Lawrence County Firefighters Association
LCFA
November 25, 2008
Marion VFD

Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.
There were no minutes to the October meeting.

Financial Report for 11/25/08:
Available Checking: $478.21
Available Savings: $311.76
Cash on hand: $62.15
Total Funds: $852.12

Election of Officers for 2009:
In order of voting:

Carol Goodwin - Secretary/Treasurer
Bob Brown - Vice President
Steve Nolan - President

Steve Nolan and LD Martin were both nominated for President. Both were asked to leave the room while voting took place.

Meeting Calendar for 2009:

January 27th: Pleasant Run
February 24th: Marion
March 24th: Perry
April 28th: Indian Creek
May 26th: Marshall
June 23rd: Huron
July 28th: Shawswick
August 25th: Oolitic
September 22nd: Guthrie
October 27th: Mitchell
November 24th: Williams
No meeting will be held in December unless needed.
If any department has a problem with this schedule please let me know and we’ll work to reschedule or relocate.

Event Committees:
In an attempt to be more organized with the FD/EMS events that take place over the year Committees were named for various projects. These committee members either volunteered or were asked to be a part of the committee by Bob Brown. These are planning committees. Other departments and members will be needed to make each of these events a success. So please don’t assume that because you weren’t named to a committee you won’t be asked to help. Other committees may be formed over the course of the year as events come up. If you’d like to be part of a committee that has already been formed please contact me or one of that committee’s members to volunteer.

May: EMS Week
Jimmie Zeeks
Jim McFarlan
Another member to be selected by Jimmie and Jim

July: 4H Fair
LD Martin
Larry Goodwin
Max Peters
Valerie Luchauer

October: Fire Prevention
Mike Pennington
Bob Brown
Carol Goodwin

We also need to think about fund raisers for the County Wide. Bob Brown suggested looking into having a Golf Scramble similar to one held at Cedar Valley about 10 years ago. If anyone has any fundraising ideas please either forward those to me or come to the next County Wide meeting to talk about it.

Jack Voigtschild has been hospitalized for 5 days prior to the November meeting. He is going to be pretty much homebound for a while and will be out of service until further notice. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

There was to be a meeting in December with Brent Steele and Eric Cook for the public to be able to voice their concerns about doing away with Township Trustees. The IVFA thinks keeping the trustees would be more beneficial and has a meeting planned with Mitch Daniels at the first of the year to discuss this.

Val’s report from the LCEMA:
New ERGs were available from her at the meeting. If you haven’t picked up books for your department please make arrangements with her to pick those up at the County Complex. NIMS guidance books were also supplied to chiefs.

Snow removal will be difficult this year. The cost of salt and sand was beyond the county’s budget and the supplier refused the county making a partial purchase. Although trucks will go out for ice they won’t go out for a major snow storm until it’s over.

Please remember the Buddy System! Don’t respond alone in a storm. Make sure others know where you are going and what route you have taken and why you’re out. We may have to consider taking 4 wheel drive POV’s to assist with patient transport if the ambulance can’t get through. Departments might also be called upon to use 4WD POV’s to help transport dialysis patients in need of treatments. If possible please forward a list of people on your department with 4 wheel drive vehicles who are willing to help.

County Wide Roster:
Only one department hasn’t responded. What information I have will be forwarded to all departments, the Sheriff’s Department and LCEMA at the first of the year. If any departments have revisions for 2009 for their rosters please forward those to me ASAP.

Tony Siedl was present at the meeting to represent the Sheriff’s Department. He says if anyone has any issues with the Sheriff’s Department please don’t wait until the County Wide meeting to say something. Call the department right away so issues can be handled while they are still current. He also requested the county wide roster and I will forward this to him also.

Loading Zones:
Brandon Robertson will try to attend our January meeting to get more information for finalizing information on establishment of LZ’s in Lawrence County. Once complete this information will be presented to Dunn, BRMC and the Sheriff’s Department for utilization. I’m also trying to keep this information on file with the soon-to-be-released roster so it will also be available to all VFD’s and LCEMA also. If you have already forwarded this information to me or to Brandon, thank you for your help. If you haven’t then please do so. Your assistance is necessary to make sure pre-determined sites are available when needed.

