Illinois Fire Commission discusses Certification Committee applications
At a recent meeting, the State Fire Marshal's Illinois Fire Advisory Commission discussed State Certification Advisory Committee applications.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal improves public safety by increasing awareness about fire hazards, public safety codes and fire prevention, while enhancing firefighting and emergency-response capabilities for local communities.
Below are the minutes from this meeting, as provided by the commission.
FIRE ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING Thursday, June 2nd 2016 IL Fire Service Institute 11 Gerty Drive, Champaign, IL 1:00 p.m.
Attendees: Pat Devaney, Associated Firefighters of Illinois Robert Bettenhausen, VCOS Michael Dillon, IL Assoc. of Fire Prot. Districts Jim Kreher, IL Fire Chiefs Assoc. Joe Holomy, Effingham FD Jim Plunket, IL Fire Inspectors Assoc. Royal Mortenson, IL Fire Service Institute Terry Cox, IL Professional Firefighters Assoc. Michael Schmitt, IL Fire Inspectors Assoc. Brian Brauer, IL Fire Service Institute Robert Morris, IL Fire Inspectors Assoc. Phil Zaleski, IL Fire Safety Alliance Rodger Stancliff, Volunteer Firefighter Mike Toika, IL Fire Inspectors Assoc. John Swan, IL Firefighter Assoc. Brian Thompson, IL Society of Fire Service Instructors Christopher Ware, MABAS Mike Mavrogeorge, IL Fire Service Association Matt Perez, OSFM Greg Hay, OSFM Les Albert, OSFM Kevin Schott, OSFM Terry Ford, OSFM Mitzi Woodson, OSFM Alix Armstead, OSFM Robin Sudduth, OSFM Andrea Leonard, OSFM Brett Kunkel, IL Assoc. of Fire Prot. Districts
I. The meeting was called to order by Chairman J. Holomy at 1:00 p.m.
II. Roll call was taken and a quorum met.
III. A motion was made by J. Holomy, seconded by C. Ware to approve the minutes of the
March meeting. A voice vote was held and all approved. Motion passed.
IV. Old Business:
A. New Members: Christopher Ware
Introduction from new member Christopher Ware representing Waynesville Fire Protection District, as well as DeWitt County, in Clinton, IL. He is the Assistant Fire Chief of Waynesville and was recently appointed by the Governor’s Office. He also is a former police officer.
B. Blue Ribbon Report
J. Swan stated that he wanted to start a taskforce soon to discuss concerns and meet objectives before the Summit. He mentioned creating a “white paper”, as well as legislative issues (such as budget and losing Rep Donald Moffitt, co-chair of the Fire Caucus). He suggested IFA should take the lead and would discuss the topics in Peoria. J. Swan said he would make sure to send out materials ahead of the meeting to ensure attendees would be versed on issues relating to the report. Key participants will discuss
the matters at a meeting on Friday, June 24th in Peoria, IL. An exact meeting location is yet to be determined.
C. Other Old Business
Les Albert stated that he is still accepting applications for the State Certification Advisory Committee members. He requested that completed applications be emailed to him. He also thanked the members whom have already sent completed applications.
V. New business:
A. Actions taken by NFPA- B. Brauer
B. Brauer presented a PowerPoint presentation regarding actions that have been taken at the May 2016 NFPA TCC Pro Qual Standards Meeting. He explained the standards development process and the different phases that the council issues. He highlighted NFPA 1001 (Firefighter). B. Brauer noted that comments close on 11/17/16. He again requested that members review all documents and coordinate comments with their respective agencies. He emphasized that there is plenty of time to influence not only the content, but also the structure of the document with thoughtful comments. He went on to say that this will have the biggest impact on almost every organization.
V. Public comments:
No comments were presented
VII. Motion to adjourn made by J. Holomy, seconded by C. Ware.
Meeting adjourned at 1:43 PM.