Monroe County Fire Advisory Board > September 2014, FAB Meeting


20 May 2017

September 15, 2014

 

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

D. Prevost, M. Cholach, J. Lemcke, T. Santillo, C. Fish, M. Terzo,

F. Ancello, A. LaFountain, W. Carter, M. Burnside

 

Ex-Officio:          S. DeRosa, S. Schalabba, M. McHenry, A. Way, R. Jensen,

A. Baker, P. Schwartzman, F. Hernandez, T. Szatko, J. France, C. Marshall, D. Moore, L. Ruiz

        

A.            CALL TO ORDER THE FIRE ADVISORY BOARD at 7:00 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 May 19, 2014.

            Motion to approve the May meeting minutes by M. Terzo, motion seconded by

            T. Santillo. Motion carried.           

           

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

·      Thank you to all who participated/attended the funeral for slain Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson.

·      Sub-Committees for the trunked radio system continue to meet. If you have any comments/concerns please contact S. DeRosa with them.

 

K.            FIRE & EMS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

 

 

 

L.            FIRE COORDINATORS REPORT – S. DeROSA

           

·       Thanks to all of the agencies who attended the calling hours and funeral service for RPD Officer Daryl Pierson. 

A special thanks to Chiefs Meyers, Dorgan & McManus and the North Greece Fire Department for providing the aerial ladder and staffing for the flag detail at the funeral home. 

A special thanks to Chiefs Mike Romach & Matt Parrone and the East Rochester Fire Department for providing the aerial ladder for today’s funeral downtown.

This was a great display of camaraderie and an excellent fire service response.

·      Because of a scheduling conflict, Executive Fire Chiefs Meeting has been re-scheduled for October 22nd at the PSTF. The Chiefs have all been sent this information.

·      The Cyanokits are now strategically located throughout the County and available for scene responses. The EMS Administrator and Medical Director will provide detailed information to the Chiefs on October 22nd.

·      There will be one posting for a deputy fire coordinator position in Battalion 1 and 2 postings for deputy fire coordinators in Battalion 2 coming out by the end of this week. The process will be the same, interviews during the month of October and Fire Advisory Board appointments by me in November.  I’ll be contacting chiefs from the respective battalions to assist in serving on the selection committee.

·      Mark Cholach will be stepping down as a deputy fire coordinator at the end of this year as he’s now a full time employee of the Fire Bureau who passed his civil service exam! I will be moving Steve Andrews to the 801 spot and filling the 811 position through the process. Please thank Mark for his years of service as a deputy fire coordinator.

·      My thanks to those agencies who responded to the foam survey that was requested by OFPC. The study is being used to assist OFPC in strategically placing foam related assets into respective regions throughout New York State.

·      The Communications Project continues and Harris is working at 95% in building coverage, equipment needs, pricing, dispatch and field usage. We can provide a full report after the Communications Board meets next Thursday afternoon.

·      A reminder the Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb for Monroe County is November 15th. ALA should have reached out to everyone by now. Please let’s try and get behind this worthwhile event as a large percentage of firefighters do develop lung disease and ailments.

·      Deployments – payments are still a problem that is being worked on.  Unfortunately, the fire service responds but the reimbursement component is handled through the counties and emergency management officials which creates more layers of bureaucracy.

·      The Fire Bureau continues to work with the State OFPC to become a regional training group for technical rescue programs. We are making progress with the goal of achieving all of this type of training at the local level.

            HazMat Report – S. SCHALABBA

 

·      The Monroe County Hazardous Materials Response Team responded to 22 Level 0 incidents and 2 suspicious letter investigations since our last meeting.  We were also notified when Genesee County’s Hazardous Materials Team was working an ammonia leak in the eastern part of their County for situational awareness.  The majority of our responses were related to household spills, pool chemical incidents, and motor vehicle accidents.  We did have one incident that involved the release of approximately 6,000 gallons of liquid fertilizer to an agricultural property.  The Special Operations Unit also assisted with 4 rescue calls during the period. 

·      With respect to the issue of crude oil and related concerns regarding the safety of chemicals shipped via the railroad, several County and City Fire Officers and members of the Monroe County HazMat Team participated in a day long training program presented by CSX in late June.  The program was informative and well received.  
On a related topic, Monroe County OEM made a number of revisions to the Railroad Emergency Response Plan to better reflect current NIMS terminology, include new mapping, and better define the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies that would support an incident of this type.

