Monroe County Fire Advisory Board > May 2013 FAB Meeting Minutes


9 Apr 2014

Monroe County Fire Advisory Board Meeting

May 20, 2013

 

Voting Members: L. Ritz, B. Koster, K. Preston, C. Dunn, J. Schreiber,

W. Curran, J. Lemcke, T. Santillo, C. Fish, M. Terzo, F. Ancello, J. Ortiz,

A. LaFountain, W. Carter, T. Bane, M. Burnside

 

Ex-Officio: A. Way, B. Duemmel, J. France, R. Jensen, M. Kester,

P. Schwartzman, A. Sienkiewicz


A.            CALL TO ORDER THE FIRE & EMS ADVISORY BOARDS  1900 hrs.

 

B.            PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

C.            MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR FALLEN EMERGENCY SERVICES           

           

D.            DO WE HAVE A QUORUM? YES

 

E.            INTRODUCE ANY GUESTS/NEW MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

           

F.            FIRE ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – C. FISH

·      Welcome to new member Fred Ancello.

·      Welcome to Jackie Ortiz (standing in for A. McFadden).

           

G.            EMS ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – D. BATTY

·      Mission Vision and By-Laws for EMS Advisory Board are being reviewed.

·      Voting on Vice Chairman tonight.

·      Discussing the possible move or a change of meeting times.

 

H.            PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR – B. BURNS

 

I.            FIRE & EMS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

·      Trunking system was accepted by the County.

·      C. Fish inquired about testing. J. Lemcke advised that anticipated testing to begin in July and will be done by Battalions.

 

J.            FIRE COORDINATORS REPORT – C. FISH READ REPORT

·      Thanks to everyone who participated in a great send off for Public Safety Director Steven Bowman. A great send off for a worthy public servant. The new Public Safety Director, David Moore, will start with the County on June 4, 2013;

·      The Annual Lakeshore Kiwanis Awards event is scheduled for June 19th.  This year, the entire West Webster Fire Department will receive the Kiwanis Award for their actions as a public service first response agency on December 24, 2012.  FF’s Mike Chiapperini, Tomasz Kaczowka, Joseph Hofstetter & Ted Scardino.

·      The bid is out for replacement turnout gear for our fire instructors, deputy fire coordinators and fire investigators. I would like to thank the Airport Fire Department and Chief Bane for partnering with the Fire Bureau for this project. We hope that additional savings will be seen for both of our agencies as a result of this partnership.

·      The county fire chiefs received correspondence and a request from the Water Authority to complete the survey about fire hydrants used for training. This is done annually by MCWA to assure those training hydrants are serviced appropriately so they’re fire service ready.

·      I am happy to report that the North Greece Fire District did receive their FEMA Reimbursement from their mutual aid deployment to Hurricane Irene. I thank North Greece for their patience and am even happier to report that deployments are now a priority topic for the county fire coordinators and the Office of Fire Prevention & Control.

·      The Fire Bureau is hosting Executive Fire Chiefs Meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 7 PM at the PSTF. The chiefs will receive a room location and agenda prior to the meeting.

·      The legislative referral for the technical rescue grant is in committee and is expected to be brought to the full legislature in June. We are also working on an inter-municipal agreement with the Gates Fire District to store and operate Special Operations 9, our primary response vehicle to technical rescue and hazardous material incidents. This also should be in the queue for the June Legislative Meeting.

·      An announcement is forthcoming for a location and date for recruit firefighter graduation ceremony for 3 Firefighter-I Classes.  Our normal graduation location is closed for renovations for the entire summer.      

            HAZMAT – C. FISH READ REPORT

·      The Monroe County Hazardous Materials Response Team responded to two (2) Level 1 HazMat responses and 11 Level 0’s since our last meeting A few of the Level 0 responses were somewhat unusual and included:

            - providing assistance and forensic analysis from the Office of Emergency             Management of a radiation source that a homeowner needed help with             disposing of properly;

            -a mercury spill at a self-service car wash (outside spill near a vacuum             cleaner station) where >1 ounce of mercury was recovered by a NYSDEC             approved environmental cleanup contractor;

            - an equipment malfunction in an industrial furnace that resulted in molten             salt flowing outside of the unit, subsequently catching some combustibles             on fire;

            - a fire involving 55-gallon drums of magnesium powder where there was             concern as to the proper treatment/disposal of contaminated water             generated during fire suppression from the sprinkler system.

