SAFER Monthly Meeting Minutes - February 2016


SAFER Meeting Minutes

February 19, 2016

SAFER Board Attendees:   President Fortman, Past President’s Duran and Dolan, Seely, Quinn, , Alvarado

Long Beach Fire Department


0930    Meeting called to order –  President Fortman Introduced B/C Paul Alvarado who welcomed SAFER and opened the meeting, led the flag salute and moment of silence to remember our fallen brothers and sisters in the fire, police and military. Thanks to LBFD for use of the facility and hospitality.

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  • Program: Annual Apparatus / Equipment Testing

LBFD Engineers Meiers and Shrout

B/C Alvarado introduced the presenters and gave a brief history of the agencies equipment testing program. The department developed a program to standardize all testing across the department, in nine days. Testing covers hose, ladders (including replacement of required labels), calibration of foam-pro systems, radios (reprogram TMAC), pumps, gauges, nozzles etc., all testing meets NFPA Standards. SCBA’s and all spare air bottles (using an outside contractor) to check for hydrostatic test dates. All outdated bottles are routinely “drilled” to remove them from any possibility of re-use. Anti-corrosion (Zinc Anodes) grates are changed and pumps / tanks are drained and flushed. Nozzles are checked and lubricated per manufacturers specifications. 32 Pumpers in LBFD fleet, 7 Truck Co’s.

*PowerPoint Presentation, Check Sheets and Test parameters available from presenters upon request.


  • Business Meeting:


SAFER is collecting annual dues to replenish our funds to support the Safety Mission. Go to online to sign up and pay dues. (Venders $100/Year)

Next Month: 18th of March North Las Vega : Cosmo Hotel Fire will be the presentation.

March 8th, 2016  at LBFD HQ – “Body Armor Prersentation”, Check website special presentation.

VP Wiese via text message: NFPA Rep: (Sick today), 1977 new 2016 is out with new requirements. SCAM is evolving.


  • Roundtable:

Jim Dolan LAFD Retired – Thanks to all attending.

Keith Gurrola - Santa Paula Fire – Santa Paula looking for proposals to provide fire protection services, possibly Ventura County.

Tony Duran; Past President, Interim Treasure- Has moved all accounts and mailing info.

Louie Garcia - Western States fire equipment – Related several products Western States is representing.

Michael Weisenberg– Ventura County - Camarillo Station – May 2oth SAFER – Full day symposium on UAV’s.

Robert Szczepanek- Ventura County; American LaFrance went out of business, will be going to Rosenbouer as their agency apparatus supplier.

Scott Quinn Capt II – LAFD : Drill tower class graduating, will have more classes starting. Asking to maintain a dialogue with CalOSHA on Heat Illness Prevention program. Has an accident investigation going after a fall from a training prop during construction.

Al Brewer LACoFD - Doing recruitment, 56 guys / class to fill some vacancies. Switching to new structure glove -“Dragon-Fire gloves”. AB 2146 advisory committee is looking to bring Cal law into NFPA 1851 Standard – Wearing SCBA during overhaul is one major issue.

Frank Orem - Qual-te l- introduced drone expert / business partner. Explained possible uses of this technology for fire / rescue scenarios.

Terry Parisher CEO – Straight up Imaging -  UAV’s- Explained the utility of his UAV product that will benefit the fire service and others. Various capabilities were given, IR, Chemical sensors, long hover time (20 Minutes+), extensive and other optimized technology. Working with FAA to develop working policy for the use of UAV’s.

Eric Maglio – Straight up Imaging Chief Engineer, builds products to meet user needs.

Rajiv Khatri – Straight Up Imaging Chief Architect: builds products to meet user needs.

Bren Cohee - Christion Bros Mechanical - Diesel Exhaust system builder from San Diego County region. First SAFER meeting.

Jim Evans – Solutions Safety: AB 2146 is proposed law being written for California that will mandate SCBA’s, PPE standards that meet NFPA 1851. State must make the implementation of the law coincide with funding (not a un-funded mandate). Cleaning and inspection will likely be the first to be implemented as it has low or no costs.

