Three-City Command Names New Fire Chief Mario Rueda
L.A. Deputy Chief Mario Rueda Chosen to Lead Three-City Fire Command; Assumes New Post On Jan. 16
By Mitch Lehman
The notion of retirement apparently didn’t sit well with Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Mario Rueda.
“I felt like I still had something to offer,” Rueda said when asked about his new position as chief of the three-city fire command that includes San Marino, San Gabriel and South Pasadena. Rueda will assume his new position on Jan. 11, 2016 when he succeeds Kirk Summers, who has served as interim fire chief the past six months.
“I was looking for something in my neighborhood,” said the Pasadena resident. “I was contacted by people from the Verdugo Cities Fire Command and it seemed to be a good fit. I feel I still have something left to bring to the table. I am really looking forward to working with the women and men of the three departments.”
Rueda was born and raised in Los Angeles and followed two of his older brothers into the fire service.
Santa Monica Fire Chief To Leave May 10 To Lead Murrieta Fire Department
Following five years at the helm of Santa Monica Fire Department, Fire Chief Scott Ferguson will hang up his City hat May 10 before embarking on a new role as Fire Chief of the Riverside County city Murrieta.
With a population just over 105,000, and nestled between Temecula and Wildomar, the semi-rural Murietta will afford an easier way of life, according to the Chief.
“My third grand-baby is expected to arrive in a little over a week; and the first two are more familiar with me on Facebook and Skype than they are in person,” Ferguson said. “That has to change; and truthfully, Murrieta is facing its own set of pretty cool challenges.”
With Expo on the horizon, alongside the construction of a new fire station, and upgrades to Fire Station 2 and the training facility, if Ferguson and his wife had waited for things to calm down a bit in Santa Monica they might as well have picked out a nice retirement spot, he explained.
“Council recently granted the department six new personnel and foreshadowed an additional half dozen during the next budget cycle,” Ferguson said. “After having graduated seven this Saturday, this will ensure that we have two more fire recruit academies over the next 12 to 18 months. There is more – Santa Monica is a happening place – we will be back often to see how it progresses.”
Ferguson was appointed to his current role in March 2010 following a 30-year career. He served as the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association (LAAFCA) President, represented the Association’s Federal Homeland Security Grant interests, and acted as liaison to the Regional Training Group, according to the City.
During this time, he supported area special operation teams and created a virtual network of SMART classrooms, thereby enhancing regional partnerships through training and safety programs.
The Chief was dedicated to community involvement and was active with the Santa Monica Rotary, Human Relations Council, YMCA and the Santa Monica College Advisory Board, the City said.
Looking back on his five years in Santa Monica, Ferguson added that full credit goes to his colleagues when listing achievements.
“There is not a single change, project, or advancement that I can lay claim to having managed by myself,” the Chief explained. “The Department has continued to build on the strong reputation for excellence in the region.”
Highlights of his tenure in Santa Monica, according to Ferguson, include:
-- Under the guidance of Deputy Chief Davis the Department achieved an ISO Class 1 rating, began designing new Fire Station 1, and worked side-by-side with other stakeholders to bring light rail to the community.
-- Deputy Chief Clemo strengthened the Department’s relationships with neighboring responders, and worked closely with several other fire personnel to enhance training academy and policy formatting.
-- Fire Marshal Binder is managing a team that is inspecting more buildings and processing more plans and permits than ever before.
-- Local 1109 has been a close partner as the Department has begun to assess the need and deploy more resources to deal with a rapidly increasing call volume.
-- The greatest achievement is that the Department has worked together as a team to manage more challenges while proving the best possible customer service.
As for his successor, the new chief will have to embrace an understanding that things do not stand still in Santa Monica, Ferguson said.
“The demands are great, but if you invest your time, listen, trust and adapt, you will get far more out of the experience than you put into it,” he said.
Interim Santa Monica City Manager Elaine Polachek said the City has benefited from Chief Ferguson’s leadership, fire expertise, and the integrity that is ingrained in his work during the past four years.
“He committed himself to his department, his colleagues, and our community,” Polachek said. “Scott will be missed and Murrieta is lucky to have him as their Fire Chief.”
Doctors Make House Calls On Tablets Carried By Houston Firefighters
It seems like every firefighter you ask can rattle off examples of 911 calls that didn't come even close to being life-threatening.
"A spider bite that's two or three weeks old," says Jeff Jacobs. "A headache, or a laceration," says Ashley Histand.
Alberto Vela remembers another call from a woman who said, "This medicine's not working; now you need to take me to the hospital so I can get a different medication."
Tyler Hooper describes those calls they shouldn't be getting as "anything from simple colds to toothaches, stubbed toes to paper cuts."
Hooper drives the busiest ambulance in Houston, based in a firehouse 3 miles east of the old Astrodome. Last year the rescue vehicle made more than 5,000 trips, and some of those can be pretty frustrating, he says.
"We make a lot of runs to where it's not an emergency situation," he says. "And while we're on that run, we hear another run in our territory — it could be a shooting, or a cardiac arrest — and now an ambulance is coming from farther away, and it's extending the time for the true emergency to be taken care of."
On a recent morning, he drove through the rain to answer a call at an apartment complex near Hobby airport. Susan Carrington, 56, sat on her couch in a red track suit, coughing and gasping.
"Have you seen your doctor?" Hooper asked. Carrington shook her head.
"No? OK," Hooper said.
Carrington doesn't have a regular doctor. She called 911 because she got scared. It hurt to breathe, and the cough had been bad for four days, she said. In January, she had visited a hospital emergency room for similar symptoms and been given an antibiotic for pneumonia.
Houston firefighters also handle emergency medical calls, so all are cross-trained as EMTs. Many are also advanced paramedics. Hooper and three others reviewed the data from Carrington's initial exam.
"Based on your vital signs, everything looks stable to us," Hooper said. "Your lungs are clear. Your blood pressure's great. Your pulse is good. Everything looks good."
Previously, Hooper might have taken Carrington to the ER, just to be safe.
But now he has an alternative: a computer tablet loaded with a video chat application.
Hooper launched the app, and Dr. Kenneth Margolis appeared on the screen. Margolis was seated almost 20 miles away, in the city's emergency management and 911 dispatch center.
"Can I just talk to Miss Carrington for a second?" Margolis asked.
Hooper swiveled the laptop screen toward the couch, bringing doctor and patient face to face, at least virtually.
"Ms. Carrington, I'm a doctor with the fire department," Margolis began. "So you're having a cough, and feeling weak and having some trouble breathing, is that right?"
"Yes, sir," Carrington said.
"And it hurts when you breathe and cough?"
The questions continued, with Margolis able to watch Carrington's face and reactions.
Margolis agreed an ER visit wasn't necessary. Instead, he scheduled an appointment for her at a nearby clinic for the next morning. He also arranged a free, round-trip cab ride. He told her the taxi would be there at 8:30 a.m.
"They'll take you to the clinic and your appointment is at 9:30. Does that sound reasonable?" he asked.
"Yes, sir," she replied.
"OK, I hope you feel better," he said.
The intervention is known as Project Ethan, an acronym for Emergency TeleHealth and Navigation. It rolled out across all city firehouses in mid-December.
"I think a lot of people are very surprised that they can talk to a doctor directly, and have been very happy with that," says Dr. Michael Gonzalez, an emergency medicine professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He's the project's director.
Gonzalez says the idea is to direct patients like Carrington to primary care clinics, instead of just automatically bringing them to the emergency room. Ambulances can be tied up for precious minutes — even an hour — as EMTs do paperwork or wait for a nurse to admit a patient to the ER.
By sending some patients to clinics, ambulances can remain in the neighborhoods, and overloaded emergency rooms can focus on urgent cases.
Gonzalez says the program doesn't just turn patients away from the emergency room. It offers an alternative — a doctor's appointment that day or the next, and transportation there and back.
City health workers also follow up with the patients to identify other issues that may be leading them to use 911 inappropriately.
Houston has some grants for the program, including money from a federal Medicaid waiver. But the project costs more than $1 million a year to keep running.
Gonzalez predicts it will eventually reap far more in savings for the region's overburdened emergency system.
A 2011 study of emergency rooms in the Houston area showed 40 percent of visits were for problems related to primary care. Treating those patients in the ER costs, on average, $600 to $1,200 per visit, compared with $165 to $262 if the patients were treated in an outpatient clinic. If all those ER visits could be referred to a clinic, the savings would be more than $2 million.
This story is part of NPR's reporting partnership with Houston Public Media and Kaiser Health News.
Santa Cruz leaders tap new fire chief
SANTA CRUZ >> Jim Frawley, the fire chief of South Pasadena and two other fire departments in Southern California, will start as the new Santa Cruz fire chief April 27.
