Monroe County Fire Advisory Board > January 2014 FAB Meeting


9 Apr 2014

 

Monroe County Fire Advisory Board Meeting

January 27, 2014

 

Voting Members:         L. Ritz, C. Dunn, J. Schreiber, M. Cholach, J. Lemcke, C. Fish, M. Terzo, A. McFadden, M. Burnside

 

Ex-Officio:          D. Moore, M. McHenry, S. DeRosa, S. Schalabba,

P. Schwartzman, C. Marshall, S. Andrews        

 


A.            CALL TO ORDER THE FIRE ADVISORY BOARD at 7:05 PM.

 

B.            PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

C.            MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR FALLEN EMERGENCY SERVICES           

           

D.            DO WE HAVE A QUORUM No

 

E.            INTRODUCE ANY GUESTS/NEW MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

 

F.            APPROVAL OF FAB MINUTES FROM November 18, 2013.

            No motion due to lack of quorum.

 

G.            COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED: C. FISH

           

H.            FIRE ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – C. FISH

           

I.            EMS ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – D. BATTY

 

J.            PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR – D. MOORE

·      Director Moore and Coordinator DeRosa are in the process of putting together a work group for the Trunk Radio transition. Concerns that will be addressed are Finance, Operations, and Engineering. Membership of this group should be finalized soon.

·      Will be having a communications summit this year. Date to be determined.

·       Steve Schwartzmeier has joined the Public Safety team as Project Manager for the MRC.

·      Vice President of the United States is coming in on Wednesday.

·      Congratulations and welcome to John Schreiber as the newly appointed Chief of the Rochester Fire Department.

 

 

K.            FIRE & EMS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

·      Election of Chairman & Vice Chairman postponed due to lack of quorum.

·      Trunked Radio;

            - Radios are continuing to be installed in City & County service vehicles.

            - Fourth Battalion continuing to work on Funding for Radios.

            - Discussion continues on 2016 implementation date.

 

L.            FIRE COORDINATORS REPORT – S. DeROSA

·      The 2 deputy fire coordinators, Steve Andrews and Chuck Marshall, are in service in their respective fire battalions. Again, we welcome them to this Board.

·      Executive Fire Chief’s Meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, 7PM at the PSTF in Room 103 (note the room change).

·      Monroe County has received a grant for the special operations unit in the amount of $133,626 which will be used to purchase additional equipment for the ice and swift water work. The details of the grant will be discussed with the chiefs on Wednesday evening.

·      I’ll be traveling to Montgomery, MD this Thursday to look at the operations component of their trunked radio system. It’s my intention to get a thorough understanding of how the system operates in the field and I have many questions for the Communications Chief I’m meeting with. I will report back to this Board.

·      A Communications Summit is being planned for some time in March. I do not have any details yet as there is a planning meeting scheduled in the coming week or so. Details to follow.

·      Webster Police discovered someone at the recent fire scene in Webster who impersonated a firefighter and wrote them numerous traffic tickets. Further charges are pending and a court date has been set for this person. The fire chiefs have all been sent the bulletin from Monroe Crime Analysis Center (MCAC) for awareness and safety.

·      I’ll have some statistics for the fire chiefs later this week with regards to training, fire investigation, hazmat and field responses for the Fire Bureau personnel. It has been another busy year although I believe our fire investigations were down, which of course is a positive thing.

           

            SPECIAL OPS/HAZMAT – S. SCHALABBA

HazMat Responses

·      The Monroe County HaMat Team provided assistance on the following incidents in 2013: 56 Level 0’s, seven Level 1 responses, and 2 suspicious powder or package calls. 40 of these incidents required NYSDEC assistance, 22 were transportation related, and 14 were associated with a fixed facility.

·      To date, the Fire Bureau has assisted at three (3) Level 3 responses and one suspicious powder investigation.

            Training/Equipment/Operations

·      The HazMat team held its annual organizational meeting on Thursday January 23rd to review the planned activities for 2014. The team also conducted a comprehensive review of the Xerox Building 218 Level 1 HazMat that occurred on November 22, 2013. Special Operations training by rope and water rescue team personnel will be on-going throughout 2014. This will be supplemented in the short-term by the Fire Bureau’s offering of four (4) NYS Ice Rescue Technician classes.

·      In February, members of the Monroe County HazMat team are also planning to attend the Flammable Liquids School in Texas with members of the Rochester Fire Department as well as the annual NYS Hazardous Materials Seminar in Montour Falls.

·      Joe Lissow is a new Team Captain in the Car 825 position. Joe is a Past Chief of the Hilton Fire Dept. and senior member on the HazMat Team. He replaces Mike Lissow who also served many years on the team and is returning to function as a Chief Officer in his home department. The Fire Bureau would like to recognize and thank Mike Lissow for his many years of dedicated service to the Monroe County HazMat Team.

