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silence all electronic devices. fire commission regular meeting wednesday, october 10, and the time is 9:01. item one, roll call. [ro
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[roll call] >> item 2, general public comment. members of the public may address the commission for up to three matters on any item within the commissions jurisdiction and does not appear on the agenda. speakers shall address their remarks to the commission as a whole and not to individual department members or personnel. the lack of response by commissioners or the deputy personnel does not necessarily agreement with or constitute support of statements made during public comment. >>commissioner cleaveland: is there any public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. >>clerk: seeing none, approval of the minutes. discussion and possible action to approve the meeting minutes of our special meeting retreat on september 25, 2018 and regular meeting on september 26,
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2018. >>commissioner cleaveland: is there any public comment on those two sets of minutes? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, what is your pleasure? [inaudible] >>commissioner cleaveland: i have a couple of changes in the minutes of the september 25, madam secretary. >>clerk: are they substantive? >>commissioner cleaveland: cleavela>>commissioner cleavela they're basically changes in words. bottom of page 5, where it says
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commissioner cleaveland. on item 6, where it said dr. hines thought the discussion was engaging, i would change it to forward thinking and engaging. five from the bottom, where it says aggressive, i think you mean agrees. and on page 4, where it says adrian simms, and it says i.s.s., i think it would be is. >> commissioner hayes-white: i think if you remove the word "and."
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>>commissioner cleaveland: okay. so -- good morning. >> good morning. >>commissioner cleaveland: under the housing policy item, item 8, on page 5, about halfway down, you have gouing, and it should be going. the last item, the chief states hayes enhancements they come up with, are, they had the word are -- >>clerk: i'm sorry. where are you? >>commissioner cleaveland: on page 5, where it says chief stated in his opinion that the enhancements that they have come up with are, the buildings, make that plural, safer after the fact than, i would say, they
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were before. and finally, on page 6, under my comments, on the acela program, which is a multimillion dollar software package the city has been planning for years, and is a software permit package. commissioner covington is here. commissioner, did you have any addition to the minutes, especially to the september 25, 2018 special retreat? >> commissioner covington: no, mr. president. >>commissioner cleaveland: okay. with those changes, we have a first and a second. all in favor of adopting with those changes? [voting] >>commissioner cleaveland: it is unanimous. thank you. >>clerk: item 4, presentation from the asian firefighters
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association. >>commissioner cleaveland: good morning. >> good morning, commissioners, chief joanne hayes-white, command staff, and all the brass here this morning, my name is john choi, and i am president of the asian firefighters president in the city. i am a firefighter at station one, rescue one. this is my 25th year in the fire department, and it's been a good 25 years, great 25 years. let me introduce our executive boards, vice president keith onishi. director jonathan honda, who is a firefighter-paramedic at engine 33. the rest of my board includes
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treasurer rick hui, station nine, secretary kataki at station nine, brandon tom at 9 engine, and mary shea from fire prevention. the a.f.a. is an employee group of the sffd. we're firefighters who want to be positive representatives of and for the asian american community. our mission is to create and maintain equality of opportunity for asians and other minorities within the fire service throughout the city. we strife to be involved in constructive efforts and programs to maintain equitiable hiring and promotional practices. we're dedicated, along with other nonprofit organizations, to improve the quality of life for the minority members of the
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city. back in the day when i was 24, i would go to the cherry blossom festival here in chinatown. at the street fair, the a.f.a. had a recruiting booth, okay? so during this time, the department was under a federal mandate to diversefy its ranks. it focused on hiring minorities and women, and i'm sure at this time, it helped fund this booth. excuse me. so that day, the seed was planted, in my mind, that yes, this is an opportunity for myself as a way to make a living, quite honestly. it was refreshing to see what an asian american firefighter looked like in their uniform
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'cause quite frankly at that time, there weren't a whole lot. it was exciting to learn about a rewarding career option. so presently, we no longer have the consent decree, but it's always been my belief personally that the department should reflect the diversity of the city that it serves as much as it possibly can. to that end, the a.f.a. continues toet setup recruitin and fire safety booths at community events. you can find us at the pistahan festival, yerba buena gardens, and at the cherry blossom festival every here. in partnership with c.o.r.e., we
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are able to tell the next generation about the challenges of becoming a san francisco firefighter. i believe having a good time while doing good. to me, that means getting out in the community, and being a presence. we march in the annual chinese new year's parade, we paddle for the gold in the dragon boat races, we helped carve turkeys and deliver meals for seniors at self-help for the elderly, and we even barbecue at kimochi events that benefit senior housing. outreach is a way of recruiting and a way of giving back, of having pride in our heritage. we are very luckily, not everyone can see they are fiercely proud of who they are and what they do. one event that we did was heros