Frawley, 49, replaces interim fire chief Mark Ramos, who held the post since Jeff Trapp retired in December. Frawley will oversee 61 firefighters, 71 seasonal employees and four administrative staff. The department also covers UC Santa Cruz and provides lifeguards at city beaches.
Thursday, Frawley said that he, his wife and two teen boys have visited Santa Cruz as tourists for many years.
“I’m very excited,” Frawley said. “From the very first time that I visited, I’ve been in love with the place.”
Frawley holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UCLA and started as a firefighter and paramedic at Glendale Fire Department in 1989. He joined San Marino Fire Department in 2008 as a division chief, and has been its fire marshal, emergency services coordinator and public information officer.
Frawley is now chief of San Marino, San Gabriel and South Pasadena fire departments and lives in San Marino. He said he and his family plan to move to Santa Cruz in May.
“His superior credentials and innovative approach to shared fire management make him an excellent fit for Santa Cruz,” said Santa Cruz City Manager Martin Bernal.
Frawley will earn $184,152 annually before taxes, city leaders said.
Two committees whittled down a national field of candidates. Santa Cruz city department directors chose candidates, as well as an external panel of current and retired firefighters and fire department administrators from other cities.
Frawley said he does not plan to make any immediate changes to Santa Cruz Fire.
“I would really would like to come in and see where the fire department and the community are and take stock,” said Frawley. “I want to continue to strengthen the areas where you’re strong and improve the areas that need to be improved.”
Glendale Fire Chief Scoggins to head Seattle Fire Department
Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins has accepted the top post at the Seattle Fire Department and will be stepping down next month, officials announced Wednesday.
A 25-year veteran of the department, Scoggins began his career in fire service as a volunteer firefighter for the U.S. Air Force in 1984. He joined the Glendale Fire Department in 1989 as a firefighter and rose through the ranks, first being promoted to fire engineer in 1996.
Two years later, he became a fire captain and, in 2003, battalion chief, during which time he managed the department's safety and training programs.
Scoggins was promoted to deputy fire chief in 2007 and was selected to serve as fire chief the following year.
“The lasting legacy of Harold Scoggins as fire chief will be his collaboration with all facets of the department to seek innovation proactively to raise as much productivity out of the department out of existing resources as absolutely possible,” said City Manager Scott Ochoa, pointing to a program that expanded advanced life-support coverage throughout the city.
While in Glendale, Scoggins was involved in a number of community organizations, including the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, American Red Cross, Glendale Youth Alliance, Salvation Army, Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center and the Rotary Club.
Once a month, he volunteered as the “guest chef” at Ascencia, making breakfast for the homeless families and adults in the shelter.
“Every decision I make, I base it on putting our community first,” Scoggins said in a statement. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
In Seattle, Scoggins will be overseeing a department with more than 1,100 employees who serve 640,000 residents and respond to more than 88,000 alarms annually, according to a Seattle news release. The department has an annual budget of $178 million.
The agency currently has 80 vacancies, and Scoggins will be given the task of recruiting a diverse work force of firefighters and implementing proper succession planning, according to the document.
The Seattle mayor reportedly urged him to continue the agency’s focus on recruiting qualified women, who make up 8% of the city’s firefighters.
Scoggins, who will remain in Glendale through March, will take the helm of the Seattle agency on April 1 at an annual salary of $205,000.
Deputy Chief Greg Fish will serve as the interim Glendale fire chief until city officials select a permanent replacement, a process that could take up to four months, Ochoa said.
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Fire Chief Hopeful That Expanded Ambulance Fleet, Larger Paramedic Staff Will Improve Emergency Response
he San Francisco Fire Department has added a fleet of new, highly efficient ambulances and plans to hire more than 40 paramedics in the coming months to bolster their emergency response services.
San Francisco fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said today that the addition of 19 ambulances will help the department respond to the city’s growing population and high number of emergency calls, while keeping costs at a minimum.
Hayes-White said the 19 new ambulances, each costing the city about $154,000, are more cost effective than previous ambulances since they consist of two parts, a chassis or vehicle frame, and a re-mountable box, or the part of the ambulance where patients are treated.
With the new design, ambulances needing replacement will require the fire department only to purchase a new chassis. The old body, or box, can then be attached to the new chassis, according to Michael Braun, a senior equipment specifications supervisor for the City of San Francisco.
Braun said the new ambulances cost about half as much to replace. He said to buy a new cab and chassis and simply refurbish the box will cost $60,000 to $70,000, instead of the $154,000 needed to purchase a whole new ambulance.
In addition, the new fleet is covered by a five-year warranty so that the manufacturer will now do repairs while maintenance will continue to be done by the fire department, Braun said.
He said the chassis and cab should be replaced every five years and that each new vehicle will be made safer, more efficient and greener than the next.
Hayes-White said she is hopeful that by expanding the fire department’s ambulance fleet to 53, emergency response times will continue to improve.
Hayes-White said her department has been in the process of getting these ambulances on the road since 2012 and that after making some adjustments, she said they are getting very good feedback from staff and the public,
“We’re really happy about these rigs,” Hayes-White said today.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee also announced today that the city has approved the hiring of 40 new recruits to the San Francisco Fire Department’s H-3 emergency medical technicians/paramedic training academy. The new recruits are expected to be working for the department by the end of
Hayes-White said there are currently about 170 EMT/paramedics in the San Francisco Fire Department and that this expansion will bring the paramedic staff to about 210, a level she said begins to properly accommodate the city’s booming growth.
She said that due to budget reductions in the past, the fire department did not have an adequate level of ambulances to meet the city’s increased demand due to a growing population and an increased volume of 911 calls.
The city’s decision to hire new EMTs and paramedics was based on a recommendation from an ambulance demand analysis and a staffing projection completed by the San Francisco’s Controller’s Office, according to the Mayor’s Office spokeswoman Christine Falvey.
Falvey said 14 additional EMTs are expected to join the San Francisco Fire Department over the next year.
The city’s push for more ambulances and more paramedics comes after numerous calls by members of the Board of Supervisors, including Board President London Breed, and the city’s firefighter unions.
The city’s firefighter unions asked Hayes-White to step down over the department’s alleged failure to provide timely emergency medical response to the public.
Firefighters unions have stated that Hayes-White’s lack of strategic planning has led to the department’s troubles.
A letter signed by the San Francisco firefighters’ union and other employee groups sent to the mayor in September announced their unanimous decision to express their “lack of confidence in the current Administration.”
In October, Lee said ambulance transport times across San Francisco have been reduced and said the inadequate response times were a result of a growing city with a growing demand. He also cited years of significant budget cuts to the department.
The department’s increased staffing, ambulance fleet and implementation of other solutions recommended by the Ambulance Working Group, have Hayes-White hopeful that the ambulance transport times will continue on the downward trend.
The working group, which was developed to identify and implement solutions to the fire department’s alleged shortcomings, determined that new ambulances and staff would bolster the ability for paramedics to respond to medical emergencies.
Despite expanded staffing and additions to the ambulance fleet, the city still contracts with two other ambulance companies in order to meet San Francisco’s growing needs.
The working group and city departments are also renewing efforts to reduce the volume of non-emergency 911 calls.
San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the city is continuing with plans to reinstate an emergency medical response effort supported by the city’s Fire Department and Department of Public Health, designed to respond directly to the needs of the homeless community, who make up a large amount of the 911 call volume.
The Ambulance Working Group has also stationed a nurse at the 1001 Polk St. shelter in the Tenderloin, with a second nurse to be stationed at the 525 Fifth St. shelter in the South of Market neighborhood by the end of this month, to help respond to areas with the most 911 calls, according to the mayor’s office.
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Setting Value-Based Payment Goals — HHS Efforts to Improve U.S. Health Care
Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health care coverage and made it affordable to many more Americans, we have the opportunity to shape the way care is delivered and improve the quality of care systemwide, while helping to reduce the growth of health care costs. Many efforts have already been initiated on these fronts, leveraging the ACA's new tools. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) now intends to focus its energies on augmenting reform in three important and interdependent ways: using incentives to motivate higher-value care, by increasingly tying payment to value through alternative payment models; changing the way care is delivered through greater teamwork and integration, more effective coordination of providers across settings, and greater attention by providers to population health; and harnessing the power of information to improve care for patients.
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New Hanover, N.C., Finds Promising Results in Community Paramedicine
Healthcare reform and the rise of accountable care organizations are driving new models that are forcing providers to rethink fundamental assumptions about how care is delivered, and who delivers that care.
Community paramedicine or mobile integrated healthcare—where paramedics address non-emergent healthcare needs in the patient's home—offers the promise of improving patient outcomes while reducing the burden on overcrowded EDs and minimizing avoidable readmissions.
The concept of community paramedicine sounds good. But does it work in practice? For at least one regional United States medical center, the answer is a resounding yes.
