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Here’s The Scoop…The LBTS-VFD…Report

LBTS- VFD REPORT #1

After hearing that something was going on inside the VFD…I decided to follow up and request some paperwork…all are public record ….to see what was what in the days leading up to the change over….which happened just 3 days ago…

What I found led to more questions…and a second request made …and despite several attempts to acquire it…it is being stalled…

In the meantime…the biggest resignation took place on Monday evening…and fears of who is in charge…with grumblings of a return to the “old” VFD and all that entails are stirring in the background….and throughout the town….

Here is what came in the first report…

The VFD was $15 thousand dollars+ in the hole at the time the Vice Mayor was offering up a $5000 dollar donation to the Chamber…which was never discussed as he claimed at a VFD meeting…and makes it abundantly clear why…newly resigned Battalion Chief and interim Administrator Patrick Pointu…buried his head in his hands in Jarvis Hall that evening…several times…as stunned VFD contributors were also unhappy about the “grandstand” offer made by McIntee…after swallowing his “about face” on the Chamber’s location debacle which he instigated a few months prior…previous posts….

The profit & Loss report. 3/1/08-9/16/08….

Ordinary Income/Expense……(items in caps require further clarification)…

Income

500 Service Contract Revenues…..$83,754.00

501 LBTS Contract Revenue………..$83,754.00

Expense

700 Personnel Related Non Pay

704 Background Checks

704.1 Background Checks….$935.45

704.2 Drug test……$3230.00

Total 704…$4165.45

710 Personnel Related Non Pay

711 Administrative Pay….$16,820.00

713 Pension Contribution….-$21.00

714 Employee Benefit-non pension….$1961.00

715 Federal Income Tax…..$593.65

716 Social Security ….-$923.80

717 Medicare…..-$216.06

718 Workmans Comp….$316.67

720 DRILL INCENTIVE…..$16,252.50

721 TECH HOURS……$315.00

722 BEACH PATROL INCENTIVE….$200.00

723 IN HOUSE TRAINING INCENTIVE….$305.00

710 FIRE SUP PERSONNEL EXPENSE PAY-OTHER….$2,042.50

Total…..$37,645.86

730 Beach Rescue Service

733 Uniforms…$927.00

734 Equipment….$2,733.18

738 Supplies….$936.74

Total….$4,596.92

762 CONSULTING SERVICES….$292.50

800 Fire Service Expenses

801 Phone ….$946.47

802 Fuel…..$1,7235

804 Postage ….$84.00

805 Utilities….$884.30

807 Station Operation Expenses…$580.13

810 Equipment

810.1 Office…..$367.68

810.2 Fire Apparatus….$1,566.95

810.3 Computer…..$2,317.64

810.4 Radio Communications….$1,581.34

810.5 STATION

Total…..$8,253.70

811 Supplies

811.1 Office….$2,193.94

811.2 EMS ….$1,465.06

811.3 STATION…..$1,543.89

Total…..$5,202.89

812 Copy Machine….$663.53

814 Repair, Maintenance

814.1 Engine 12….$687.37

814.2 Engine 212….$729.00

814.5 Utility 12…..$914.60

814.8 STATION….$8,364.14

Total …$10,695.11

815 Uniforms

815.1 Bunker Gear….$13,570.81

815.2 Station Uniform….$4,985.52

815.3 Cleaning…..$242.00

Total….$18,798.33

816 Subscriptions….$611.00

817 Meals….$78.02

818 Insurance ….$723.25

819 Training

819.1 supplies….$2,466.38

819.2 CONTRACTOR…..$250.00

819.3 OTHER….$1,285.63

Total….$4,002.01

TOTAL 800 FIRE EXPENSES….$52,695.09

TOTAL EXPENSE….$99,395.82

Net Ordinary Income….-$15,641.82

Net Income…..-$15,641.82…

9/25/08 Commission approved….additional payment to VFD…for $12,800.00

LBTS VFD ROSTER SUMMARY

IN TOWN….39…

Firefighting…

not certified…13/FF1…11/FF2….15

EMS

not EMS….11/1st response…12/EMT-B…12/Paramedic…4

Note: municipal workers listed as 1st Responders…

Director of Development… Jeff Bowman…has no FF/no EMS/no CPR

Municipal Director….Don Prince…..FF1/no EMS/no CPR

other 1st Responders….

Salvatore Ferro…FF2/no EMS/no CPR

Just for Readers to know…

Jerry McIntee….First Responder….no EMS/CPR/FF1…cert.on 11/28/05…cert # 127669

Jim Silverstone…First Responder…cert.# F4016410/CPR/…FF1….cert. on 12/19/02….cert. # 112704

Chief Bob Perkins…First Responder…no EMS/CPR/FF1…..cert.on 2/1/06…cert. #128859

COMPARE TO….

Resigned Battalion Chief Pointu…

EMT-B (FL) ….EMT # 515312/EMT-B (NREMT)…cert.# B1768790/Paramedic (FL)/Paramedic (NREMT) …cert. #P8025342/CPR/BLS Instructor/AMLS (advanced medical life support)/PHTLS (pre hospital trauma life support)/ACLS (advanced cardiac life support)/Pals (pediatric advanced life support)

FF1/FF2/Pump Operator/Fire Officer 1/Fire Instructor 3/FireSafety Inspector1 & 2/ FireSafety Instructor (Broward County)/Fire Investigator 1

It was widely rumored that Pointu would take over as the VFD Fire Chief and Fire Inspector after the official change over..

A huge loss for the New VFD…and LBTS….

Also Ocean Rescue Coordinator Scot Fowler who was training the VFD Beach Patrol was Lifeguard certified…

according to the roster only one member is lifeguard certified…Daniel Alonso who joined June 2,2008 and not involved with Beach Patrol training….