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night at the oracle where the warriors played the oklahoma city thunder. along with united service women, we sold over 100 tickets to the game. and the warriors made a generous donation to the san francisco firefighter cancer prevention that night. it allowed us to invite some of our retired firefighters who lost their homes in the santa rosa fires, as well as a family who lost a member to cancer. a good time was had by all, and the warriors provided that much needed entertainment and escape. the a.f.a. has been around since the late 70's when there were just seven asian american firefighters. today we have in our association 415 members presently. besized recruiting in earnest,
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the a.f.a. has held lieutenant recruitment workshops: a well rounded firefighter is a key player on the team, so the a.f.a. wants to do its part in building the best fire department that represents and protects this great city. thank you very much. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, mr. choi. is there any public comment on mr. choi's presentation? seeing none, chief hayes-white? >> commissioner hayes-white: good morning. thank you, president cleaveland. i just wanted to personally acknowledge firefighter john choi for stepping up into the role as president of the asian firefighters association. since i've been with the department, they've always been an active part of our department. prior to president choi stepping up, and i believe president
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cleaveland would agree, there was a little bit of a lull. i know it's a lot to take on a leadership role with work schedules and our family life, as well. i know the vice president keith onishi, and honda, very valued members of our department. they do a great job for us as well as serving the community. thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, chief. commissioner hardeman? >> commissioner hardeman: thanks for your brief presentation and not bragging too much about yourself and firefighter onishi being at fire station one. having decades is amazing. i don't know how you do it. when commissioner nakajo went
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there that day, everything that could happen happened that day. it was extremely busy. there was a half-hour lull in the day, i think it was five minutes to 1:00 to 25 minutes after 1:00, and it was perfect, because we ate lunch. last meeting, we went over the problems of discrimination and in society in general, and in the case of asians, it would be at least to my to my knowledge, primarily chinese and japanese were the people that were restricted or couldn't have access to employment, so -- but -- i acknowledge that it happened, and there's nothing we can do about it except to move forward, and firefighter honda also on your board here. like to see all of you here. appreciate you coming, and
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appreciate you not dwelling on all the negatives that we could spend an hour talking about, i guess, and just talking about the positives. it was nice to see you in the cherry blossom festival, which is commissioner nakajo's favorite, i know that. i missed it the last couple of years. i'll have to get back on track. thank you for all the work you do, you did, and are doing. thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, commissioner hardeman. commissioner covington? >> commissioner covington: thank you, firefighter choi. could you go to the microphone, please? thank you for your presentation. i'm glad to hear more about the asian firefighters association. now, you don't have to be a firefighter in order to join, that is correct? -- is that correct? >> correct. we have members that are not in
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san francisco fire department. you might be a member of oakland firefighters or other -- >> commissioner covington: okay. that's how you get to 415. >> well, you can also have retired members. >> commissioner covington: well, that's a nice retired number, to see the success of the outreach in your community and all of these people joining. is the cancer prevention warriors game, is that an annual event? >> well, it all started, i'll say three years ago -- one, two -- maybe two seasons ago. at station one, we last our captain, dan armenta. dan had retired -- that was five years ago, and he died from cancer a year right after retiring. so we reached out, the warriors reached out, we made a little
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mini basketball tournament at oracle that was made in dan's honor, with richmond fire and alameda fire and san francisco. so that's all it got started, and we got fire recognition involved, and the warriors, and that's how it got started. >> commissioner covington: is it annual? >> we try to keep it annual. there's always trying to find the right date, getting enough people involved to purchase tickets, etc. >> commissioner covington: wonderful. i think it's wonderful to have it be a joint event with the women firefighters, so that, i think is an excellent idea to kplien forces. so you mentioned a -- combine
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forces. so you mentioned an exam. >> so what we do in our association is if you're a firefighter or lieutenant or captain or whatever, and you're taking a fire course, whether it's fire prevention or investigation or heavy rescue -- excuse me -- we'll subsidize a portion of that tuition that you pay for that class. >> commissioner covington: and is it a percentage of the -- of the fee or is it -- >> no, it's a set amount that we have capped for every member. >> commissioner covington: do you feel at liberty to say what that amount is? >> i believe it's $50. 50 or 100, one of those. the course generally runs around $300 for a class average. >> commissioner covington: very good. well, it serves as a form of recognition and encouragement, you know, so -- >> yeah.
