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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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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


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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.

Canyon News


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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."


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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.

Memorial Service

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 -- danras79@gmail.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


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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


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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 lmoore@iaff.org.


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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.

Requirements:
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.

Application:
Send resume, current salary history and references to:
City of New Orleans
Attn: Mary Pettingill
1300 Perdido Street
Suite 2E04
New Orleans, LA 70112
Or by email to mgpettingill@nola.gov.
Deadline to apply: Friday, May 24, 2013.


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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.


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Chief Segalla is Welcomed As Chino Valley Fire Chief


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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


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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
directions.

In order to bid for items from the City of Long Beach, you must be registered as a bidder
on Planet Bids. This service is free and will alert you of any bids for the City of Long
Beach. The following is a link to register your company on our bidders database:
www.longbeach.gov/purchasing.

The third paragraph has two links. The first link is for commodity codes, print the list and
highlight or write down the commodity codes that apply to your business before going
into Planet Bids. Make sure to use all that may apply. The second link will take you in to
Planet Bids. Select new vendor registration and continue with the prompts to create a
log-in.. You will need your Federal Tax ID, create a log in & passcode and enter in your
company contact information, as required. Once you log-off, wait for a confirmation email
saying you are registered. Then you will be emailed whenever a bid is posted with
your commodity codes.

You will also now be able to search for bids posted. Do not lose or forget your log-in
(write it down & tape it to your monitor). If you have any problems or questions, feel free
to call me at (562) 570-6200.

Thank you for your interest in doing business with the City of Long Beach.


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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


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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."


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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


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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.


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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...


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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.


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LAAFCA Chiefs Participate in the Great Shakeout


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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!


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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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.
dclem@hometownlife.com | (313) 222-2238


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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


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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.


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Retired LAPD Captain III Richard Meraz Shares his Amazing Story: Rampart Dialog

Key Messages:

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.


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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)



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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.


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Cars
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.


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Fire-Service Leaders Continue to Lobby for D Block | FIRE CHIEF

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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.
a 31-year veteran of

"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.


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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.

Best,

Eileen M. Decker
Deputy Mayor, Homeland Security and Public Safety


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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.


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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


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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.


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