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Monterey Park announces new fire chief
MONTEREY PARK >> A City of Monrovia deputy fire chief with 22 years of experience will become Monterey Park’s fire chief, effective Monday.
Scott Haberle, 42, will take over for Jim Birrell, who retired in December and has been working as interim fire chief since then. Birrell will leave his post Wednesday after spending three days helping Haberle transition.
Haberle said he feels very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with Monterey Park.
“I’m looking forward to the leadership that comes with working with a great fire department. It is a great city, a great community,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the community, getting to know the firefighters, just getting to meet everyone.”
Haberle, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, began his career in Monrovia in 1992 and has also worked as a firefighter/paramedic, fire inspector/investigator, fire captain and battalion chief. In his new position, he will lead 52 sworn fire personnel and three fire stations. Haberle will also manage an annual budget of more than $11 million.
City Manager Paul Talbot said a headhunting company gave the city about a dozen potential candidates. Six came in for interviews, and Haberle was selected from a pool of three finalists.
“Scott’s a very impressive individual,” Talbot said. “He’s very well respected in the region. He’s forward thinking about fire services as well as community involvement.”
Haberle will be an at-will employee and will earn an annual salary of $160,000. Birrell earned $177,000 prior to retiring.
An experienced leader, Haberle has coordinated and managed many special assignments. He has worked as a fire marshal and in the administration of the emergency medical services and operations division. He has also been in charge of a citywide disaster preparedness program that includes the Community Emergency Response Team and an emergency operations center.
Talbot said Haberle and Monterey Park have a similar perspective about the future of fire services. He expects Haberle to continue Monterey Park’s tradition of providing outstanding fire and emergency services while also keeping an eye out for new opportunities in upcoming years, such as regionalization, he said.
“There has been a lot of discussions we’ve had here regarding joint services with other communities,” he said. “We’re going to be looking at our service delivery models for advanced life support and basic life support in the future. He’s well-versed in that and all the changes in the Affordable Care Act and in-home services. Some of his expertise in that area will be very helpful.”
Although Haberle is experienced in fire services, there are differences between Monrovia and Monterey Park. Some 60 percent of Monrovia residents are white, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. About 19 percent of Monterey Park’s residents are white; 67 percent are Asian.
“Ultimately fire safety is the same,” he said.
Haberle has a master’s in public administration from the University of La Verne and has completed his Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy.
By Zen Vuong, Pasadena Star-News
Pasadena hires Bertral Washington as new fire chief
PASADENA >> City Manager Michael Beck announced Thursday that he has hired Bertral “Bert” Washington as the new fire chief.
Washington, 43, comes to Pasadena from Clark County, Nev., where he has served as the fire chief since 2010. Beck said Washington’s depth of experience, which was “very relevant” to Pasadena, was one of the major factors that led to his hiring.
“He also provided significant leadership experience within the region and put together a leadership academy for his fire department as well as local city departments,” Beck said of Washington, who starts Dec. 15. “He has a very collaborative background.”
The Clark County Fire Department serves the Las Vegas Strip, Beck said, giving Washington skills he can apply to Pasadena’s big events such as the Rose Parade.
“Las Vegas has a huge New Year’s Eve event so it’s interesting that he will go from having a large New Year’s Eve activity to having a large New Year’s Day activity,” Beck said.
Washington’s appointment comes six months after Chief Calvin Wells announced his planned retirement at the end of this year. The city hosted public meetings in June to get public input on the search for the new chief.
Wells, who has been chief since 2010, has already thrown his hat in the ring for a new city title, launching a campaign for the District 1 City Council seat.
Washington said he, his wife, Cheri, and two children, Chandler, 13, and Blaire, 11, are excited to move to Pasadena. Bertral grew up in Los Angeles.
“As a young kid growing up in Los Angeles, the Rose Bowl is the place to be for the big game and also for New Year’s Day, besides the kitchen table for that great meal,” Washington said. “We are just really excited, this is a dream come true for us. We are very appreciative of everything we’ve learned and experienced in Las Vegas, but we are also very excited to come home and to be amongst a city that is as great as Pasadena.”
By Lauren Gold, Pasadena Star-News
Los Angeles Fire Department swears in new fire chief
Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas was sworn into office as the new fire chief on Friday, following the City Council’s unanimous support of his appointment.
“Today we take a very important step forward in building … the Los Angeles Fire Department of the future,” Garcetti said just before leading Terrazas in the oath of office and clipping onto his uniform a badge denoting his new rank.
“We have a new chief today who will lead the way in cutting response times, improving technology and bringing reform to the LAFD,” he said.
Terrazas “is taking the helm at a critical point in our city’s history,” Garcetti said, just as “we’re on our way to making sure the Los Angeles Fire Department is the best-managed and the most cutting-edge in the nation.”
The mayor also noted that Terrazas appointment will end a pattern of high turnover in the chief’s job.
“This will not be a revolving door chief-ship anymore,” he said.
The council voted 14-0 to approve the appointment of the 31-year LAFD veteran, whom Garcetti nominated after a months-long nationwide search for a person to lead a department with more than 3,200 sworn personnel and nearly 300 civilian employees.
The department shed about 600 firefighters and paramedics during the past five years after the city froze hiring, and only starting adding staff again this year. The department graduated 58 firefighters and paramedics in June and is getting ready to train another 165.
Councilman Mitch Englander said the city was looking for “a leader to rebuild” what he called a “decimated” department. Officials did not “have to look too far,” he said.
“We found a natural leader in the rubble, if you will,” he said.
In a statement to the council, members of the department and the public, Terrazas said he will be dedicating his efforts toward “transforming your LAFD into a metrics-driven, technology-focused, community-focused organization that is reflective of the communities that we serve.”
Terrazas, 54, told a city council committee earlier today his top three priorities are to improve response times, restore resources to a department has lost hundreds of staff in the past five years, and diversify the firefighter and paramedic ranks.
He proposed bringing back a “female tutorial program” — a program that he led in the 1990s — that seeks out female college athletes and grooms them to succeed in the recruitment process by putting them through physical training in the gym and tutoring them on the written and oral exams.
Many of the current female fire captains benefited from the program, he said.
Terrazas also said he wants to set up a high school fire academy similar to one already used by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Councilwoman Nury Martinez praised Terrazas, saying he possesses the “common sense solutions and experience to give him the leadership edge necessary to guide the Los Angeles Fire Department into their next era.”
She also noted that with “only three percent of firefighters are women,” Terrazas “has shown a commitment to recruiting, supporting and mentoring female cadets that represent half the population and will be an asset to creating long lasting success for the entire department.”
Terrazas will also oversee a plan to revamp the way the department is managed; the development of FIRESTAT, which will use data to look at trends in emergency calls and determine how to deploy firefighters and reduce response times; and a new recruitment process being created in conjunction with Rand Corp.
Terrazas established the department’s Professional Standards Division, and the mayor said he was instrumental in securing the passage of Proposition F, a $532 million bond to finance building of 19 fire stations.
His salary will be $292,424 a year, according to the mayor’s office.
Former Fire Chief Brian Cummings announced his retirement last October, several months after the mayor asked all city department heads to re-apply for their jobs.
Cummings, whose tenure was marred by questions about the department’s response times, had been with the department since February 1980 and was appointed chief in September 2011 by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
James Featherstone, the general manager of the Emergency Management Department at the time, was named Cummings’ temporary replacement, and he was vying for the full-time LAFD post.
Frank Lima, president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, the union representing LAFD firefighters, has noted that the union has sometimes disagreed with Terrazas on major policy issues, but said today he is “proud” to support the new chief’s appointment.
“We welcome him as our leader and are hopeful that this department will regain some continuity and consistency with this appointment, and we are looking forward to a strong working relationship with the chief,” he said.
Terrazas said he wants to treat employees as “equal partners” by setting up weekly meetings with UFLAC and other fire department employee associations.
Kurt Norwood Assumes Helm In Arcadia
Kurt Norwood was appointed as the new Fire Chief of Arcadia Fire Department as of May 1, 2014. Kurt is a 30-year veteran of the fire service, having started his career in 1984 as a Paid Call Firefighter for Manhattan Beach Fire Department. He was hired as a Firefighter by Arcadia Fire Department in 1987, completed Paramedic School and was assigned as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1991. Kurt was promoted to Fire Captain in 1998. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. He was assigned as the Deputy Fire Chief in June 2011 and has served as Acting Fire Chief since January 2013.
Kurt has an AS Degree in Fire Technology from El Camino College, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Fire Protection Administration, and a Master's of Science in Public Administration, both from California State University of Los Angeles.
During Kurt's tenure with Arcadia Fire, he has served as the Fire Marshal, EMS Division Chief, Training Chief, and Operations Chief.