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as an association, that's what we try to encourage. i mean, we're talking about the probationary firefighter on up where we try to have the mentor mentality, mentorship, and that goes for all our firefighters. you don't have to be an asian firefighters. for example, we have five probies at our station. to not let anyone fall through the cracks, we try to take them aside and train them up on hey, this is what we do, this is how we do it. that's what our goal is, as far as associations, to try to build each other up because on a fire ground, you count on each other to perform certain tasks because we work as a team to hit gate the hazards, so that's what we'd -- mitigate the hazards, so
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that's what we'd encourage. >> >> commissioner covington: well, i attended a number of events that have been sponsored by the asian firefighters, and i've always had a wonderful time and appreciated meeting so many members of the department. i appreciate your leadership in that. and i also appreciate you mentioning the consent decree, because without acknowledgement of the consent decree leading to this wonderful department that we now have, we run the risk of going backwards, so thank you very much. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, commissioner covington. vice president nakajo. >> commissioner nakajo: thank you very much, mr. president. firefighter choi, 25 years in the department. i particularly appreciate yourself and the board members here who are to come and do this presentation, particularly after i had an opportunity to go to your general meeting and ask
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a.f.a. to come and do a presentation. at this particular time, could i ask the other board members to join firefighter choi, since you're here. one of the things that was an advantage is being able to the presence -- when we had the african american firefighters, we had their board members, but also, one of the things that we -- that i forgot to do was basically ask them to comment since they were here, so i kind of regret that because we have opportunities to do that. so at some point, firefighter-paramedic honda and firefighter onishi, i'm going to ask you to comment about this a.f.a. and presentation. i myself after the a.f.a., followed the black firefighters, the mention of the women's, the
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mention of the veterans. for me as a commissioner, it gives us a full circle of the organizations in this contemperary format. i particularly enjoyed your presentation this morning because you went through your history, the consent decree, you went through your perspective when you were a firefighter, and you laid a lot of your experience and perspective. so in terms of myself, if this commission needed to hear where the leadership and perspective of a.f.w. was going and the mentorship with it, you did a good job with that, and the transition of membership, as well. i think it's important for organizations, particularly your organization like a.f.a., how you tie into the cancer funds and the cancer program and how we integrate our employee
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organizations. my concern as a commissioner was in the ranks, we have the privilege of having chief sotto within the ranks, but within that, we always want to have the representation that we talk about. well, for myself as a commissioner, it's important hear as a firefighter that they're encouraging people to take the exams to be a part of the ranks in it. i just want to thank you for that and the consent decree that commissioner covington talked about as well as commissioner hardeman, but also the positives in terms of the construction. i think it's a little bit harder to do that, as well. at this point, i'm going to stop and ask firefighter onishi or firefighter honda where do you
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think you'll be going or where do you think you'll be at in the future, because i want to see that representation on the board. >> thank you, commissioner nakajo. just real quick, just to sort of surmise and ride the cole tails of -- coat tails of what president choi was saying, i had the presentatiivilege of workin norm kaba. he was extremely supportive and extremely optimistic of having me come over to the suppression side which happened about six years ago, so to me, the a.f.a. has been a critical role in getting me to where i am now, and i would just like to continue in kind to show that -- continue that mentorship process to say there is a flow path for people. if you work here, you can work your way up, you can get to
