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>> this is a reminder to silence all electronic devices, fire commission regular meeting november 8, 2017, item one. roll call. president ken cleaveland. vice presidential stephen nakajo. commissioner michael hardeman. commissioner francee covington. commissioner joe alioto
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veronese. no meeting scheduled for november 22, 2017, or december 27, 2017. item three, general public comments. members of the public may address the commission up to three minutes on any matter in the commission's jurisdiction and does not appear on the agenda. speaker shall address their remarks to the commission as a whole and not to individual commissioners or department personnel. commissioners are not to enter into debate or discussion with the speaker. the lack of response by the commissioners or department personnel does not necessarily constitute agreement with or support of statements made during public comment. >> thank you, before we ask for public comment, the gentleman along the wall there, you may want to move on this side, on the other side, to not block the door. the sheriff's department gets upset blocking exits, as do we.
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thank you. so, any public comment this morning? seeing none, public comments closed. madam secretary, next item. >> item four, approval of the minutes. discussion and possible action to approve the meeting minutes of october 25, 2017. >> any public comment on the minutes? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, what is your pleasure? move, a second? commissioner covington seconds. all in favor? >> aye. >> thank you very much. it's unanimous. >> item five, chief of department's report. report from chief of department, joanne hayes-white, on current issues, activities and events within the department since the fire commission meeting on october 25, 2017, including budget, academies, special events, communications and
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outreach to other government agencies in the public, and report from operations, deputy chief mark gonzales on overall field operation, including greater alarm fires, emergency medical services, bureau of fire prevention and investigation. and airport division. >> regarding the budget, we have entered into the send quarter and are following through on all of our 17-18 initiatives, including the purchase of fleet and equipment according to the plans approved for multi-years. we will be reconvening the budget committee prior to the budget season. on december 6th, receive the budget instructions and we will be prepared on december 13th to provide an overview of those budget -- those budget instructions to the fire commission at the upcoming meeting. related to academies, 123rd
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academy in the seventh week and progressing along very well. and we have all 54 members remaining in that class. 124th class is scheduled to begin some time in march, either mid march or late march, zeroing in on that date. and we are in the process of beginning to look at selections for the 124th class. in 2018 as reminder, another two classes, both scheduled to have 54 members in them. 42 off the list and 12 coming from station 49. since the last meeting, actually the evening after our meeting on the 25th of october, i had heard on my way home that there was a two-car accident on park presidio and crossover drive,
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and there were three extrications that were required. two done within about a 20-minute period, and one took over two hours, about two and a half hours. and i would like to commend the crews that showed up to that, responded to that incident, starting with engine 22 and truck 12. rc2, ba at all -- battalion 8, a very complicated rescue and extrication. at one point, which has never happened in my career, there was a call for a field amputation, the patient was so trapped into his vehicle. that fortunately did not need to happen. i responded to the scene and within about ten minutes the crews had been diligently working to extricate the patient were successful in doing so, and i would like to say even though it took that length of time, the new tools that have been
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distributed to our rescue squads as well as all of our truck companies made the difference in making that a successfully extrication, albeit a very lengthy one. hats off to the crews that did a phenomenal job on that rescue that evening. on the 26th, i had the privilege to pin more badges on h3 level 1 e.m.t., and h2s recently, that had paramedic licenses that stepped up to become fully cross trained h3 level 3 firefighter paramedics. i believe just under 30 people that we, over the course of two days, were able to acknowledge and like to acknowledge the e.m.f. division and the training division to get that coordinated and their good work. on the 27th of october several of us at headquarters met with the department of public works, i know he has reported here
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before, to get an update on some of the easter projects, including status of the complete tear down of station 16 on greenwich and station 5 on turk and webster. we will continue to work closely with them. we are monitoring very closely. somewhat disappointed in the delay in station 16's progress but we are monitoring that very closely. and d.p.w., as well as the director, aware of our concerns regarding some delay on that. on the 28th of october i participated and attended a neighbor fest, which was first of it's kind, done all through solar power and the use of generators. it's district 7, and under supervisor yi, he had done a participatory style budget,
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asked members of his district to participate in what they would like to see, and they -- $25,000 of i believe 250,000 sort of the pot of money dedicated toward enhancing the nert program in the miraloma district residents. so we had a lot of nert presence there. a member of our community outreach arson investigator, janet brock was there, showing people how to use an extinguisher, hashim anderson, talking about the nert program, and engine 20 and engine 39 came by. but basically it was an informative session adjacent to miraloma schools, so a lot of kids there. i attended that, and i think it will be a model for the city to basically make sure neighbors are getting to know one another and have a sustainable plan in the event of a large scale emergency. since i was at that, deputy
