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[pledge of allegiance] >> this is a reminder to silence all electronic devices. the fire commission a regular meeting, wednesday, april 24th , 2019, the time is 5:00 p.m. item one is roll call. [roll call] >> item two is general public comment. members of the public may address the commission for up to
three minutes on any matter within the commission jurisdiction does not appear on the agenda. speakers 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 a 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, madame secretary. is there anyone who would like to give public comment? please identify yourself. >> good evening, commissioners. my name is jeremy paul. i may permit consultant in san francisco and i have been doing this for 30 years. i have a particular interest in art spaces and cultural treasures, and something has come onto my radar that you should know about a very old and
legendary artists lived workspace that dates back to the early seventies and has literally been engaged in every artistic movement to happen in the last -- since the late seventies on the west coast. this is a very important cultural treasure. recently an anonymous party called the fire department to inform that there were people living in a commercial space. this has been occupied by people for many years. we have already started the process of legalizing through the planning, building, and fire prevention plan check process, however because there was a call in of a complaint, the inspector posted notices that i need to come out and say to this workspace, this artspace, this
living space. we would apartment to allow us to proceed on a voluntary basis with all due course, we will not dally with this. we have the funds, we have the commitment of the property owner , but if an inspector comes out and is going to see that people are living in a commercial space, then we will have no choice but to read tag it. there are many members of the community that live there and work there and experience life as a san franciscan his they are , i would ask you all to stand up to show your support for what we are asking and for this unique cultural treasure. it is called the farm, if i haven't mentioned it already. if you google it, there's tons of stuff on wikipedia on it it all the artists have been there. i know it is a difficult ask for the community to ask the
department to allow us the time to file a building permit application, a proper application, but it is a do or die situation for a very important cultural pressure in san francisco, and if it does get cited, there is going to be a whirlwind of media attention and people are going to be very excited about it who don't know anything about what you guys do, or what i do in getting these kinds of things done, so i'd really appreciate it if we had the opportunity to legalize. thank you. >> thank you very much, mr. paul any member of the public who wishes to speak publicly at this time, please approach the podium seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners? any discussion or questions at this time? thank you very much. madame secretary? >> item three, approval of the minutes, discussion and possible action to improve meeting
minutes of april tenth, 2019. >> thank you very much, madame secretary. in terms of the minutes, is there any member of the public who wishes to talk to item three , approval of the minutes? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, i need a motion and a second, please. >> so moved. >> seconded. >> moved and seconded. at this point we will vote for approval. all in favor say aye. any opposed? none, thank you very much. >> item four, chief of department report, report from joanne hayes wait on current issues, activities, and events from the department for the fire commission meeting on april 10 th including budget, academies, special events, communications and outreach to other government agencies in the
public and report from administration. deputy chief chief janine nicholson on the administrative division facility status and update, finance support services , homeland homeland security, and training within the department. >> thank you very much, madame secretary. at this point the chief, being that this was your official last report as chief of the department, please proceed, and welcome. >> thank you, good afternoon commissioners. this is my final report, and it is from reporting on the information since the last meeting on april 10th. before i get into my report, i did want to acknowledge that during the last couple of weeks, we did lose a member of our department, a retired member acting assistant chief. after this meeting on the tenth, many of you may have remembered him, since he only retired in 2011, and served with great distinction for 33 years.
