Monroe County Fire Advisory Board > March 2014 FAB Meeting


9 Apr 2014

Monroe County Fire Advisory Board Meeting

March 17, 2014

 

Voting Members:         L. Ritz, K. Preston, C. Dunn, J. Schreiber, D. Prevost, M. Cholach, J. Lemcke, A. Hiller, M. Terzo, F. Ancello, M. Burnside

 

Ex-Officio:          C. Marshall, A. Sienkiewicz, M. McHenry, A. Way,

S. Lancaster, S. DeRosa, R. Jensen, M. Kester, S. Schalabba,

P. Schwartzman, L. Ruiz

        

A.            CALL TO ORDER THE FIRE ADVISORY BOARD at 7:03 PM.

 

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.            APPROVAL OF FAB MINUTES FROM January 27,             2014.

                        C. Dunn made the motion to approve the January meeting minutes as                                     posted; motion was seconded by K. Preston. Motion carried.

           

G.            COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED: C. DUNN

           

H.            FIRE ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – C. DUNN

           

I.            EMS ADVISORY BOARD REPORT – D. BATTY

 

J.            PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR – D. MOORE

 

K.            FIRE & EMS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

·      The February meeting was cancelled due to a water main break in the building.

 

L.            FIRE COORDINATORS REPORT – S. DeROSA

·      Recruit NY is coming fast, please remind the departments in your respective fire battalions to review the information that FASNY has already sent out. To date, 15 fire departments will participate in Recruit NY Week. A kick-off press conference will be held on April 16, 2014, 1 PM, at the PSTF Front Atrium.

·      Executive Chiefs Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7 PM, in Room 117. The agenda to the fire chiefs to follow.

·      I would ask that everyone take a look at the 9-1-1 monument in the front atrium of this facility. We were able to acquire a piece of steel from one of the towers and a welder who works a lot with MCC did the base work, Rochester Firefighter John Grieco did the metal work and the PSTF funded the posters for the background. We will have a formal dedication ceremony as the 9-1-1 date draws closer.

·      A Communications Summit is being planned for Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the PSTF in Room 117. Details and the agenda to follow.

·      Communications/Radio System Project - new information to share:

Ø  A kick-off meeting of several sub-working groups was planned for last week but was postponed because of the snow storm. A new date is being reviewed.

Ø  The sub groups will have representation from sitting county fire chiefs, IR agencies, Rochester Fire, Fire District Officers, EMS agencies, ECD/911 and reps from the County of Monroe. Director Moore will oversee all of these groups.

Ø  The sub groups are (1) Financial, (2) Technical and (3) Operations. Those selected for the groups were picked from those who responded to our request for volunteers back in December, 2013.

Ø  The County Executive will kick-off the sub group meeting that is being rescheduled.

·      On this note, I did visit Montgomery County, MD on January 30-31, 2014 and spent considerable time with a battalion chief who’s in charge of communications. I learned a great deal and will be traveling back there to ride with a division chief and battalion chief for two 24-hour periods in early April. My goal is to watch this system operate in the field and gather information for the Operations Work Group. That being said, now you know one of the persons leading the operations working group for this project.

           

            SPECIAL OPS/HAZMAT – S. SCHALABBA

 

HazMat Responses

Ø  The Monroe County Hazardous Materials Response Team responded to 3 Level 0 incidents since our last meeting. A breakdown of these responses are as follows:

1.     Evaluation of possible chemicals involved in commercial building fire: Henrietta

2.     Freon leak in Office Building: Egypt

3.     Fire Suppression System discharge at retail fueling station: West Webster

Ø  Three (3) Monroe County HazMat Team members attended the flammable liquids school in Texas with the Rochester Fire Dept. This training has prompted a number of conversations and a small work group focused on developing a more detailed understanding of the foam resources and delivery systems in Monroe County and the surrounding region will be performed to elevate our preparedness for a large flammable liquids fire.