 

            Again, thanks to the NYSDEC for their partnership and support with             assisting with these matters.

 

·      The Monroe County and Rochester Fire Department HazMat Teams will be training together on Thursday May 23 at the PSTF. Team Leaders will highlight new equipment purchases and discuss operational matters. We will also be sending two (2) team members to the IAFC HazMat Conference in Baltimore next month.

·      The Fire Bureau was recently notified that we’ll be receiving a $133K under the FY2012 Technical Rescue and USAR Grant Program. This is the fourth year in a row that we have received everything we’ve asked for in our application. This grant is important because it allows us to purchase water rescue equipment that will directly enhance our local response capabilities.

·      On May 8th, the County Executive announced the formation of the Monroe County Special Operations Unit which will consist of rope, water, confined space, and Urban Search and Rescue teams. Initial membership meetings were held last week and the process will continue to evolve in the months ahead.

 

K.            EMS COORDINATORS REPORT – T. CZAPRANSKI

 

L.            PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS – R. VERDOUW

           

M.            EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT – M. KESTER

·      IPAWS is in place. This program was briefly discussed. More information to be sent out in June.

·      J. France inquired about a possible demonstration of IPAWS program for Fire Chief’s. M. Kester will look into this.

 

N.            OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – F. RION

·      Due to the federal sequester and funding cuts from the DHS, the University of Texas at Dallas has sent communication to all e-Plan users that the program will end effective August 31, 2013. OEM’s Mark L is in the process of soliciting letters of support from e-Plan users to send to DHS. Currently, in Monroe County, there is 100% participation from companies in the e-Plan when it comes to entering Tier II data for HazMat. Please email Mark if you have questions.  

·      Chris Crane, HSEEP Program Manager, conducted a PIO Planning Meeting on May 7 in advance of the Illicit Trafficking Interdiction Exercise on June 12. Participants included PIOs from the FBI, State Police, MCSO, NYS DHSES, DEC, Monroe County and City of Rochester.

·      Work continues with the PGA of America in assembling the IAP for the PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC the week of August 5th. Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, DOT and other stakeholders have been charged with developing their plans. Once completed, OEM will assemble all the plans into one IAP working document.

·      May 22-23, the FBI Buffalo Division will be hosting an Active Shooter Conference at the PSTF Rm 117.

·      Renovation on the EOC has begun in earnest and completion is set for July. Upgrades to the audio/visual equipment as well as the addition and redesign of the layout of the room will be most noticeable.

·      Dates to remember: June 12 – Northern Border Security Exercise at the Port of Rochester; June 13 – Ginna/HAB PIO Exercise; June 20 – MCC/Webster School District Ginna Evac Drill; July 24 – Ginna HAB, NYS Evaluated Drill; PGA Championship – August 5-11; Sept 17 – Ginna HAB, FEMA Evaluated Drill.

·      Last but not least, OEM’s Ken Beck is retiring. Last day is May 24. An email invite and flyer was sent out by Debi Altemari for RSVPs to Ken’s going away party. It will be on June 10at McGregors on Coldwater Rd in Gates starting at 5:30PM. Please RSVP Debi or Fred by June 4.

·      C. Fish inquired if the OEC is open during renovations. F. Rion informed that the rooms are not available for meetings, but the OEC can be activated during any emergency.

 

O.            BREAK 1923 - 1933 hrs.

 

P.            APPROVAL OF FAB MINUTES FROM March 18, 2013

            Motion to approve the March FAB meeting minutes as submitted by

            K. Preston, seconded by T. Santillo.

                        All in favor            YES

                        Opposed             NONE

                        Motion Carried.

                                   

Q.            COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED: C. FISH

·      Received a letter from Legislative Clerk appointing Fred Ancello as appointed representative to the Fire Advisory Board.

 

R.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

            A.            MUTUAL AID PLAN – C. FISH

·      Will be looking for participation in Fall session.