after this meeting on the tenth, i visited -- i had the opportunity to visit him in the hospital. he became critically ill in a very short period of time, so it was very sudden, his passing, and i would like to ask you to adjourn the meeting in his honor he passed away on april 16th. i did want to acknowledge that this is my last meeting, and i did a lot of math, and i'm big on numbers, if i didn't write, as chief of department, i have attended about 353 commission meetings, so this is my final one. prior to that, due to my role in the department as overseeing the 911 project dating back to 1996, and then the deputy chief of support services in 1998, and director of training from 2,000, i had eight previous years of going to meetings, some a total number of commission meetings is
537. i'm very proud of that, actually i've got into know, over the course of 23 years, many or all of the commissioners, for that matter, and did want to say to the five of you, collectively, and in the spirit of the work of the bodies of the commission, to all the commissioners that i have worked with over the course of 23 years, particularly my last 15 as chief, it has been an honor. these jobs are voluntary, and the time that i've seen all of you and so many of the others that came before you, put into make this department better is something that i don't think gets acknowledged enough. i would like to thank each and every one of you. i know the president, we have been shoulder to shoulder since pretty much 1996 at meetings. i was acting battalion chief and then assistant jeopardy -- deputy chief and then chief of the department. we have worked together the longest. i know just in the last week, you have been at many of the
events that i have been at and i appreciate your support. onto my report for the budget. we are on track this fiscal year due to the good work of all the people that i work with, and i know that chief nicholson and others are continuing to work on having ongoing meetings related to the next two fiscal years budgets. meeting with the mayor and advocating for our department for the needs that we believe are necessary to make us successful and fulfilling our mission. mayor breed submitted a balanced budget to the board on june 1st , and she will do so. there's a lot of back-and-forth, just like previous years, to advocate for our baseline for sure, and then we prioritize three additional items, more funding for the m.s. division, restoration, and a phase wait of the h. ten and some support
specialists, and adequate funding for fleet and equipment. those discussions are ongoing, and i know all of you have volunteered to assist when the time is right to have those conversations with the board or the mayor's office. with regards to the academy, there in their 13th week. we have 44 members that remain at the graduation date will be june 14th. i would like to thank the assistant deputy chief for his work, and out of the division and training staff, for the great work that they do each and every day with our recruits. there will be an h3 level one course class for new entry-level e.m.t.s, that is scheduled right at the beginning of the fiscal year in the july timeframe, followed by a bump up academy where we take h3 level one e.m.t.s and they have taken their proper courses and so forth, and they ascended to h3 level two paramedics, and then
there will be the 126 academy. h2 academy anticipated to be 54 members. i met just recently with chief nicholson to talk about that transition and the hiring inflection process. certainly i have recommendations and they work closely with h.r., and i want to make sure that that is smooth and i'm convinced it will be. i have every confidence in chief nicholson related to how that selection process works, and the next steps that are needed. i think we will have one final meeting before my retirement on that process. once again, unless there is a change, we did have a refresh list. it was adopted on march 20th and it is for those who have tested through the month of february this year. that would be a 20 week academy. also since the last reporting period of april tenth, we were able to put out a lot of
collaborative assistance. lieutenant john baxter, and others, that put together an end of year video that went out. i'm not sure if you've seen that or not, but they did a good job, it was very comprehensive. i wanted to thank everyone who worked on that. just a rundown since april 10th after the meeting, chief nicholson and i left the meeting a little earlier. we attended the mayor's department head meeting, and later that afternoon, the two of us met with mayor london breathed. we have met three times during this transition period and today was the final of three meetings. very productive. on april 11th, the assistant deputy chief and i attended a meeting at the mayor's office is convening every week on april 12
, i was out and about and i participated in a read aloud day at lafayette elementary, and then chief bill scott and i delivered meals on wheels deliveries to one of the residents, elderly residents in our city on april 15th, they attended the civil service commission. it was very nice meeting them and i received a commendation from the civil service commission. one of the highlights, i think in my career as a fire chief, and it was working in close collaboration with civil service , d.h.r., and certainly others was the -- in the commission, was the restoration of proposed -- promotional exams in 2006, after an 8-10 year drought of not having promotional exams. so that was something that i was very proud of, and i think civil service commission his are very proud of that work in that collaboration as well.