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chief williams represented and attended, i know chief francisco was there as well, as other members in the department, a vigtant guardian exercise that also took place with multiple agencies. we had on duty participation as well, and i believe that deputy chief williams in her report next month can give you greater detail, or today, either she or chief francisco can answer any questions on the elements of that exercise. on october 30th station 35 as they always do, welcomed graciously members of the councilor corps on the fire boat, i was not able to participate but i met them at the pier when they came back. and that was organized through the councilor corps and the mayor's office of protocol. acknowledge the members of 35, probably get the most visits per
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year from dignitaries and visitors, they do a great job receiving them. on october 31st, we did have a police matter where there was a police officer seriously injured in a shooting in the castro district and we had a busy night, nothing that was out of the ordinary for halloween night, being it was tuesday, we managed our resources fairly well. there was an auto versus pedestrian fatality, i responded just to see what that was about, and the person was -- it was dark, i was hopeful that it was not a child trick-or-treating and it was not. nevertheless, it was very difficult incident for our members as well as the members of the police department, where the victim was beyond viability for transport and was pronounced at the scene. so i know that investigation goes on as to what exactly
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happened there. on november 1st, the city administrator, naomi kelly, called a meeting with the relevant departments related to the many building projects in the city to make sure that everyone is coordinating and communicating. on november 2nd i participated in a monthly chiefs meeting, the large urban departments in the state of california, that do a monthly phone conference. also attended i know president cleaveland, you have been there and toured it, very impressed with the new medical examiner's office out on one new hall, also part of a bond, $65 million project. they had a grand opening on the second of november, and we obviously work closely with members of the medical examiner's office and are pleased for them they have a facility that's really modern and efficient for them to work out of. and dr. hunter, who is the,
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michael hunter, the chief medical examiner, i know he's very enthusiastic about it, so i wanted to support him. also that afternoon the members of station 13 welcomed us, myself, assistant deputy chief rivera, and deputy chief asked to meet with them and take a look at the new engine we have. the first distributed, deployed engine, and so we talked about the new features of the engine, including the installation of solar panels, smaller profile, tighter turning radius, and all of the environmentally friendly aspects of it, not to mention the vision 0 aspects of it. so, that went well. the -- let's see, on november 3rd, let's see -- my dates here -- i attended, i have
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my notes mixed up here, so, on monday of this week, monday evening, acknowledge vice presidential nakajo, honored as 1 of 4 honorees later this month by spur, it's a huge award, and a chair's reception on monday evening. this monday evening i had the pleasure of attending and championing all the work you have done for the fire department, vice president nakajo, as well as the community. congratulations on that well-deserved award. today, the 8th, marks the lieutenant's exam, we have 310 members that applied for that opportunity to promote, so we wish them all well, and want to thank everyone, including our assignment office that did a lot to make sure operationally that we are staffed to the extent that we need to be.
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as well as letting out of the 310, i believe 57 or so due to work today. so, while they are taking the test they have been back-filled so we can keep the city safe and supported. we have a veterans day parade coming up this sunday. the venue is fisherman's wharf, 11:00. many of us will be marching. i know the mayor will be attending as well. any of you are welcome to attend. on the 15th, we have two events that i wanted to mention. o one is our meritorious ceremony at reardon high school, at 6:30 p.m., acknowledge meritorious conduct for the period of 2015-2016. that's in the evening. during the day, i don't want to steal any thunder, but i would like to acknowledge president cleaveland who is not going anywhere on the fire commission but is retiring from his day job after 22 and a half years with bowma, and look forward to
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attending a luncheon in your honor on november 15th. for all of your good work at bowma. so, congratulations to you, president cleaveland. then on the 18th, i wanted to make sure you are aware we have a nert city-wide drill. it gets underway, i believe, around 9:00 a.m. at everett middle school, postponed in october due to the north bay fires. and that concludes my report. as it gets closer to the end, we had two retired members pass away, i will give you that information, al mccarthy and don lyons later in the evening. >> president cleaveland: public comment on the chief's report? seeing none, commissioners. do you have any questions, commissioner hardeman. >> commissioner hardeman: thank you, mr. president. thanks for the great report,
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chief, as usual. you are very busy. i missed the councilor tour on the fire boat, carolyn lee, billie's wife, used to be the c.a.o. of san francisco invited me and there's a couple people that had referred to kelly on different items, and he was, bill and his wife are looking to put this tour together, they asked me if i would go and referred to, compliments to kelly, and more from u.p.s. about kelly getting things together when they had things, because of their problem over in their headquarters and so kelly seems to be doing a great job for you and she should be recognized. >> chief hayes-white: kelly is my assistant and hopefully she's watching. this is part of her work, she watches. so, thank you to kelly. my assistant, unsung hero. thank you for acknowledging.