·      The Fire Bureau recently surveyed every fire agency in the County this summer with respect to the amount and type of foam resources available within the community.  This document is currently being finalized and will become part of the resource inventory at ECD.

·      The Monroe County Hazardous Materials Team conducted four team training activities since our last meeting including a joint drill with the Rochester Fire Department on the PSTF rail car that focused both on the use of their air bag patching kit as well as the Chlorine “C” kit.  We also had members attend the Cargo Truck Specialist and Advanced Sampling Techniques classes at the State Fire Academy as well as the IAFC HazMat Conference in Baltimore.

·      On Tuesday September 23rd, the Monroe County and Rochester Fire Department HazMat Teams will be gathering with the adjoining teams from Genesee County, Livingston County, and Wyoming County for a “meet and greet” type event.  Each team will be bringing their primary response apparatus to this event to better understand the resources available from each unit.

·      On Wednesday September 24th, the Monroe County Hazmat Team will be participating in an exercise at the US Post Office on Jefferson Road related to their Biological Detection System.  This drill is required every 3 years in order to be compliant with a federal requirement and will focus on employee decontamination and related public health activities.

·       The Fire Bureau will be hosting a Hazardous Materials Technician class beginning in October and enrollment is expected to be full. 

 

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

·      EMS looking into an app “PulsePoint” that will alert CPR trained persons to respond to a need in their current location. More to come on this.


N.            PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS – R. VERDOUW

 

O.            EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT – M. KESTER

 

P.            OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – A. BAKER

·       OEM will be undertaking its first "County Emergency Preparedness Assessment" (CEPA) on September 23rd.  This is a new required mandate from the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.  It is linked to Monroe County continuing to receive and be eligible for homeland security grant funds.  The CEPA is a series of questions related to capabilities in all areas as it relates to dealing with natural or human made disasters.  There will be several representatives from NYS (DHSES, DOT, OFPC, DOH, NYSP and others) here to assist in the CEPA.   Invitations have been sent out to the County agency representatives who will need to be in attendance.  The event will be all day and OEM will be providing a continental breakfast and lunch.

·      We have recently completed a review and update to the Train Derailment Plan with input from MCFB and MCEMS and soon hope to finalize updates to the Maritime Plan.  The Radiological Plan will go through an update for FEMA delivery by January 2015, the County's CEMP is also undergoing a significant review and update, and meetings will begin shortly to start updates to the County's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan, due to FEMA in August of 2016.  Also under review are the County's Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan and Sheltering Plan and OEM is in the process of developing a new plan, Debris Management.

·      OEM is having a new video conference unit (Polycom System) installed in the Command Room this month.  This IP program will allow up to 5 different viewers to come into the conference, including responders or others in the field using an app on your cell phone or tablet.  If your division has a need for a video conference, you are welcome to schedule one through OEM.  Additionally, OEM has been provided a second CISCO video conference system to be used to communicate with other EOCs throughout NYS as well as provide the Emergency Manager or County Executive the ability to "video conference" through public access television to all County residents.

·      September is National Preparedness Month. OEM has been using social media (Twitter and Facebook) to communicate various messaging that pertains to preparedness. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the week of October 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week. OEM will be certain to communicate messaging pertaining to these events. 

 

 

Q.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

            A.            MUTUAL AID PLAN – C. FISH

                       

B.            FIRE INVESTIGATOR – M. BURNSIDE

 

Fire Cause

 

Fire Type

 

Accidental

115

Vehicle

46

Natural

1

Structure

118

Incendiary

19

Other

5

Undetermined

29

 

 

Assistance Rendered

2

 

 

Cancelled Enroute

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

YTD Total

169

 

169

 

 

            2014 Year to Date

            169 calls: 118 structures, 46 car fires

            2 fatal fires with 5 deaths (4 from one incident)

            Calls of Significance

 

            5/26/2014-100 Station Road, East Rochester, Large loss in commercial building

            Extensive follow up with ERPD

            6/11/14-1251 Pittsford-Mendon Road, Mendon, Large loss in residential

                        Accidental fire from electrical cause

            6/13/2014-448 Calkins Road, Henrietta, Large residential loss

                        Due to unattended cooking

            6/24/2014-1037 Palmer Road, Riga, Large residential loss

                        Fire from lightning strike

            6/28/2014-6991 West Henrietta Road, Rush, Total loss of vacant structure

                        Incendiary fire

            6/30/2014-NYS Thruway in Mendon, Assisted NYSP with a truck fire at a MVA

                        Secondary MVA after the original fatal crash

            7/6/2014-153 North Drive, Greece, Incendiary fire in a home

                        Assisted Greece PD with investigation

            7/24/2014-497 Dawn Circle, Webster, Total loss of residence

                        Undetermined cause

 