i want to appreciate the civil service commission. on the 16th of april, a number of us, including -- i need to get the medic unit number, but i didn't get it yet, but engine 13 and the medic unit, we had an incredible -- what we have been trying to do is more patient rescuer reunions. obviously we need the patient to be willing and interested, but usually they are big deal cases. in this case, it was a physician , an orthopedic surgeon who in 2017, was visiting the city with his family and his three children, and his wife, and he suffered sudden cardiac arrest on the embarcadero at broadway, and engine 13 and the medic unit responded and literally brought him back to life. to see their faces with the surgeon who was back to work and living a full life, was pretty
incredible, and what we do, you know, we go out, we provide that care, and often times, or most of the time, we will transport who we need to the hospital and one of the tough thing is, i think, is me never usually get to follow-up on exactly what happens, sometimes it is not a great outcome, what other times, including this one, it was really positive, and so it was just wonderful to have that reunion, and i think both parties were very satisfied to see how well this gentleman is doing. on the 17th of april, it is something that i am grateful for this month. i'm getting a lot of closure, and the transition is going well with chief nicholson and her team. i've had some requests for interviews, so interviewed on the news on the 17th, also attended an earthquake event the day before april 18th with mayor breed, chief nicholson, the sheriff and our d.e.m. for
some of the reveling and the history related to our earthquake, time to reflect, commemorate what happened, celebrate what happened, and being that our city is really resilient, and educate and take the time to remind people importance of personal preparedness. then on the 18th, many of us gathered early in the morning to commemorate the hundred and 13 th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, including our president, thank you for being there. a number of us went to the gold hydrant and that pomp and circumstance, repainted the hydrant that functioned in 1906. is saved great parts of the mission district, and then later that day, the assistant deputy chief, chief nicholson and myself attended the h. sock meeting, which will -- we will definitely continue our participation in that. on the 19th, we are able to arrange a meeting with pg and e.
, actually it was mayor ed lee who is then the city administrator and we are designated after the saint bruno incident gas explosion to meet with pg and e. on the gas side, and one of the things that i thought would be helpful as if we have issues on electric side, is well, is to bring them together cordially, both the gas section and the electric section , and we have been having quarterly meetings and they have been very valuable. i think we have really improved the relationship and the communication, and the expectation is that we have in response times. i know chief gonzalez has helped out a lot with advocating for after hours response times, being a little bit shorter than what we had experienced, they have been very responsive. i took the opportunity last friday to interview, not interview, but introduce and get moving forward -- there's a lot of new faces at pg and e., with those faces with the deputy chief, as well as her two
deputies. so that should be a smooth transition, as well, working continued with pg and e. on april 20th, last saturday, there was a drill -- also, on the 19th, i did meet with our president and commissioner cleveland on a resolution idea that i know will come out down the line related to our fire reserves, and then a drill on april i like to acknowledge -- people are committed to the cause of working together and honing their skills. we also had, i was dressed down, but also impressed -- always impressed by the participation of the assistant assistant deputy chiefs in the back,
looking sharp in their uniforms and supporting the program. that is very much appreciated. it is all about working as a team. we also had our president there on saturday morning. thank you. sunday morning, easter sunday, i participated, as i have for a number of years, and the sunrise service. i did a reading atop mount davidson. several of us attended the cherry blossom festival and the parade with the asian firefighters association. thank you again for always being part of that with us. april 23rd, an interview on final thoughts as chief of the department, then this morning, thank you to the assistant deputy chief. i asked if i could address some of the members of the division. there are two euros in the division. and i'm pleasantly surprised at the number of people who turned out. i had almost 50 people from
those divisions, that division, and i wanted to personally convey my thank you to them, and my gratitude. over the course of my career, not just as chief, but the entire career, and then a lot of it in the last 15 years, that has really grown, that division. it is very professional. they have a huge workload, and i think, really, in addition to civilian staff, the bureau of fire prevention and investigation, to a certain extent, is the unsung heroes. they don't fight fires, but i reminded them today, they are very responsible for minimizing and preventing fires because of their great work, so it was kind of the first round of, this is very surreal, but this is happening, and i'm leaving in 11 days, i just wanted to acknowledge, that the changes that i have seen for the better in that bureau, particularly the bureau of fire prevention and the vast amount of work they have. that was gratifying.