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>> commissioner hardeman: everybody knows how wonderful she is now. the extractions, i heard that on the tv and i said that must be an error. you just confirmed it wasn't. yeah -- do you have any idea, anybody know the condition of the one patient for so long, did he or she lose a limb? >> chief hayes-white: the work on-scene was incredible as it always is by our members, they put their hearts and soul into it. but my experience has been if we can get the patient to s.f. general, the quality of work that's done there is amazing, that most people would not even survive, let alone maintain their limb. my understanding is they were able to save both of his legs, both of his legs were very badly injured, and there was concern that he might lose both of his legs. i believe they saved his legs and he has a long recovery ahead
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but is alive. >> commissioner hardeman: that's good news. good job, thanks, glad to see that you made it a point to talk about that. the reason why i missed that, was for larry martin, who is a head of the transportation workers union for many years and the vice president, i was at his funeral, so i did not get to go on that. >> chief hayes-white: i attended his rosary the night before. >> commissioner hardeman: he was a dear, dear friend of mine. you brought up 36th avenue and sloat. a couple years ago at the celebration of that street being now called john verdun highway, where he was raised, and from 19th avenue to the beaches, and earlier this year i was complaining about what a terrible condition that road, that street was in, the worst street -- fortunately, they have
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it repaved and sorry to hear somebody was killed there, but that has been all repaved as you probably know, not too far from your house either. i was happy to hear that. and happy to hear that you still have, that the training has kept all 54 people in class, that is really, that's good seven weeks and running. would it be a record if we had the whole class? how often since we had such a large class that they would all make it through? >> chief hayes-white: it's rare, but it has happened. not with 54. when i was director of training we had 48, and then i think one time since chief we have had that. i will note forever the optimist, we have, you know, seven weeks is getting deeper into the academy. we do have some members that are, we are really trying to support, a couple of them are -- they are struggling a bit, but hopeful that we'll be able to
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turn things around. >> commissioner hardeman: i had a, somebody who should have slam dunked the -- all that training and had no demerits and sort of was lackadaisical his first month or so and was up to like three-quarters of the way through and was told hey, with all this talent and everything, you still have to pay attention. so he made it through, that was a few years ago. but it shows that you have to be diligent, not to build up the demerits. >> chief hayes-white: definitely. >> commissioner hardeman: good news, thanks for the report. >> president cleaveland: any other commissioners have questions? station 16 delay, what's the reason? i know public works department does a good job, what's the day on 16? >> chief hayes-white: they have had some, they had early on in the project, which began about,
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just about a year ago, they had some weather-related problems, as did most other construction sites. but they have had some issues missing deadlines, having a difficult time, which i have, you know, read articles and i understand it to be the case. they are having a difficult time, actually, getting subcontractors to do some work. and i don't think that's going to get any easier with all the work now done in the north bay. but interesting, i was reading an article about sort of this younger generation, many of them not going into the trades and so there does seem to be a big vacuum of skilled carpenter, electricians, plumbers, so there is, for the -- for the contractor that bid on and got the award, there will be potentially financial penalties associated with liquidated damages going beyond the deadline. that's something we are continuing to work through.
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>> president cleaveland: some of the people here that want to be firefighters, maybe a career is opening up for carpenters and electricians and plumbers. >> chief hayes-white: i think that would be -- if anyone is interested in that, true. >> president cleaveland: might be where you want to go right now. in lieu of any visit by our commissioners to the new medical examiner's facility, i would like to have the commission extend it through you, the chief, an invitation to mr. hunter, dr. hunter to come here and talk to us a little bit about the new facility and what its capabilities are. i think it would be good information as well for the public. >> chief hayes-white: sure. i'm happy to reach out to him. >> president cleaveland: also the medical people that were involved in the extrication of that, those three individuals, perhaps have them come and be recognized at a future meeting, if not december, certainly in january.
