Fire Service Advisory Committee Meeting
September 10, 2010
Minutes of the Conference Call meeting
Angie Ventresca Ed Mann
John Villa Tracie Young-Brungard
Kerby Kerber Tim Dunkle
Steve Bair Shirley Johns
Budget is $189,000 less than last year. May be asked to cut more.
Marcellus Shale – Sept 1 started scheduling phase I classes. Phase II based on training (wild well out of Texas). Marcellus Shale is here for the next 50-100 years so taxes need set up in PA.
Tim Dunkle – a lot going on – Marcellus Shale, cert projects, PAFED, IMT position specific training, regular training. Todd may be back in a couple weeks.
Certification Report Tracie Young-Brungard
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire got grant to certify all to FFI & II. Large certification project involved. Working for Vehicle Rescue – need done by April 2011. Pittsburgh wants to be active site again and Tim Dunkle and I met with them. August 30, 31 conducted evaluator workshops – 50 present. We worked logistics – Oct 4 & 5 will run evaluators through skill stations. 18 tests are scheduled for FFI & II. This will be the first career dept that all members will be certified in Fire Fighter I & II. This is a feather in our cap and Pittsburgh’s.
Hazleton Fire Dept – all drivers certified Driver/Operator Pumper – 18. Will be going back in November for cert tests for Aerial. It is out of their general training budget.
Washington Co site coordinator Elliott resigned – Ronald Sicchitano is the new coordinator and Michael McBride is the assistant.
Participating Depts are coming along – about 600 now.
I had a test site conference call.
For November meeting I would like suggestions & recommendations for FFI application about the essay questions. They have created a great amount of work for all.
HAZMAT levels – required PPE for each level. Complete equipment list for every level.
Fleming – is there any way that we can use learning management systems?
Tracie – drawback is that it needs to be their own work. Need to check with other accredited entities to see how they do.
Electronic submissions to Pro Board in place. Have 2 test sites already submitted. Pro Board is willing to run reports of who they have approved.
Pro Board has approved Rescue levels and IFSAC has approved Trench 1 & 2, Confined Space 1 & 2, Surface Water 1 & 2 and Structural Collapse 1 & 2.
Fire Police – have met with them and are looking at curriculum and certification.
Marketing ideas – talk to Ernie Rojahn, PA Firemen, will run regular reports for certification but all reports have to go through Maria at PEMA.
Dave Witmer has resigned from the Advisory Board.
Test site – must have EMS stand-by or ambulance present – resolve in November.
Fleming – Need election committee – pre reqs are that you need to have served for 1-3 years on advisory. Will send list of members that have 3 yrs.
Kerby – candidate handbook – skills testing; way to add that candidate must pass all 12 stations. Need to look at.
Nov 5, 2010 annual meeting at PSFA Nov 4, 2010 test site coordinators meeting
Motion to adjourn by Kerby, 2d Lesser. Motion carried.