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where i am because of what the a.f.a. did for me which is why i'm here as a director. >> commissioner nakajo: okay. firefighter, you want to talk about -- you were one of the original firefighter members. when i go a.f.a., i see a lot of the old membership, which is really rewarding to me, so again, you're going through a transition. i kind of want to hear how your thinking is within that stablization of the a.f.a. and the future. >> we are in a big transition of the half of the department has five years or less left. what we're trying to do is get people involved with the department. it's not just a job, it's a family. we want everyone to go out there and volunteer and be in the community, but it's a new generation. we're trying to encourage these young kids go out there and be involved. it is a great job. i'm involved with the toy program, the cancer prevention, the a.f.a. it is a great job, but there's other things to the job besides going to work. it's being involved, so that's
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what we're trying to do with our new people. >> commissioner nakajo: okay. i needed to hear that statement. i think the members of the audience needed to hear that statement in terms of how your organizations go beyond. when i hear you and john choi talk, i hear experience talking to me. how many years in the department, firefighter onishi? >> 26. >> and you are in station one, as well? >> yes. >> commissioner nakajo: and where are you, firefighter honda? >> station three. >> commissioner nakajo: okay. i'm going to be looking forward to working together in the future, and i'm going to support any terms of a.f.a. thank you, mr. president. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, mr. vice president. i just had a couple of questions. thank you for your leadership of this organization. just a couple of questions of you, firefighter choi.
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does the a.f.a. work closely with the black firefighters association in terms of the youth academy, so do you guys go out there to recruit and join the youth academy? >> no, commissioner cleaveland, we actually do not work with the b.f.a. as far as their youth academy. i have to commend the b.f.a., that's quite an undertaking to have that academy. what we've always been about has been recruiting, not so much hands-on academy type deal. we try to steer people towards city college, we try to steer people to the reserves. and our -- i don't know. i'd say it's really grass roots. it's pretty much like hey, we're meeting someone, my name's john.
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i'm a firefighter. what do you want to do? you want to be a firefighter? you've got to do this, a, and b. we had an outreach in chinatown that was at the chinese center gym thast last year, the career information session, and i -- that was last year, the career information session. so that's the extent of our involvement with recruiting. >>commissioner cleaveland: so who would be the liaison between the two organizations, between the a.f.a. and the b.f.a.? >> i've actually spoken with the president, sherman tillman, a couple of times. he's actually reached out to me in the past. >>commissioner cleaveland: it's another pipeline for a kids' future, so i would encourage the
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a.f.a. to work with the b.f.a. they start off with the youth academy, and they stand before us like you, veterans of the department. when we have those community events, you can have a table there. you can certainly have information about your organization, so when people applied to join the fire department, they'll have an affinity. i have a question. how are you funded and what is your budget? >> our dues are $10 a month, so it's very -- >>commissioner cleaveland: $10 a month, you said? >> yeah. very low membership dues, so quite honestly, our fund raising, we -- we will do a --
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we haven't this year. at cherry blossom, we normally have our rib booth. we ran into some things with insurance, health insurance for the fair. we didn't do that this year, but we hope to continue to do that next year. yeah. it's not a big budget, quite honestly. >>commissioner cleaveland: would you say 100,000? >> no, less. way less. you know, we all volunteer our time. i've been a president for the association probably 15 years ago, and i took a little break from it all, but we get enough core members that want to do good and want to be out there. it's typical of any group. it's the same people doing the same things. >>commissioner cleaveland: so you organized as a 501(c) 3?
