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Here’s The Scoop…LBTS-VFD ISO Report Is In…The Good…The Bad…And The Ugly (Specialized Training)

IT’S HERE …..THE ISO REPORT ON THE LBTS-VFD…

Readers may recall months ago when many including this writer were calling for an oversight committee for the VFD…It was cast aside  on a myriad of lame excuses that were championed by Vice Mayor/VFD Deputy Chief McIntee …with his usual “barbs”…(pun intended) including that a call for an oversight committee was nothing but  a”witch hunt”…casting aside any questions …and telling the residents to wait for the ISO report because they would be oversight committee…and all that would be required… The outcome…any oversight was squelched as we awaited the report…We waited and we waited…During the long wait…we heard we needed to purchase a “canopy” to comply with ISO and improve our rating…(still not up…no mention in the report)…..A second reserve pumper was purchased also said to improve our ISO rating..( it did nothing for the rating…see below)….and we had a community outreach presentation by the ISO… (all previously posted VFD category)….

This is also timely…for on the 5/12/09 Regular Commission Meeting agenda…is the McIntee VFD Referendum……With the Workshop to follow on 5/13/09…

Here’s the excerpts……

We have an ISO rating of 4…same as we had with BSO Fire…

The VFD is about a half a point from a 3…(this is where the VFD/Town will point your attention to)…

Here’s the synopsis from the 36 page report with some points  of interest…(a copy is available by request at Town Hall)

A link below to ISO site for break down of how they figure out the classifications…including the percentage for each category…also the previous VFD/ISO  presentation post …VFD category gives an overview of the ISO’s new “kindler” very accommodating report additions or subtractions to help out the client such as including ladder trucks in the report that even though no ladder truck is owned by department…which was used by the ISO Rep. as an example of their “helpfulness”)…

RECEIVING and HANDLING FIRE ALARMS

414 credit for Telephone service ……earned credit 2.00/credit available 2

422 credit for Operators……..earned credit 3.00/ cred. avail. 3

432 credit for Dispatch Circuits….earned credit 4.60/ cred.avail. 5

440 Credit for Rec.and Hand. Fire Alarm….Total…earned credit 9.60/ cred. avail. 10

FIRE DEPARTMENT

513 credit for Engine Companies……….earned credit 7.20/ credit avail. 10

523 credit for Reserve Pumpers…………earned credit 0.36/cred.avail. 1

532 Credit for Pumper Capacity…………earned credit 5.00/  cred. avail. 5

549 Credit for Ladder Service…………….earned credit 2.97/ cred. avail. 5

553 Credit for Reserve Ladder and Service Trucks…..earned credit 0.07/ cred. avail. 1

561 Credit for Distribution 2.37/ avail. cred. 4

571 Credit for Company Personnel….earned credit 9.25/ cred.avail. 15

580 Credit for Training …earned credit 2.34/ cred.avail.  9

590 Credit for Fire Department…..Total…earned credit 29.56/ cred. avail. 50

BC- take note of the last 2 reviews…571 personnel & 580 training ….(Both under the direction of VM/Deputy Chief McIntee)..more info below…

WATER SUPPLY

616 Credit for Supply System….earned credit 35.00/  credit available 40

621 Credit for Hydrants….earned credit 2.00/ cred. avail. 35

631 Credit for Inspection and Condition….earned credit 0.02/ cred. avail. 3

640 Credit for Water Supply….Total earned credit 37.02/ cred. avail 40

DIVERGENCE

700 Divergence….earned credit -6.69

TOTAL CREDITS……..Earned Credits 69.49/  Credit Available 100.00

‘If the individual scores LBTS achieved for receiving and handling fire alarms; Fire Department; and Water Supply were translated into a 100 point scale instead of the (10, 50 and 40) points actually used, the relative Fire Suppression Rating Schedule classification for each of these sections would be…

COMMUNITY CLASSIFICATION = 4

Receiving and Handling Fire Alarms: a (relative) CLASS 1

Fire Department : a (relative) CLASS 5

Water Supply: a (relative) CLASS 1

We heart sometime soon the classifications will no longer be combined…and when that occurs…according to this report the LBTS-VFD will be classified a 5 (out of 10)

IN THE REPORT…

Page 5…Classification Details…report was concluded on Feb 10,2009 resulting in a classification of a CLASS 4

Page 9 & 10….A big portion of the ISO review entails the telephone…lines…directory…recording device…earned credit/ credit available

Tel lines… number of needed fire lines 25.00/25…# of needed fire,bus.& private alarm lines 25.00/25….progression of emergency calls to bus. lines 10.00/10…if detailed info is received & transmitted thru more than 1 comm. center, DEDUCT…0.00/-20 …Review Total …60.00/60

Tel. Directory…emergency # on inside front cover or front pg…..10/10….Emerg. # and Bus. # listed under Fire Dept. 5/5….Emerg. # and Bus. # listed under city name….5/5….if #’s for indiv. fire stations are listed DEDUCT…0/-10….Review Total…20/20