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>> chief hayes-white: i know already that that incident has been written up for inclusion in an upcoming, not the one in two weeks, but an upcoming meritorious ceremony. so they are definitely going to be acknowledged for their great work, and teamwork, real active teamwork that night. >> president cleaveland: all right. thank you very much. chief gonzales, please come forward and give us an update. >> good morning, president cleaveland, commissioners, chief. deputy chief gonzales of operations, my report for october, 2017. during this period we had two greater alarms, both seconds. first second alarm on october 18th at 1:45 in the morning at 475 vienna, between brazil and persia.
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a second alarm, interior aggressive attack pulled it to the primary structure with minor extensions, five adults were displaced with no injuries. cause of the fire was accidental. temporary assistant chief michael thompson. second greater alarm, another second alarm october 28th, in the morning, 65 core street between leland and visitation. there were no injuries. cause was accidental. heavy fire in the fire building but again, aggressive interior attack kept it to the fire building. did a good job. this fire was considered afterwards accidental. i attached four narratives from a responses to the north bay fires for you to read in the report. also assistant chief seragusa, which lead 2254a, he's here
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today, i would like him to give you a quick synopsis of what his strike team did and his experience that night. he did call me that night, that was the first indication that something was going on up there, i stayed up working with assistant chief bello, sending out more units as well, so i would like to invite him up to say a few words and continue my report after that. >> welcome, chief seragusa. welcome. >> read the report, impressive one, but police. >> chief, commissioners, as chief gonzales said i was aware of the north bay via phone call about 10:30 that evening and for the next couple hours i think all of us need to sit back and realize the counties impacted, napa county and sonoma county dispatch centers were having -- they were overwhelmed dealing
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with their incidents that they were involved with. let alone gaining the ability to ask for outside help. so dialogue with chief gonzales and retired chief, now o.e.s. chief, chief franklin, i got a pretty clear understanding of the magnitude of what was going on and decision made between chief gonzales and i to at least assemble a strike team to go to the north bay. in a short amount of time we were on the road. not knowing where we were going, napa or sonoma county, but headed to the north bay. we decided to head out highway 37 to head into the sonoma valley, came across a significant fire that had already taken hold of highway 37, 2,000 acre fire, but it was grass and brush and understanding that people were being evacuated and homes were burning in glen ellen. so the strike team entered the
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town of glen ellen, the first strike team to arrive in the neighborhood. understanding what was happening i think the north bay, a lot of the sonoma valley, even santa rosa was heading to the napa fire, not expecting significant fires in their own neighborhoods. from the time that we arrived in glen ellen at about 2:00 in the morning, and throughout that day, we were confronted with really a neighborhood that was involved in fire. off the main drag of arnold drag, warm springs road, dunbar road, impacted, and our strike team attempted to, first of all, surprise when we were knocking on doors, pulling residents out of their homes. they didn't know that there was a fire taking place, so first priority was to do searches of the area and get residents out, and then began the attempt to protect structures and at one point, i don't remember exactly what time, had to make a
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decision to regroup and retreat to keep fire out of the downtown area of glen ellen. it remained that way for some time throughout monday into monday evening and the strike team, the crew that i was with throughout monday into tuesday into wednesday, we got our first break on thursday afternoon. i'm not here in any way to complain about that, but it showed the determination and the incredible vigor that the strike team showed and not one sniffle, not one whine, continued to work and that area needed us. and we are just one strike team and those stories can be told about a number of strike teams throughout california that participated. that friday when we get back on the line on friday, assigned to an area in oakmont dealing with the impact in oakmont, and that evening the winds kicked up again. friday evening about midnight.
