Public Safety Advisory Committee
Executive Committee, September 13, 2017
Meeting Minutes

 The Public Safety’s Advisory Committee’s Executive Committee met on September 13, 2017 at the Erie County Department of Public Safety (ECDOPS) building at 2880 Flower Road. The meeting was called to order at 1:02 PM by the Advisory Committee’s Chair, James Rosenbaum.

Member’s in Attendance: Matt Exley, Jim Carstater, Bill Hagerty, Kathy Fatica, Brian Mesaros, Charlie Heffner, Charles Ramsey, Jim Rosenbaum, Dale Robinson, Scott Heidt, Greg Baney Jr, Joe Walko, John Yatsko John Durlin and John Grappy.

Approval of Minutes: Minutes from the General Committee meeting held on 08/09/17 were approved with no corrections.

Public Safety and Subcommittee Reports:

Director’s Report – Dale Robinson

  • Act 12 regional funding application was submitted in July. The biggest projects requested were the regional CAD system and also the law record management system. PEMA will announce awards on October 31st.
    • Discussion about the raid and 9-1-1 fund being excluded from it.
    • Next Generation Radio Project Update
      • The remainder of subscriber units should be delivered by the end of this month.
      • Installation and program training is scheduled for October 10th through the 13th.
      • Deployment and installation will immediately follow that training.
      • Fleet mapping and talk groups are still being worked on.
      • Currently working on the ISSI with NY and OH.
      • RFP’s were released for tower steel, construction and shelters.
      • Microwave contract was approved by County Council.
      • Mobile Data System - they are currently defining the technical specifications in coverage and funding sources.
      • County EMS Plan – we will be meeting with EMMCO West and Plan Administrator to define how the information is reported.
      • A final draft was sent out for review for the county MCI Plan. Bill Hagerty states that his assistant is adding those changes they received at this time. Still no funding source at this time.
      • We had an internal review of the Rail Safety Plan. We will roll it out in draft form to the public shortly. Working with the LEPC in conjunction with an exercise on October 11th in Girard.
      • Working with the consultant who just sent me a copy of the draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. Once we are happy with it we will send it out to the municipalities for review.
      • Emergency Managements big project is the re-write of the county EOP.  Also, decided to add an Annex for Logistics.
        • Dale was asked to be on a committee for PEMA to develop planning templets for county EOP’s and municipal EOP’s.
        • Also started working on the training calendar for next year.

Communications Committee – Charlie Heffner

  • Some of the frequencies have been approved. Canada has objected to some frequencies.
  • Paging frequencies for the volunteer fire departments were not objected to.
  • Early release date for radios is mid-October.

Emergency Medical Services – Bill Hagerty

  • Already discussed MCI Plan in Director’s Report.

Fire Service’s Committee – Assistant Chief Joe Walko

  • No report.

Law Enforcement Committee – Chief Scott Heidt

  • No report.

Law and Legislative Committee – Jim Carstater

  • We submitted some information for The House Emergency Preparedness meeting held on 09/11/17.
  • We received the first work on the raid for the budget on September 6th. We were asked if we would respond to that and sent a note to all of the house delegation regarding the issue. It seems that our entire legislative delegation was in favor of exempting 911 and VLAP from the raid.
  • House bill 1770 was introduced yesterday and it is an act providing for regulation of home construction contracts and registration of home builders. Section 502 we took exception to because we are a couple generations behind where the building code should be. We sent some information to them questioning an amended clause.

New Business:

  • Discussion about source of funding to replace the equipment for the new radio system once it becomes obsolete. It has been suggested that agencies budget accordingly to replace subscriber units when needed.
    • Harborcreek Fire Department received an AFG Grant for just under $204,000.00. Director Grappy highly suggests that these agencies will start applying for grants to help offset subscriber replacement costs.
    • Discussion about a possible county technical water rescue team and the huge loss of volunteers for emergency responders in the county. Try to facilitate a meeting with the municipalities and boroughs to discuss this issue.

Good of the Order: Charlie Ramsey will be taking over for Rich Stebell as the LEPC representative on the PSAC; EF Johnson will be conducting user training closer to the cut over date. 

Adjourned: Meeting adjourned at 2:08 PM.


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