Recording device….Review of the recording device….20/20…Review Total 20/20…

page 15…CREDIT FOR DISPATCH…earned credit/credit available

dispatch circuits provide…35.40/40….monitoring for integrity of circuit…30.00/30….disp. recording facilities at comm. center…8.85/10…emergency power supply….17.70/20….when non circuits needed…0.00/100…Dispatch Circuits Total….91.95/100…

credit for tel.service….earned credit 2.00/credit available 2…..cred. for operators 3.00/3….cred.for disp. circuits…4.60/5…Total Credit…earned credit 9.60/cred. avail 10

If the score LBTS achieved for Receiving and Handling Fire Alarms was translated into a 100 point scale instead of the 10 points actually used the relative Fire Suppression Rating Schedule classification for this section of the review would be a (relative) CLASS 1…

page 16…FIRE DEPARTMENT…THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THE REPORT….

50% of overall score…based upon fire department’s structure fire suppression system. ISO’s field operator evaluated:

Engine and ladder/service vehicles…Equipment carried….Distribution of fire companies…Available and/ responding firefighter….Automatic Aid with neighboring fire departments…training…

item 501 Basic Fire Flow….is determined by the review of needed fire flows in selected buildings in the community…the following addresses were used to determine the flow…2500 gpm 1 E Commercial Blvd….2250 gpm 4433 Bougainvilla Dr…..2000 gpm 2001 S. Ocean Dr….1750 gpm 4116 N. Ocean Dr….1750 gpm 4347 Bougainvilla Dr….Maximum that  Basic Flow can be is 3500 gpm…Basic Flow for LBTS has been determined to be 1750 gpm…

page 20-22… explains the credit for ladder service…and shows when a ladder truck is required …for a ladder that goes above 3 stories or 35 ft. or more in height…it would provide for maximum ISO credit for a town with 5 buildings within the city of that height..(LBTS has more than 5…no 35 ft. ladder truck)…It also explains as previously posted from the ISO presentation that reserve trucks are needed for 1 for every 8 trucks…(LBTS does not need reserve trucks…and the “touted” reserve pumper truck…did nothing to our rating…in fact it had some “issues”)….

page 23-24…Credit for Company Personnel…explains the maximum credit and criteria…explains credit for training…including # of personnel who  respond…training facilities….aids and use made of them by fire suppression force; company training at fire stations; classes for officers; driver and operator training; new driver and operator training; hazardous materials training; recruit training; the pre-planning inspection program; and the training and inspection records….max. 35% of the training eval. is attributed to facilities, aids and uses 50% is attributed to spec. training and the final 15% is available for pre-planning inspection program…

page 25 & 26…Facilities and Aids…earned credit/credit available…

drill tower …max. 4 story drill tower should be used…o credit earned as there is no drill tower avail./ cred avail. 8….

fire building (including smoke room)…max cred. there should be a fire resist. room that is separated from drill tower…o credit earned a fire building is not avail or used for training/ cred. avail. 8…

Combustible Liquids pit…max. cred a 1500 sq. ft comb. liq. pit or equiv. video instructing effective fire suppression of  class B fires should be used….credit earned 5.00…for one of the two criteria …(does not indicate which one)/cred. avail. 5…

library and training manuals….max. cred.a complete library and manuals avail. for dept. membership…earned cred. 2.00/ cred. avail. 2…(Does not say what was found…assumption all manuals listed were in VFD library)…

multi-media training aids including pump and hydrant cutaways….a slide/overhead projector and comp. multi-media aids are avail./ a movie & VCR projector avail….a pump cutaway is not avail. in dept. for the membership…a hydrant cutaway is not avail. in dept. for the membership…earned cred. 1.00/ cred. avail. 2

training area…max. cred. a fire dept. training area of at least 2.0 acres in size should be avail. for single & multi- company drill….A training area of 0 acres is provided training is conducted on streets or other areas…earned cred. 10.00/ cred. avail 10…

Review Total…earned cred 13.00/ cred avail 35

page 26…USE

half day (3 hours) drills, 8 per year (0.05 each)…max .cred. all members should participate in 4 half-day single company drills…There were an avg. of  8.00 single- half day drills ….earned credit 0.40/cred. avail. 0.40…

half-day (3 hours) multiple-company drill 4 per year (0.10 each)…max. cred. all members should participate in 4 half-day multiple company drills….There were an avg. of 4.00 multiple company drills…earned cred. 0.40/ cred. avail 0.40…

night drills (3 hours) 2 per year (0.10 each)…max. cred. all members should participate in two 3- hour night drills per year….There were an avg. of 1.00 night drill….earned cred. 0.10/ cred. avail. 0.20…

Use …earned credit total…11.70

THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO CHECK THIS OUT!….

page 27 -29…SPECIALIZED TRAINING…

COMPANY TRAINING….max. cred. each FF should receive 20 hours per month in structure fire related subjects as outlined in NFPA 1001….There was an avg. of 0.67 hours per month of company training received by company members and participation was 100% of those eligible to participate…earned credit 0.84/ credit available 25..