Kurt and his wife, Norma, reside in the City of Glendora and have one son and two daughters.
Arcadia Fire Chief Tony Trabbie Retires
Fire Chief Tony Trabbie is a 30-year veteran of the fire service, having started his career in 1984 as a Fire Suppression Aide for Los Angeles County Fire Department. He was hired as a Firefighter by Arcadia Fire Department in 1987, completed Paramedic School and was assigned as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1989. Tony was promoted to Fire Captain in 1994. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. He was assigned as the Deputy Fire Chief in December 2003 and promoted to Fire Chief in October 2007.
Tony has an AS Degree in Fire Technology from Pasadena City College and a BS Degree in Fire Protection Administration from Cogswell College National Fire Academy.
Tony’s service throughout his career has been exemplary, always demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and the ability to effectively manage the technical and administrative functions of the fire department while maintaining a constant commitment to excellence and improvement. He is a consummate leader and an inspiration and role model throughout the fire service.
Tony and his wife, Pam, have two sons and two grandchildren.
Chief Michael Wilson Assumes the Helm in Vernon
Chief Michael Wilson has over 26 years of experience with the Vernon Fire Department and 4 years as a Volunteer Firefighter at La Habra Heights. He was first hired in Vernon on August 17, 1987, where he rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief in 2009 and eventually Fire Chief on May 7, 2013.
Over the course of his career Chief Wilson managed USAR communications and served as Vernon’s ISO coordinator during two audits, achieving Class 1 in 2001 and again in 2010. He has served the Area E USAR Regional Task Force (RTF-2) since its inception and had the opportunity to be the lead in building Vernon’s Fire Station #2 in 2007.
Chief James Frawley taks over as President of LAAFCA
San Marino Fire Chief James Frawley has assumed the role as President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association (LAAFCA) in 2014. Outgoing Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson recently expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve, and has committed to stay engaged as Chief Frawley begins to layout his strategic plan for the upcoming year.
Chief Frawley started his fire service career with the Glendale Fire Department in 1989. There he served as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Engineer and Captain. In these assignments, Jim gained a diverse amount of expertise serving in roles that involved Hazardous Materials, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Disaster Planning, Public Education and Public Information. Chief Frawley joined the San Marino Fire Department in August of 2008 as a Division Chief and has served as Fire Marshal. Jim has been involved in a number of efforts which include the revision of San Marino’s Emergency Operations Plan and launching the S.M.F.D.’s very successful CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program.
Jim received the Distinguished Service Award, Fire Chief’s Commendation, and Donovan Award from the City of Glendale and Glendale Fire Department. He has also received awards from the Glendale Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs along with several commendations for incidents that he has responded to which include: the College Hills Fire, the LA Riots, the Altadena and Malibu Fire Storms, the Metrolink Train Derailment, and most recently the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest.
Chief Frawley has been involved in a number of community organizations including the San Marino Rotary Club, San Marino Schools Foundation, Boy Scouts of America Troop 358, San Marino City Club, San Marino Chamber of Commerce, San Marino National Little League and San Marino Community Athletic Association. Jim is also a member of several professional organizations.
Joe Nestor Retires From San Gabriel Effective December 30, 2013
Chief Nestor started as a Firefighter with the Pasadena Fire Dept. March, 27, 1972, and became a Firefighter/Paramedic in May 1975. Chief Nestor was promoted to Captain in May 1979; served for 2 years as the City's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, was promoted to Battalion in 1987, where he served in Operations, as Fire Marshal, and as the department’s Training Coordinator.
In June of 2002, Chief Nestor left Pasadena to become Fire Chief in San Gabriel, where he served until December 30, 2013.
Jim Birrell Retires from Monterey Park Fire Department
MONTEREY PARK >> Chief Jim Birrell retired Thursday after a 31-year career in the Monterey Park Fire Department.
The city rehired him immediately.
City Manager Paul Talbot spoke highly of Birrell’s accomplishments, which include Disaster Service Worker training.
“He’s done a very good job, and we’re very happy with him as our fire chief,” Talbot said. “His lasting legacy will be the development of our Emergency Operations Center (which is meant to handle major natural disasters). He’s leaving Monterey Park in a great position.”
Birrell, 55, was appointed acting fire chief in July 2010. Nearly two years later, the city named him fire chief. For the next three months, he will work as Monterey Park’s at-will interim fire chief.
The City Council approved the move in December because city staff needs time to explore regional fire services consolidation with Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino and South Pasadena.
Mayor Teresa Real Sebastian and City Council members on Dec. 4 lauded Birrell for his good work. Councilman Mitchell Ing said Birrell is “one of the good guys” and complimented Birrell on his professional and straightforward nature.
Birrell said he could contribute to fire services and emergency preparedness even after he leaves his temporary post in Monterey Park. In his “encore career,” he said he will seek consulting work or look for employment as a director in emergency preparedness.
“My father taught me real, good, strong work ethic,” he said. “I will probably continue another eight to 10 years until I get tired of it and feel like I can’t contribute any longer.”
Exerpts from article posted on December 18, 2013 - Zen Vuong, Pasadena Star-News
San Gabriel Appoints New Interim Fire Chief
Through a unique arrangement that reflects longstanding cooperation between neighboring cities, San Marino Fire Chief Jim Frawley has agreed to serve San Gabriel on an interim basis as a shared Fire Chief when Chief Joe Nestor retires December 31.
The arrangement reflects longstanding partnerships between San Gabriel and the City of San Marino, and will ultimately involve the sharing of management and command staff between departments as part of an innovative arrangement to reduce costs and duplication while improving fire service. No change will occur to the floor operations in either department, and each department will retain its full and separate identity.
Chief Frawley started his fire service career with the Glendale Fire Department in 1989. There he served as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Engineer and Captain. In these assignments, Jim gained a diverse amount of expertise serving in roles that involved Hazardous Materials, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Disaster Planning, Public Education and Public Information.
Chief Frawley joined the San Marino Fire Department in August, 2008 as a Division Chief, also serving as Fire Marshal. His efforts have included successful revision of San Marino’s Emergency Operations Plan and launching that department’s successful CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program.
In addition to 24 years of fire service, Chief Frawley has a Bachelor of Science degree from U.C.L.A. in Kinesiology, is a licensed Paramedic, and is a certified Chief Officer and Fire Marshal. Jim has received extensive training in Fire Command, Leadership, and Counterterrorism. He is a state-certified Instructor for Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction, and teaches Fire Technology at Glendale Community College.
Chief Frawley has lectured throughout the country on topics ranging from emergency preparedness, leadership, disaster management, Point of Dispensing (POD) planning, and WMD / CBRNE response. He received the Distinguished Service Award, Fire Chief’s Commendation, and Donovan Award from the City of Glendale and Glendale Fire Department. Jim, his wife, and their family live in San Marino.
Chief Frawley was introduced to the Council at its Dec. 3 meeting by retiring Fire Chief Nestor as part of his farewell remarks. On behalf of the City Council and Administration, we offer our gratitude to Chief Nestor for his many years of service in San Gabriel, and a warm welcome to Interim Chief Frawley.
- Eye on San Gabriel
Ralph Mundell Named New Beverly Hills Fire Chief
BEVERLY HILLS—Interim Fire Chief Ralph Mundell was named the permanent fire chief for Beverly Hills on Friday, October 18.
Mundell, a 28-year veteran of the Beverly Hills Fire Department, has been serving as interim chief since Tim Scranton retired on July 19 of this year. “Chief Mundell is a person of outstanding leadership abilities, experience and ethics and is devoted to public service,” City Manager Jeff Kolin said in a statement. “We are extremely fortunate to have him in our ranks and for his willingness to step up to the position as chief.”
Mundell has spent much of his career in Beverly Hills where he began as an entry-level firefighter in 1986.
“He has held all the leadership positions leading up to fire chief [including] interim fire chief, deputy fire chief, fire battalion chief, training and safety officer, fire battalion chief platoon commander, fire marshal, fire captain, fire engineer and firefighter,” Therese Kosterman, public information manager for the city of Beverly Hills, told Canyon News.
Mundell has received several recognitions for his work, including the Felix Rothchild Firefighter of the Year Award as well as two Harvey Adair Awards for Meritorious Service. He has background in firefighting operations including an “expertise in complex rescue operations, hazardous materials and wildland fire behavior.”
Kosterman said Mundell was selected during an internal recruitment process and there was one other candidate in the running for the position.
“[Mundell] is an outstanding leader, he’s definitely proven his abilities here in Beverly Hills and is very well respected by all the men and women in this department,” she said.
Denis Leary Speaks at Santa Monica Rotary Club
David Lantzer (Hermosa Beach), Scott Ferguson (Santa Monica), and Dave White (Culver City) were treated by a visit from Denis Leary during a recent visit to the Santa Monica Rotary Club. Denis was joined by Producers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez who spoke on their new documentary, "Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit."
