in Town Park

o   Ogden PD has the follow up

Juvenile

·      62 calls YTD

·      7 since last meeting

Training

·      Five MCFB Investigators attended the NYS Arson Conference in Montour Falls.

 

            C.            PSTF TRAINING – S. DeROSA

 

            D.            STRATEGIC PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEES – C. FISH

           

            E.            ELECTION COMMITTEE – D. COON

 

S.            FIRE DEPARTMENTS

 

            A.            ROCHESTER FD – S. MITRANO

·      Will be plaquarding vacant do not enter buildings with color coded “X”.

·      Q. S. DeRosa – will Chief Mitrano attend the County Chief’s Meeting to explain this?

·      A. S. Mitrano – yes he will.

            Report by John Schreiber, Captain

·      Sent a truck (quint) company to Nassau County for relief efforts. Crew of 4 rotated every 72 hours, rig returned yesterday. Nassau County ended up being 3 different crews.

·      Lt. Kuppinger and some of the fire safety staff went down over the weekend to assess with structure assessments.

·      Mobile Project – ALL of our 1st line apparatus are now outfitted with mobile computers. We have ordered equipment to install docking stations in our reserve rigs.

·      Engine 7 is back in its quarters after a couple of months of renovations.

·      HQ renovations still in process – about 30 days behind due to asbestos issues.

·      Monroe & Alexander had phone line issues recently. Frontier had to dig up the service to the firehouse after discovering water damage in the conduit.

·      Emerson St. generator install is almost complete. Should be online by December 1st.

                       

            B.            AIRPORT FIRE DEPT. – T. BANE

·      Two Alert 2’s

·      Thank you to all who participated with the FAA Full Scale Drill. Currently working on weaknesses.

·      New crash truck on order with expected delivery date June 2013.

·      Winter training – please call if interested in structural program training.

 

            C.            EAST/WEST SIDE COORDINATOR

 

            D.            1ST BATTALION – M. CHOLACH

·      8 working fires since last meeting

                        3 Webster

                        2 West Webster

                        3 Laurelton

·      3 Level 0’s

·      Double drowning on Irondequoit Bay

·      Multiple motorcycle fatalities

 

            E.            2ND BATTALION – J. LEMCKE

·      5 working fires

                        3 Ridge Road

                        1 Hilton

                        1 Spencerport

 

            F.            3RD BATTALION – A. HILLER

·      Small fire in Brighton last week.

·      Significant accident involving school bus on 10/9; several mutual aid companies from County and City to the scene.

·      Thank you to the MC Fire Bureau and MC Fire Chiefs for their support of Chief Goldfeder presentation.

 

            G.            4TH BATTALION – C. FISH

·      Continue to help with fire investigations

 

            H.            5TH BATTALION – M. TERZO

 

T.            M.C.  VOLUNTEER FIRE CHIEF’S ASSOC. – D. WIDERA

·      Mark Cholach will be sworn in as President of the organization at the January 2013 meeting which will be held at the Diplomat Party House.

·      A letter will be sent to the Fire Advisory Board Chairman designating 1st Vice President Brian Koster as the primary voting member. Also, 2nd Vice President Ken Love will be the alternate for the Monroe County Chiefs.

·      The new meeting schedule for 2013 will be presented at the next Fire Advisory Board Meeting.

·      A happy and safe holiday season to all.

 

U.            M.C.  FIRE DISTRICT OFFICERS’ ASSOC. – K. PRESTON

·      Completed 2013 Budget.

·      Majority districts kept under the 2% tax cap although some had to pass resolutions to override that due to retirement/health care costs.

 

V.            M.C. VOL.  FIREMAN’S ASSOC. & FASNY – A. WAY

·      Received essay contest applicants.

·      Thank you to all who helped out.

·      Had Fire Prevention Program out at the Dome in October which was very successful. Planning to do it again next year.

                       

W.            M.C. LEGISLATOR – W. LIGHTFOOT

·      Going through the budget for the next couple of weeks and will be voted on next month.

                       

X.            ROCHESTER CITY COUNCIL – A. MCFADDEN

                       

Y.            MONROE COUNTY SUPERVISOR’S ASSOC. – A.LAFOUNTAIN

·       Wished a safe holiday.

                       

Z.            ASSOCIATION OF VILLAGES – B. CARTER

 

AA.            FIRE MARSHAL’S ASSOC. – C. DUNN

·      Starting to look at the cycle for the next set of codes for 2014. Spoke briefly about international fire code and residential sprinklers.

           

BB.            BURN ASSOC. – P. SCHWARTZMAN

·      Spoke about a research paper regarding firefighter injuries. Burn Association will be holding ½ day training at no cost, regarding dealing with burn injuries. Would like to partner with County Chief’s/MCFB to promote the event. Coordinator requested P. Schwartzman to send him all the information. Possible dates for this training are January 17 or 29.

·      Adult Retreat February 1-3, 2013.

·      Young Adult Retreat April 11th

·      Burn Walk will be June 9th.

·      Summer Camp August 1-4, 2013.

 

CC.            ANY OTHER REPORTS

 

DD.            OLD BUSINESS

 

EE.            NEW BUSINESS – S. DeROSA

·      There was some discussion regarding the function of the Fire Advisory Board (C. Dunn).

·      There was some discussion regarding fire departments and building their own fire training centers (C. Dunn).

·      C. Fish requested that the Strategic Planning Group could be notified if there are issues to be looked into.

           

FF.            NEXT MEETING DATE Monday, January 28, 2013 7:00 PM

                                                            Public Safety Training Facility

                                                            Room 117A

 

GG.            ANYTHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER

 

Motion to adjourn the Fire Advisory Board Meeting at 7:57 PM. By A. Way seconded by T. Bane. Motion carried.