BC….The Training Officer VM/Dep Chief McIntee…0.84 credit earned/ credit available 25……..

Classes for Officers….max cred. each officer should receive 2 days of leadership management, supervisory & incident management training per year as outlined in NFPA 1021…There was an avg. of 0.00 days devoted to officer classes and participation was 0% of those eligible…earned cred. 0.00/ cred. avail. 15…

BC…No surprise…again who’s in charge…no officers wanted to challenge the status quo?…

Driver and Operator Training…max. cred. each driver & operator should receive 4 half-day sessions of driver/operator training per year in accordance with NFPA 1002 & NFPA 1451…There were 0.00 hours received per year by new drivers and operators and participation was 0%…of those eligible to participate…earned cred. 0.00/cred. avail 2…

New Driver and Operator Training….max. cred. each new driver & operator should receive 40 hours of driver/operator training per year in accordance with NFPA 1002 & NFPA 1451…There were 0.00 hours received per year by new drivers& operators and participation was 100% (OOPS!)…of those eligible to participate..earned cred. 0.00/ cred. avail. 2…

Training on hazardous Material…max. cred. each FF should receive 1/2 day of training for incidents involving hazardous materials in accordance with NFPA 472….There were 0.00 days of training received per year and participation was 0% of those eligible to participate…earned cred. 0.00/ cred. avail. 1…

Recruit Training…max. cred. each FF should receive 240 hours of structure fire related training in accordance with NFPA 1001 within the first year of employment or tenure…There were 226.00 hours received per year and participation was 100% of those eligible to participate…earned cred. 4.71/cred. avail. 5…

Pre-Fire Planning Inspections….max. cred. pre-fire planning inspections of each commercial, industrial,  institutional and other similar type building ( all buildings except 1-4 family dwellings) should be made twice per year by company members. Records of inspections should include up-to-date notes and sketched….There was 71.00% of the buildings inspected at a yearly frequency of 1.00…Participation was 100%…earned cred. 8.52/cred. avail. 15…

To determine your credit for Training, the points credited in items 580 a. thru 580 h. (above training cat.) are summed …

For max. cred. records should be kept of all training, NFPA 1401 outlines manner to accomplish….deduction of up to 20 points (20% for each item) is made for lack of records…deduction of 10% is made for incomplete records/20% for no records for each sub. item…A total of 0.00 points is deducted to reflect a deficiency of record keeping for LBTS…

Finally, this sum is divided by 100 and then multiplied by 9 points available for the “Credit for Training”…These points calculated for LBTS resulted in 2.34…(out of 9)..

Final step in determining credit for Fire Department is to add up the following 8 components…

513 credit for engines companies-earned cred. 7.20/ cred. avail. 10….cred. for reserve pumper-earned cred. 0.36/ cred. avail. 1…cred. for pumper capacity-earned cred.5.00/ cred. avail. 5….cred. for ladder service -earned cred. 2.97/ cred. avail. 5…cred. for reserve ladder & service trucks-earned cred. 0.07/ cred. avail. 1…cred. for distribution-earned cred. 2.37/ cred. avail. 4.-cred. for company personnel-earned cred. 9.25/ cred. avail. 15….cred. for training- 2,34/ cred. avail. 9

Total Credit ….earned credit 29.56/ credit available 50

If the score LBTS achieved for the fire department was translated into a 100-point scale instead of the 50-points actually used, the relative Fire Suppression Rating Schedule classification for this section of the review would be a (relative ) CLASS 5….

page 29 was water supply.-all good…page 32-34- inspection and conditions-had to deal with Pompano for water system…

Condition of hydrants…standard -There were 0 hydrants considered in standard cond. max factor 1.0…usable -There was 1 hydrant considered in usable condition max. factor 0.5….Not Usable- There were 13 hydrants considered NOT usable…max. factor 0.0….earned cred 0.04/ cred. avail 1.0

The points calculated for the inspection and condition of hydrants for LBTS resulted in the following CIC (credit for inspection and condition)=0.02

BC- What’s with the hydrants?…

credit for supply system- earned cred. 35/ cred. avail. 35….cred. for hydrants- earned cred. 2.00/ cred. avail. 2…cred for inspec. and cond.- earned cred 0.02/ cred. avail 3

Total Credit – earned cred. 37.02/ available cred. 40

If the score LBTS achieved for water supply was translated into a 100 point scale instead of 40 points actually used, the relative Fire Suppression Rating Schedule classification for this section of the review would be a (relative) CLASS 1…

page 34…DIVERGENCE…

Divergence considers a difference between the protection provided by the Fire Department and the Water Supply. This difference would prevent the better feature from being utilized to its fullest extent. Therefore, an adjustment is made to reflect any difference between these two features. Because of the difference in total weights assigned to the two features, the total for the Fire Department, which has the higher total weight, is adjusted to make the comparison reflect the relative adequacies of these two features…(included was the formula)..

BC- I have requested the BSO Fire ISO report to compare…and will post upon receipt…

Let the “games” begin on the “spin” of this report…and where we go from here…

more to come….

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