this afternoon, we met again with mayor breed, our third and final transition meeting, and i wanted to, in the future, just talk about, on may 1st, station five, which i'm very proud of, will be cutting the ribbon officially on that station, turk and webster at 11:00 a.m. the mayor will participate again later in the evening, i will be participating in a panel with the district court for northern districts in california and the california historical society. there is a panel -- the title is that quest for diversity and it will be moderated by marilyn patel, the chief judge emeritus for the northern district of california, the former chief of department robert devens, shauna marshall, she was the plaintiff council for equal rights advocate, william mcneil, also
plaintiff council, to mar, the court appointed -- eva jefferson , and former city attorney, louise running. that will be a panel from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on wednesday, may 1st. should be very interesting. i have -- information if any of you are interested in attending that, and then of course, my retirement comes may 3rd, official retirement date is may 5th, and i did want to officially once again announced the swearing in for chief nicholson on may 6, 11:00 o'clock in the rotunda, i hope everyone is able to make that. i know i will be there. very happily sitting in the obvious -- audience out of uniform. just to conclude, i did want to say it has been quite an honor and privilege to a privilege to serve this department for 29 years. i just said two commissioners, as i'm getting closer, i'm
getting more nostalgic about it. it is something i'm very excited about. i'm very proud of where we have come. i've seen a lot of changes in my 29 years and quite a few in the last 15 years as chief, and it is all about the great people that we have and that i am privileged to work with. having the ability to train and hire the majority of our department is something that is very gratifying to me. i know i'm leaving this department better than when i arrived, and certainly we have a very strong foundation for the future, including with our new chief of department, but all the people that i have hired, their enthusiasm, the courageous nests , their passion, their ability to leave their family at home and fully focus on work, it has been a huge privilege and an honor. some days have been very long, but in totality, the years have really flown by. my boys, none of them were born when i had joined the department in 1990, and when i became chief
, they were ten, seven, and four. now they are all 25, 22, and 19. that is where i really see it. the rewards i would say out what wait the challenges. as you know, there were many challenges as well. i feel like i was able to whether some of the stormy times , and i'm very grateful for that. i'm also grateful to the mayor for the ability not only, is it good for me, i don't want to be self-serving, but it is healthy for the department to have this transition time so that balls don't get dropped, and there is continuity, and for that i'm very grateful. nesbitt a great month of being able to handle my responsibilities. chief nicholson is doing a very good job, very diligent, very hard-working. she will have her plateful, but i have every confidence in her. i just really and -- am enjoying
the moment in terms of this month of being able to say proper goodbyes and thank youse and appreciation, and for the people who sit in the front row and the second row, thank you very much. i have been very well supported. i'm a big team player. my idea was not always the best idea, i am, most of the time it is, but there are times that i want to hear -- most of the time i want to hear people's opinions , and some of the decisions i have made have not been easy. i have said many times that this is not a popularity contest, but i'm able to sleep well at night because i know that i gathered to the extent that i can, the fact i'm circumstances before making tough decisions. i appreciate the support. some of the hard questions it gotten over the years from the commission, sometimes we have differed, but it is all benefited the department because it has made us a richer blend,
and probably my proudest accomplishment is the makeup of the department that we have. far different than when i joined in 1990. and even different when i became chief in 2004. it is the people in this department that make this department what it is, truly reflecting the community. to be able to have people who can speak languages, that -- it is less important in a fire, but way important any medical call to convey important medical information, to receive important information, and someone that does not speak english it's really helpful, and i would just like to say thank you to the men of women of the fire department, particularly the people i have worked with very closely over the years. it is not done in a vacuum, and that will never go unnoticed by me. it has been a huge team effort and a huge privilege. thank you very much. i wish everyone the best. >> thank you, very much. at this point, we will call for
public comment on the chief judge at reports. any member of the public would like to give public comment? seeing then, public comment is closed. commissioners? commissioner cleveland. >> thank you, mr. president. i think i can speak for all of us as commissioners. we have enjoyed working with you extremely well. we thank you have been professional in every sense of the word, in your contributions to our department are unequaled in terms of the diversity of our department. you mentioned the fact that we now look at people who speak different languages. we want those kinds of people in our department because of great assistance on the street. your leadership, for the last 15 years, has been remarkable. we all watched it. whether we are on the commissioner not, we have watched your leadership and what you have done for the department
i will miss you, we will all be a bit nostalgic about that. it is a new date for the department with new leadership, but your imprint on this department will last for generations, so thank you for that. >> thank you very much, commissioner cleveland. commissioners? >> your mic -- your microphone is not operating. >> commissioner hardeman, please ? >> thank you. >> i will probably give more accolades to you over the years, the way i see you doing your job , so i will not go into complementing you. i think your time has spoke for itself, your reports, how you have devoted yourself.