Ø  With respect to the potential to respond to a large flammable liquids fire, we’ve also been discussing the matter of crude oil transportation via the rail network given the recent incidents in North Dakota and Quebec. Currently data indicates that approximately 50-200 rail cars per day travel through the area (30,000 gallons per car). The low flash point and high vapor pressure of this light crude oil exhibits characteristics that are comparable to a gasoline product. As such, a derailment and subsequent fire would present a number of challenges to the responder community. We will be using the LEPC as the primary forum to update the community on any local or regional developments.

Ø  Our next scheduled HaMat team training is Thursday March 20th, 7 pm, at the PSTF.

Ø  The Monroe County Special Operations Unit continues to focus on training, planning, and resource management activities. The dispatch protocols are now in place with ECD and team members are being provided with identification cards. Also, Justin Wiesner (NGRF) and Mark Thomas (RCUF) have been selected as the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader respectively for the Collapse/Rescue Specialist Unit.

           

 

M.            EMS COORDINATORS REPORT – T. CZAPRANSKI (S. DeROSA)

·      EMS Week in May – watch for posters announcing picnic and competition in Genesee Valley Park. Food and Fun for entire family.

·      EMS agencies planned, staffed up and reacted to the blizzard extremely well, so thank you to all those who worked the storm!

·      Vehicle 906 will need to be replaced. Originally purchased with grant funding the new grant spending rules include “no vehicles”. It can be appealed to the commissioner. I am asking for a letter of support from the FAB to use grant funding to continue 906 and the support/responses and availability of our Monroe County Physician Response Vehicle.

 

N.            PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS – R. VERDOUW

 

O.            EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT – M. KESTER

·      ECD holding a benefit BBQ for Andy Jennings who has Stage 4 cancer. The flyer will be attached to the meeting minutes, please print out and post. Thank you.

 

P.            OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – A. BAKER

Blizzard 2014

·      Most schools closed on the evening of 3/11

·      Travel advisory issues on the evening of 3/11

·      County Offices closed on 3/12 at 11am

·      SOE declared at 12 noon on 3/12

·      Not a ban, but a travel advisory with stronger language went into place at 1pm on 3/12

·      EOC – partial activation at noon on 3/12

Ø  No significant issues

Ø  Travel advisories and school/business closings limited the number of MVA’s and problems we had.

Ø  Thruway closure at Wolcott (East bound) and the diversion of traffic off NYS Thruway at #46 with no communication to our Office did result in discussion with NYS Thruway Ops in Buffalo. Issue at hand was diverting traffic from NYS Thruway onto 390 into two Counties that had restricted travel orders.

·      EOC – went from partial activation to monitoring at 6pm

·      OEM remained at EOC till 10pm

·      Conference call with County Exec and others at 4:45 am on 3/13 to review conditions

·      SOE and travel advisory lifted at 5am on 3/13/14

 

Q.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

            A.            MUTUAL AID PLAN – C. FISH

                       

B.            FIRE INVESTIGATOR – M. BURNSIDE

 

YTD Summary

 

 

 

Fire related deaths

4

 

 

Fire Cause

 

Fire Type

 

 

 

 

 

Accidental

45

Vehicle

19

Natural

0

Structure

36

Incendiary

3

Other

0

Undetermined

7

 

 

Assistance Rendered

0

 

 

Cancelled Enroute

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

YTD Total

55

 

55

 

2014 Year to Date

55 calls: 36 structures, 19 car fires

4 fire related deaths from on incident

Calls of Significance

2/7-999 Buffalo Road, Gates FD

            Large fire in commercial structure

2/10-2226 Edgemere Drive, Lakeshore FD

            Total loss of a residence

2/20-33 Sandstone Drive, Spencerport FD

            Incendiary fire in a residence

Still under investigation

3/3-751 Browncroft Boulevard, Brighton FD

            Barn Fire-Total loss

 

Juvenile Fire Investigation    

2014 Referrals YTD: 11

Enhanced JFIP Program: Two sets of classes are complete.  We are running a make-up class for missed lessons.  A third program will take place this spring.