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ordered to the town of sonoma. and the fire was going to be impacting the northeast corner of the town of sonoma, and thank goodness the strike teams were available from other areas of fire to get into that very historic town, and that night throughout the evening the strike team that i was a part of was confronted with significant fire behavior, high winds and performed above and beyond. i know the stories are similar for the other strike teams and individual mentions from our department that responded. i felt that as we were doing the job i was getting very limited information about what was happening. i look back on it now and i'm glad, because i live in the north bay, and you know, i've been out on a lot of strike teams, don't get me wrong, other areas of california, but this was very close to home, and very, very much a significant event. so the strike team that i was a part of, continue to operate, primarily in the oakmont,
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highway 12, glen ellen area. sonoma mountain road and enterprise road. one of the civil service commissioners properties, rocky hill farms, tuesday or wednesday was impacted by farm. i had to split up my strike team and had three engines operating somewhere else, and two up there, that did an incredible job of keeping the fire out of their family's property, something that had been in the family for many, many years. so -- in general, sad, significant, incredible event. strike team, 21 other members and myself part of what we did, performed to a very high level and i couldn't be prouder of what they did. count be prouder of what the department provided. total of 12 engines, 54, 55 personnel, the strike team that i was a part of was the only
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strike team available from outside the area in glen ellen and kenwood for a significant number of hours and the second strike team sent up was the first to arrive into the town of santa rosa, where it impacted, you know, a huge part of the neighborhood, and the training that we provided, equipment that we provide and the members that we are looking for kind of all came together and once again could not be prouder of how this all played out. >> thank you, chief. impressive report and response. do we have any commissioners that have any questions? commissioner hardeman. >> commissioner hardeman: thank you, mr. president, again. for anybody in the audience that doesn't know chief seragusa, this is sort of typical when there is wildfires somewhere and our fire department has responded, he always seems to be
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the one bringing back the reports. if you want to model yourself, just look at this guy's career. he's been something. so it's an honor to listen to how you and your crews have handled different things, including the church, you saved up there, and the homes next to it. and the town of glen ellen, the business district that you had a key, your crew had a key role in saving, too. so, that's really -- it's really great that there are people like you that continue to put yourself forward under these adverse conditions, as you were saying, you took off not knowing where you were going but you were going, and then you had to worry about your own home nearby, which is -- just want to make sure that the young folks in the audience that you talk to
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people about chief seragusa, and he just is born to do this job, so -- like many of you might be. so i just want to compliment you on all your leadership since i've been on this commission, it's been refreshing to see you take charge and wonderful things you have done. so thank you. >> president cleaveland: thank you, commissioner hardeman. >> commissioner alioto veronese: i would like to -- i would like to echo the comments of the commissioner and thank you for the hard work you did up there. as you know, well, the commissioner -- practically a relative of mine, cousins in the family, as well as my brother's restaurant up in glen ellen was saved. glen ellen is a tiny little town. there was a lot of destruction in that town but you did an
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amazing job and my mother's house at trinity and arnold was right in the middle of the fire storm there, and her home was saved as well. so -- hats off to you guys. i could not imagine what it would be like to be in that situation, just placing yourself there is, just thinking about it is an experience. so hats off to you and your team and chief, obviously to you and your team, what a great job up there. i know the county is extremely appreciative of the work you guys have done. my one question was, when were you guys sleeping in all of this? >> in managing strike teams before and recognizing you work through the night on sunday night into monday and into monday afternoon, i'm able to take a couple engine companies and put them in a park nearby and give them their down time, a couple hour rotations at a time. when the adrenalin kicks in and you are being, you know, pushed to the limits and once again,
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this group of firefighters that i had with me wanted to do more. on wednesday night i had to pull the whole strike team together and say enough, i can't push you any longer. but you know, there's 1 or 2-hour power naps you are able to get in an engine or on the road or on the ground someplace is part of the experience of what we are able to accomplish, and i'm able to manage that by paying attention to their sleep and getting them their down time. this is an event that asked us, asked the california fire service to do a little bit more and this group did more than that little bit more and we were able to manage that and keep them going. >> commissioner alioto veronese: my second question is, were there any, i'm sure a lot of them in this type of event, i'm sure a lot of things that you guys see while you are up there, it's not just fighting fires, you were pulling people out of homes, you are seeing a lot of destruction and possibly even a lot of death up there, i want to
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make sure at some point, chief, as we move along and talk about the stress unit and how we can further build on that unit to make sure that the members of the department that are, even part of the strike forces have access to the right amount of mental health care and physical health care that comes out of events that are, that can be these traumatic, for these firefighters. thanks again, chief, i really appreciate your report and all the work you guys do. >> president cleaveland: vice president nakajo. >> vice president nakajo: thanks very much, i wanted to echo, chief, our appreciation for yourself and for the members. i appreciate the fact that you are here and that you can give us a summary of what you saw and what you experienced. i think for the commissioners in terms of education piece as well as the members in the audience
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and the public, mutual aid and our response of the city and county of san francisco with the coordination with the chief's office, chief gonzales, that whole readiness issue, tremendously appreciate that and that we did respond. i know that you feel strongly about the membership that serves and part of that is some concept maybe perhaps that you might want to think about some training additionally or maybe this is a recruitment issue in terms of those squads that need that experience. i appreciate in closing that the concept of safety for our members because basically as you are up there, and so close speaking for myself, i know the commissioners in terms of our participation, we also think about the safety of our city. thank you, chief seragusa. >> another comment on that. chief gonzales has directed, mutual aid committee meeting the
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other day, at some date in the future we may be able to do a larger report of the response and share some stories and pictures to paint a clearer picture what occurred over the 11, 12 days. >> president cleaveland: thank you, vice president. commissioner covington. >> commissioner covington: thank you, mr. president. thank you as always, chief seragusa, glad to hear from you firsthand. the report that chief gonzales and his team put together is a very comprehensive and very, very good, and it's really riveting reading as to what was going on and particularly those first 80 hours that the crews, the strike teamworked without relief.
