The Frankfort Fire Department is a department within the incorporated Village of Frankfort. It provides emergency services to four fire districts. District One- Is within the incorporated Village of Frankfort District Two- Is within the reservation of the town District Three- Is located east of th village District Four- Is a water district located west of the village. Districts 2,3 & 4 are contracted through the village board with the Town of Frankfort.
It is the dedicated mission of the Frankfort Fire Department to provide & prepare for needed emergency services. Services such as fire supression, rescue, extrication, emergency medical services, and disaster assisstance. These emergency services will be provided to the customers of our protection district, and also at the request of neighboring districts. These emergency services will be performed to the best of our knowledge and ability.
FFD COMPANY / DEPARTMENT ANNUAL MEETING: March 14th, 2015
SUBJECT: Fire Chief Report
q WELCOME: new Student Bunk-In member Scott D. Bullard. Scott has enrolled and been accepted in the Herkimer College Paramedic Program, and will be residing starting in the 2015 fall semester. Scott is from Fulton NY. We hope to meet Scott this coming Wednesday.
q RECOGNIZE; New Firefighter's Todd Bush and Ethan Reid for completing the NYS 42-hour Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations course. Recognize Captain's Scott Whitney and Mark Valent, for completing the NYS 12-hour NYS Fire Behavior & Arson Awareness. Recognize Captain David Dye for completing the 36-hour NYS Arson Awareness and Principles of Fire Investigation courses. Recognize Lieutenant's Steven Martin & Joseph Scholl for completing the FASNY 12-hour Company Officers Leadership Training (COLT). On behalf of the Officers and Members of the FFD I would like to congratulate Firefighter, EMT, Lt. Steven Martin Jr., for being selected as the 2015 American Red Cross, Mohawk Valley Region, Emergency Responder Hero. Steven will be recognized at the Red Cross Hero's breakfast, this Thursday, March 19, at Utica College.
q THANK YOU to all personnel who participated in the ice water rescue drill operations in Mohawk. This was an example of agencies working together, involving special technical rescue operations. Thank you to the Peter Caiola family for the donation of animal rescue kits and the memorial plaque located in the show case. Peter was a 40-year member of our department, and is still with us in spirit. Thank you Lt. Steven Martin, Officers, and personnel for your participating in the St. Patrick's Day parade.
q COMPLETED CPR RE-CERTIFICATION Steven McMurray, Nick Lilli, Mark Valent, Joe Scholl, Scott Whitney, Matt and John Stephens, Roxanne Gillen, Connie and John Cronk. Thank you all including Assistant Chief Matt Palumbo for instructing and renewing your certification.
q CONGRATULATIONS FFD AWARDEES. Many of the FFD members were recognized at the 2015 HCFCA annual banquet. Awardees were; Past Chief and Company Treasurer, Glenn D. Asnoe, awarded the "Excellence & Service" award. "Firefighters of the year were Lt. Frank M. Grippe, F/F Patrick J. Doolen, EMT Matthew R. Marotta, and Honorary Member Thomas A. Bunce. "Congratulations, and Thank you for your service, dedication, and for being volunteers".
q EMS GROUP WORKSHOP is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 18, starting at 7:30 PM. All EMS officers, providers, drivers, and firefighters, are welcome to participate. FFD medical director Dr. Kevin Hoyt is planning on attending. The workshop is designed to discuss EMS operational issues and methods to safely and effectively to continue and improve our operations.
q FFD MARCH TRAINING will be on Wednesday March 25. The topic will be Firefighter Survival & F A.S.T. skills. These skills are required to be accomplished on a annual frequency. Training begins at 6:30 PM.
q THE "I AM RESPONDING" DISPATCH/TEXT PROGRAM. This program will be the new FFD communication format to receive alarm dispatch information, acknowledge personnel response to alarms, and to communicate and distribute department information, training, and activities. In the future it will allow us to schedule duty times and schedules. We are still in the learning curve to utilize all of the program features.
q OUR NEW AMBULANCE has arrived. ALL operational personnel shall be required to accomplish in-service familiarization training on the new ambulance. ALL driver operators shall become familiar with the functions, and re-location of equipment. ALL current policies and procedures shall be applicable to the new vehicle. I have submitted the Affirmation of Compliance to NYS DOH. NYS vehicle registration and plates still need to be transferred. EMS Group Supervisor Lockwood is planning on Friday, March 27, as the transfer date. Herkimer County Emergency Services will be supplying the new mobile radio unit. The unit will be installed this Monday.
q NEW 2016 TANKER 322 bid has been awarded to Rosenbauer of South Dakota, the NYS dealer is Garrison Fire & Rescue of Palenvill, NY. Expected delivery is projected in October / November of this year. I am currently working with the Village to complete application for funding through the NYS Revolving Loan Program.
q FFD CHIEF OFFICERS MEETING on Sunday March 29, at 7:00 PM.
q VAN WINDSHIELD REPLACED thanks to funding from the Company. Please keep the service van neat, clean, and fueled. A reminder to all that the van is a privilege to use for training and activities transportation.
q 2015 FFD "STATEWIDE OPEN DOOR" AT FFD is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, from 11 AM until 3 PM. FFD Lieutenants will be spearheading the event. A workshop is scheduled for next Wednesday at 6:30 PM. I strongly recommend that the volunteer fire service focus efforts on recruitment to succeed in the safe accomplishment of our mission, now and the future of the FFD.
q DONATION OF AMINAL RESCUE KITS by the Peter Caiola family is scheduled at the FFD station, this Saturday February 14, at 6:30 PM. The family will be donating the rescue kits and presenting a memorial plaque to our department and adjoining department to include Frankfort Hill, Center, and the Schuyler Fire Company. The presentation to the department's should only last about a half hour and members are invited by the family to "Pete's Barn" on West Main Street, immediately after the presentation. Peter Caiola was a 40-year member of the FFD.
q FFD STUDENT BUNK-IN PROGRAM is now open to MVCC students. MVCC will be starting a full time paramedic program this fall. I have meet and introduced the program to the administration and Dean of Academics. They are excited and are willing to partner with the FFD program.
q F-S SCHOOL BOARD has approved the FFD active personnel the use of their exercise room and gym when available. Detail will be worked out this week regarding times and accountability. All those interested in using the exercise room will have to participate in a 15 to 20 minute equipment and facility orientation. More details to follow via, "I am responding" functions.
q VOF 2015 - 2016 FFD OPERATIONAL BUDGET has been submitted. The budget carries a significant financial increase proposed. The increase if approved is planned to accommodate the purchase of 16 to 18 sets of turn-out gear. This gear will serve as a second set of PPE for active working personnel.
q FSHS MODIFIED STUDENT COMBAT CHALLENGE at the request of school faculty and administration, we plan on facilitating another challenge during school hours, prior to our open house. Other local departments would like to be involved to facilitate the competition in their schools. More information to follow.
q NYS ACADEMY OF FIRE SCIENCE at www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/training/fire-academy/academy.cfm
q NIMS TRAINING ICS 100 & 200 at http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.aspx All personnel must have ICS 100 & 200. This is a mandate since 2008. You are neither current nor compliant without this training.
q DHS ORISKANY NY COURSES are posted on the website at www.dhses.ny.gov