District 8 News:
Mike Cornman has offered to bring the FF Survival Trailer to Lawrence County for training in February. This will be a weekend class (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday) there will be 5-6 hours of classroom along with hands on training. Bob Brown will e-mail the date when Mike is available. This would be good training for the FF I & II class that will also be taking place in February. This class is FREE, but it’s limited to 20 people. Please let Bob know as soon as possible how many from each department would like to participate.

FYI:
Max Peters reports responding to several medical calls that have been linked to side effects of Green Tea Extract. The patient reports flu like symptoms along with high BP and numbness, sounding similar to a stroke. If you have a patient that exhibits these symptoms that wouldn’t normally be classified at risk for stroke you might want to ask if they have taken a Green Tea Extract supplement.

Other Training and announcements (also sent out on 12/24/08)

1. ICS 400 Class at Indian Creek Fire Department Saturday Feb. 7th. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free, register with Val or LD Martin.
Please pass on to anyone interested.

2. Perry VFD has requested another ICS 300 class but only has 3 people. Val would like to do this one Saturday in January. Please contact her if you have anyone who needs ICS 300.

3. AED Grant Opportunity posted on Grants.com. This is a Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant.
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=43495

4. FF I & II classes will start the first of February. Anyone interested needs to contact LD Martin no later than Jan. 3rd. His e-mail address is above or you can call him at 812-583-6516. This will run from early February until the middle of April on Monday and Thursday nights and some Saturdays. Please let him know ASAP so paperwork can be processed with the state for training materials.

5. The state is at the end of issuing PSID Certificates. IF you have not received a PSID Certificate you should do the following:
A. Check with your department to see if they have received your certificate. IF NOT, do not call their office. Send an email to psidquestions@dhs.in.gov.
B. Check the IDHS website to see if it was returned to the office due to a bad address.
C. If you do not receive a PSID certificate e-mail the address above and request a number be issued. Again, please e-mail. Do not call the office.

6. From Val: ANY DEPARTMENT WANTING ADDITIONAL 800 PORTABLES OR MOBILES. GIVE ME NUMBERS AND TYPE MOBILE OR PORTABLE.
EF JOHNSON OR MOTOROLA BY JANUARY 5TH.
I AM PUTTING IN FOR THE 2009 HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT. EACH AGENCY IN THE DISTRICT IS GOING IN AS A DISTRICT WIDE PROJECT. THERE IS NO MATCH. IF APPROVED IT WILL BE TOWARD END OF 09 BEFORE WE SEE ANYTHING. IF YOU WANT IT NOW IS THE TIME TO ASK. WE MAY NOT GET IT BUT WE DON’T KNOW UNTIL WE APPLY. THIS MAY BE THE LAST CHANCE TO GET FREE RADIOS.

7. November 21, 2008 -- The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today issued an Interim Final Rule to address safety concerns raised by the firefighting community regarding high-visibility safety apparel (see Worker Visibility Final Rule - 23 CFR Part 634, below).

The Interim Final Rule:

* Revises the definition of "worker" to exclude firefighters when they are exposed to flame, fire, high heat or hazardous materials. * Exempts firefighters from the requirement to use high-visibility safety apparel, as defined in this rule, when they are exposed to hazardous conditions where the use of such apparel may increase the risk of injury to firefighter personnel.

The Interim Final Rule is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27671.htm

Worker Visibility Final Rule - 23 CFR Part 634

A new FHWA regulation (Worker Visibility Final Rule - 23 CFR Part 634) that goes into effect on November 24, 2008 requires firefighters and other first responders responding to or working at an incident on federally funded highways to wear a retro reflective safety vest that meets the Class II or III standards of the American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA) 107-2004 publication. The ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 Public Safety Vest standard has also been interpreted as meeting this requirement. For more information, visit ResponderSafety. com or discuss this on the USFA Blog.

If anyone has any training, announcements or fundraisers they’d like to have sent out to the county please make sure to forward that information to me and I’ll get it out to the county.