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how are you organized? >> i'm not sure which, but we are a nonprofit organization. >>commissioner cleaveland: good deal. thanks so much for your presentation. >> thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: madam secretary, would you please call item 5. >> item 5, report of the department. report from department chief, joanne hayes-white on happening and events within the department including budget, academies, special events, communications and outreach to other government agencies and the public, and report from operations, mark -- chief mark gonzales, on overall field prass including greater alarm fires, emergency medical services, bureau of fire prevention and investigation and airport prevention. >>commissioner cleaveland: good morning, chief. >> commissioner hayes-white: good morning again, president cleaveland, members of the
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commission. this is my report since our last meeting of september 25. regarding the budget, we are finalizing the close out of the last fiscal year. everything looks good, and for this fiscal year, we are on track just finalizing or finishing up our -- the end of the first quarter. related to academies and d.o.t. activities, we just recently promoted or elevated 21 h-3 level one e.m.t.'s that had paramedic licenses to become h-3 level two. in addition to h-2 firefighters that had paramedic licenses were part of that bump up academy that became fully cross trained within our department to ascend to h-3 level three firefighter paramedics. d.o.t. has officers training planned for officers that have been in their position for three
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years, i believe, or less. that officers' training is a very healthy curriculum. it's a lot of work for the division of training. it'll be an excellent curriculum, and we can provide you with that information if you're interested in coming out. i anticipate going out four the next five days of next week to welcome the academy. it's this -- the way that it'll work is that they deliver by weeks, and the academy will run monday through friday with the same curriculum over the first -- you know, the actual week. so i believe it's four weeks, four weeks total, so week one, two, three, four will be delivered consecutively to catch everyone that we want to have go through that training. we are on track to hire 24 new employees, h-1 level three employees. it's a six week academy. they'll begin october 22, and
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we'll have them graduate before the end of the year, before the holidays, which is good. we also have planned for 125 academy, 54 members, 24 off the list, and the list was adopted on september 10 for those that have taken the test through july 28. there are 2,075 eligibles on that list, and 42 coming from the e.m.s. division, station 49. with regards to activity since the last meeting, i did want to say thank you very much to the members of our department that do great work each and every day, but particularly for fleet week, there was a lot of activities last week. in addition to complefleet weeke was the italian heritage parade, and a lot went into a successful fleet week. the city experienced high volume of folks in the city, residents
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and visitors, and it was a very safe weekend. i'd like to point out all divisions really stepped up to accommodate fleet week. i would like to acknowledge homeland security division stand chief michael cochran as well as an andy zanoff. division of training hosted approximately 70 combination of department personnel, marines, and neighborhood personnel. chief ali stepped up and assisted with using a boat for fleet week activities and as well, covering all the divisions, including support services and prevention. it was just generally a busy week, and again, the command staff did a great job, but particular thanks to chief cochran and chief zanoff. somebody told me that they spent
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11 consecutive days together, and so it's a great partnership. so on the 27th, i attended a fleet week citywide meeting, and then was participant in a press conference related to the upcoming fleet week. and then, later that day, i attended a healthy streets policy group meeting, which we attend typically every two weeks. on 9-29, september 29, he'll have more energy than i will since he's fresh off vacation, and i'm getting over a little virus, he stayed in the city to covering it, but i'd like to acknowledge deputy chief nicholson traveling up to sacramento to attend on the 22nd of september a beautiful ceremony where firefighter perry troy and terry smernell were
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part of a memory right laial ce names were affixed to the memorial wall in sacramento. if you haven't been to that on the grounds of the capitol in sacramento, i encourage you to go. on the 27th, i participated in an update on easter project, specifically, stations five and 16 which are nearing completion. both have some delays, but we're staying on top of things and will be reporting little more -- in a little more detail with deputy chief nicholson's report on the meeting of the 24th. we also got an update on the ambulance deployment facility, and i know president cleaveland, you and i have spoken, and if we can squeeze it in at some point, d.p.w. would love to give an