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so, i would really encourage everyone to, when the minutes are posted online, to go through the material. it's very, very good. and i also see that, you know, we have some summations and some reports from strike team, and i think this is a central reading for a lot of people in the department and i know people are eager for this information. i had a very short conversation about chief gonzales before our meeting began regarding somehow doing a videotape or panel discussion similar to what we did for the mission fire during the 150th anniversary, so that it can be videotaped and people can ask questions and will have something for posterity for future classes in the academy,
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future members of the organization to have access to that information and to hear firsthand what was going on. so, i see you are nodding your head yes. >> i know that if we can't learn from what happened and pass it forward, then we don't want to repeat things that might have gone better, we should be able to improve on those and we can memorialize it before another event, hopefully never, to happen again, that we are more prepared for it and understand it, i think that would be awesome. >> commissioner covington: yes, in your narrative at the podium today, it points out again how essential mutual aid is, and i know that is near and dear to your heart because we have had discussions about that. but it also points out yet again how close, you know, we are. we have neighbors who live, i mean, they don't live right next
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door but live in santa rosa, they live in glen ellen, and it's just part of our larger community which made it even more depressing on one end, but definitely more motivating on the other end that we make sure that we do everything that we can do and i really want to appreciate everyone for, for all of their dedication and energy because during the course of 80 hours, even your adrenalin runs low and you have to really dig deep to keep pushing on. >> i was not going to let those young kids tell me otherwise. >> they were not going to catch you nodding, right? there was one thing that i wanted to really point out here in terms of the, and perhaps chief gonzales when he comes back to the podium, perhaps he was going to read it, but i
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really want to read this section. it says dangerous situations were encountered countless times. nearly 100 structures were saved. civilians were evacuated to safety and parts of the fire were brought to a halt. the members of 2254a rose to the challenge. each time they were asked if they could give more, they did so without hesitation. and the quality and dedication of their service never waivered and countless lives were made better through their service. i wanted to make sure that that was read into the record. is there anything that you can share with us now, chief seragusa, regarding better practices and anything that needs to be included in our upcoming budget, discussions, anything at all? >> well, i know that the administration is well aware of the fact that i'm working with
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the state of california right now to purchase five replacement engines for our strike team response. the administration has been very supportive with some equipment needs that we have moving forward. we had a meeting the other day, we are going to be enhancing our training moving into next year. i mean, there's maybe a need for more equipment, i think we have appropriate training, we are trying to enhance that. i'm going to a meeting tomorrow that includes all of the region chiefs that will look at generally the response from the region, and i think going back to what i said at the beginning, to remember that the dispatch center that was responsible for asking for mutual aid in both sonoma county and napa county were impacted so much that there was an overwhelming need for some help to get there, and some administrative things that need to get tightened up and the region is aware of that and is moving on. so, i would say that right now
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we are heading in the right direction. hoping to have the five engines available within the next couple of months. and from there, the equipment needs that go along with it. >> commissioner covington: do those engines -- would they cam from cal fire? >> state o.e.s. the engines they have available are low mileage, well maintained vehicles, the ones we use for strike team response we purchased back in 2008 and they performed well. they are old and they are tired but they worked really well for us in this response, and so we are looking for five newer vintage, 10, 12-year-old engines will fit the need of us being i believe to provide and in talking with chief gonzales, keep the other five just as reserve fleet and not only used for out of county response and if we have significant events here, we can use them in the city as relief engines, also. the state gave us a great deal
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last time and i'm twisting their arms to give us great deal and more to follow on that. >> commissioner covington: strike teams were coming from all over the place, including i noticed in the report, australia. did they airlift their own engines or -- >> just crews. >> commissioner covington: personnel, i see, ok, wonderful. thank you very much. >> president cleaveland: thank you commissioner covington, you stole my thunder, i was going to read that last paragraph as well. you read my mind. good summary indeed of the bravery of the men and women that served in the strike team. so, thank you for the service. commissioner hardeman had additional question or comment? >> commissioner hardeman: i don't know if you would know this or -- rumor had it, i heard last week or so, about 15 firefighters' families or retired firefighters lost homes
