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|Schuylkill County Fire Police Association - PO Box 824, Pottsville, PA 17901|
|NEXT MEETING |
|Volunteer Firefighter Vehicle Registration Waiver Proposal |
In a letter dated September 13, 2018 from Don Konkle Executive Director PFESI
Rep. Mark M.Gillen plans to introduce legislation which would waive the Driver Vehicle Registration fee for active Volunteer Firefighters. Currently, there are less than 50,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania risking their lives. Many of these men and women use their own personal cars to respond to calls. As a small act of gratitude, they should not have to pay for their annual vehicle registration. In order to qualify, a chief or supervisor would have to sign the application form, stating that the firefighter is an active volunteer, in good standing."
Hazmat Awareness Refresher Class
A Hazmat Awareness Refresher Class will be held on Sunday,November 11th, 2:15PM at Mt. Carbon Fire Company. Immediately following will be the bi-monthly meeting of the Schuylkill County Fire Police Association. No need to preregister for this class.
Fire Police Certification
At this time PA does not offer Certifications for Fire Police through the PA Fire Academy. NFPA 1091 would be the standard used for Fire Police Certification.
Legislation introduced to Extend Fire Police Benefits
During National Police Week, Toomey & Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Extend Fire Police Benefits May 15, 2018 - by MyChesCo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Peace Officers Memorial Day, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Fire Police Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation to extend public safety officer death benefits to fire police. Fire police officers provide unique and varying emergency response services in several states, including Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Because there is no uniform national designation for fire police, many of these public servants face additional hurdles in accessing benefits that other public safety officers receive. Companion legislation is led in the House of Representative by U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.).
“Fire police ensure that firefighters, police, and medics are able to respond to emergencies unimpeded and also play a critical role in supporting community events,” said Senator Toomey. “We should provide fire police the same benefits we provide to other first responders who are killed in the line of duty.”
“Fire police officers injured in the line of duty deserve access to the same benefits afforded to any other public safety officer,” said Senator Blumenthal. “This bill would provide fairness and recognition to fire police-ending the arbitrary barriers they and their families now face in securing death and disability benefits. On Peace Officers Memorial Day, we owe a debt of gratitude to all who have lost and risked their lives to protect ours.”
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), which represents volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel, supports the legislation.
“The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) strongly supports the Fire Police Fairness Act,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Fire police officers perform a vital public safety function, carrying out traffic incident management duties at emergency scenes. In those rare, unfortunate instances in which fire police officers are killed or become permanently disabled as a result of an injury suffered in the line of duty, they should be eligible for the same benefits as any other public safety officer.”
Police: PA Driver Drove over Fire Hose - Sunbury police are investigating a passing motorist who they say failed to listen to fire police commands and drove over a fire hose. October 9, 2018 The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA, Francis Scarcella
City officers are investigating a passing motorist who they say failed to listen to fire police commands and drove over a fire hose. Officer Brad Slack said firefighters wereattempting to connect a fire hose to battle a blaze at 917 Edison Ave. on Monday afternoon that left a family homeless and a motorist was instructed to stop but did not.
The incident occurred at the fire hydrant on Edison and Packer Street, Sunbury Fire Chief Paul Brown said. "It delays the time for us to resupply the engine with water," Brown said. "I hope people would stay away from these emergency scenes." Brown said he is unsure of what damages were done to the fire hose. "We are looking into this and we can't tolerate it," Slack said. Officer in Charge Brad Hare said he was made aware of the incident and wanted to warn drivers. "We need to be respectful of the situations and let our emergency responders do their jobs," Hare said. "This incident is under investigation." Hare said the fines can be up to $300.
Mayor Kurt Karlovich said this is not the first time he heard of an incident where motorists did not follow commands from emergency responders. "This will absolutely not be tolerated," Karlovich said.
Local Level Fire Police Classes
The PA Fire Academy offers the following classes for Fire Police. These classes can be scheduled thru the Schuylkill County Fire School by visiting their website: www.schcountytrainingacademy.com/
CPFP - Communications & P.R. For Fire Police
Pennsylvania is beginning to play catch up to our neighbor states as it relates to Traffic Incident Management. If you access Facebook please look at PennTIME and join the group. Good things are beginning in PA.
Radios Still Available
Pat Fatula reported that he still has both portable and mobile radios available for members of this Association. Any Fire Police Captain in need of radios please contact Pat @ 570-527-2934.
State Reporting Requirements
Questions were posed to the State Fire Commissioner's office regarding Fire Police and the reports submitted to the state by Fire Companies. Kraig Herman of the State Fire Commissioner's Office responded:
1. Fire Police are considered Firefighter's and are to be included in all reports submitted by the Fire Company.
Pennsylvania Fire Police Association Increase Benefits
The Pennsylvania Fire Police Association has agreed to provide a free $3,000.00 accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy at no cost to you or the association. You will get a letter on Association letterhead from American Income Life Insurance Company. Enclosed with the letter is a card which you are to fill out listing your beneficiaries. It is not necessary to fill out the card to get the free insurance. If you do fill out the card and turn it in, you will receive a call from the insurance company asking if you want additional insurance. If you answer "no" there should be no further contact. If you do not fill out the card and turn it in, the beneficiaries on your Association documents will be the listed beneficiaries. Those who have had the visit by the insurance representative have had a good experience. No pressure. This insurance is in addition to the other insurance allredy offered by the Association - the $35.00 or $300.00 life insurance that comes with the $6.00 membership or the additional $10,000 AD&D insurance provided by the separate additional payment of $4.00 per year
Accidental Death and Dismemberment - Benefit $3,000.00
Health Services Discount Card - provides household discounts up to 60% on Prescriptions, Vision Care/Products, Hearing Care, Chiropractic Care, Optional discount dental is available.