            8/6/2014-304 Simpson Road, Irondequoit, Fatal fire

                        Smoking related cause

            8/7/2014-822 Holt Road, Webster, Incendiary fire to a business

                        Suspect later in custody by Webster PD

            8/13/2014-99 Queensland Road, Gates, Undetermined fire in residence

                        Total loss

            8/13/2014-44 Dewberry Drive, Irondequoit, Incendiary fire of vehicle

                        Juvenile Intervention of kids in home

            8/26/2014-20 Thruway Park Drive, Henrietta, Incendiary fire inside storage unit

                        No prosecution by owner

            9/12/2014-27 Oxbow Road, Fairport, Total loss of a vacant

                        Under Investigation

 

Juvenile Fire Investigation    

2014 Referrals YTD: 49

21 since last meeting

 

Enhanced JFIP Program: Another series of classes is scheduled for the October.

     This is meant for kids on probation and kids that we feel need more than the one time referral. 

 

 

            C.            PSTF TRAINING – J. FRANCE

·      Law Enforcement - just started new police recruit class. This is another "town and village class" which is now the second class of this type we have put on in the past 12 months.

·      Emergency Medical Services - Tracy DeMarse is no longer with MCC as the EMS Manager. Marc Connolly who is the Emergency Services Manager will be filling in as the EMS Manager in the interim. Please direct any questions or concerns to Marc. If Marc is unavailable or cannot be reached please contact Jay France with any questions or comments.

·      Fire - New Associates of Applied Science (AAS) in Fire protection went live this Fall. So far the new program is going well. The new Associate of Science (AS) should go online next Fall. That degree will be more marketable for graduates looking to move into a bachelor’s degree at some point. We have set up articulation agreements with Medille College and Empire State College that will allow students to carry their credits directly in to several bachelors programs with those organizations. We anticipate the new Public Safety dispatcher AAS degree should be live sometime in 2015. That degree is currently in SUNY approval.

·      The Fire training grounds has had a few upgrades this year. New manikins, nozzles, hose, a new industrial transformer prop and a new special operations confined space simulator have all been put in service. The updates to the confined space simulator have increased it size by 10 fold.

·      We are currently reviewing the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting ARFF program. The apparatus is reaching the 15 year mark and were looking at all options for replacement retrofitting existing apparatus, or simply repair of current apparatus.

            M.C. FIRE BUREAU TRAINING - M. CHOLACH

·       Currently running 2 Firefighter I classes, this makes 7 hosted by MCFB this year, with 4 additional (2 each from Gates & Henrietta).

·       Firefighter I will be changing come January 1, 2015 with an increase in hours to approximately 104. Full details will be reported at the November meeting.

·       Continuing with state and local special ops training, with 15 individual courses scheduled for the fall, most of which are full and had waiting lists.

·       The Facility is scheduled to close November 15th. This date will reflect weather conditions.

            D.            ELECTION COMMITTEE – J. LEMCKE

 

R.            FIRE DEPARTMENTS

 

            A.            ROCHESTER FD – J. SCHREIBER

·       Thank you to all of the fire response involved with the Rochester Police Officer’s funeral.

·       Strategic Plan will be released in the next couple of weeks.

            TRAINING  - FILIPE HERNANDEZ

·       Recruit class will begin in January. EMT will be followed by fire. Graduates will earn 20 State Certifications along with National Firefighter I certification.

            TRAINING – TOM SZATKO

·      Will be holding CCT classes for Codes 9A, 9B, & 9C at the end of September. Please contact DC Szatko if you are interested in attending.

·      Crowd Management – will roll out to Fire Marshals for testing.

