9 Apr 2014
Monroe County Fire Advisory Board Meeting
September 16, 2013
Voting Members: L. Ritz, B. Koster, K. Preston, C. Dunn, S. Mitrano III, W. Curran, M. Cholach, J. Lemcke, T. Santillo, C. Fish, M. Terzo, F. Ancello, A. McFadden, W. Carter
Ex-Officio: T. Link, S. DeRosa, S. Schalabba, T. Warth, A. Way.
A. Sienkiewicz, J. Schreiber, A. Baker, M. Kester,
D. Moore, P. Schwartzman, J. France, M. McHenry,
S. Lancaster, R. Jensen
A. CALL TO ORDER THE FIRE & EMS ADVISORY BOARDS 19:04 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
G. EMS ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – D. BATTY
· Currently discussing new meeting schedule times. Schedule will follow shortly. Will keep meeting dates the same (3rd Monday Jan, Mar, May, Sept, Nov.) Chris Fish requested to be informed of new times.
H. PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR – D. MOORE
· Formally introduced himself to the Board and thanked everyone for help with transition to Public Safety Director.
I. FIRE & EMS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE – T. WARTH
· 44 out of 59 currently tested for new trunk system.
· Finishing RFD and Strong/U of R.
· Testing going as expected.
· Data should be computed by 23rd and will be sent to the chiefs and district officers shortly after.
· Will be focusing on operational side in October.
· S. Mitrano questioned testing on interloop.
· T. Link questioned cost for additional needed equipment. P.S. Director Moore noted that all commitments will be followed through.
· T. Santillo questioned if Motorolla and Harris were tested. T. Warth noted that both were but concentration was on location coverage not specific equipment brand.
· S. Mitrano questioned if testing was done at all locations. T. Warth noted that this was agency specific testing.
J. FIRE COORDINATORS REPORT – S. DeROSA
· Executive Fire Chiefs Meeting September 25, 2013, 7 PM at the PSTF in Room 117-A. The agenda will be emailed to the fire chiefs next week.
· Postings and application requirements for deputy fire coordinator positions in Battalions 1 and 5 have been sent out to the fire chiefs. The deadline to submit an application is October 15, 2013. We are filling the 811 and 815 positions only due to vacancies.
· The Fire Bureau, in partnership with MCC will offer Situational Awareness Training to all fire departments during the winter months. The program is 4-hours long and will be taught by law enforcement personnel. Details will be given to the chiefs next week.
· The Fire Bureau recently graduated three (3) Firefighter I classes at the MCC Auditorium. Year to date, we’ve completed five FF-I Classes and we currently have two classes well underway. Anticipated graduation for these 2 classes will be late-November.
· The Fire Bureau is assisting the American Lung Association with their annual Fight for Air Climb which is scheduled for November 16th at the Bausch & Lomb Building. The fire chiefs will have all of the information and details next week. We are also assisting with this year’s Turkey Bash 2013 at the Riverside Convention Center. This effort will produce a donation to the County Fire Chiefs Association for future use.
· The Fire Bureau recently took delivery of a new fit testing machine which will be placed into service soon. We are looking at purchasing 2 additional fit test machines in the coming months. A training program is being developed for the new units.
· I’m informed the reimbursements to our agencies who’ve been waiting for them from Hurricane Irene are now completed. I thank the fire districts for their patience.
· I will leave the details to the Asst. Fire Coordinator but it’s been an unusual summer for hazardous material incidents in this County. I would like to publicly thank our HAZMAT Team for a great job at all of our responses of late including the Route 590 tanker incident, the 2 Level-1’s at RIT and the unusual chemical incidents at the off campus housing sites for RIT. These last 2 jobs were unusual but they clearly show us all that times are changing for hazmat teams all over the country.
· I have requested that the Fire Bureau be charged with assembling a work group to look at how we will manage the new radio system being built for county fire. We are already looking at similar communities with similar communication systems. More to follow.
· We are looking at starting to replace pagers for those groups whose pagers are provided by the Fire Bureau. We are starting with the fire chiefs and deputy fire coordinators and will work our way towards the fire investigation, juvenile and hazmat units in the future.