·      The Fire Bureau will take delivery of Special Ops 10 in May 2014. This is a box-type vehicle that will be equipped with the complete USAR Shoring System, related structural collapse equipment, and some secondary hazmat support equipment.

·      The MOU with the Gates Fire District to respond with SO-9 on any technical rescue or hazardous materials incident was approved by the County Legislature on January 14, 2014. As such, formal dispatch procedures for special operations responses are being finalized and anticipated to go active on February 15, 2014. This information will be communicated in more detail to the Fire Chiefs on Wednesday January 29, 2014.

 

M.            EMS COORDINATORS REPORT – T. CZAPRANSKI

·      EMS Component of Special Operations – Working on operations and agreement with EMS agencies, liabilities and sponsorship.

·      State EMS Budget - $15.6 M Based on What is Spent – there may be a negative impact to training if lower.

·      Article 30 Changes – Not expected in budget bill as in past years.

·      NYS Vital Signs October in Rochester

·      EMS Memorial in Albany May 20 (11:00)

·      V. EMS Glucometer filing fee of $200 dropped.

·      EMS testing: The issue:

 

                        The NYS Bureau of EMS has a contract with a company to                                                             conduct EMT and Paramedic testing for NYS certification after                                                 successfully completing a class.

 

                        The State has not paid the vendor in some time.

           

            The State has yet to get out an RFQ to have something in place to test             students after April 2014. And the current vendor may not be willing to             extend the contract for testing services.

 

            What does that mean for local EMS providers:

            For those in EMT or paramedic original (not recert as is required every             three years) class – they will be unable to practice until they take the State             exam. For some students it may mean a planned job in EMS will have to             wait until the State gets testing squared away.

 

            For those in Refresher class – if the NYS test date, which is already             scheduled, is BEFORE their current license expires, they may continue to             practice under a NYS Dept. of Ed regulation. However – if the scheduled             test date is after they expire, then they will be unable to continue to             practice until they take and pass the NYS test.

 

            As an example, I (Tim) just started my Paramedic Refresher which has a             NYS Scheduled test date of June 19, 2014. My current license is good             through 7/31/14 so I may continue to practice. If I had an expiration prior             to 6/19, I would not be able to continue.

 

            The State may get this resolved with an extension to the current contract             or release of an RFQ and contracting with another vendor. But the             possibility exists that the State does not get this sorted out and the             scheduled tests after April may not happen.

 

N.            PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS – R. VERDOUW

 

O.            EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT – J. MERKLINGER

 

P.            OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – A. BAKER

·      An update on E-Plan. To reiterate, there is no federal funding for 2014.  States and reporting facilities have to financially support the system.  Each reporting facility is being charged $25/per facility to upload their 2013 Tier II data into the E-Plan database. Some companies have pushed back. In lieu of submitting the payment and filling out the electronic form, many are opting to fill out the data sheets by hand and revert to the old reporting system.  OEM is beginning to see these copies coming in the delivered mail to the office. A heads up to the fire chiefs would be that they too, may see these coming in the mail to the fire stations. Any questions, please contact Mark Leszczynski at 753-3812.    

·      OEM is in the process of updating many of the emergency plans as many are overdue.

·      National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for Monroe County through 11AM tomorrow. Wind chills temps are forecast to reach -30 below. Info is posted in WebEOC.

 

Q.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

            A.            MUTUAL AID PLAN – C. FISH

                       

B.            FIRE INVESTIGATOR – M. BURNSIDE

 

                        2013 In Review

YTD Summary

 

 

 

Fire related deaths

3

 

 

Fire Cause

 

Fire Type

 

 

 

 

 

Accidental

194

Vehicle

84

Natural

2

Structure

171

Incendiary

16

Other

7

Undetermined

42

 

 

Assistance Rendered

1

 

 

Cancelled Enroute

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

YTD Total

262

 

262

 

                 There were 262 calls for service in 2013.  This is down from 2012, where we ran             308 calls, and from 2011 with 303 calls.

 

                 After a lengthy investigation involving multiple agencies, we were able to close             the murder investigation of Cheryl Spengler.  The Chief Medical Examiner of             New York City was able to identify her remains through DNA analysis.  She was             killed by her brother on December 24, 2012, who also started a fire, destroying             seven houses.  The brother, William Spengler also shot four responding West             Webster Fire Department members, killing two of them.  William Spengler took             his own life that day after a confrontation with Webster Police.

 

                 In addition, the MCFB/MCSO team assisted Brockport PD, Greece PD,             Irondequoit PD, and Gates PD in making one arrest each for Arson charges. With             these arrests, the county-wide arson clearance rate is just under 54%. The national             average for arson clearances is 18.8% (2011 FBI Uniform Crime Reports). 