above and beyond the call of duty, i notice, vince nolan, was that vince nolan, and his obituary, he claimed as a person before he died that there was something about him that he would say was a highlight. he showed up and for all these people who want to be firefighters to come to these meetings and look so sharp, all dressed up in the dark suits and outfits, they are showing up. they are showing interest, and the thing that i'm sure, it has not bothered you, but has been difficult for you as i see it, seeing all the resumes and
talking to just about everyone in the audience, he would make a great firefighter, and you can't pick them all. i always thought how difficult that was and how it had to be one of the hardest things you had to do to just have such a wonderful group of people who are blessed to have that all of our meetings. you are the a pigeon me of what it is to be raised by a caring, loving, hard-working family. i met your father in 1978, and i met you and your sister and brother, but you don't remember, but i do remember you and that meeting of him. your mentor introduced me to him you are an example of what happens when a good and loving and hard-working family gets the opportunity, and i think you're very fortunate to come from a fantastic family and you have done a good job.
i hope to see you over the coming years. it has been my greatest pleasure to work with you. i have been a commissioner on so many boards, dozens and dozens of boards and commissions, and i can't say i've worked with a better person in government or in any nonprofit then you. you're the most open, caring, bringing of information, sharing of information, not making it difficult for commissioners to make a decision. even if you have an opinion that is maybe not supported in full, you will share the other side's information to make sure commissioners always have the whole story when we are voting and that is remarkable about your character that you would do that. i just say publicly that i will miss you, and you have done a fantastic job. and struggling times you went
through, you persevered through that, and mayor lee, going out on his date on may 5th which is an honor. what a remarkable man, and how he stuck by you. congratulations. i hope you take some time off before you get into something else. >> thank you very much. at this point, vice president covington? >> thank you, mr. president, and thank you, chief. i know that it is quite a chuckle when you have three boys and then three teenagers, and then three young men in your life, but you are very, very fortunate to have such a loving family, and i know that you and your mom are very close, not just in close proximity, but very close, and i know that the
chief is happy that you have more time to spend with her. this has been quite a run. fifteen years is not a drop in the bucket. it is a good, long length -- length of time. and the department reflects your priorities, and it is extremely important to have the diversity that you have been able to compose in the department and to keep it going, and i wish you the best in retirement. i think once you retire you will find out that you absolutely love it. [laughter]. >> i know i do, anyway. [laughter] thank you, chief. >> thank you very much. >> chief, it's a pretty amazing
day that it would be our last meeting. but looking back at what you have done for this department and the safety is, our city could not be more thankful and i would say i am grateful because they have no idea the sacrifices you have made over the years. i would say your biggest accomplishment, having been in a family of people who serve the public and understanding the sacrifices that have been day in and day out, you know, you wake up in the morning and you go to staff like first mass at 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., whatever time that is, and you make it sound like that is unusual thing , but you're always out there, and you, in particular, have been out there. you -- just. you were there for the family of the members of this department.