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overview, particularly any updates related to the easter project. on october 2, i participated -- i just have one copy. i'll slip it down to commissioner hardeman, if you want to take a look at it. first time i've done it. i was asked to participate with some other colleagues in a firefighter preventing bullying and behavior webinar. i was one of the first to be one of the instructors in the webinar. i believe there was several hundred that participated, so it was good staff, pretty well received, and i'm happy to participate in that. later on that day, i participated with a press conference with mayor breed with street behaviors and cleanliness of our streets. on october 3, our very own assistant chief michael cochran
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received an award at the i.i.i. society for his service to the city and his many years in fire service, so congratulations to assistant deputy chief cochran. on the 4th of october, we attended the senior leadership seminar as part of fleet week. and let's see...later that night, i received an award on behalf of the san francisco fire department from the st. vincent de-paul society, which is a great organization, they do a lot of work around homelessness, poverty, and domestic violence, and many of us attended, and it was a good night, so thank you to everyone that supported me that night and for your work in the department. on the 5th, i was able to attend the fleet week parade of ships,
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and on the 7th, there was the italian heritage parade, which was a lot of fun. i know specifically, commissioner alioto veronese, you were out on hyde street, i believe, so thank you for coming out for that. october 8, there was, again, a meeting on healthy streets intervention with the police department. i participated by phone. deputy assistant chief zanoff were in that meeting yesterday. i had a staff meeting, and there was a nert drill coming up on the 20th of the month, which i can provide detail. i think invitations have been sent out. at the beginning of fleet week, i had the opportunity, it was a sunday -- previously, they're usually mondays and it's tough for me to get out on aymond. but since 2010, and it's a great partnership, fleet week, with the military. as you know, fleet week began under the leadership of then
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mayor dianne feinstein and it has grown, and we really do a lot of great work with them to have our members going on the ship. this year, there was some ship board firefighters drills and then to have our division of training staff training some of the military personnel on structural collapse, confined space, and so forth, very rewarding. one of the opportunities that i availed myself of this time, and we've had the opportunity for about eight years, but i've always sent someone from the department because it's kind of a nice give to someone that works really hard, and this year, i figured i'd go myself because it was on a sunday, but it was an incredible experience, and i was with the new director of emergency management, and pete walsh. we had the opportunity to go in a naval helicopter, early morning, about 7:00 a.m.
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we left from the significant airways field -- signature airways field at s.f.o., and we handed on the ship, and then took it under the golden gate bridge, where we had a great fireboat display. really, it was an opportunity to build relationships. we had about a three-hour period of time on the ship. fascinating, the level of technology and the level of capabilities of the ship in terms of two -- or i believe about four surgical suites, modern technology, 15 bed i.c.u., the firefighting capability. so it was a full day. it was about 6 already a.m. call -- 6:00 a.m. call to 2:00 p.m. so very rewarding. that concludes my report, and i'm happy to answer any
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questions you may have. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, chief. is there any public comment on the report? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioner comments? commissioner hardeman? >> commissioner hardeman: regarding security chief cochran, he's got a nice smile, nice guy. got a good reputation and everything, but when -- when you heard retired chief columbini describe him, quite a human being. i don't know if i know anybody that could describe him in the way that you are. chief columbini had you at the highest level, and i was very impressed with this luncheon that i was at. what started out as the israeli irish italian society now has all members in it.
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congratulations. that was a big deal. i think you impressed the whole room. i'm very impressed with you, with hearing those kind of words from somebody that works with you all those years. my son, nick, is the chief of staff for the senate pro tem of the california state senate, i never made it to the memorial, but he did attend. i went to the stupid giants-dodgers, game, and they lost as usual. if they would have won one of those three games, they would have knocked the dodgers out. but any way, i just wanted to say the state senate respected the fire department by having a representative there, and thanks for your report, chief.
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you're always busy, as every month, the same busy report. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, commissioner hardeman. commissioner veronese? >> commissioner veronese: chief cochran, i'm sorry. i miss this hed that i.i.i. lun. i usually attend those because it's a great event, and there are several hundred people that attend those events. the food is great, and the atmosphere is always the same. i'm sorry i missed that, but congratulations to you on that honor. chief, i had a question about fleet week. i -- i did, just by chance, walking from the italian heritage parade, all the way back home, pass by, i did run into chief zanoff and chief cochran, and it is funny they are sitting together now.