HAZMAT – S. SCHALABBA
· The Monroe County Hazardous Materials Response Team responded to 4 Level 1’s, 30 Level 0’s, and 1 suspicious letter since our May meeting. Some of these incidents involved close interaction with law enforcement and all were successfully mitigated. The incident in the Brighton Fire District o Route 590 north involved a taker truck that went off the Route 490 ramp above and lost its entire contents (food grade liquid waste) on the roadway. HazMat Team personnel built a containment dike to control the runoff. Unfortunately the incident resulted in one fatality.
It’s important to note that the NYSDEC assisted us on many of these incidents and continues to serve as a key resource in resolving many of these matters.
· The Rochester Fire Dept. and Monroe County HazMat participated in a joint training activity in May to update the respective team members on new equipment items, better understand the capabilities of HM-1, and share related information.
· HazMat 8 is currently out of service for some body work and compartment modifications. HazMat 1 from the Rochester Fire Dept. will be responding on any Level 1 or greater assignment in Monroe County until the truck is returned to service sometime this week.
· MCHMRT trained with the MCSO Bomb Team in August and focused on a few realistic scenarios involving homemade explosives, chemical precursors, and manufactured drug laboratories.
· MCHMRT took delivery of a new chemical sampling and evidence collection kit for use at specialty incidents.
· We had two (2) team members attend the IAFC Hazardous Materials Conference in Baltimore, MD.
· An initial kick-off meeting of the newly formed Monroe County Special Operations Unit was held on August 28, 2013. The first phase of this initiative is to build-out the water and rope groups and this is well underway. The leadership component for both teams has been established and dispatch protocols will hopefully be in place sometime in October.
· The Fire Bureau recently submitted a grant application for the FY13 Technical Rescue and USAR Grant Program offered by the NYS Department of Homeland Security.
K. EMS COORDINATORS REPORT – T. CZAPRANSKI sent report
· Second class of Paramedic Special Operations begins this month
· We are having two medical Haz-Mat classes - each 8 hours - October 22 and 23rd - watch for flyers. While this is a Paramedic level course we are holding some seats for the fire side - contact Steve Schalabba if interested in the fire seats.
· Chili has applied for ALS status
· Ginna drill tomorrow - federally observed exercise
L. PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS – R. VERDOUW (Report)
· Testing of the trunk system by interested agencies has been completed.
· Tim Warth, Chairman of the Fire / EMS Communications Board will have the data compiled and will be releasing it next month.
· The Airport maintenance equipment will be switching to the trunk system in October of this year.
· Communications with CFR will continue on the legacy VHF fire / EMS channels and will not be affected by this move.
M. EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT – M. KESTER
· Now have capability to receive texts to 9-1-1. (just Verizon, all carriers by 2/14)
N. OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – A. BAKER
· An update on E-Plan. Univ. of Texas stated that E-Plan was to end effective August 31, 2013, however, OEM’s Mark L. reports that the Univ. of Texas will keep E-Plan active….at a cost. Participants entering Tier II data will now be subjected to a $25 per facility. The start of this is scheduled Jan 1, 2014.
· On June 12, Chris Crane, HESP Program Manager, helped conduct the Illicit Trafficking Interdiction Exercise. Participants included the FBI, State Police, MCSO, NYS DHSES, DEC, Monroe County and City of Rochester. An AAR was also conducted on August 29, 2013. Currently looking into doing a similar exercise in 2014.
· The PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC was the week of August 5th. Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and other stakeholders spent the week at the Traffic Operations Center located at Murphy Hall at SJFC. MCU1 provided on-site dispatch services and the MFGIS was on site providing mapping services. All in al, it was a very successful operation utilizing the IAP that was new this year.
· Renovation of the EOC is near completion. Upgrades to the audio/visual equipment as well as the addition and redesign of the layout of the room are most noticeable.
· Tomorrow, Sept. 17, is the Ginna HAB, FEMA Evaluated drill. OEM will be attending the NYS DHSES Regional Workshop in Buffalo on Sept. 24. DHSES will be providing a grant funding update.
O. APPROVAL OF FAB MINUTES FROM May 20, 2013
Motion to approve the May FAB meeting minutes as submitted by
T. Santillo, seconded by S. Mitrano .
All in favor Yes
Q. COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED: C. FISH
R. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. MUTUAL AID PLAN – C. FISH
B. FIRE INVESTIGATOR – S. DeROSA
· 202 Investigations year to date
C. PSTF TRAINING – J. FRANCE
· Training Props running well resulting with minimal repair down time.
