Monroe County Fire Advisory Board > November 2016, FAB Meeting


20 May 2017

November 21, 2016

 

Voting Members:  Brian Koster, Kenneth Bowers, Christopher Dunn, Felipe Hernanez Jr., Steve Andrews, Joe Lissow, Thomas Santillo, Chris Fish, Mike Terzo, Anthony LaFountain, Kevin Bardeen.

Ex-Officio Members: Al Sienkiewicz, Amy Mills, Scott Flagler, Jim Herbst, Mike McHenry, Joe Lissow, Chuck Marshall, Tim Czapranski, Bob Burns, Ken Bowers, Bob Duemmel, Paul Schwartzman, Steve Schalabba.

A.            CALL TO ORDER:  1904 hours.

B.            PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Led by Chairman Fish

C.            MOMENT OF SILIENCE FOR FALLEN EMERGNCY SERVICES MEMBERS:

Ø  Past Chief of Fairport Fire department and Past 3rd Battalion Coordinator Bob Brown.

D.            QUORUM PRESENT?  Yes

E.            INTRODUCTION OF ANY NEW GUESTS / NEW MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:

Ø  Amy Mills – 911 Center

Ø  Jim Herbst – Monroe County Radio Center

Ø  Chief Kevin Bardeen – Airport Fire Department

F.            APPROVAL OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 MEETING MINUTES:

Ø  Due to the lack of a recording secretary at the September 19, 2016, the individual reports are still being collected. The Chairman will seek approval of both the September 19th and November 21st meeting minutes at the January 23, 2017 meeting of the MCFAB.

G.            COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVED:

Ø  EMS Coordinator Tim Czapranski submitted the list of 2017 appointments for Monroe County EMS Coordinators.

 

 

 

 

 

H.            FIRE ADVISORY REPORT:

Ø  Chairman Fish reported that the appointment letters for the Board seats will be sent out in December. Each organization will be asked to send in the voting members names along with an alternate name.  The County Legislature needs to re-affirm these names every two years and the cycle is due in 2017.

I.            EMS ADVISORY REPORT:

Ø  Car 900 (Czapranski) reported that Mass Trauma Kits have been purchased with grant money. There were 60 kits purchased with 10 kits distributed to each battalion. The kits contain 8 tourniquets, compression bandages, gauze, trauma sheers, tape and gloves. Each battalion will decide how the kits will be distributed.

Ø  Code 13 – EMS Board Chairman to meet with FAB Chairman to review the procedure before implementing.

Ø  EMS Trunk radio committee has disbanded.

Ø  Town of Webster started a new ambulance service in October.

Ø  There is a $160K grant to develop an electronic training system that would be SCORM compliant and similar to a LMS program. EMS to meet with various agencies to develop the program.

Ø  A White Paper was written earlier this year about substance abuse, divorces and suicides (10X higher than general public) amongst first responders. EMS creating a resource document for first responders to use to get assistance when they need it.  There are currently 4 CISM teams in the County.

J.            PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR

Ø  Director Bob Burns reported that they are actively seeking replacements for the open positions of Office of Emergency Management and Fire Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

K.             Fire & EMS COMMUNICATIONS BOARD

Ø  F&E Communication Board representative Chris Fish reported that he attended the last F&E Communications Board meeting and the discussion revolved around the communications summit.

Ø  Chairman of F&E Communications Board wants to get the three working groups (ECD Training, Technical Group, and Operational Group) back up and running.

Ø  Target date to get radios up and running is January 1, 2020.

Ø  More to come about financing and other subgroups in the future.

I.            FIRE COORDINATORS REPORT

Ø  No report submitted

DEPUTY FIRE COORDINATORS REPORT (Steve Schalabba)

Ø  Monroe County Hazardous Materials Response Team assisted with five level 1’s since the last meeting. These were two motor vehicle accidents, one involving law enforcement and two investigations.

Ø  Training – MCHMRT held its final training session on November 17th at the PSTF.  The team accumulated 900 hours of training for 2016 and has a membership representing over 19 departments.

Ø  The Strategy and Tactics for the Incident Commander Operating at a Crude Oil Emergency workshop and NYS OFPS Chemical Suicide and Bath Salts Awareness Program were completed in October.  The facilitator of the Crude Oil program, in a note sent to NYSAFC Executive Director  complimented the professionalism of the Monroe County Fire Service.

Ø  Monroe County Special Operations Unit along with the Gates and Chili Fire Departments, conducted its annual MOBEX Drill on October 23, 2016 at the County Fleet Facility on Paul Road. The training consisted of a structural collapse scenario with entrapment.

Ø  Thanked Sam DeRosa for his 8 years of service and accomplishments to the MCFB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE TRAINING COORDINATORS REPORT (Steve Schalabba)

Ø  Reporting for Mark Cholack

o   In 2016 there were five Firefighter 1 Classes. One through Henrietta and one through Gates.

o   Graduation scheduled for November 30, 2016 at Roberts Wesleyan College.

o   There will be one Firefighter 1 class in the spring. The class will be running from January 24th – June 14th. This class will use the new syllabus.

o   The training grounds are closed and rescheduled to open on March 15, 2017 (weather permitting)

M.            EMS COORDINATORS REPORT

Ø  No report

N.            PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS ( Jim Herbst)

Ø  At the recent communications summit, Pericle Communications presented its study regarding trying to obtain 95% communications coverage. The latest study shows the placement of three grant funded towers in Mumford, Gates Town Hall and an existing tower at Shoremount.  Need to go through SEQR and Legislature approvals. County has a 2 year performance period on the grant which was awarded in January of 2016. So in 2017, the SEQR needs to be done, construction documents need to be completed, the contract for construction must be awarded, and construction needs to begin. The County is looking into possibly seeking an extension to the grant.