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because very hard working -- this is a very hard working group of people, and i met dozens and dozens of firefighters and paramedics along the route that ended up over by marina greens. this was an event where do you know how many people -- how many people the city swells to at its peak for this particular event? >> commissioner hayes-white: i don't. were there any estimates, chief? >> commissioner veronese: right, so over 1 million people. yeah. it would be great to get, like, a real estimate of what that was because we are a small department, and the amount of resources that were deployed that day, i imagine we were stretched thin. there were some moments throughout that day where there was almost constantly an -- a siren in the background, and so
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hats off to you and the deputy, and chief zanoff, especially with the e.m.s. division. they had a great job in making sure that the people stayed safe. there was a lot of drinking going on, a lot people hanging out on rooftops, which makes it even more particularly dangerous, so hats off to this department, to your department, chief, and the e.m.s. and chief cochran for pulling off a stellar performance. i appreciate all the people of this city and all the people in the bay area that come to participate that day, so great job. that's it for me, chief. i'll reserve my questions for the next report. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, commissioner veronese. vice president nakajo? >> commissioner nakajo: thank you very much. chief hayes-white, in terms of the next class, the 125, do you
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have a projection date of when you think that will start? >> latter part of january . just looking at my calendar. 28th, perhaps? 21 or 28 of january . not nailed down yet, but that's what we're planning for. >> commissioner nakajo: okay. and in terms of the process, what are we looking at in the next three months? what are you looking at in terms of your selection process? you go through a whole process in emergency room its of your entire means, you get through a selection process targeting the 28th? >> we do. we always have extra in case we need to fill in at the last minute, so those 15 will be advanced for medical examination refresher and barring anything unforeseen, they will be in the 125th academy, so that brings the numbers down.
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so we will continue to review what we have. we have a large pool, and we have surveys -- the ability for people to fill out surveys. we will be selecting people for additional background and possibly meet and greet in the coming months, this month and in november . >> commissioner nakajo: okay. so you anticipate this process to maybe be concluded before thanksgiving? >> hopefully right around then or first week of december. >> commissioner nakajo: okay. i'll wait for operation report before more comments, but i also wanted to acknowledge and congratulation our chief zanoff and chief cochran in terms of fleet week. i made mention of the dgay parade, as well. these events are tremendous in terms of size and fill. every time we have these events, i think all of us commissioners think about the process of how
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we operationally have to deal with it. this week was tremendous with the weather, as well. and congratulations to you, and to the members of the department, and congratulations to you, mr. cochran, for your nomination. thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, mr. vice president. commissioner covington? >> commissioner covington: thank you, mr. president. thank you for your report, chief hayes-white. i think it's always good to be represented by the legal team of cochran and zanoff. i think it's great. so as you know -- as you know, i love going to the briefings regarding the safety for -- for large events, and they've always welcomed me and been very permissive with my questions -- questions regarding what's going
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on. and congratulations to everyone else, as well. i know it's a huge event. it's just amazing that, you know, when the blues come to down, so does everyone else, and when you have strictly blue grass -- not strictly blue grass going on at the same time as, like, both ends of the city are occupied with thousands of people, so kudos to everyone. everything went well. i just wanted to ask you, chief, about this webinar. i've looked at all of the pages of the -- the various slides. it sounds wonderful. the can't we all just get along, how to stop bullying and promote positive fire house behavior, can you share with us some of the things that you suggested
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for that particular area? >> commissioner hayes-white: sure. so it is outlined in the only copy that i've given you, but generally, it was a discussion where people call in, and they -- they -- they do listening. in the last ten minutes, there are questions that come out, so it is a q&a. so basically, it was from four, including myself, chiefs. two are retired, and just talking about how things have changed culturally. that, you know, basically, the workforce is much more diverse than it used to be, not just a female-male diversity, but multiple cultures and to have some sensitivity to that, including the fact that it's not sort of a 9:00 to 5:00 job. as firefighter onishi said, at times, it's a family. sometimes things are said in families that aren't appropriate outside of families' walls, so