LODD: Downey Battalion Chief Brian Wolf
Downey Firemen's Association, Local 3473 is saddened to announce the loss of one of their own in the line of duty. Downey Battalion Chief Brian Wolf unexpectedly passed away at home on July 21, 2013 while on vacation spending time with his family.
Brother Wolf, 44, grew up in Downey and began his career in the fire service as a Downey Fire Explorer, before being hired on full-time in 1989. Brian was one who never quit anything or turned and ran when there was a fight. He worked hard and trained hard. Brain was diagnosed with a job related cancer a short time ago.
He is survived by his wife, April, and their two children, daughter McKenzie and son Logan.
Friday, July 26 11:00 am
St. John of God Catholic Church
13819 South Pioneer Blvd.
Norwalk, CA. 90650
All uniformed personnel are invited to attend the ceremony and the uniformed firefighter salute of Chief Wolf. Class A uniforms requested or Department approved uniform.
Please RSVP to Dan Rasmussen, Downey Firemen's Association L3473 -- email@example.com; (626) 644-6798.
Condolences: Card's and letters of condolence can be sent to:
Downey Fire Station 1
Attn: The Wolf Family
12222 Paramount Blvd.
Downey, Ca. 90242
California Fire Foundation
Beverly Hills Fire Chief Retires
BEVERLY HILLS—Beverly Hills Fire Chief Tim Scranton retired on July 18 after six years of holding the position.
Scranton has worked in Beverly Hills for 27 years and following his retirement as Fire Chief, he will begin working for FEMA as a Federal Coordinating Officer. As a FCO, Scranton will be traveling to disaster sites around the United Stated and providing assistance as a direct representative of the President.
There are only 30 Federal Coordination Officer’s nationwide, which shows Scranton’s expertise and reliability in terms of service. He worked his way up the ranks in Beverly Hills beginning as a probationary firefighter on February 10, 1986 and he was also a master mechanic. He was then promoted to engineer and became a driver trainer before becoming a fire captain in 1994.
He became a training officer for the fire department before being promoted to battalion chief, then fire marshal. In 2006, he was promoted to deputy fire chief and on October 27, 2007 he was named fire chief of Beverly Hills.
Beverly Hills News
Beverly Hills Fire Chief To Retire
By Ewing Carter
Jul 6, 2013 - 5:34:53 PM
IAFF Position Statements on Fire Fighter/Paramedic Response to Active Shooter Events
Local police and fire departments often respond and work together in a variety of incidents. This joint response is becoming all too common with the current increase in the number and magnitude of “active shooter” events.
Recent events such as the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and Santa Monica campus shooting underscore the increasing concern in the fire service over active shooter attacks by terrorists armed with weapons in public areas, such as schools, shopping malls, churches and other places where large numbers of people congregate. These events typically involve one or more suspects who participate in ongoing, random or systematic shooting sprees or other violence with an intent to harm others and result in mass casualties.
On April 2, 2013 the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in cooperation with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International Chiefs of Police, convened a meeting to address, “Responding to Mass Casualty Shootings – Strengthening Fire/Law Enforcement/EMS Partnerships.” The IAFF and the Fraternal Order of Police also participated in the meeting.
Based on the proceedings of this meeting, there is a real and present threat and an obvious need for all organizations involved to work together when confronted with an armed individual who has either already killed and injured people or is threatening to do so.
In light of recent events and the nationwide initiative, the IAFF Executive Board felt it prudent to release position statements in regard to the expected changes in response paradigms and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for fire departments responding to active shooter events.
The position statements are relevant to IAFF locals in fire departments that are changing response protocols or SOPs in an effort to embrace a more assertive approach to rendering life-saving care and rescuing viable victims in areas considered to be "warm zones" (not fully secured) during such an event.
The Active Shooter Event Position Statement and the Rescue Task Force Training Position Statement are intended to assure that IAFF locals have a guidance template for use when discussing appropriate actions and safety considerations during fire department SOP development.
Based on the passage of the Active Shooter Position Statements, it was necessary for the IAFF to clarify its position on Tactical EMS. The IAFF considers Tactical EMS very different from the active shooter protocols previously discussed. Therefore, the IAFF Executive Board also developed a position statement on Tactical EMS for IAFF locals to use as a reference during departmental discussions of IAFF members being trained and participating as part of a tactical SWAT Team.
More on the subject of responding to active shooter events will be addressed at the upcoming John P. Redmond Symposium/Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference scheduled for August 21-24, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.
For more information about the IAFF position statements, contact Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of New Orlenes is Looking For a New Superintendent of Fire
The Superintendent of Fire (‘Fire Chief’) shall execute the responsibilities of the New Orleans Fire Department (‘Department’), which include: organizing, administering, supervising and disciplining the fire force of the City; extinguishing fires and investigating their causes; operating and maintaining communication systems; administering and enforcing ordinances, regulations, and all state and municipal laws relating to fire prevention and safety of persons; responding to situations involving hazardous materials and to other emergency situations involving the safety of persons or property; performing such other duties as are required by the Charter or assigned in writing by the Mayor. The Fire Chief is appointed by the Chief Administrative Officer upon approval of the Mayor and reports to the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety.
In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Department, the Fire Chief will be expected to invest energy in additional strategic priorities. The City of New Orleans is seeking a proven and well-rounded leader with a background that includes strong skills and diverse knowledge in the areas of fire service and emergency management. Competitive individuals will bring innovative ideas and contemporary best practices to the Department and the community. The Chief will exhibit an excellent communication style, genuine interest in sustainability, adaptability, active listening, openness to new ideas and creative problem solving.
Minimum qualifications include experience and education equivalent to the following:
1. Ten years progressively responsible experience in municipal or county fire department;
2. At least five years of increasingly responsible supervisory, management and/or command experience (Captain level or higher) with responsibility for personnel and budget management in a municipal or county fire department; and Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major or major course work in fire science, fire administration, public administration or a related field; or equivalent work experience.
Send resume, current salary history and references to:
City of New Orleans
Attn: Mary Pettingill
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Or by email to email@example.com.
Deadline to apply: Friday, May 24, 2013.
Montebello Fire Chief Tim Wessel Announces Plans to Retire
After 28 years of service in the Fire Department working for CalFire, Downey Fire, Rancho Cucamonga Fire, San Bernardino County Fire and now Montebello Fire; Fire Chief Tim Wessel is retiring to spend more time with his wife and family. During his 28 years, Tim worked on many large wildland fires, as an Operations Chief on a Federal Incident Management Team, throughout the Western United States and assisted the City of Gulfport, MS as part of a specialized team, with rebuilding and getting that city back on its feet after Hurricane Gustav. During his tenure with Montebello, Chief Wessel was able to restore staffing to the city and replace part of the aged fleet through the use of the SAFER and AFG grant system.
Chief Segalla is Welcomed As Chino Valley Fire Chief
New Fire Chief Pinned in Redondo Beach
With a traditional pinning ceremony, Redondo Beach officially recognized Robert Metzger as the chief of the local fire department. City Manager Bill Workman, who praised Metzger's "unique" skill set, called the new fire chief a cut above the rest. "His fit in Redondo Beach was really something that was easy to see," said Workman. When the city manager asked references about Metzger's character, "it was nothing but five-star—five gold stars over and over again."
Firefighter Brian Sweatt, the head of the Redondo Beach Firefighters Association, also welcomed Metzger, telling the new chief that "we look forward to working with you both cooperatively and unanimously." "You're stepping into an amazing department with amazing men and women," Mayor Mike Gin said. "We're thrilled to have you."
In addition to his duties as chief of the Redondo Beach Fire Department, Metzger will serve as the city's harbormaster. "This is just a great opportunity," Metzger told the crowd of firefighters, CERT members and residents. "I'm very humble and very grateful to receive this assignment."
Metzger replaces former Fire Chief Dan Madrigal, who retired in December. Since then, Police Chief Joe Leonardi served as interim fire chief.
Courtesy: Nicole Mooradian, Redondo Beach Patch
Request for Proposal: Management Consultant for LA Area Fire Chiefs Training Group
RFP FD 13-027
Management Consultant for Los Angeles Area; Fire Chief’s Association Regional Training Group
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that City of Long Beach, is seeking sealed proposals for
The City of Long Beach Fire Department (“Department”) is seeking a Vendor to assume the
Executive Director position, providing direction and leadership for the execution and
achievement of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association (LAAFCA) Regional Training
Group strategic plan and subsequent long-term regional training needs.
In order to obtain the proposal and any addendums that may be issued please follow the
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Fire District Board Taps West Covina Chief
Fire district board members have chosen West Covina Fire Chief Paul Segalla to become the next chief of the Chino Valley Fire District.
