SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD
Meeting Date: August
Minutes of the Burlington County Emergency Services
Advisory Board of
August 2, 2007.
Chairperson Lowden called the meeting to order at 7:00
Donald Horner Kenneth Anderson
Thaddeus Lowden Harold DeLaRoi
Lee Daneker John
Taylor David Gsell
Phil Drangula Robert
Rose Joseph Saiia
Minutes of the June, 2007 were approved with the
addition that the April minutes were approved.
Fire Science – Mr. Anderson gave a written and oral
report. A brief discussion on the latest PHISHI conference was held. The
Fire Science Advisory Committee will meet
Training Grounds – Mr. Gsell stated graduation went
very well with good attendance.He reported Tony Calorel is back to work
and doing well. Fall registration is strong with Fire Fighter I being
full. EMT has 30 registered so far. The FEMA “SAFER” grant applied for
fell through but will file again. EMS testing is being done locally. He
has been working with vendors and architect for the new burn
building/simulator. Foot print drawing looks good and is ready to go back
to architect for drawings. Hopes to have bids out in the fall. Mr. Gsell
distributed a FIRE FIGHTER 1 Student Guide for review would like the ESAB
to review and become familiar with it. A Code of Conduct was added to it
along with an N.J.S.A. 5:73-4.3, covering local training of fire
fighters. Mr. Lowden questioned if maintenance of existing buildings is
still on track. Mr. Gsell stated he would like the simulator first, then
upgrades. He added that $2.5 million budgeted for simulator and
stand-alone flashover simulator. Current facilities will be updated and
rehabbed, as well as hydrant upgrades with a computer system. The vehicle
extrication area will also receive improvements.
Radio – 9-1-1 upgrades on going. Mr. Saiia asked
that reports be turned in if coverage issues are perceived. A recent
power failure caused a one-minute interruption. After testing, believes
problem found and corrected. He reminded everyone that the extended
warranties on portables expire 12/31/07. AVL workstation will be going on
NW Zone for experimenting. Reprogramming of subscriber units going well
with 45% completed. Hopes to have completed in the fall. Training on the
new radio policy is going well. Mr. Saiia complemented Senior Instructors
Pat Bigoss and Steve Taylor for a job well done. FIRETRAX equipment at
the ESTC. Training forth coming. The Safety Center will be receiving a
supplemental generator. This will put the Center in NFPA compliance.
They’ve had water problems in the basement of the Center. Work will start
soon on remedies.
First Aid Council – The Council has formed a
committee to explore shared services. EMS Charts has experienced some
problems with info going to wrong agency. IT is on the problem.
Pictometry grant awarded for a winter fly-over. Mr.
Lowden complimented S.I. Taylor and Operator Sean Desjardins on there
training of Dist 22 personnel on new radio policy.
Status messaging was not brought forward by the
James Liberatore was appointed a County Fire
Mr. Anderson led a discussion on newsletter
distribution: mail vs. email. FM Rose stated it email will be explored.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M. on a motion by Mr.
Archer, second by Mr. Horner.
The next meeting will be October 4, 2007 at 7:00 PM.
EMERGENCY SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD
Report on Fire Science
Technology Degree Program
August 2, 2007
Work continues in preparation for BCC
Re-accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in
2009. The Training Center staff has been very helpful in providing
I attended the ninth Fire and
Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Conference at the National Fire
Academy June 2nd to 4th. Just this week I received CDs and DVDs with much
of the conference information.
As needed, I meet with students or
interested firefighters about the program.
C. Kenneth Anderson