Ø  Fire Service is seeking 95% indoor coverage. The current indoor portable coverage is 91.8 % countywide.  City coverage on the street is 99.9% and 99.2% indoor coverage.

Ø  Pericle is now studying how many more towers need to be erected to get to the 95%. Could require from 1 to 4 additional towers.

O.             EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT ( Amy Mills)

Ø  Final review of RFP for the CAD system is with the law department.

P.            OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Ø  No report

 

 

Q.            COMMITTEE REPORTS

Ø  MUTUAL AID PLANS (Chris Fish)

o   Committee being formed to review the mutual aid plan. Committee to convene after January 1st.

Ø  FIRE INVESTIGATION

o   No report

Ø  ELECTIONS

o   Mike Terzo will be the Elections Chairperson. Nominations for the Chair and Vice Chair will be accepted in January with elections in March.

FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Ø  Rochester Fire Department ( F. Hernandez Jr.)

o   3rd alarm fire at Chinese restaurant. Difficult to access due to mesh ceiling and wiring. Thanked County companies that assisted.

o   Recruit class starting in January.

o   New Lieutenant list out, planning for officer training as promotions are made.

Ø  Airport (Kevin Bardeen)

o   Will be promoting a new Captain for the day shift.

o   Ramping up for $55M project at airport terminal. Potential of many operational issues.

o   Will have to hire another firefighter position.

o   Offered to come out to Battalion meetings to show how Airport Fire Department can help.

Ø  Battalion 1 (Steve Andrews)

o   Conducted situational awareness training

Ø  Battalion 2 (Joe Lisso)

o   Five working fires since last meeting.

Ø  Battalion 3 (Tom Santillo)

o   Two working fires

o   3rd Battalion Past Chiefs Association has a scholarship program in memory of Penfield Past Chief and Past 3rd Battalion Coordinator Sid Ludwig. This year they awarded a $1000 scholarship. The scholarship is open to 3rd Battalion members who are attending school.

Ø  Battalion 4 (Scott Flagler)

o   Four working fires

 

 

Ø  Battalion 5 (Mike Terzo)

o   Five working fires

o   Rush FD just bought 8 ACM meters for all of their trucks.

ORGANIZATIONAL REPORTS

Ø  Monroe County Fire Chiefs (Brian Koster)

o   Governor Cuomo signed legislation allowing a COLA increase in the VFBL and VABL in relation to disability benefits.

o   Gates Fire Chief Jim Harrington was inducted into the MCC Alumni Hall of Fame.

o   The Firefighter Appreciation Awards Dinner was held on October 13th. Sixty-seven City and County Firefighters along with six school teachers and two business were honored.

o   The County Chiefs have purchased a plaque to honor the recipients of the Michael Sadden Award, an award which has been awarded annually at the Firefighters Appreciation dinner. The award started when the Rochester Safety Council was running the awards program. There were 33 previous recipients for this award. The plaque committee is still looking for the names of 5 recipients for the years there were no records. This plaque will be mounted at the PSTF.

o   County Chiefs President Koster announced his retirement this year as their President. He thanked everyone who has supported him and the County Chiefs during his term.

Ø  Monroe County Fire Districts Association (Kenneth Bowers)

o   Elections were held in November.

§  President – Tim Warth – Ridge-Culver Fire District

§  1st Vice President – Kenneth Bowers – Ridge Road Fire District

§  2nd Vice President – Linda Andreano – N. Greece Fire District

§  Secretary – Bob Kuhls – Rush Fire District

§  Treasurer – William Southwell – North East Joint Fire District

§  Sgt at Arms – Bob Diederich – Barnard Fire District

o   Next meeting will be 75th Anniversary meeting at the Double Tree on January 14th.

o   District Officers reviewed the changes to the FF1 training and encouraged its members to write letters expressing their concern.

Ø  Monroe County Volunteer Firemen’s Association

o   No report

 

 

Ø  Monroe County Legislature and Rochester City Council

o   No report

Ø  Monroe County Board of Supervisors

o   Happy Holidays

Ø  Monroe County Association of Villages

o   No report

Ø  Monroe County Fire Marshals

o   No report

Ø  Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association (Paul Schartzman)

o   December 10th – Holiday event for youth burn survivors and families, hosted by the Sea Breeze Fire Department.

o   Burn Awareness Week – February 5th – 11th.

o   Will be hosting the annual burn retreat, with guest speaker from Washington DC

o   American Burn Association and International Association of Firefighters have updated all the public information materials on burn prevention.

o   Reminded group that FLRBA is available for counseling with families of burn victims and can be available at any time.

OLD BUSINESS

Ø  None

NEW BUSINESS

Ø  None

NEXT MEETING DATE – January 23, 2017,  7:00 PM at the PSTF, Room 117A

MEETING ADJOURNED:  1948 HOURS.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Christopher Dunn
Vice Chairman / Acting Recording Secretary