           

B.            FIRE INVESTIGATOR – M. BURNSIDE

FIRE CAUSE

 

FIRE TYPE

 

ACCIDENTAL

92

 

 

NATURAL

0

 

 

INCENDIARY

7

VEHICLE

40

UNDETERMINED

21

STRUCTURE

81

RFD ASSISTANCE

 

MISC

1

CANCELED ENROUTE

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatal Fire(s)  2 YTD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YTD TOTALS

122

YTD TOTAL

122

 

Calls of Significance

·      April 22- 75 Macedon Center Road, Fairport

          Commercial fire

·      May 1- 498 Huffer Road, Hilton

          Garage Fire-total loss

·      May 5- 43 Sparling Drive, Barnard

          House Fire-assisted Greece PD with unrelated criminal investigation

·      May 20-981 Long Pond Road, North Greece

          Incendiary fire in occupied residence (assisted Greece PD)

 

Juvenile Fire Investigation     Referrals YTD: 17

            C.            PSTF TRAINING – J. FRANCE

·      Hired a full time maintenance individual for fire training grounds. Has been working well, there have been no “down” time for FTG.

·      Currently doing preventative maintenance on propane tank on FTG.

 

            D.            STRATEGIC PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEES – C. FISH

           

            E.            ELECTION COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

·      Letter of intent for the position of Vice Chairman of the Fire Advisory Board was received from Christopher Dunn.

 

                        ARE THERE ANY NOMINATIONS FROM THE FLOOR?

                        ARE THERE ANY NOMINATIONS FROM THE FLOOR?

                        ARE THERE ANY NOMINATIONS FROM THE FLOOR?

 

                        J. Lemcke made a motion to appoint Christopher Dunn to the position of                                     Vice Chairman to the Fire Advisory Board, motion was seconded by

                        M. Terzo.

 

                        All in favor?            Yes

                        Opposed?            None

                        Motion Carried.

 

S.            FIRE DEPARTMENTS

 

            A.            ROCHESTER FD – J. SCHREIBER

·      There will be a summer recruit program.

·      Currently doing hose and ladder inspections.

·      Red Alert system being upgraded. Electronic PCR’s available.

·      Improving GIS

·      Spider Man has come and gone. Was very good for Rochester.

·      Working with Food Trucks with training for the vendors.                  P. Swartzman offered any help to them.

·      B. Carter inquired on the number of recruits. 21 Graduated with an anticipated 20 for the upcoming class.

·      Statistics were made available in print form and will be included with the meeting minutes.

                       

            B.            AIRPORT FIRE DEPT. – T. BANE

·      New Crash Truck has been purchased.

·      Yearly Emergency Plan is being updated.

·      Submitted application for Grant for possible purchase of additional crash truck.

·      Looking into need for phone trailer.

·      Training with Canandaigua.

 

            C.            EAST/WEST SIDE COORDINATOR

 

            D.            1ST BATTALION – M. CHOLACH

 

            E.            2ND BATTALION – J. LEMCKE

·      10 working fires

            1 Commercial Building in Hilton

            1 Apartment Fire in Ridge Road Dist.

            5 House Fires

                1 Hilton

                1 Ridge Road

                1 Barnard

                1 Brockport

                1 North Greece

            3 Shed Fires

                1 Ridge Road

                1 Spencerport

                1 Hilton

·      HazMat Level 1 in Ridge Road Dist.

 

            F.            3RD BATTALION – A. HILLER

 

            G.            4TH BATTALION – C. FISH

·      Metalico Drum Fire

·      3 Alert 2’s

·      Southwest EMS Group has been meeting looking into more efficient ways to run EMS Depts (load sharing). All Battalion agencies have been participating.

 

            H.            5TH BATTALION – M. TERZO

 

 

T.            M.C. FIRE CHIEF’S ASSOC. – B. KOSTER

·      Had a booth at the Home and Garden show in March. Gates created a picture presentation that was run. 1 Applicant was gained and passed on to Fairport.

·      Steak Roast will be August 14th at Barnard Exempts.

·      Awards nominations are due August 23rd to B. Koster. Nominations will be reviewed with K. Preston on August 28th.

