San Francisco Fire Commission
Minutes of the Fire commission
Regular Meeting Thursday July 13, 2000 6:00 p.m.
698 Second Street, Room 102
698 Second Street, Room 102 n San Francisco n California n 94107
1. ON ROLL CALL, the following were noted present:
President Hadley Roff
Vice President Stephen A. Nakajo
Commissioner Pat Norman
Commissioner Russell S. Roeca
Commissioner Ted N. Soulis
Robert L. Demmons Chief of Department
Paul J. Tabacco Deputy Chief, Operations
Joseph C. Asaro Deputy Chief, Administration
Assistant Deputy Chiefs Staff:
Lorrie A. Kalos Management Services
Ray Balzarini Division of Airports
Joanne Hayes-White Division of Training
Daniel A. Sullivan Support Services
Gary P. Massetani Fire Prevention
Chief Officers Staff:
Richard C. Shortall Emergency Medical Services
Chief Officers Firefighting Services:
Bernie F. Lee Division 1
Frank T. Cardinale Division 2 (Acting)
2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000.
Commissioner Roeca moved and Commissioner Soulis seconded. There were no questions or discussion and the minutes were approved as presented.
3. CONSENT CALENDAR
All matters listed hereunder (Items A through F) constitute a Consent Calendar, were considered to be routine by the Fire Commission, and were acted upon by a single roll-call vote of the Commission.
A. Monthly Reports
Division of Training
Submitting monthly report from Division of Training concerning activities performed during June 2000.
Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation
Submitting monthly report from Division of Fire Prevention & Investigation concerning activities performed during May 2000.
Submitting biweekly report of Fire Department Physician concerning disability injuries,
May 27 through June 9, 2000.
Reporting the following PERMANENT appointments effective JUNE 18, 2000:
William D. Powell Tina M. McGowan
Edgar M. Covarrubias Jennifer L. Nymark
Arnold Choy Christina M. Wright
Richard Hom Brendan D. Cormack
Joe K. Lui Sherman Tillman
Jesse C. Bautista Sasha A. Grande
Leonardo B. Cavestany Michael A. Cochrane
Lawrence C. Rustia Charles F. McCoy
Edmund G. Vail Michael D. Peterson
Michael R. Gonzales Paul B. McDermott
John W. Hernandez Matthew M. Cannon
Reporting the following PROBATIONARY appointments effective JUNE 26, 2000:
1426 Senior Clerk Typist
Annie M. Nguy (vice: Eunice Booker, terminated after being reassigned to 1426 from PV 1220)
Marcie A. Chapman (vice: Eunice Booker, apptd. PV 1220)
Reporting having made 243 temporary appointments May 27 through June 9, 2000, and
313 temporary appointments June 10 through June 23, 2000.
Communications received from Retirement Board indicating the following members have retired:
Name Rank Type of Retirement Retirement Date
Corempas, Spiros D. H2 Firefighter Service Jun. 24, 2000
Sullivan, Gerald R. H2 Firefighter Service Jun. 30, 2000
Fengler, John M. H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Ind. Dis. Feb. 15, 2000
(Retirement Certificates will be presented at Fire Commission meeting of July 27, 2000)
D. Military Leave
Submitting for approval application from one member for Military Leave of Absence with pay, in order to comply with Military Orders received from his commanding officer:
Rank Dates Days Military Organization Purpose
Pampanin, Vincent A. H2 06-24-00 2 US Army Res. Attend Active
Sgt. E-5 FF 06-25-00 Moffett Field, CA Duty Training
Submitting resignation of H1 Fire Rescue Paramedic Megan Corry, effective close of business June 21, 2000. (Resigned in order to accept permanent 2533 position at DPH. Transferred from DPH 07-01-97.)