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in north bay. does anybody know that number? >> approximately 15. one active member and 15 retired members. >> and we were working side-by-side, santa rosa firefighters and us side-by-side, many members of their own department lost their homes. i was working with a battalion chief going to the napa fire, over northwest springs road, started evacuating people. his home was lost. his parents' house was lost. his ex-wife's home where his children were at, that home was lost and he was on the line working and operating. so, lots of stories like that, and people that you work side-by-side with that battled through it and stepped up and were very professional and how they carried things about. >> commissioner hardeman: other reports or other people's names, talking about the reports, lieutenant emacias, chief novel,
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anybody coming, or -- >> ad lib, the rest of the members strike team leader, other strike team leaders, lieutenant, i would like them to come at a future meeting or in, as commissioner covington brought up, maybe a panel. with the video. with the pictures and they can give all the human aspects and what the teams did. give you a narrative of what i could from each strike team. >> commissioner hardeman: i would like to read into the record, a few of the mentioned of people outstanding in the job up there, firefighter giacomi, firefighter noel maromi, and firefighters barenza, and team leader baker. none of us have really talked
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about, as we watched this on tv, i'm sure most of the commissioners were glued to the tvs like i was, watching that 70 mile an hour wind and human being could not outrun that. so, that was, and the fallen trees, 75 foot tree across the highway, beyond anything that any of us have ever witnessed, at least with all the modern technology. then there was even 90 mile an hour gusts, i heard that, while we were watching. that's insurmountable odds for firefighters and to do the amazing job they did, and even protecting with the tragic loss of whatever now up to i think 9,000 dwelling units, i don't know how many were homes, but --
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could have been 18,000 if it wasn't for the work of different firefighters and other first responders. so, again, thanks for the great reports and the ones that we are not reading into the record that really help us understand the whole process, thank you. >> president cleaveland: thank you, chief. i would like to thank all the members that went from the department, they did an outstanding job representing the department and they obviously saved many buildings, evacuated a lot of people, and they helped a lot of people in a very dire situation. i would also very much like to thank the chief of the department, deputy chief ramona williams, assistant deputy chief rivera, for working on getting the equipment, working with city hall in order for us to be able to provide 12 engines, in order to provide three strike team leaders. that's what matters. and as chief mentioned in his report, we want to get more
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engine, we want to equip more engines, not just for mutual aid, for the safety of the city. deputy chief pharrell during the 1989 earthquake he was in command. another was out of the country. one of the biggest shortfalls there that day was not having enough equipped engines. that's what we want to do. for both of those reasons. so, thank you to the members and thank you to the chief. some other items of note in october. ambulance strike team that went up as well, i mentioned that last report that i gave. a good job getting that together, they sent up r.c. choker with three of the ambulances. on october 12th, a grass fire, half acre fire, no injuries, no structures. did a good job there. also a fire, a first alarm at 44molimo on october 29th, there
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was one fatality there. we did find one occupant there, he was located in the back yard, treated and remains in good condition with non-life-threatening injuries. a.c. at that was giradavak, i believe. it was a hot burning fire, did a great job. some of the social media responses we got last month from the north bay, thank you for serving and saving us, # north bay fires. thank you for saving our home. saw you in santa rosa, thank you for helping. some other outreach items of note, i want to mention every month in my report, encourage the public to sign up emergency notifications to 888-777, and also safety tips, drop cover, hold on, promoted on social
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media sites throughout october. the great shakeout on 18th was successful. participated, including headquarters. recruitment efforts toward all populations continue. see the red lights pulled to the right campaign for yielding to the right, receiving public attention, regarding how to react when there is an emergency vehicle approaching you. bicycle safety messages on social media and public areas that promote safe riding habits, wearing helmets, following traffic laws and yielding to pedestrians and emergency vehicles. an effort to reduce bicycle related accidents and injuries. other outreach this month, on october 1st, members participated in promoting fire live safety information, and october 7th, canine teams and the fire reserves attended at bark in the park. showcasing the canine teams and
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what they can do to help in disaster. october 13th, members taught fire and life safety to kids at the gene parker school 28th, the guardian exercise, mock radiation style, multiple incident throughout the bay area, and learned and shared many new skills how to respond, retreat and recover from these types of disasters. quick synopsis of e.m.s. the columbus day weekend as stated, we also offered to send our busses up there to region 2 but they did not have a need for them. but they were offered. also attached is an update on fire prevention and investigation, b.f.p. headquarters update, regarding ad min permits, by captain
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russell is also attached. some community outreach done by our prevention, on october 6th, the national hotel, tender line housing clinic, a fire drill. october 7th, bayview opera house, neighbor fest, at the table, we staffed the table, handed out fire safety tip sheets, nert preparedness checkoff sheets, fire extinguisher, burn foundation brochures, plastic fire hats, badge, stickers, picture books for the kids and october 25th, latino fire community preparation, and handed out things at that community as well. a planned checkup date, done by captain balmy in the report.