you can start we consider -- you consider them your family. you know them by name. i have been off at how you do that. and i think it is because you truly care about the people that you brought into this department enough has been said about the diversity and all that stuff, but i really think your biggest accomplishment has been raising these three beautiful kids of yours and the chaos of this job, and i say chaos not because you haven't been organized, but you never know what this job will hit you with, and the members of this department see it every day , but you truly see it and spend a lot of time at it, and the fact that it hasn't aged you or affected you in a physical way is truly remarkable, as well i know i have had it over the last 20 years of being on this commission, when i first came on
the commission, i met with you over a cappuccino, and we talked about what some of my priorities would be, if you haven't always agreed with me over the last few years, i would have hated for you to agree with me because i don't learn from people who agree with me. i do appreciate the times that you have the statistics that we work together on for compiling statistics over the calls and the homeless and, whatever we are calling it, and i thank you for allowing me to do that. i know that initially you weren't a big fan of that idea, but i think that idea isn't idea that both of us kind of nurtured and will pay dividends over the years for years, not only in the service to this city, but in the
budget, and i know that will pay dividends over the years. i thank you for going along with me on that. i know the stress you have been in, which also has been a priority of mine. you have been there from the very beginning, you have made that possible. i saw today that the city of windsor allocated $500,000 towards ptsd, and i thought, that is great, san francisco should do that and i thought to myself, if you put together the amount of money in the personnel at all the stuff that this chief has done for this department, we have been doing that for years. hats off to you. i do appreciate the care you have for the members of this department. you have been a great civil servants. i would like to say that there is there's no such thing as retirement, but refocus. you will refocus on something else, hopefully you take some time to yourself because you truly have deserved it. on behalf of a grateful and ungrateful chief, i really do appreciate you, and i thank you
for the time, service that you have made for the people of the city. >> thank you. chief, is in our tradition that we will have the chief administration up here very soon part of that is the discussion of what we all want to support which is a smooth and orderly transition, and part of that transition is that we are privileged to be able to serve with chief nicholson. it is a real interesting, and a lot of memories, in terms of 29 years, chief, serving the department is 15 -- in 15 years. part of this recollection was when i came up, we were attributing the consent agreement, and the consent decree didn't reflect what the department looks like now, and
in terms of these days, -- having a chief of the department of the fire department and being a woman, was really, really a major stuff -- step at a major accomplishment. part of your reflection, and you said it to yourself, as you has -- you have always been a team player. terms of this commissioner who has spent some time with you, part of the love and devotion for this fire department has come through you, but with a team that is out there as well. it is amazing that you come from a neighborhood of san francisco, and you learned, and you appreciate what the department and the city are, but you have an opportunity to serve within that, at a know it is a rare privilege to be a member of the department, but what you showed me, is as a san franciscan, you can do that as well. i just really appreciate all of that support. i appreciate the guts to be able to create department in terms of
the view of what we were, the process of operation when somebody has a bilingual ability and can speak to a member of the public. we talked about how good your memory is. we cessation the folks out there who passed a resume, if you come by the line twice, the chief will remember that. it is pretty amazing how you can do that as well. there's going to be some real highlights coming up. you retirement party on the fifth, as well, and i think this process is just really proper, that you as a chief have this opportunity this evening to be able to go out in terms of how you feel, which is with honor and respect that we have for you as well. many of us truly love you, chief because of all the devotion that you have given this department. but i just wanted to thank you on behalf of the fire commission and all the commissioners that served on you or boards.
as we used to say, you are taking care of business for the citizens of san francisco. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> as we continue this report, we have the chief of operations -- the deputy chief of administration -- >> president, while she is coming up, i did want to also say, and i included her in my thoughts about the commission, but i have worked with a lot of commission secretaries before all of them, they have all been great. we worked closely together prior to me becoming chief. i will say that you have someone who is a huge advocate for the commission. very proactive, and a pleasure to work with. thank you to marine, as well. >> thank you. >> chief nicholson?