Chief Segalla, 51, employed in fire service since 1979, will become the third Chino Valley Fire District chief since 2010. Chief Paul Benson retired in 2010 and his successor, Chief Kirk Summers, retired last October.
“I am pretty familiar with the Chino Valley Fire District,” said Chief Segalla during a telephone interview Thursday afternoon. “Since I came to the West Covina fire department, I’ve attended some board meetings and have gotten to know the staff and board members. I knew Chief Paul Benson and Chief Kirk Summers when they were with Chino Valley Fire.”
Chief Segalla has spent five years as West Covina’s fire chief after being hired Jan. 7, 2008. Chief Segalla holds an associate’s degree in fire service technology, a baccalaureate degree in fire service management and a master’s degree in public administration. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s executive fire officer program, completing high performance organization training from the University of Virginia.
Cites taken from Champion Newspapers: Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Santa Monica Fire Chief Named 2013 LAAFCA President
As part of three generations of first responders, Chief Scott Ferguson has been a member of the fire service for just over 30 years. He spent the majority of his career in Vancouver, Washington, with stops in Peoria, Arizona as the Deputy Chief of Operations, and Manhattan Beach as Fire Chief, before finding a home as Santa Monica’s Chief in March of 2010.
Chief Ferguson earned his Fire Science Diploma from Bates Vocational Technical Institute in Tacoma, Washington and his AAS in Business Administration from Clark Community College. He also received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Oregon University and his Master’s Degree in Management Psychology from Wayland Baptist University in 2005. Chief Ferguson has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, is an accredited Chief Fire Officer (CFO), and recently completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program.
Chief Ferguson is a frequent trainer and guest speaker, and enjoys mentoring candidates to prepare them as future firefighters and company officers. He is a current board member of the YMCA, Human Relations Council, and the Santa Monica Rotary Club.
"Even in these challenging times, our past Presidents have set the bar extremely high. Chief Scranton has particularly cemented a path in the areas of planning, innovation, and combined efficiency; my hope is to carry on their traditions of excellence."
Burbank names Department Veteran as New Fire Chief
Burbank on Thursday named a 25-year department veteran to the top post, replacing Ray Krakowski, who retired last month.
Tom Lenahan, a former fire marshal who’s been serving as the city’s interim fire chief in recent months, was named to the permanent position Thursday in an announcement released by the city.
In a statement, Lenahan said the city and fire department have "provided everything to me and my family and I look forward to giving back."
In his 25 years with the department, Lenahan has served as a firefighter and paramedic, engineer, captain, battalion chief and fire marshal.
“I’m confident he will continue the tradition of providing top level public safety services,” Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp said in a statement.
The Burbank Leader
Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski Retires
BURBANK, Calif. (December 28, 2012) – Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski will end 32 years of public service when he retires at the end of the day.
Chief Krakowski began his career with Burbank Fire in August of 1980 and promoted through the ranks as a firefighter and paramedic, engineer and captain. Krakowski was promoted to Battalion Chief in 1994 and held that rank 15 years before being named Interim Chief in 2009, and elevated to Permanent Chief in 2010. He recently served five weeks as the acting City Manager until the arrival of Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp on December 3.
Chief Krakowski attributes his long career in Burbank to his colleagues. “32 years go by quick,” Krakowski said, “but it goes by easy when you work with good people.”
Interim City Manager Pulskamp has begun an internal recruitment process to fill the Chief’s position. Fire Marshal Tom Lenahan, himself a 25-year veteran of the Burbank Fire Department, will serve as the acting Fire Chief during the search for a permanent replacement.
Flawed data stall California's 911 upgrades
A three-year effort by California to improve 911 emergency service has been stymied by flawed data and aging computers at local fire departments and rescue agencies across the state, a Times investigation has found.
Since 2009, the state Emergency Medical Services Authority has been seeking to centralize reports on millions of emergency medical responses, a project that officials see as critical to improving life-saving practices.
State officials hoped to capture information from the moment dispatchers answer a call until the victim is transferred to a hospital. The program would for the first time give public officials, medical researchers and regulators the ability to compare response times and patient treatment across local jurisdictions.
But the project has floundered because many fire departments and ambulance operations have been unable to provide usable information.
See link for more details...
Sequestration Not Addressed in Fiscal Cliff Deal; DHS Faces Spending Cuts Without Further Action
The fiscal cliff deal signed by President Barack Obama Tuesday night does not address the challenge of potential cuts this year across federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but rather merely punts ultimate decisions on those cuts farther down the road.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (HR 8) addressed income taxes for most Americans, keeping rates low, but shifted the start of the sequester from Jan. 1 to March 1, giving Congress two more months to come up with an alternative deal to sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25).
In so doing, the legislation addressed one half of the fiscal cliff tax hikes for all Americans during a slow economic recovery, but not the other half -- the automatic spending cuts under sequestration. Under sequestration, DHS faces a 7.8 percent budget cut, potentially equaling a little more than $4 billion for fiscal year 2013. DHS is currently funded under a consolidated appropriations measure through March 27. A potential funding deal to replace the $1.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years sought by the Budget Control Act also could likely fund the department for the rest of the fiscal year.
In a statement Tuesday, Obama hailed the American Taxpayer Relief Act as a bipartisan compromise that spares most Americans from an income tax increase.
"This agreement will also grow the economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way -- by investing in our middle class, and by asking the wealthy to pay a little more," Obama said of the deal.
But Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), incoming chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, was one of eight senators (and only three Democrats) to vote against the bill early Tuesday morning.
"Following our failure to craft a comprehensive deficit reduction plan in 2011, Congress put in place a set of tax increases and spending cuts in discretionary programs that, if enacted, would be painful and potentially damaging to our economy," Carper said in a statement Tuesday. "Unfortunately, the deal the Senate passed this morning is not the grand bargain that I, and many of us, had hoped for, and that's why I ultimately voted against it."
Carper said Congress must reform entitlements and boost revenues. In the past 12 years, revenue has fallen from about 20 percent of GDP to less than 16 percent today. Instead of striking a "grand bargain" to address that shortfall, Republicans and Democrats only addressed part of the problem, leaving another bruising battle to come within the next two months as Congress also grapples with the US debt ceiling.
"My hope is that this intransigence will someday be overcome, and that the next time there's a serious effort to put together a budget deal, both sides will stay at the table and seize the opportunity to make the hard choices we know have to be made," Carper added.
The potential sequester on March 1 would cost DHS dearly. According to estimates by the US Office of Management and Budget, the Transportation Security Administration would lose about $1.3 billion; US Customs and Border Protection, $955 million; US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, $477 million; the US Coast Guard, $439 million; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, $878 million.
LAAFCA Chiefs Participate in the Great Shakeout
Chief Madrigal Calls it a Career
After 36 years of service, Chief Madrigal plans on hanging up his turnouts at the end of the year and...hanging 10 while catching some knarly waves in Costa Rica!
Mike DuRee Selected as Long Beach Fire Chief
LONG BEACH — Mike DuRee is carrying on a family tradition in several ways. The 44-year-old is not only a fourth-generation firefighter in Long Beach and fifth-generation city employee, he is now a second-generation fire chief.
City Manager Pat West announced Monday that the 18-year veteran is the department's new chief, succeeding Alan Patalano, who retired in March.
DuRee's great-grandfather Allen DuRee was fire chief from 1933 to 1946. As the son of a firefighter, DuRee said "all I ever wanted to be was a firefighter."
Once he joined the department, DuRee said he aspired to lead. "This is the culmination of a lifelong dream," DuRee said. In making the announcement in a prepared statement, West alluded to DuRee's lineage.
"Mike DuRee has extensive experience in the fire service, and an unmatched history in the Long Beach Fire Department," West said in the statement. DuRee had been serving as the interim deputy chief responsible for the Fire Prevention Bureau. That was the same position his father, Rick DuRee, held when he retired in 2000.
DuRee steps into the department at a time of change and continually tightening fiscal restraints.
"Obviously it's no secret these are turbulent times with one deficit after another after another," DuRee said. DuRee says he faces the ongoing challenge of reducing costs and maintaining services while being "fiscally sound and sustainable."
By Greg Mellen, Staff Writer Press Telegraph
NTIA cautions BayWEB to consider halting work
Posted in March 30th, 2012 by daryl in Interoperability, Public-Safety Radio, Technology in Government
This post is based on information gleaned from Andrew Seybold’s Public Safety newsletter.
The NTIA on March 28, 2012 met with representatives of the National Governor’s Association and delivered a message cautioning the 21 waiver jurisdictions that have been granted authority by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin network construction to consider halting their work in order to ensure resources are not wasted when the nationwide network is deployed.