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and working with m.t.a., thanks to the chief working with director ruskin, olivia scanlon, and assistant chief, and working on keeping our streets safe, but also from our perspective keeping it safe for our members so they can respond to the emergency calls. some of the safety or traffic calming devices, they sneak up on you, they have to be highly visible, the units can get injured if they hit them at high speed when responding. so we are working together and hopefully that will continue to progress in that manner. bureau of fire investigation, open reports, 119, made three arrests. also attached to my report is
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the updates, assistant chief is doing a good job down there, working on the m.o.u., with the director down there, as well as getting new rigs down there, and some staffing coming up in the new year. and that concludes my report, and i'm available for any questions. >> president cleaveland: thank you very much, chief gonzales. any public comment on chief gonzales' report? seeing none, public comment is closed. vice president nakajo. >> vice president nakajo: thank you very much, president cleaveland. thank you very much, chief gonzales, for your concrete report. i want to start off with again showing a sense of appreciation and thanks to the chief of the department, yourself, and eternal administration infrastructure in terms of the response. we understand that in terms of the levels of cooperation and the decision making, so again, i
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wanted to acknowledge that. i don't have any particular questions, but i did want to let you know that i appreciate your report. again, i appreciate the point of the operation report with chief seragusa's report on top. i like the sections in terms of the titles and the individuals involved, public information officer, lieutenant jonathan baxter, as i'm, i have different exchanges in the field, i've gotten positive feedback about lieutenant baxter's work in terms of p.r. and safety issues as well. emergency medical services under chief zanof, that section, large section with chief marshall, appreciate all the work that goes in with it as well. when it's a detail like this for the public and the commissioners, we are able to follow the activities in detail, chief ali, thank you for your
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report as well. i wanted to remark on that and later on i'll give some report to the commission about my observation and experience with the drill and also report on the recent meeting with myself and the president, with the mayor, in terms of certain departmental issues. thank you for this time, thank you. >> president cleaveland: thank you. commissioner covington. >> commissioner covington: thank you, mr. president. chief gonzales, i agree with the comment made by commissioner nakajo concerning all the reports that were submitted. they are very, very good. i have a request regarding outreach, perhaps this goes to the chief of the department under, let's see, page four, bicycle safety messages on social media. i think that that always is very, very good. but i think it's also a good
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idea to remind people that it's illegal to bike on the sidewalks in san francisco. because that is a hazard to pedestrians, particularly pedestrians who are, you know, under three feet tall, children, and those who are over six feet. so -- if we can make that part of our biking message i think that would be great. and i have, vigilant guardian exercise. are we going to get a report or a summation at some point regarding that, or is now the time? >> well, it's up to the chief. but i'm sure it can happen. >> commissioner covington, whatever -- and through the president, whatever your preference is. we could have deputy chief williams and assistant deputy chief francisco give some brief
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commentary today or the 12-13 meeting during the report they could do something a little bit more formal, whatever you would like. >> i think a brief summation now would be good. while it's fresh in everyone's mind. >> call chief williams and assistant deputy chief francisco if needed. >> good morning. deputy chief ramona williams. commissioners, chief, i did attend the vigilant guardian exercise and observed the hazmat portion of the drill. the incident, and the units responding in mitigating the emergency. i was very impressed by their participation, taking the drill serious as well as the other agencies that assisted us in that drill. we had the agency --


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