     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

·      PSTF Training grounds were due to open up on Saturday, due to it still being frozen, opening was postponed on a week to week basis.

·      All classes are booked.

·      2 trimester schedule is out

           

            D.            ELECTION COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

 

                        Received 1 ballot for position of Chairman of the Fire Advisory Board from Chris Fish, there were no nominations on the floor. J. Lemcke made a motion to appoint Chris Fish Chairman of the Fire Advisory Board, the motion was seconded by K. Preston. Motion carried.

 

Received 1 ballot for position of Vice Chairman of the Fire Advisory Board from Chris Dunn, there were no nominations on the floor. J. Lemcke made a motion to appoint Chris Dunn Vice Chairman of the Fire Advisory Board, the motion was seconded by L. Ritz. Motion carried.

 

R.            FIRE DEPARTMENTS

 

            A.            ROCHESTER FD – J. SCHREIBER

·      Currently have 1 recruit class with July 28th graduation date.

·      Running an Officers program for new officers

·      Currently running a Codes class

·      Thank you to OEM for proactive approach to the recent blizzard.

 

            B.            AIRPORT FIRE DEPT. – T. BANE           

 

            C.            1ST BATTALION – M. CHOLACH

·      Working fire in Webster

·      1 out of county assist in Ontario Cty.

 

            D.            2ND BATTALION – J. LEMCKE

·      6 house fires

Ø  Barnard on 1/28

Ø  Barnard on 2/8

Ø  Hilton on 2/9

Ø  Lake Shore on 2/10

Ø  Spencerport on 2/20

Ø  Spencerport on 3/5

 

·      2 apartments fires

·      Spencerport on 2/10

·      North Greece on 3/2

·      Working on bringing a technician from NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) to present Ventilation Study information. Presentation is planned for October.

 

            E.            3RD BATTALION – A. HILLER

·      Quadruple fatality

·      Car Fatality

·      Multiple fires

 

            F.            4TH BATTALION – S. LANCASTER

·      Multiple Alert 2’s

 

            G.            5TH BATTALION – M. TERZO

·      1 working fire in Henrietta

 

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

           

T.            M.C.  FIRE DISTRICT OFFICERS’ ASSOC. – K. PRESTON

·      Association thanked the county and Coordinator DeRosa for the cooperation in working together dealing with the Communications project.

·      Keeping a close eye on the Governor’s tax freeze proposal.

·      Will be voting on a by-law change at March 27th meeting. Moving meetings to 3rd Thursday and reducing meetings from 10 to 5.

                                   

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

·      Essay Contest had 800 entries.

·      Recruit NY will be April 26 & 27.

            FASNY – A. WAY

·      Visited Firemen’s home. Currently housing 71 members. Trying to replace their red bus.

           

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

·      Regarding the new codes, training is expected at the end of the year with implementation of new codes in 2015.

           

AA.            BURN ASSOC. – P. SCHWARTZMAN

·      Good response for Burn Awareness week in February.

·      Young Adult Retreat (ages 18-25) is in two weeks, they will travel to Georgia then to California and back to NY.

·      Gateway to Healing event on May 10th.

·      Going to Boston for the American Burn Association Conference.

           

BB.            ANY OTHER REPORTS

 

CC.            OLD BUSINESS -

 

DD.            NEW BUSINESS – C. DUNN

 

·      C. Dunn thanked Fire Coordinator’s Office and staff for putting out the 2014 Directory.

 

 

            C. Dunn made a motion to authorize a letter of from the Fire Advisory Board to support the purchase of the needed 906 car using grant funds, J. Lemcke seconded this motion. Motion was carried.

                        

EE.            NEXT MEETING DATE Monday, May19 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 7:39 PM hrs. by C. Dunn seconded by J. Lemcke. Motion carried.