>> good evening, president, commissioners, sister marine, she pays white, the last show for you here at the commission meeting. that is a lot of meetings you have been to. deputy chief of administration, janine nicholson. i will continue doing what i did last month and i will have the assistant deputy chief come up and speak to you about homeland security. >> welcome, chief cochrane. >> good evening, mr. president, commissioners, chief, congratulations and thank you. assistant deputy chief mike cochrane. homeland security reports, we will start with special events. i want to think homeland and e.m.s. in these events. first one is april 20th, we staffed the command post. i will say that there were only
a couple of transports. cherry blossom, mr. president, you were very popular there. between last year and this, they built a hospital in the parade lane. so we worked with sfpd to keep that open for our ambulance units. fleet week is ongoing, we did all the earthquake events. we also did a communications and resource request drill with the dm from our fdl see. that went well, and a mobile rally. we had 31 agencies. i want to think lieutenant baxter. maybe i will put that together. special operations, our k-9 unit we wanted to ensure our members are active in that. and we are, they do that a lot.
deputy chief goodfellow flip-flop message to the field. training for members high hazard facilities and also go out to our operational chief. homeland security, let's see, active shooter interagency still ongoing dark suspicious activity reports. we send those out, also all the mass gathering plans are given to our chiefs to know the location of the many events that go on to the city almost every day. the disaster planning, citywide emergency response plan is still ongoing, the office of resiliency, we submitted our strategies for the future of the city, that is ongoing, also, and the drone policy has been forwarded. the chief has signed that often we are waiting to hear from them , and that is it for homeland security for this month >> thank you, very much.
chief nicholson, questions for chief cochrane from the commissioners at this point. >> thank you. >> do you want to do questions at the end? or do you want to question each of them now. >> i think we will wait. >> okay. >> has all of your report and all of your staff can come up and get your reports. >> thank you. it sounds good. let me bring up the training division. >> good evening, mr. president and commissioners. congratulations on your retirement, thank you for your support of the division and of me the chief mentioned, the 125 th class is in the 13th week. we have 44 members graduate on the 14th of june at 9:00 a.m. in the morning. earlier this month, we had our hazardous materials specialist
for certification. we had 61 members recertified february. our e.m.s. section island has been working on several classes for recertification and renewal of skills and members will need to be part of the bump up academy that we are planning later this year. they are also currently having an e.m.s. field evaluator training class where paramedics and e.m.t.s on the ambulances can evaluate graduates from the paramedic academies we had 32 members trained in that. we have a wildland refresher, 133 members. this is for the upcoming fire season for mutual aid to deployment and we also have a second round of wetland refresher scheduled for mid may. we had almost 100 members sign
up for rescue recertification that was going this week. i don't have all the file number is completed yet, and then special interest is to be have a peer support refresher scheduled , two sessions of that and two sessions of resilience class. those are set up by the doctors office that we are hosting. other than that, we have some preplanning going on for a high wire skill going on. that concludes my report. >> thank you very much. >> to continue my report as the chief stated, we have been working closely with the mayor's budget office. they will be presenting to the mayor on wednesday, and we will certainly have more information for you after that and we'll keep you apprised of everything and how we can collaborate and
move forward in our asks. the chief went over those. in terms of some of the e.m.s. asks for our community and our e.m.s. six, just to let you know , that captain simon pain from e.m.s. six, the mayor touch office asked him to go up to sacramento this week and testify for s.b. 40, which is the conservatorship bill and it passed out of the committee of 6 -0, so that is good news and we appreciate the captain for that. i had a meeting with some of the members -- some of the people from the new chase centre at headquarters the other day to convey to them our concerns and
advocate for the department to ensure that we have proper access to that facility during events. they do have a good best medical plan set up or they have ambulances and paramedics and physicians, but we have made it clear to them that the access that we need and the concerns that we have, and we are working with the police department and m.t.a. in bringing that forward to them. and with the chase centre, there are 50 basketball games, but 150 events throughout the year, and some of those coincide with giants games. it will be an interesting upcoming year. we put two brand-new engines and service at engine two and engine eight, and those engines go out to engine 42 and 44, so we're