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we tried to put it out there that this is a closeknit group, but it is a workplace. >> commissioner covington: i was asking, were there any guidelines that you specifically pointed out? >> commissioner hayes-white: so again, i'm going out of memory. i presented slides 18, 19, 20, and 21. so thank you very much for my prompt. thank you. should have brought another copy. so i specifically presented -- we took about a quarter of the presentation each, and let's see...discussed the implementation of proper policies to have nothing -- to have everything transparent and so that people have clear guidelines and expectations, and if you move outside those --
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outside -- those expectations outside the boundaries, there will be consequences. when it come to see recruitment, we're probably one of the most diverse fire stations in the world. that's something i pointed out, that when you're looking to recruit, you want to have people that represent your department, but they're not just a homogenous group of people. i think when a girl sees someone operating a bump or praising a flag or that kind of thing, and to make sure all ranks are represented. establishing and publicizing clear promotional guidelines, which is what we've done since 2006, we've done regular promotions, making sure we encourage everyone to apply for promotions. and then, the other item that i touched on was preserving traditions worth preserving, that you know, our fire
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department, unlike -- like many others, is very rich in history and tradition. that's important. i know you helped, and were very supportive of our 150th celebration. there are some others that are worth holding onto, but there are some others that are no longer appropriate, so we had a discussion about that. and those are basically what i was tasked with doing. >> commissioner covington: thank you for that, chief. can you please readout the -- the webinar location on the net so we'll have it in the minutes and that way, anyone who wants to hear it can go to that site. >> commissioner hayes-white: certainly. so this is something that i was not paid for, and it is -- it is a good resource. there are others, so i just wanted to be mindful of not endorsing any one product. this one happened to be through a company called,
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and the presentation as well as the webinar will be up on that service, and it's for bullying. >> commissioner covington: thank you. >> commissioner hayes-white: thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, commissioner covington. i should say deputy chief of operations, mark gonzales, please come forward. >> good morning, president cleaveland, good morning, commissioners, chief, maureen, good morning. deputy chief mark gonzales. operations report for september, there were no greater alarms during this period, though we had many other incidents, our call volume actually went up. i'll mention several incidents, on september 3, three alarm.
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september 7, first alarm, 500 fillmore, six displaced, no injuries. september 10, cliff rescue, glenn canyon, adult male was stranded on a rock and rescued. september 6, john baxter wanted me to mention this because he was first on scene. a female adult was in the bay and rescued by fireboat three. she will recover. september 11, first alarm fire, 211 bayshore. no injuries or displaced. also on september 11, two alarm fire. september 13, a vault fire, folsom and superior, underground fault caught fire. we worked well with pg&e and sfpd. communicate with building staff during the incident. construction site was temporarily evacuated, as well. on september 19, another first alarm with displacements at 6365
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henry street, three-story type five. fire extinguished with no injuries. 11 adults, two children, one pet displaced. red cross notified, as well. on september 20, cliff rescue and bay rescue at aquatic park. crews located the victims and setup a rope rescue and water rescue. i'll show you a picture later in the appreciation of that rescue. also on september 23, s.f.o. had an incident where 70 miles offshore, u.s. coast guard helicopter brought some adults that were on a disabled boat, and they transported them to a hospital. that's also going to be on the presentation. on september 25, we assisted at the transbay overpass, i'm sure you've read about it, the cracked beams. we assisted multiple state agencies in creating a safety plan until they had it cordoned
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off and a safe perimeter to be out of the way. that's ongoing. some functions on september 8, we sent two of our k9s to hawaii for hurricane olivia. for hurricane michael, we have not gotten any requests as of yet, but that's obviously a devastating storm headed for florida. company drills this month, last month, some for forceable entry. on september 9, also the stair climbing event at 555 california street. special recognition to c.d. 3, who did a good job of running up the stairs. on september 8, off duty members and duty stations participated in the citywide cleanup, helping the community. it was great community involvement. on september 11, multiple 9/11
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remembrance events held throughout the department. [please stand by]