            2014 Year to Date

            17 calls: 7 structures, 5 car fire

            Calls of Significance

            12/21/13-38 Mosley Road, Barnard

            House fire in basement

            Still under investigation with Greece PD

 

            1/20/14-39 Fondiller Avenue, Penfield

            Trailer fire-total loss

            Cause still under investigation

            3 Fatalities

 

            1/26/14-67 Skyview Lane, Penfield

            House fire

            Large loss

            Ashes from fireplace in plastic bucket near garage

 

 

            Juvenile Fire Investigation    

            2013 Total:  41

            2014 Referrals YTD: 9

            Enhanced JFIP Program: We have developed an updated multi-session program             for at-risk youth.  This program was created with the Fire Bureau, MCSO, and             The Kessler Burn Center, URMC.

                 This is meant for kids on probation and kids that we feel need more than the one             time referral.  The first group was completed in September.  We have completed             two series of classes.

            C.            PSTF TRAINING – M. CHOLACH

·      FF1/FF2 pilot class begins 2/24

·      FF1 class begins 2/25

·      Boot Camp class is full

·      Training grounds set to reopen on March 15th

 

            D.            STRATEGIC PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEES – C. FISH

·      Members were asked if there was any interest in this subcommittee. There was no interest and this group will be dropped from this agenda.

           

            E.            ELECTION COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

·      Elections for Chairman and Vice Chairman will take place at the March meeting.

 

R.            FIRE DEPARTMENTS

 

            A.            ROCHESTER FD – J. SCHREIBER

·      Upcoming recruit class of 24 candidates

·      14 recruits will graduate on Friday 1/31/14

·      Offering online training to public (crowd management)

·      Technical Rescue truck stationed at Broad/Allen and is in service

·      Priorities of this position: Community is 1st , professional development in the department, Health and Safety of the membership and finances are top priorities.

·      Introduced Chief Dennis Prevost. He will be helping with the transition.

                       

            B.            AIRPORT FIRE DEPT. – T. BANE           

 

 

 

            C.            1ST BATTALION – S. ANDREWS

·      11/21: working fire St. Paul

·      11/22: Level 1 HazMat at Xerox

·      11/24: Working fire in West Webster

·      1/5: working fire St. Paul

·      1/6: Level 0 at Xerox

·      1/10: Working Fire West Webster

·      1/18: working fire Union Hill

 

            D.            2ND BATTALION – J. LEMCKE

·      11/30: working fire Brockport

·      11/22: garage fire in Ridge Road

·      12/9: Garage fire in Barnard

·      2013 – 34 working fires in the Battalion

·      2 new chiefs in the Battalion; Brockport – Don Marenus, Hilton – Stephen Carter

 

            E.            3RD BATTALION – S. DeROSA (for Tom Santillo)

·      1/2: Working Fire in E. Rochester

·      1/20: Fatal fire in Penfield

·      1/26: working fire in Penfield

 

            F.            4TH BATTALION – C. FISH

·      Efforts for EMS consolidation with Gates & Spencerport

·      Chili/Scottsville/Churchville discussing similar merger

 

            G.            5TH BATTALION – C. MARSHALL

·      2 out of county responses to Livingston

 

S.            M.C. FIRE CHIEF’S ASSOC. – B. KOSTER

           

T.            M.C.  FIRE DISTRICT OFFICERS’ ASSOC. – T. LINK

                                   

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

·      Essay contest is underway

·      Per A. Way there are currently 69 people in the home with 2 new people expected next week

·      Recruit NY is coming up April 26– 27.

·      Next Legislative outreach program is 22nd of February.

           

V.            M.C. LEGISLATOR – F. ANCELLO

                       

W.            ROCHESTER CITY COUNCIL – A. McFADDEN

                       

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

                       

Y.            ASSOCIATION OF VILLAGES – B. CARTER

 

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

·      Still online for the end of 2014 for the implementation of the new fire and building codes for NYS. The codes council is still reviewing that.

·      Still actively working on the State CEDAR program (Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response). This will assemble code enforcement officers and send them out to disaster areas. Secretary of State looking into liability issues. Training is set to start when able.

·      Chief Schreiber – questioned the 1208 funding (fire prevention).

·      C. Dunn informed the chances are not good to be rewarded back to the agencies.

·      Chief Schreiber voiced his concerns with this.

           

AA.            BURN ASSOC. – P. SCHWARTZMAN

·      Inaugural newsletter is published on the website.

·      Burn Awareness Wed. next week.

·      Burn trends are frostbite, scalds, and house fire.

           

BB.            ANY OTHER REPORTS

·      Per Chief Schreiber, FF Bill Davidson’s wife passed away at 34 years old.

 

CC.            OLD BUSINESS -

 

DD.            NEW BUSINESS – C. FISH

                        

EE.            NEXT MEETING DATE Monday, March 17 2014 7:00 PM

                                                            Public Safety Training Facility

                                                            Room 117A

 

FF.            ANYTHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER

 

Motion to adjourn the Fire Advisory Board Meeting at 7:48 PM hrs. by C. Fish seconded by S. DeRosa. Motion carried.