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Here’s The Scoop … LBTS VFD …. SOME VFD INCIDENT REPORTS ARE “CRAP”…UPDATED….

“AHHHH……CALL IT TRAINING”… “UMMMM ….SAY THERE WERE 2 THERE”…

Dear Readers….as you all know this writer makes public records requests for certain VFD incident reports…You may also recall that previously posted were incident reports that were less than stellar…due to the lateness in their production….A comparison was shown that the Pompano Beach Fire Dept.has each apparatus that was on scene write up their own incident report within the report completed right after the incident…something we were told before the VFD took over would be the process followed by them as well…..Nope…didn’t happen…instead we get reports (that are legal documents in any court proceeding) that are usually done by one member …who may not have not even been on scene…but he takes the info from the Dep. Chief (McIntee) more often than not!…

The VFD was paying their members for both medical and beach patrol responses…per their income-expense reports…(until they were told it was a no-no)  for at least 9 months into the 1st year as our provider…..At the first meeting in July the Town Manager went along with what looked like a  “cover up” (in this writer’s opinion) from the dais calling  the medical calls the VFD goes on “training “…per the VFD Fire Chief…… But how many times can you call it training when in June alone they went on 58 of 64 medical calls with AMR?…Turns out they lucked out on the medical calls/training charade they cooked up…when Mike Burton of Burton and Assoc. informed them at the special hearing last night that under “first responder” status according to the Supreme Court they could continue to go and get paid from the fire assessment funds as long as they did not assist beyond “basic “care or transport…(The Beach Patrol though is to be paid from a separate account…more on that to come)….

The problem this writer still has is the same despite the heavy weight being lifted from their shoulders on the whether they can be paid for these call from the assessment…and that is the VFD told us repeatedly that there would be NO need to have firetrucks going on medical calls because AMR would be fully staffed in the way BSO was not …thus allowing us not to have a firetruck going along for that 3rd EMS responder…Instead the VFD  is going on almost all medical calls and we are continually faced with an unnecessarily large number of responders …leaving taxpayers to pay through the nose for those VFD members to standby…(Check out some of the yearly call #’s  for some members to 6/30/09…287/406/112/281/226/340/248/161/494/221/373/257/533/429( no pay McIntee)/729/184/289/247/415/268/187/195/111/122(no pay Silverstone)…..then multiply them each  by $10 for medical/ $25 for fire ) ….Furthermore the Chief’s assertions that AMR needs their help at all these calls diminishes AMR as our EMS provider in the eyes of those who are asked to put their trust in the services!…

These recent public requests made were from July 4th and July 10th, 2009…

The July 4th incident reports…show the following..(NOTE- VFD Incident reports were written 9 days later on 7/13/09)……

21:43:43 (After the July 4th fireworks…prev. post)…Incident Type 745- Alarm system sounded, no fire- unintentional (brought out 3 trucks/ 2 command cars/ 17 personnel right as crowds departing the beach) / CAD NARRATIVE …Incident Type FIRE ALARM …GENERAL FIRE…NO RESET INFO…4 STORY CBS ABC INVESTIGATING, ALARMS FLASHING, NOTHING SHOWING DP12/FC ADV 4/S CHECKING PERIMETER & INTERIOR…POSS MALICIOUS DP12 ADV ESTAB IT IS A FALSE ALARM …ORIANA SUITE

7/13/09 VFD Narrative…At 2143 hours on Saturday July 4,2009 we were dispatched to an alarm system sounding. Five units were assigned to this incident. Seventeen personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2147 hours and cleared at 2240 hours. The incident occurred at 4318 EL MAR Dr. L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multifamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was standby. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival E12 and SQ 12 crew found that alarm panel read pull station. E12 and SQ12 Crews searched for pull station. Pull station manually pulled and on the north side of the garage. No smoke no flames.

BC- This was the 1st half of the embarrassing display that had residents and tourists shaking their heads…and openly laughing at the spectacle…not quite what the Deputy Chief desired from this response call…

21:53:02/Incident Type 118- Trash or Rubbish fire/ contained/ CAD NARRATIVE…COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE…CALLER ADVD ACROSS FROM THIS ADDRESS AST THE COSTA DE SOL APTS THERE IS APOSS FLAMES AND SMOKE COMING FROM A DUMPSTER ACROSS THE STREET…STILL….REC’D ADDITL CALL SAME 1043/ CALLER ADV PD 97DUMPSTER FIRE…CALLER ADVD THAT THE DUMPSTER IS NEXT TO THE BUILDING…COSTA DE SOL

7/13/09…VFD Narrative…At 2153 hours on Saturday July 4, 2009 we were dispatched to a contained trash or rubbish fire. Two units were assigned to this incident. Six personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2157 hours and cleared at 2221 hours. The incident occurred at 4209 EL MAR Dr. Dr. L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multfamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was standby. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival E12 crew found the dumpster on fire, E12 crews used a 13/4 speedlay to extinguish the fire.