Child Safe Kits - Kits help you gather vital data, photos and fingerprints from your children and grandchildren so they are ready for authorities in the event of an emergency.
If you have not joined yet please contact our county Financial Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-366-2473 for membership forms. If you are already a member you will be receiving a letter in the mail from the State Association.
TRAIN PA The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy now offers "Hazardous Materials Awareness" as an online course. To access this free course and other courses being offered sign up at www.train.org/pa.
RESPONDER SAFETY has 31 different FREE on-line training programs for first responders who provide traffic control. Each one requires the successfull completion of a short test. A certificate is issued for each module. If you are new to their web site you will need to register to take the training. To access this site see the "Links" section on the left of this web page. Here is a listing of the courses available:
(1) Advance Warning
NATIONAL TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT RESPONDER TRAINING This web-based course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable, and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders from all TIM responder disciplines will learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively. This training covers many TIM recommended procedures and techniques, including: • TIM Fundamentals and Terminology • Notification and Scene Size-Up • Safe Vehicle Positioning • Scene Safety • Command Responsibilities • Traffic Management • Special Circumstances • Clearance and Termination. This training is brought to you by the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). To access the training Google NHI and follow the prompts to enroll. Its' free!
If you know of a member of your fire department, or Fire Police Organization, you would like prayers said for, or to have a get-well or sympathy card sent, let me know of your request. All requests are kept confidential, or can be lifted up during our monthly meetings. Details are not necessary - just a name and the nature of the prayer such as for healing; strength; guidance. Send your request to the "Chaplain" through the Contact box at the bottom of this page.
Thought for the Day: One of the craziest miracles and stories in the Bible tells of a "talking donkey" and his master, a prophet named Balaam, who is going to Moab because he has been offered an honorarium to curse the Israelites. (Numbers 22:22-34) On his way, an angel of the Lord gets in the way. Balaam doesn't see the angel, but his donkey does. Three times the donkey saves Balaam's life by stopping, but Balaam is infuriated at this "dumb donkey" and he beats the donkey repeatedly. That's when God opens the donkey's mouth and it says to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?" Balaam's response to the donkey that saved his life three times? "You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now!!" The donkey responds by saying "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you!" The most respected prophet had no comeback, his only response was "No" and he probably mumbled it. Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes to see the angel of the Lord, and he tells Balaam "The donkey saw me and turned away from me these 3 times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared the donkey."
As we know, sometimes people, like Balaam get "ticked off" when we can't get to where we want to go. We hate detours! They are confusing. But the divine detours often get us where God wants us to go. The real miracle in this story isn't the talking donkey; the real miracle is a God who loves us enough to get in the way when we're going the wrong way. These are the miracles we don't want, but these are the miracles we need.
This is something to think about the next time you are directing traffic, and you are called a "dumb donkey" (or worse). Think of yourself as that angel. Protecting those drivers from a worse fate that could await them if they continued on the way they wanted to go.
|FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR LINE OF DUTY DEATH AND DISABILITY|
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits for a firefighter line of duty death as of 2012 was $328,612.73.
The PSOB program also provides a benefit to firefighters who have been permanentl and totally disabled by a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty.
The PSOB also provides for eduactional assistance for spouses and children of firefighters killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
|PENNSYLVANIA BENEFITS FOR LINE OF DUTY DEATH AND DISABILITY|
Pennsylvania Act 101 provides for a one time payment of death benefits to the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents of firefighters. In 2014 this is set for $123,227.64.
Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Benefits provides for assistance with burial expenses and continuance of a portion of the deceased's wages to a surviving spouse and/or children.
Pennsylvania Higher Educational Assistance Agency may fully pay tuition benefits to the children of a firefighters killed in line of duty.
| EQUIPMENT EVERY FIRE POLICE OFFICER NEEDS|
Official Hat - This can be any hat your fire department deems to be the official hat, but it is strongly recommended to use either a firefighter helmet or an eight point or round police type hat. Remember you are a fire police officer and either of these hats are instantly recognizable as either fire or police.
All of the above items can be purchased thru your Firemen's Relief Association.
FIRE POLICE SAFETY
When you start work at an emergency scene, evaluate the scene for hazards. Look for blind corners, how heavy the traffic is, and how fast it flows. Note the weather, temperature, and visibility and how they will affect the work that you are doing and how motorists will respond. Plan out your work site layout including the staging area, buffer area, transition area, and work area. Determine, based on the road type and the typical vehicle speeds, how many advanced warning signs you will need and how long the buffer area and tapers need to be.
Use at least one warning sign before the emergency scene begins to inform motorists that they are approaching an area where emergency responders may be in the road. You may need more signs depending on sight distance along the road. Use a tapered line of cones to establish and separate the work area and redirect traffic away from workers. Use clean, unbroken, and highly visible safety cones to outline traffic lanes. Inspect all signs, signals, and lights to make sure they are working properly.
Make youself visible to the motorists passing by wearing warning garments such as vests, jackets, shirts or pants in orange, strong yellow-green, or fluorescent colors. In rainy weather, wear orange, strong yellow-green, or yellow rainwear. During hours of darkness, your warning garments should be retroreflective, meaning that light shined on the clothing from a headlight or a work light will reflect back toward the driver or user to increase visibility. The retroreflective material should be visible from at least 1,000 feet.
|SCHUYLKILL COUNTY FIRE POLICE ASSOCIATION - PO BOX 824, POTTSVILLE, PA 17901|
P.O. Box 824 Pottsville, PA 17901