upgrading our fleet, in addition to that, we did go to the board of supervisors and gets the contract that we had for $10 million for our apparatus, we had to get it approved by the board of supervisors to go up -- anything over $15 million has to get approved. so we got it approved for up to $50 million so we can continue purchasing the fleets that we need, so that is good news. station 35, the new floating fire station. we got be c.d.c. approval this past week, which is great, and we are working closely with the port. we're this close to getting the m.o.u. signed, really close. i am hoping to have that signed off in the next week or so. and ones that get signed, they will issue the permit and then we can move forward, and hopefully begin some type of
work by the end of june. that is the hope there. we are making good progress. the port has been a great partner with us in working on this with thanks to elaine forbes. looking at retirement, the numbers broke -- bump up every week. we have approximately 30 retirements as of looking at july 1st. we are expecting their do more retirements by then. like i said, every week they are bumping up a little bit. we will see what happens with that number. the 2020 bond is moving along, and as you know, it has included $125 million for a new fire station, hundred $50 million for the training facility, and separate funding for emergency, firefighting, water supply,. the initial polling has been done, and the water supply,
emergency firefighting water supply pulled a very high. the neighborhood fire stations do well pick the. the training centre, not quite as well. because of that, because we need a little bit more flexibility, we're going to mine, or we are looking at combining the $125 million, and hundred $50 million for the fire station and the training facility under one heading. we will still spell out what everything is, and what that does for us is, besides improving polling, is it gives us a little flexibility. say we need to go to 155 million for the training facility, we can do that. it gives us a little bit of flexibility. we are looking at that right now , and then, what else do i have? station five, the chief already spoke about this, and if i can
>> -- to request funding from fema or cal o.e.s. >> commissioner covington: and they would be writing those grant requests or would we be responsible for requesting those moneys? >> we submit input for them to request is the way i understand it. >> commissioner covington: okay. gre great. >> we do have the auxiliary water supply and earthquake preparedness. >> commissioner covington: and does the captain participate in those. >> yes, and i went with -- the
deputy chief also attended. >> commissioner covington: and how often are these meetings? >> there's one at city hall and a side one at vanness. i try to attend. i know there's at least once a month, overhead and site meetings. >> commissioner covington: how many staff members are there for the officer of resiliency. >> i don't know. >> commissioner covington: you don't know? >> i know two members i meet with. >> commissioner covington: i'm sorry. chief nicholson -- anything else you would like to add? >> no thank you. >> commissioner covington: okay. chief sabo, you're up next. can you give us the date and time of the graduation? >> the date is friday, june 14
and the time is 9:00 in the morning, scottish rite center, sloat and 19th avenue. >> commissioner covington: and you said that 133 have already gone through the -- >> wildland refreshing class. >> commissioner covington: how many do we have overall with wildland certification. >> i'd have to check and get back to you. >> commissioner covington: okay. chief mello? >> last year, there was -- >> commissioner covington: you can come to the microphone so people can hear you. >> as of last year, we trained 255 members. and then, the numbers keep going up as they keep going through the system. it's been going up through the years. >> commissioner covington: very good. so 255.
and are you all -- okay. thank you, chief. chief sabo, you also mentioned the upcoming resilience class. so tell us more about that. >> that's actually setup more by the physicians department. we're just hosting it. i don't think there's anybody here from physician's office to speak on that, but i believe it's led by a doctor who works with the police department who offers health in their stress unit. >> commissioner covington: i see. okay. great. all right. that's all i need from you. thank you -- >> thank you. >> commissioner covington: -- for the information. and chief nicholson regarding the new chase center, you said there are going to be 50
basketball games preplayoffs and then 150 events. is it possible there would be more than 150 events? >> i don't know. these are just the numbers they gave us when we met with them. >> commissioner covington: i think it would be important to know if that is the floor for the numbers or if there is a possible 75 more or whatever. that would be helpful for us in planning. okay. thank you, chief nicholson. >> you're welcome. >> thank you, vice president covington. commissioner cleaveland? >> commissioner cleaveland: thank you, mr. president. i had a question -- you were here for public testimony and you heard the testimony from
jeremy paul about the farmhouse and the possible dislocation of the artists there. can you give us a little background on that particular issue and if there's any sort of means by which they can upgrade that facility and not have to vacate it while they do it? >> yes. good evening, commissioners. i don't have knowledge of this particular site, but what i do know is the process, and we follow the process, and we're consistent with this. when we receive a complaint, we do respond and inspect. if there is a violation of the fire code, we notify the