Meeting Minutes


Meeting Date: March 10, 2005



The minutes of the Burlington County Emergency Services Advisory Board of March 10, 2005.


The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Chairperson Thaddeus Lowden.


Members Present:        Craig Augustoni            Richard Archer           Joseph Saiia

                                    Thaddeus Lowden       Donald Horner                                                                         John Taylor                  Fran Pagurek             David Gsell

                                    Terril Gakeler                                                Kenneth Anderson



The minutes from the January, 2005 meeting were approved on a motion by Mr. Augustoni, second by Mr. Archer. The motion passed.





FIRE SCIENCE: Mr. Anderson presented a written report (attached).



TRAINING CENTER: Mr. Gsell reported the second semester (winter/spring 2005) registration is going extremely well. He reported that the engineer study of the burn buildings was completed in February with the report due soon.


The first EMT Basic course started March 2, 2005.


Mr. Lowden asked about EMT CEU courses that are being offered. Mr. Gsell stated that there were over 30 different courses being offered that included EMT CEU’s. Many of the courses are a result of the EMS surveys that were done.


RADIO: Mr. Saiia reported that the tower in Mullica Twp. was approved by the Zoning Board.


The Florence site now has an approved agreement with the owner. The shelter is still at the factory and will be shipped very soon. Once it arrives, it will take six weeks to put that tower in service.


The County and members of the emergency services developed an interim SOG for the implementation of the new system. The NC area went live on 2/28/05


The training schedule for the new system is being finalized. The next areas to be trained are NE, N and NW.


Members were updated on New GIS mapping system.


Mr. Saiia recommended that departments will need cross band repeaters (CBR) for mutual aid responses purchase them ASAP. Shipping time is 6 weeks. Departments can save money if they partner up and order 6 or more at one time.


Mr. Saiia is looking into on scene recorders.


Fran Pagurek questioned about Virtua coming on the system. Mr. Saiia said that they were working with them.


Ted Lowden recommended that the county add the CBR to Shared Services contract or county contract.





Applications for the career seat on the board have been received and reviewed by the members. They are: Scott Oatman, Danny Norman, Cynthia Maahs-Knobbs and Mark Vanselous. The board unanimously approved Scott Oatman to serve on the board. 


EMS coordinators have been approved by the Freeholder Board. Fran Pagurek supplied a copy of B.C. First Aid Council procedure for EMS coordinators.





Fran Pagurek requested support of Assembly bill # 3092 to increase Medicaid transport fee’s. Chairmen Lowden asked for a vote to support bill # 3092. The board anonymously approved.


The next meeting of the ESAB will take place May 12, 2005, 7:30 PM.



Seeing no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.






Report on Fire Science Technology Degree Program

March 10, 2005



       The Fire Science Technology Advisory Committee will meet on March 29th.


       The certificate programs for (1) Fire Science and (2) Fire Investigation have been approved by the Instructional Affairs Council of the College.  Just how this will be announced and marketed will be discussed by the Advisory Committee.


       The College Catalog is printed on a two year cycle.  I have been asked to review the course descriptions of the fire science courses.


       I will be making a recommendation for a student to receive the Academic Award for Fire Science Technology this year.  The awards ceremony will be on May 6th in the Enterprise Center.


       As needed, I meet with students or interested firefighters about the program.


       Principally because of my participation in the FESHE (Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education) Conferences at the National Fire Academy,  I receive many notices from textbook publishers.  Recently, I have received “desk” copies of three texts from Thompson/Delmar Learning:


Company Officer, Second Edition; which will be the text for the New Jersey Fire Officer 1 and Fire Officer 2 certification programs.


Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care, Second Edition, and


Workbook to Accompany Fundamentals of Basic Emergency Care


       I have turned these texts over to the Emergency Service Training Center for the library.


       In January I reported to you on efforts to muster the National Fire Academy teaching staff, the Alumni Association, and the fire service at large to campaign to the administration and Congress to continue funding of the Academy and the US Fire Administration. 


       On February 24th, the International Association of Fire Chiefs facilitated a summit of 18 major fire service organizations and the fire service media to discuss the two critical issues—USFA/NFA funding and the importance of a greater fire service role within the Department of Homeland Security.


       The participating organizations agreed to pursue the five policy goals regarding the fire service role within DHS and federal funding of fire service initiatives:


Goal #1: America 's fire services must be represented by fire chiefs and other senior fire service officials within the office of the Secretary of Homeland Security and in key positions throughout the department.


Goal #2: The U.S. Fire Administration must occupy a key position and function in a comprehensive role within the Department of Homeland Security proportionate to the responsibilities of the fire services in responding to incidents of terrorism and all hazards events.


Goal #3: The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security need to recognize and designate the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Academy as being “homeland security critical” in the federal budgeting process.


Goal #4: The U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Academy must be fully funded to the authorized levels to support the ongoing mission to reflect contemporary issues and community risks.


Goal #5: To ensure the most effective utilization of training resources, the Department of Homeland Security should be required to work more closely with the National Fire Academy and state and local fire training academies regarding the use of curriculum and the delivery system for terrorism response training.


       Based on these goals, the unified American fire service organizations will continue to work together to develop a strategy between now and April 7th, the date of the 17th Annual National Fire Emergency Services Dinner, to achieve these goals.



C. Kenneth Anderson

Program Coordinator