D. STRATEGIC PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEES – C. FISH
· Discussing Future of the fire service.
· Standardized qualifications for line officers.
E. ELECTION COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE
S. FIRE DEPARTMENTS
A. ROCHESTER FD – S. MITRANO
· Fires decreased in 2013
· Spec Ops has been active with water rescues, rope rescues.
· Spec Ops 1 being replaced this month with Spec Ops 2
· Water Rescue out for repair.
· Special Events – Have been planning many events, if anyone needs help with planning please ask (IAP for Special Events).
· FF class in progress with planned graduation in mid January.
· New FF class slated to start January 1st.
B. AIRPORT FIRE DEPT. – T. BANE
C. EAST/WEST SIDE COORDINATOR
D. 1ST BATTALION – M. CHOLACH
· 10 working fires
· 1 drowning in Irondequoit Bay
E. 2ND BATTALION – J. LEMCKE
· 9 working fires
· 2 9-11 ceremonies (RRFD & Brockport)
F. 3RD BATTALION – S. SANTILLO
· 5 working fires
· 1 Tractor Trailer fatal
· Fatal in Pittsford
· Fatal train accident
· Fairport hosted a Heavy Metal class that was well attended.
· Fairport/Perinton training facility is under construction.
· Fishers will be on Channel 3 for a few days.
G. 4TH BATTALION – C. FISH
H. 5TH BATTALION – M. TERZO
T. M.C. FIRE CHIEF’S ASSOC. – B. KOSTER
· Equipment Show at Barnard was successful.
· Banquet is October 10th at the Diplomat Party House. There will be a tribute to West Webster at the end of the evening.
· Turkey Bash in November. Chiefs will get an informational packet.
U. M.C. FIRE DISTRICT OFFICERS’ ASSOC. – K. PRESTON
· Annual Panel mtg September 12th.
· County Association meeting on the 26th.
· Fire Districts workshop October 31- November 3rd.
· Budget is being worked on. Public Hearing October 15th.
V. M.C. VOL. FIREMAN’S ASSOC. & FASNY – L. RITZ
· Quarterly meeting October 24th.
· Annual Fire Prevention Essay starts October 7 – 25. Topic is on preventing kitchen fires.
· FASNY in Albany this year 1st weekend in November.
· 68 People now reside in the FASNY in Fireman’s Home.
· During the FASNY softball tournament in August, there was a person who had a fatal heart attack. A plaque will be presented at the Firefighter Awards banquet in October recognizing those from Monroe County who administered first aid at the incident.
W. M.C. LEGISLATOR – F. ANCELLO
X. ROCHESTER CITY COUNCIL – A. McFADDEN
Y. MONROE COUNTY SUPERVISOR’S ASSOC. – A. LaFOUNTAIN
Z. ASSOCIATION OF VILLAGES – B. CARTER
AA. FIRE MARSHAL’S ASSOC. – C. DUNN
· Met with the State regarding building codes that are going into effect in 2014.
In home sprinkler systems
Adopting National Code
Energy code will be separate
BB. BURN ASSOC. – P. SCHWARTZMAN
· Burn walk end of June. 50 campers
· Camp will be in August.
· Hayride in October
· SOAR program is active and successful.
· New Need – are garments that are no longer covered by health insurance. Looking for donations for this.
· Albert Paley fundraising event May 10th.
· Oct 3rd NYC Walk Through Gallery for donation.
· Trends: House fires, Scalds, Fireworks, Bon Fires, Road Rash
· All information can be found on the WWW.FLRBA.COM Website
CC. ANY OTHER REPORTS
DD. OLD BUSINESS -
EE. NEW BUSINESS – C. FISH
· Discussed expectations for this Board. Please contact C. Fish if you have any ideas/suggestions.
FF. NEXT MEETING DATE – Monday, November 18, 2013 7:00 PM
Public Safety Training Facility
GG. ANYTHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
Motion to adjourn the Fire Advisory Board Meeting at 20:25 hrs. by T. Santillo seconded by J. Lemcke. Motion carried.