LBFD Fire Chief Patalano Announces Retirement
According to a press release from the offices of the City Manager, Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Chief Alan Patalano announced his retirement earlier today after 22 years of service to the City of Long Beach.
Chief Patalano, a 27-year veteran of the fire service, was appointed Long Beach Fire Chief in May 2010. He is the 16th Chief in the LBFD's 115-year history. Prior to assuming the Long Beach Fire Department's top post, Chief Patalano served in multiple positions on the Fire Department's Command Staff, including Deputy Chief of Support Services, Deputy Chief of Operations, and Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention.
Chief Scranton Takes the Helm as 2012 President of LAAFCA
Chief Scranton to Focus on Four Key Areas:
1. The building of a network of "SMART classrooms." By intergrating a network of technology accross teh 31 agency departments, Chief Scranton exects to enhance inter-agency communication, planning, and training while decreasing the amount of time our resources are out of our own juridictions.
2. Given the looming impact of HR 3630, Chief Scranton will represent the best interests of all 31 fire agencies on the LA RICS Board of Directors.
3. Regional Training Group - LAAFCA has nearly completed the first phase build-out of the six anchor training sites located in LA City, LA County, Alhambra, Glendale, Santa Fe Springs, and Long Beach. With help from the RTG committee, Chief Scranton will ensure sustainability of the existing sites, oversee a change in the organizational structure, and seek to add smaller “satellite” sites throughout the region.
4. The development of a regional JPA.
2011 Outgoing President Harold Scoggins Receives A-1 Recognition
Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins was honored on Friday, January 13th for his dedication as 2011 LAAFCA President. His accomplishments included serving on the regional grants Approval Authority and LA RICS Board of Directors, and has performed a key legislative role in ensuring that each LA County community retains its right to manage its EMS delivery system, as granted within the Health and Safety Code.
Fire chief denounces survey on paramedic service
Canton fire officials are warning local residents that a survey mailed to some township homes to gauge satisfaction with paramedic and ambulance service did not come from the township’s public safety or administration offices.
The letterhead contains the township’s official logo for the Canton Community, though Fire Chief Tim Dunn said the survey apparently was sent by a Lansing-based survey team on behalf of another ambulance service.
“A survey has been sent out that appears to have come from the Canton Fire Department,” Dunn said. “It did not, nor have we sanctioned it.”
The survey appears to have been sent to certain residents who recently used an ambulance service other than Canton Township’s.
“It was never sent out by us,” Dunn said.
The fire chief sought to clarify the issue for residents who may believe they are being asked to rate Canton Township’s paramedic and ambulance service.
Township officials have notified local homeowner associations and have distanced themselves from the survey in a statement in Canton’s Focus newsletter.
“Canton Public Safety has recently been made aware of a survey that was mailed to an unknown number of Canton residents containing questions regarding the fire department’s paramedic/ambulance service,” the statement says. “The survey was printed to look as though it came from Canton Administrative Offices, but recipients should know it did not.
“If you’re in doubt of the authenticity of a survey you have received, check the address printed on the return envelope,” the statement reads. “Surveys mailed out by Canton Public Safety will always be sent back to Canton’s Public Safety headquarters located on Canton Center Road in Canton.”
Dunn dismissed the survey as “deceiving” considering that it used an official Canton logo from the township’s official website.
Dunn said anyone who has questions may call (734) 394-5455.
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League Board of Directors Adopts Pension Policy at Long Beach Meeting
The League of California Cities' board of directors has adopted a new policy on public pension reform in California. The policy document was the product of considerable discussion within the League's City Managers department, as well as key League policy committees. The policy encompasses many of the long-standing financial issues in public retirement systems, but also some of the more recent discussions and proposals regarding pension reform at the state and local level.
The City Managers department has been actively engaged in public pension reform discussions for a number of years, both prior to and following the onset of this lingering recession that started in 2008. The stock market and investment losses that occurred in 2008, 2009 and 2010 have driven up public employer costs for pension systems to the point of threatening the very sustainability of these pension benefits and imposing a concern about the severe impact of pension costs on the delivery of all public services at the state and local level.
The policy starts by recognizing the prominent role that pension benefits play in recruiting and retaining high-performing, career public employees, but offers a three step approach to correcting the escalating costs of providing this benefit. Those steps include recommendations for actions at the local government collective bargaining table, actions that can be taken at the statewide level, and some additional considerations and options for restoring pension sustainability.
Highlights among the recommendations include:
Requiring that employees pay more or pay their entire designated employee costs for public pension systems;
Providing new, lower tier retirement benefits for newly hired employees;
Basing final retirement salary on the three highest paid years of employment and eliminate the option to be paid on the highest paid single year of employment;
Providing employers with the option to adopt a "hybrid" retirement plan that caps the defined benefit portion of the pension at 70 percent of the retiring employee's base pay; and offer a defined contribution retirement benefit in conjunction with the defined benefit plan; and
Conducting a thorough legal analysis of the state of the law as it relates to the "vested rights" theory/doctrine of public pension systems.
The new policy on pension reform adopted by the board of directors has a number of additional recommendations. The document is posted on the League's website. City officials are encouraged to review the document as a guide to addressing this growing public problem in California.
last updated : 7/29/2011
Legislative Alert: AB 210 is now AB 1387
On September 1, Assemblymember Jose Solorio's office announced that AB 210 would become AB 1387. In a message to the stakeholder coalition working on this bill the author's office explained:
"AB 210 will be amended to become an Assemblymember Hernández bill with entirely new language and AB 1387 (another Solorio bill) will be amended with the current language in AB 210 and 'parked' on the Senate Floor as agreed. AB 1387 will be amended tomorrow and the amended version of new bill should be in print no later than Tuesday, September 6. Therefore, going forward, we will be referencing AB 1387 as the 'consensus' bill and not AB 210."
The new bill includes proposed statutory changes intended to resolve long standing conflicts over the interpretation of key sections of the EMS Act, and was originally introduced as AB 210 in January 2011 by Solorio (D-Anaheim). A coalition of stakeholders working on the bill's language had not yet reached consensus on several key issues, and requested that it become a two-year bill. CSAC will now also join the stakeholder group to represent counties as well.
UPDATED 9/9/11: AB 1387 has now been placed in the inactive file, which means it will be a two-year bill.
Retired LAPD Captain III Richard Meraz Shares his Amazing Story: Rampart Dialog
1. You encourage what you tolerate
* When things got so far off the correct path, it started with a few steps in the wrong direction which were never corrected.
2. If you see it, you own it.
* When we fail to challenge action, we appear to sanction the action.
* Knowledge - knowing what to do next: virtue - doing it.
* We control 100% of our integrity, our professionalism, and our ethics.
3. Care for your unit and department.
* Humility is not thinking less of yourself, humility is thinkinh of yourself less.
* If you love your organization, department or team, then you should be willing to put those you lead above yourself.
* The opposite of love is not hate; the opposite of love is indifference, lack of action, status quo.
4. Take responsibility for your own self-esteem.
* Maintaining your self-esteem is not your employees' job.
* Love in reference to leadership is not the emotional aspec but rather the principal or volition. It is an act of will.
* When I leave this position, if this is not a better place, I will have failed you and have failed myself.
* Leadership is the ultimate act of free will.
* Leadership is not rank, title, or seniority. Leadership is a role played at all levels.
* Your people will rise to your level of expectations. They will also lower themselves to your level of expectations.
Make No Mistake, Emergency Service is Big Business
Fire Chief Magazine, By Bruce Evans, March 1, 2011
What would you think of a company that survived two world wars, during which time it continued to provide its typical services? A company that provided security, roadside assistance, fire protection and training, EMS, employee health services, as well as wellness programs to employers and the public, all for a reasonable price? A company that while doing all of this also provided great pay, benefits and pensions to its employees? As if that wasn't enough, this company also is an innovator in emergency-service operations, employing modern ambulance design, out-of-the-box services and state-of-the-art training to establish a long tradition of outstanding customer service.
The company that I've described is Falck, a Danish multinational that has waded into the American market ready to do business and potentially change the face of emergency services in the U.S. Its activities are focused on preventing accidents and disease; providing assistance during emergency incidents; and helping people move on with their lives after illness or accidents. (see link and related article)
(San Carlos Firefighters Criticize Their Possible Replacement: http://www.ktvu.com/news/27663932/detail.html)
Bear Paw: & Annexation and Consolodation - What does it really mean?
Mr. Gary leads Citygate’s Fire Services practice. Chief Gary has 39 years of experience in the fire service, including 5 years as a paramedic. In 1994 he was appointed Chief of the Livermore Fire Department, in Alameda County, California, and in 1996, he successfully designed and led the implementation of the Livermore-Pleasanton fire department consolidation, which subsequently won a California League of Cities Helen Putnam award. The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department today is one of the few successful city-to-city fire mergers in California. Chief Gary retired as Chief of the combined department.