It is reported McIntee is the Beach Patrol Training Officer…HMMM…….

OUT OF TOWN….41

Firefighting…

not certified….2/FF1…0/FF2….39

EMS

not EMS….3/1st response…1/ EMT-B….28/ Paramedic…..9

NOTE: listed …only 3 pump operators…only 1 is listed as a First Responder…(not known if in or out of town member)

TOTAL…80…Note: Battalion Chief resigned…additional changes to roster not received since 9/16/08….

ages…average 33.6/below 35…51/between 35 and….12/between 45 and….10/above 55….7

The first request…

LBTS -VFD
229 E Commercial Blvd.
LBTS, Fl 33308
To whom it may concern,
I am requesting information regarding LBTS-VFD
I am in need of the following…
LBTS-VFD…member certifications /what is required by the state/turnover and terminations
LBTS-VFD…. budget
what has been received from the Town of LBTS in 2008 and a full accounting of its disbursement/ balance at present time
What monies will be used to donate to the Chamber…per the Vice Mayor’s assertion at the 9/12/08 Commission meeting
How is the LBTS-VFD going to handle EMS assisted calls /using what personnel
What are the certification requirements for Fire Chief/ Fire inspector/ Training officers
How do state requirements differ for professional/volunteer Fire providers if at all
Thank you
Barbara Cole

The first e-mail response from Chief Perkins…
Dear Mrs. Cole

Thank you for your request for information. Below is in response.

*_Member certification:_*

In Florida, to be allowed to enter in the ‘hot zone’ of a fire scene, firefighters should have been certified by the State as Firefighter I or II.

However, there is no requirement to have these certifications to perform support activities on a fire scene, as long as the personnel are not entering the ‘hot zone’. For example in our department, these personnel are usually limited to connecting the hydrant, helping the driver/engineer and helping firefighters in the rehabilitation sector.

The difference between firefighter I and II certification is the ability for the firefighter to get hired in a career department. There is no operational limitation difference between both certifications. The firefighter I minimum training is 160 hours, the firefighter II minimum training is 360 hours.

In our department, the firefighter I class is expanded to 200 hours to add more practical training on the LBTS specificities (i.e high-rise).

First responder: Need to complete a 40 hours DoT approved course.

EMT: Need to complete a 245 hours training and pass a State written examination. To keep the certification a minimum amount of Credit Educational Unit should be completed yearly.

Paramedic: Need to complete an additional 1112 hours training and pass a State written examination. To keep the certification a minimum amount of Credit Educational Unit should be completed yearly.

For more information I would suggest that you refer to the State Fire Marshal website: http://www.fldfs.com/sfm/bfst/bfst_index.htm

*_Membership:_*

Our department has two types of membership: regular member and associate member.

Regular member should be living and/or working within three miles of the Town limits. They are required to participate to a minimum of two drills a month on a three month average. In addition, members will have to respond to a minimum of 20% of the calls on a three month average.

Associate members are living and/or working out of the three miles limit. They are required to participate to a minimum of two drills a month on a three month average. In addition, they have to perform a minimum monthly amount of hours of station watch. During station watch they are performing maintenance duty at the station or patrolling the beach and are available for calls. As of October 1^st the minimum monthly hours will be between 24 and 40 hours.

When members are not compliant with their monthly requirement, the monthly member’s meeting is sending a warning letter to the member to give them the opportunity to explain or correct the problem. The next month, if no proper explanation or corrections are made, the member will be terminated from membership.

Also, during their probationary period, new members can be terminated at any time by the Fire Chief.

*_Chamber of Commerce:_*

To our knowledge, no decision was made regarding donating money to the chamber of commerce. However, it was discussed and decided that, as the VFD as done for many years for the Town and the Marie White Christmas by the Sea, as this is planned to be part of the chambers event, we will gladly give manpower to install the tree and participate in anyway needed. There is a department meeting next month in which this is planned to be discussed further.

I would suggest you to contact Vice Mayor McIntee on statements made by him.

* EMS related questions:*

All EMS questions must be addressed to the medical director at AMR

* Certification requirements:*

Under the State of Florida there are no specific requirements for a volunteer fire chief or training officer. There are for fire inspectors which can be referenced at the Fire Marshals website mentioned above.

* Difference regarding State requirements professional and volunteer:*

Please see above website site for requested information.

*_Certifications, qualifications and financial records:_*

The documents you have requested are ready for pickup at the fire administration office, 229 Commercial blvd. You will be asked a $2 copy fee.

Sincerely,

Robert Perkins, Chief

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Volunteer Fire Dept.

The second request….

Chief Perkins;
Thank you for the information I asked for, I require further information….
A request for:
1. the designations of your membership, who are the Chiefs, Officers for training etc… Lieutenants …. administrators…their experience/ qualifications…what are they paid yearly/hourly/benefits
2. which members receives retirement…pension? When does eligibility start?
3. What are in-house/ drill/ beach training incentives for and who receives them?
4. Tech hours…who is tech person/pay/rate
5. #710 other pers. exp. pay…what and who?
6. Does the Town pay for the Commercial storefront…rent/utilities/operating costs and will they continue after installed in Public safety complex?
7.Why is Scot Fowler no longer with the VFD?
8. Who took his place?
9. Who is training the Ocean Rescue volunteers? Do they have lifeguard qualifications?
I await your response Paperwork can either be picked up or e-mailed or faxed with copy cost sent to you.
Barbara Cole
Please let me know you received this 2nd request…Thanks…

If and when the second response is received it will be posted….

BCbythesea…oversight is required…now!….

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