Submitting reports and recommendations of the Accident Review Committee regarding the following accidents:
No. Date No. Category Recommendation
Engine 28 99-0-229 05-16-00 597 A File
Off: T/Lt. Stephen Harper; Drv: FF Perry Choy
Cause: Misjudged clearance Eng 28, while making a right turn, scraped
a post protecting the curb area
Engine 21 99-0-230 05-16-00 526 B Bill
Off: Capt. William Long; Drv: FF Jeffery Babb
Cause: Misjudged clearance Eng 21, while stopped, was struck by a
civilian vehicle attempting to pass Eng 21
Truck 13 99-0-231 05-17-00 621 B Bill
Off: Lt. Robert Relei; Drv: FF Allen Wong; Tlr: FF Reyner Medina
Cause: Trk 13 was struck by a civilian vehicle which was attempting to
make a lane change
Engine 34 99-0-232 05-19-00 593 A File
Off: T/Lt. Frank Wong; Drv: FF Steven Miller
Cause: Backing up - Eng 34, while backing into quarters, lightly struck
corner of firehouse; spotters were posted
Medic 17 99-0-233 05-21-00 723 B Bill
Drv: FRP Michael Rambo
Cause: Medic 17, while parked, was struck by a Muni bus attempting to
go around the ambulance
Engine 43 99-0-234 05-21-00 505 B Bill
Off: Lt. Dennis Zouzounis; Drv: FF Daniel Jacobsmeyer
Cause: Eng 43, while proceeding to an incident with red lights and siren,
crossed the intersection after stopping at an arterial and was
struck by a civilian vehicle which failed to heed Eng 43s siren
Medic 3 99-0-235 05-21-00 735 A File
Drv: FRP Andrew Baron
Cause: Backing up While at an incident, Ambulance 85 was backing
up from a one-way street and struck Medic 3s right side mirror;
no spotters were posted
Medic 10 99-0-236 05-21-00 718 A File
Drv: FF/PM Alan Reynaud
Cause: Misjudged clearance Medic 10, while responding, struck the
open door of a parked civilian vehicle
Medic 12 99-0-237 05-22-00 731 B Bill
Drv: FRP James Mulholland
Cause: Failure to yield Medic 12 was responding with red lights and
siren - traffic had stopped and pulled to the right - a van pulled
out from traffic and struck Medic 12
Medic 3 99-0-238 05-22-00 A File
Drv: FF/PM William Madsen
Cause: Misjudged clearance Medic 3, while exiting driveway, lightly
struck the bumper of a parked vehicle
Engine 10 99-0-239 05-23-00 531 B File
Off: Capt. James Connors; Drv: FF Paul Barry
Cause: Misjudged clearance While parked, Eng 10s open door struck
a parked civilian vehicle
Truck 1 99-0-240 05-25-00 613 B File
Off: T/Lt. Bruce Platt; Drv: FF William Emde; Tlr: FF Michael Kirtley
Cause: Trk 1 was responding with red lights and siren and, while making
a left turn, struck a civilian vehicle which had stopped and then
Ambulance 38 99-0-241 05-27-00 711 A File
Drv: FF Henry Choy
Cause: Backing up Amb 38, while backing into station, struck apparatus
door; no spotters were posted
Medic 2 99-0-242 05-30-00 722 A File
Drv: FRP Martin Spalka
Cause: Misjudged clearance Medic 2, while responding with red lights
and siren, struck the mirror of a double parked truck
Category A - An accident which has occurred because of inattention to vehicle operators and/or officers responsibilities or because of misjudgment of clearance in operating apparatus near stationary objects.
Category B - An accident in which fire department personnel exercised reasonable judgment and precautions, exhibited good apparatus operators and officers skills and observed all state, local and fire department statutes, ordinances and rules.
Category C - An accident which has occurred because of apparatus operators misjudgment of clearance, deficiency in defensive driving techniques, or failure to anticipate other vehicles movements.
Commissioner Soulis moved and Vice President Nakajo seconded. There were no questions or discussion and Items A through F on the Consent Calendar were approved or ordered filed as appropriate.
4. REGULAR CALENDAR NEW BUSINESS
A. Letters of Commendation
Submitted 10 letters commending members of the Department for response to requests for assistance, emergencies, or training.
President Roff directed that these letters be acknowledged and incorporated in the minutes of todays meeting.
B. Meritorious Awards
Submitted for approval recommendations of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department for meritorious actions performed by Officers and Members of the Department, for May 2000:
Recipient Rank/Company Date Award
Lance Martin FF Engine 26 05-06-00 Ltr. of Com.
Jeffery Smethurst SFPD Reserve Police Officer 05-06-00 Ltr. of Com.
John A. Diluzio T/Lt. Res. 1 05-11-00 Unit Citation
Felix Duag FF Res. 1 05-11-00 Unit Citation
Daniel M. ODonnell FF Res. 1 05-11-00 Unit Citation
Frank Puccetti FF Res. 1 05-11-00 Unit Citation
Niels Tangherlini Fire Res P/M Medic 8 05-11-00 Unit Citation
Jeff N. Rusteen FF/PM Medic 8 05-11-00 Unit Citation
Gerald R. Shannon CAPT Engine 34 05-20-00 Class "C"
Petra Johnson FF Com. Ctr. 05-29-00 Class "C"
Commissioner Norman moved and Commissioner Roeca seconded.
President Roff observed that the Commission has had notice, for several meetings in a row, of recognition for outstanding service by firefighters and paramedics, and congratulated all the individuals involved.
There were no further questions or discussion and the meritorious awards were approved on recommendation of Merit Advisory Board and Chief of Department.
C. Communications Received by Commission
Six communications were received by the Commission from June 16, 2000 through July 6, 2000.
D. Public Comment
John Darmanin referred to the Advanced Life Support Engines Implementation Plan and wished to comment on Task 7, which is the deployment of newly graduated firefighters/paramedics to BLS ambulances. Mr. Darmanin was concerned that these firefighters/paramedics would not receive the traditional probationary period on Engines and Trucks, which he considers to be foundation for learning firefighting skills and gaining basic experience. Mr. Darmanin hoped that his concerns would be taken into account, since he understands that this plan is in draft format and is being circulated among the Divisions to obtain input.
Dennis Kruger, Director, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798, informed the Commission that he is waiting for permission from the Department to mount the next ten plaques (Death-in-line-of-Duty). Mr. Kruger noted that it is a slow process but plaques now have been mounted on Station 13, Station 1, Station 2, and Station 7.
There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.
For additional information call Tania Bauer, Commission Secretary, at 558-3451, or send an e-mail.