For the past 14 years, he also has been the lead instructor and program content developer for the Standards of Coverage process. He annually taught a 40-hour course on this systems approach for fire deployment at the California Fire Academy and consults across the United States and Canada on the Standards of Response Coverage process.
Chief Gary has both a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. In addition, he holds an Associate in Fire Science Degree from Miramar Community College in San Diego. He is a past-president of the League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department, has served as the Fire Chief member on the League of California Cities Board of Directors and was a member of the State of California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Firescope Board of Directors. Chief Gary has held memberships in the California Fire Chiefs Association, the National Fire Protection Association, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He writes for fire service publications on deployment and fire service technology adoption issues.
TVF&R is one of first departments in the country to add Cars to its emergency response fleet. The Car—with one paramedic—is a cost-effective option for responding to situations that don’t require a traditional fire engine and four-person crew. Approximately 100,000 incidents were analyzed to identify the situations appropriate for a Car and single responder. The Car is outfitted with basic equipment and supplies, and a data terminal with computerized response maps and instantaneous information on every 9-1-1 call.
The Car will respond to non life-threatening medical and public service calls such as abdominal pain, ground level fall, headache, odor investigation, sick person, fire alarms, and smoke detector problems. Although the majority of situations responded to by the Car are non-emergency (Code1), the Car can be upgraded to respond more quickly or the paramedic can call for more units if a situation worsens. In addition, the Car can be added to a cardiac incident if closer than other units or a fire when more resources are needed.
Fire-Service Leaders Continue to Lobby for D Block | FIRE CHIEF
Cummings Named Permanent LAFD chief
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has tapped Brian L. Cummings as the new Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Chief Cummings was the architect of the department's deployment strategy that puts more manpower into responding to medical emergencies.
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"Every day we are responding to thousands of medical calls and our job is to provide care to the public," Cummings said at a news conference outside Fire Station 34 in South Los Angeles, across from the neighborhood where he grew up and where he once served.
Villaraigosa said he nominated Cummings after interviews with him and two other finalists - Assistant Chief Patrick Butler and Deputy Chief Emile Mack.
"Everyone agreed that Brian is the clear choice for this job," Villaraigosa said.
Cummings is a second-generation firefighter, following in the footsteps of his father, who worked in the LAFD from 1947 to 1977. His brother, Lorenzo Armestead, is an LAFD fire captain.
Cummings worked his way up through the ranks, overseeing several stations. He also was assigned to the Port of Los Angeles, where he served as liaison with the Coast Guard and Port Authority, and supervised training facilities in the San Fernando Valley and downtown Los Angeles.
2011 UASI Funding Matches that of 2011
Dear UASI Approval Authority:
Yesterday, Mayor Villaraigosa received a phone call from DHS indicating that the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area funding for the FY 2011 UASI grant would match that of FY 2010. Last year’s allocation was $69,922,146, which includes the 20% that will go directly to CalEMA. This is the funding level we were hoping for and upon which you based your decisions for our Investment Justifications when we met earlier this year. We just received the grant guidance this morning, and are currently reviewing it to determine whether there is anything unforeseen in the new guidance. Assuming everything we were told was accurate, and there is nothing unexpected in the guidance, we do not expect to call another Approval Authority meeting prior to submitting our FY 2011 application. The LA/LB UASI application will then be submitted in accordance with the decisions you previously made.
In the telephone call explaining our FY 2011 funding, DHS commented that that they recognized the risk that the region faces, and the consequences we and the entire nation would face in the event of an attack in our region. DHS stated that a significant part of the funding decision was based on how these factors were articulated at the meetings the Secretary attended with both Mayor Villaraigosa and our UASI Approval Authority at the Port of Los Angeles late last month. We wanted you to know that your leadership had a tremendous impact on the decisions that have been made.
We are quite fortunate to be receiving the same funding as last year because, as you know, Congress cut funding in this area. While we are being fully funded at our FY 2010 funding level, there were unfortunately significant reductions to Tier II UASI funding and the elimination of many Tier II Urban Areas. The number of national UASIs was reduced from 64 to 31. This will obviously cause problems for many of our partner UASI regions. Additionally, the number of UASIs in California dropped from 8 to 5.
In maintaining our funding, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secretary herself have placed tremendous faith and trust in our UASI to spend these dollars efficiently and effectively and within the given grant performance periods. As the grant administrator, my office will be working extremely closely with all of your agencies to ensure that all of our grant money is being spent on time. We need your leadership to ensure this happens as well. We will be implementing even more efficiencies and monitoring. We will be closely monitored by DHS and CalEMA on all of our grant activities and we must perform or risk a reduction in funding.
In the event that any of us receive questions from the press regarding the cut backs to the UASI program, we wanted to make sure everyone had similar talking points to reference. We recommend, after conferring with DHS, that if asked your talking points include:
1) We are extremely grateful to the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Napolitano for recognizing the risk factors that our region is facing, especially given the recent intelligence coming out of Pakistan that Los Angeles was and will likely continue to be a target of Al Qaeda.
2) The Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area will continue to use our money wisely, with all jurisdictions who receive funding working in conjunction with each other on regional projects that will greatly reduce risk and increase capability to our region. Our region will continue to spend UASI funds efficiently and effectively.
3) We empathize with the Urban Areas that have been either significantly reduced or eliminated especially during these difficult budget times. We hope that Congress will reconsider its decision to reduce funding to this priority area.
We look forward to continuing to work together to make our region safer.
Eileen M. Decker
Deputy Mayor, Homeland Security and Public Safety
Chief Deputy Daryl L. Osby announced as Los Angeles County Fire Department's next Fire Chief
Today the Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Chief Deputy Daryl L. Osby as the Los Angeles County Fire Department's next Fire Chief.
Chief Osby, who is currently the Chief Deputy, Business Operations, was chosen by the Board after a national search. He began his public safety career 27 years ago and has performed admirably in a myriad of assignments and roles including firefighter/ paramedic, firefighter specialist, captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief, deputy chief and chief deputy. In addition, throughout his career, Chief Osby has been actively engaged in community and mentoring activities in the Los Angeles region and has been the recipient of various awards and commendations from local and State entities for his related work.
I have no doubt that Chief Osby's depth of experience, values and strong leadership will continue to be tremendous assets to the Department as he takes on his new role.
Confirmation of Chief Osby's appointment as the new Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Chief will take place at the February 15th Board meeting and he will officially assume his new position on February 26, 2011.
On March 30, 2010, a 28-year-old male career fire fighter/paramedic (victim) died and a 21-year-old female part-time fire fighter/paramedic was injured when caught in an apparent flashover while operating a hoseline within a residence. Units arrived on scene to find heavy fire conditions at the rear of a house and moderate smoke conditions within the uninvolved areas of the house. A search and rescue crew had made entry into the house to search for a civilian who was entrapped at the rear of the house. The victim, the injured fire fighter/paramedic, and a third fire fighter made entry into the home with a charged 2 ½ inch hoseline. Thick, black rolling smoke banked down to knee level after the hoseline was advanced 12 feet into the kitchen area. While ventilation activities were occurring, the search and rescue crew observed fire rolling across the ceiling within the smoke. They immediately yelled to the hoseline crew to “get out.” The search and rescue crew were able to exit the structure safely, then returned to rescue the injured fire fighter/paramedic first and then the victim. The victim was found wrapped in the 2 ½ inch hoseline that had ruptured and without his facepiece on. He was quickly brought out of the structure, received medical care on scene, and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
NIOSH "Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program " list. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/default.html
Regional Training Group (RTG) Quick Facts
On 8/17/10 members of the Regional Training Group met in Vernon to discuss, design , and implement next steps towards completion of a Regional Fire Strategic Plan. In addition to the group was Deputy State Fire Marshal III Mike Garcia from CAL FIRE who stated his main goal for participating in the meeting is to determine if he can be a resource and assist with the RTG and their efforts. He also expressed his intention to serve as an asset for our fire training needs.
Highlights of the meeting included holders of the six Regional Training Sites will provide the Battalion Chiefs to work on the project. If the holder of a Regional site cannot support a B/C 100% of the time for the grant cycle they are asked to inform the group so funding can be reallocated to another department who can support the effort. Additionally, workplace site, governance, milestones, timeframes, and identification of the six team members was discussed.
Chief Scoggins announced there is funding available from LAFD who is willing to modify towards the effort of a Regional Fire Strategic Plan. Chief Patalano volunteered to carry the grant via Long Beach and will facilitate the RFP and appropriate grant documentation.
The identified next steps is the identification of the six Battalion Chiefs, remodify the grant funds, create the RFP, and solicit contractors to create the plan. The group decided a meeting a mid-October would be appropriate given the outstanding tasks. Please see the notes from the meeting for further detail.