BC- What is wrong with this report is that this writer and countless others saw 2 trucks go to this fire along with command cars…all the trucks assigned to the Oriana alarm “hightailed” it over to this dumpster fire…taking a fast turn around the square (curbing)… looking like “Keystone Cops” which is what you heard them called from the crowds watching the equipment falling off one of the trucks and hoses left unattended  for many to trip over as they took off to the 2nd scene up the block!…Not quite what was written 9 days after the fact…OUCH!…

HURRY…HURRY…HURRY…Sign up for MIDNIGHT VFD TRAINING DRILLS IN YOUR CONDO TODAY!…

July 10th ….AND 11th 2009…(prev. post)…

BC- Previously this writer posted the leaks from VFD members concerning the “dressing down” of VFD Chief Perkins by his Deputy Chief McIntee…after it is said McIntee returned from dinner with family out of Town limits and returned to find an alarm still going off at the Europa Condominium where his “troops” had been earlier for a fire call…Not happy with the situation…Dep. Chief McIntee it is said dropped the Mrs. off at home and made a beeline to the station…giving the Chief and ” troops” hell…Dep. Chief McIntee then contacted BSO Dispatch to say they were going back and after being asked by Dis[patch if he wanted a 2nd call number he said he would be using the original call number to return …BUT as you will see from the VFD Narrative…the Dep. Chief  7 days later as “Officer in Charge/Reviewer called the after Midnight- 1AM return a “Training exercise”!……How can you use an existing fire call and turn it into a “training exercise”?….Hmmm….

7/10/09 …23:25:44 alarm/ 23:34:38 arrival (1st time)..1st clear time for Chief Perkins 23:59:38/ E12 clear time (1st time) 23:31:08/ E212 clear time (1st time) 23:59:38/ E12 (again pg. 2) clear time (2nd time?) 23:40:44 (HUH?)

7/11/09…E12  arrival time o0:30:54 …clear time 01:10:12/ E212 arrival time 00:30:54…clear time 01:09:32/ SQ12 arrival time 00:31:07…clear time 01:08:28/ C12 (Perkins) arrival time 00:34:57…clear time 01:10:15 / DP12 (McIntee)  arrival time 00:35:02…clear time 01:10:23

CAD NARRATIVE BUSN GENERAL ALARM FIRE ALMC12 ADV 12 STORY CBS STRUC NS ON A,B AND C SIDEC12 LIGHTING IN AREA AND IT SET OFF THE ALM AND RESET ALMEUROPA BUSN GENERAL ALC 12 UNABLE TO RESET ALM AND ALM COMPANY EN SEC ESTAB FIRE WATCH EUPOABUSN NAME 5 POWEROUTAGE MIGHTHAVESET IT OFF/SEC CHECKING NOW/EMP HUNG UP

7/17/09 VFD Narrative …At 2325 hours on Friday July 10,2009 we were dispatched to an alarm system sounding. Nine units were assigned to this incident. Nineteen personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2334 hours and cleared at 0110 hours. The incident occurred at 1460 N Ocean Blvd L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multifamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was investigation. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival C12 discovered that alarm panel showed trouble on the 6th floor. E12. E212, SQ12 crews investigated the trouble and searched all floors. No flames or smoke found. alarm was reset at the panel (BC-?) After all tasks were completed all units RETURNED to Station.

UPON ARRIVAL TO STATION DP.12 (MCINTEE) REOPENED CALL AND DISPATCHED ALL UNITS TO THE SAME LOCATION FOR A TRAINING EXERCISE, ZONE FAMILIARIZATION AND TACTICAL TRAINING ON THIS LOCATION.

PAGE 5 OF THIS REPORT HAS THE DEP. CHIEF’S INITIALS….

BC- Sure looks like the “leaks” were accurate concerning the Deputy Chief’s actions at the station and with the 2nd run to Europa ….As for the Chief’s “missed opportunity” of using the situation as a “training” for a couple of “rookies” it sadly looks to have been orchestrated and really lame performance at the podium…..especially when the report shows that the VFD responders sent both times were not “rookies”……when compared to their June Report stats below…

MTD= Month To Date calls (JUNE)/ YTD = Year To Date (calls from Oct. 1st to June 30)…..

E12- 1st run-#090  Miko Angeles Captain FF1 (MTD calls/ 32 YTD  calls 287)/ #110 Gordon Chase FF1(MTD calls 39/YTD calls 406) / #128 Danilo Goyochea FF2 EMT-B(MTD calls 62/ YTD calls 340)/ #43 Jerome McIntee FF1/Pd. Trainer (not on Roster)

E212- 1st run-#004 Mark Conn FF1 (MTD calls 30/ YTD calls 281)/ #100 Brad Fabian FF1 (MTD calls 33/ YTD calls 226)/ #131 Christopher Maddock FF2 (MTD calls 31/ YTD calls 257)/ #089 Jonathan Michailiuk FF1 (MTD calls 33/ YTD calls 727)/ #091 Steven Muntean FF1 (MTD calls 20/ YTD calls 65)

C12 – 1st run-#81 Chief Perkins FF1 (MTD calls 19/ YTD calls 415)

E12- 2nd run- same as above minus Jerome McIntee Jr. replaced by #040 Pete Long LT.FF1 (MTD calls 20/ YTD calls 221)

E212- 2nd run- no names given

SQ12-  2nd run -(SQ 12 not on 1st run) #078 John Louvaris Battalion Chief FF1 (MTD calls 30/ YTD calls 373)/ Maddock (see above)/ Michailiuk (see above)/ #011 Ron McGirr Acting Captain FF1 (MTD calls 61/533)

C12-2nd run- Chief Perkins (see above)

DP12 – 2nd run (DP12 not on 1st run) #58 Jerry McIntee Dep. Chief FF1 (MTD calls 45/ YTD calls 429)

BC- Definitely not the “rookies” the Chief told the Commission were in need of the after midnight training at the condo….OUCH!…

Time to get their stories straight….write their reports accurately and right after the calls….and to get their act together…

It’s time to get rid of the Deputy Chief…

more to come……..

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