·      Awards Dinner is October 10th.  Reservations should be called in to Lauri Ruiz at the Monroe County Fire Bureau.

·      Special Event – Turkey Bash on November 22nd at the Riverside Convention Center. Proceeds to benefit the Fire Service.

 

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

·      Supporting Legislative referrals to:

                        * Prohibit Sex Offenders from joining or remaining as Volunteer                                     Firefighters.

                        * Safer Act – Request to oppose cuts to AFG or SAFER below the                                      FY2013 appropriated level of $337.5 million

                        *Fire Police Fairness Act – This act would clarify that the families                                     of fire police officers killed in the line of duty are eligible for the                                     Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB).

                        *Vol Responder Incentive Protection Reauth. Act – exempts                                     property tax benefits and up to $600 per year of other types of                                     incentives that volunteer emergency responders receive as a reward                         for their service.

                        *VESRRA would allow sponsors of LOSAP (retirement) to elect                                     to have their plan be considered eligible deferred comp., making                                     plan contributions guaranteed and portable (able t/b rolled over).

                        * Oppose Cuts to USFA below the FY 2013 appropriated level of                                     $44 million.

                        * Rural Fire Assistance to Volunteer Fire Assistance – provide a                                     minimum of $16 million for VFA.

                        ALL DOCUMENTS WILL BE INCLUDED W/MINUTES

                       

V.            M.C. VOL.  FIREMAN’S ASSOC. & FASNY – L. RITZ

·      Quarterly Convention June 27th.

·      FASNY Convention August 20-23rd in Albany NY. Information on FASNY.com

·      Essay Contest – getting help from central and western NY.

·      A. Way reported the Firemen’s Home now houses 68 members. All members are currently doing well. If you would like A. Way to come to your dept/battalion meeting to explain the Firemen’s Home please contact him as he will gladly attend.

·      J. Lemcke inquired how Recruit NY went this year. A. Way reported that it went well and information can be found in the FASNY magazine. J. Lemcke’s personal observation was that he didn’t see much promotion of this event locally. C. Fish reported that he met with the V. Chairman of this committee and invited him to Monroe County for a meeting. A. Way stated that if anyone had any questions to email them to him and he will forward them to the Chairman.

                       

W.            M.C. LEGISLATOR – F. ANCELLO

·      Welcomes any questions or legislative actions. Please contact him.

·      Barnard Carnival is June 19th. Hope to see you there.

                       

X.            ROCHESTER CITY COUNCIL – J. ORTIZ

·      This week kicked off the Budget. Budget looks good for the Fire Service with possible updates to equipment in the next 5 years. No cuts have been mentioned at this point.

                       

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

·      Towns have been successful in updating their Emergency Plans.

·      Would like the Chairman to attend the next Supervisor’s Meeting for Public Safety.

                       

Z.            ASSOCIATION OF VILLAGES – B. CARTER

·      All 2013 elections and budgets have been completed except Brockport which is scheduled for June.

 

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

·      Annual seminar will be held in West Webster.

·      Looking into legislature on building codes. There are proposals in to do away with codes council which will allow municipalities to adopt/create own codes. Might cause problems in uniformity of codes.

           

BB.            BURN ASSOC. – P. SCHWARTZMAN

·      Completed SOAR program training 15 burn survivors.

·      Young Adult (ages 18-25) retreat was held in April.

·      Finished 3rd annual Gateway to Healing

·      Working with Strong Burn Unit regarding the difficulty of obtaining compression garments. Looking for funds.

·      Burn Walk will be June 9th. See www.flrba.com for complete details.

·      Burn Camp will be August 1st.

·      Camp Open House will be August 3rd.

 

CC.            ANY OTHER REPORTS

 

DD.            OLD BUSINESS -

 

EE.            NEW BUSINESS –

            Randy Jensen - Fallen Firefighters Golf Tournament is June 2nd & 3rd. June 3rd has             been sold out. 100 spots available for the 2nd.

 

            A. Way – M.C. Fire Police held their seminar on May 18th. All went well.

 

            Membership letter will be drafted for the Legislature.

           

 

FF.            NEXT MEETING DATE Monday, September 16, 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 20:16 hrs. by B. Carter, seconded by T. Bane. Motion carried.