Fire Service Certification Advisory Committee Meeting
November 13, 2009
Minutes of the Meeting for Conference Call
Members Present Staff Present Guests
Ben Cypher Tracie Young-Brungard Eric Miller
Dave Witmer Shirley Johns Bill Cornell
Al Wickline Todd Homan Herb Nagle
Kerby Kerber Gary Fulton Mel Bliss
Motion to accept minutes as written by Kerby Kerber
2d Ben Cypher. Motion carried.
Commissioner Mann absent – still working on budget and new apparatus for Academy.
Appointed to advisory committee – Sue Warchola and Perry Pierich.
Gary Fulton – Report on acquiring new apparatus (pumper, quint, ladder) for Academy with 2.5 million dollar project coming from capital funding – public works will award contract by Dec 7.
HMA & Ops – bought rights to re-produce – have $180,000 budget.
Feshe initiative includes bachelors & graduate work
Certification report – Tracie
16 levels dually accredited IFSAC and Pro Board.
Technical rescues and fire investigator were not submitted yet. Fire Inspector approved – HACC has done pilot. Computerized and hands on – 10 weeks. Evaluator Training – last this year Dec 1 at PSFA; another 3 next year.
Web newsletter twice a year – positive feedback. Drafted new brochure – had to submit to legal.
Task teams Test Site Quality/oversight; Program Education/Marketing; Training/Education/Certification Linkages; new one – Compliance. In the spring will discuss a chairman for new committee.
Certification statistics over 3300 so far this year.
Participating depts. = 555 – 38 at 100%.
Juvenile Firesetter Program moving forward – 9 certified and now will be trained as evaluators.
Surface water – will continue Fame/Chester Co ran one pilot/have 20 for second pilot in spring; Pub Ed I have one certified, 7 pilots scheduled. – Cambria doing D/O P; Lycoming – 26 certified.
HACC as a delegated authority working well. Working on computer testing – see if it will function well.
Going to do 3 more test bank reviews. National and international peers. PA knows things ahead of time and can have input.
Have new website – full schedule for 2010 – wide variety for certification.
Now there are 9 levels in HM.
Revisions in administrative manual; added dishonesty policy, waiting from legal on disciplinary actions. We made a few other revisions – add evaluator credentials, experience credentials.
Motion to add safety and education to mission plan by Ben Cypher, second Bruce Manning. Motion carried.
Discussed Strategic Goals – year 1, 2, 3 – some are almost completed.
HM 473 – new standard – need new materials.
Doing these test banks next week – swift water, mobile water, ice.
HM Ops already OK for Core.
New textbook does cover JPR’S – All mission specifics cross walked.
Commissioner’s Award for work on water rescue to Fish & Boar Scott Grahn, Pat Shine and Jay Young, who is the official liaison to Fish & Boar & Academy.
Site recognition to Franklin Center in Erie - John Villa and Vance Duncan for mixing career and volunteers.
Motion to adjourn by Manning second by Wickline.