            B.            AIRPORT FIRE DEPT. – T. BANE           

 

            C.            1ST BATTALION – M. CHOLACH

·       Working fire in Webster – garage fire w/extension into house

·       Working fire in St. Paul – resulted in 1 fatality

·       Working fire in West Webster – attic fire

            D.            2ND BATTALION – J. LEMCKE

·       Working fire in Barnard – bedroom fire

·       Working fire in Hilton – bedroom fire

·       School fire in Brockport – electrical fire in overhang on 5th floor office area

·       Commercial fire in Spencerport – Adrenaline Power Sports, caused by working on vehicle in shop area, sprinklers extinguished

·       Fatal MVA in Spencerport – Dump truck loaded with stone overturned trapping 2 occupants in a car in a ditch. Fodge supplied equipment for the rescue.

·       Battalion Seminar on ventilation studies is scheduled for October 4th 0800 hrs at the MCC Auditorium. No cost for seminar. Thank you to Fire Bureau, Monroe County Chiefs Assoc., and Fire District Officers Assoc. for financial support to host this event.

            E.            3RD BATTALION – T. SANTILLO

·       Working fire in E. Rochester – Dispatch Junction

·       Search for missing hiker in Powder Mills park

·       Working fire in Penfield

·       34.5KV line down on building in Fishers District with building smoking

·       Working fire in Mendon

·       Fire in Brighton nursing home bedroom

·       NYS thruway for fatal MVA. Pittsford and Mendon established water supply

·       Working Fire in Pittsford

·       Fire in E. Rochester w/high CO levels

·       Working fire in Fairport  - oven fire at Jasco heat treating plant

·       Provided traffic posts for the funeral procession for Rochester Police Officer Daryl Peirson.120 volunteer firefighters participated.

·       Working house fire in Fairport

·       2 electrocutions recently. Tom noted that these electrocutions were to two experienced individuals.

            F.            4TH BATTALION – C. FISH

·       4 working house fires

·       8 Alert II’s at the airport

·       1 MCI involving a school bus. Dr. Cushman

            G.            5TH BATTALION – M. TERZO

·       Water job in Honeoye Falls

·       Working fire in Rush – detached garage

·       Working fire in Henrietta

·       Working fire in Rush – vacant house

·       MCI on NYS Thruway Henrietta

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

·       August held a successful equipment show, thank you to all who participated

·       Firefighter Appreciation Dinner will be October 9th, Diplomat on Rt. 31. Information will be sent to the agencies.

 

 

 

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

           

            The following bills have been called by Governor Cuomo and action is
anticipated regarding his approval or veto:
·         S.6675C / A.1869D required notice to be given to the fire
department with jurisdiction over a residential building where
construction will utilize truss type, pre-engineered wood, or timber
construction. (favor) This was sent to the Governor for action on
9/11/14.
·         S.7111B/A.9849A which provides authorized leave for volunteer
fire department members or volunteer ambulance squad members for states
of emergency; deems leave is excused when a state of emergency is
declared by the federal or state government and such person is engaged
in the actual performance of his or her duties as an emergency
responder. This was sent to the Governor for action on 9/11/14
 
  In addition, the following bill was sent to the Governor and signed
into law:
·         S.7371A/A.9321A Relating to the use of lever voting machines,
the number and use of voting machines in village elections, and to the
types of voting machines used in fire district elections extending
their use through the end of 2015.   Signed into law on August 11,
2014; Chapter 273.
 
We are watching for action on the other bills being advanced by the
fire service and will keep you informed as things move.
                        

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

·       Annual Essay contest has begun

            FASNY – A. WAY

·       This year’s goal is to improve health and safety

·       Currently 71 people in the home with 3 additional in the next few weeks

·       Softball Tourn. went well.

            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

·       New codes book will come out in early 2015. Chapter 1 will be specific to New York State

 

           

AA.            BURN ASSOC. – P. SCHWARTZMAN

·       Expressed condolences to the Rochester Police Dept. for the loss of their officer.

·       Burn Camp held in August was successful with 53 campers

·       Thank you to Rochester Fire Dept. for the send-off breakfast at Broad & Allen

·       1 camp counselor nominated to send to the IAFF national burn camp.

·       Burn Walk will be October 12th

·       Adult burn survivor meeting dates online

·       Ski Race will be held this year. More info to come

·       Trends – the burn challenge was mentioned, seems to have quieted down.

           

BB.            ANY OTHER REPORTS

 

CC.            OLD BUSINESS –

·       When possible please submit a copy of your report to the secretary Lauri Ruiz.

 

DD.            NEW BUSINESS –

                        

EE.            NEXT MEETING DATE Monday, November 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  8:14  PM hrs. by C. Fish,  seconded by J. Lemcke. Motion carried.