Eric Jasoer – BestWay Laundry – Related they provide sales and service of commercial laundry equipment used in maintenance of firefighting ensembles.

Steve Cooley – Cobra Litters:  Discussed the innovative new litter form Cobra Litters that has unique rolling characteristics for use over rough surfaces. Steve related the quality of the device and iuts construction.

Mark Sheldon – Oceanside FD Retired – Days-Off Products: Introduced his product representation: TIC’s, Tools etc..

Rick Griggs – CalFire Riverside: Related his agencies involvement in providing Fire / Life Safety during the president’s visit and the Asian Pacific Summit. Protests, protective service issues. Mass Causality Mode, Response to Public Unrest Mode were among the unusual response strategies were employed.


Lazaro Martinez – AllStar Fire Equipment: Distributor of Lion PPE , Repairs fire hose for LBFD.


Bill Ward – Liqui-Pod: Has a prop that allows real flow water for training and pump testing. Is intended to reduce water waste and still provide realistic fireground operational training / pump testing. Various uses were related including “Drafting” pump operations. Live demonstrations were available in the parking lot utilizing LBFD apparatus.


Tyson Raner – Construction Innovations / FireWatch Digital Communications: Product is utilized to reduce overhaul injuries / toxic exposures to suppression crews by using fire detection at scene to do the “fire watching”. System “reports” to agency alarm center should a re-kindle be detected.


John Cardenas – LAFD – Is new Safety Officer.


Kelly Whitt – WorkRite Uniforms: Now stocking the new technical pant that meets single layer standards for station and wildland. Has several colors available.


Russ Snyder – OCFA – Completing current academy, mostly from other agencies. New class is at week 4.


LN Curtis Fire Equipment: Related May 4th-5thwill be the Fire Wardens Retreat.


Tom Langer – New “Crew Boss” single layer pant, new wildland boot.


Tracy Rabe -  Line Gear Fire & Rescue Equipment : Provides a full line of PPE products.


Jim Clearly – Plymovent: Has over 1000 stations using their system. No Las Vegas meeting is same date as March Madness weekend so make your reservations early.



  • 1130 Moved to outside prop to observe the pump test prop.



  • 1200 Meeting Adjourned

  • Next Month North Las Vegas FD. Program: “The Cosmopolitan Hotel Fire”.





Vender’s, Manufacture’s and Consultants represented at this meeting:


Michael Schlags – Cobra Rescue Litters


P.O. Box 1981

Buelton[CS1] , CA 93427-1981

(805) 896-7993


Kelly Whitt – Regional Account Executive – Workrite Uniforms

(909) 289-5775 Cell

(562) 252-0155 Fax

1701 N. Lombard Street, Suite 200

Oxnard, CA 93030




Walt Dorn – Liqui-Pod

(562) 244-2205 cell

(844)766-5763 ext 104


Bill Ward – Luqui-Pod




TJ Jasper - Bestway Laundry Solutions – UniMac Sales and Service

1035 E. Third Street

Corona, CA92879

Phone (800) 542-6166 ext204


Tyson Raner – Systems Consultant –  Construction Innovations – Fire Watch Digital Communications

(855) 725-9555

(916) 502-3414

5716 Folsom Blvd Suite 155

Sacramento, CA95819

Self-Contained , Portable Fire Alarm System


Ford Davies – B&D Safety Systems Inc. (Business Development)

(916) 765-8648 Cell/text

(800) 983-3518 Central Station

Associates with: SecureWatch and FireWatch electronic monitoring units


Frank Uram- President-  Quala-Tel Communications

Tel (858) 577-2900

Fax (858) 693-4109

Toll Free (800) 442-1504

Cell (858) 945-1659

9925 Business Park Avenue- Suite A

San Diego, CA92131-1171



Louie Garcia – Western States Fire Equipment

(909) 510-4266

(213) 272-5680

13800 Valley Blvd.

Fontana, CA


Jay Terry   Terry’s Canvas

2925 Palomino Court

Ontario, CA 91761

Phone (909) 947-7998



Jim Evans – Solutions Safety


Lazaro Martinez – AllStar Fire Equipment

(626) 255-0433 Cell


Tracy Rabe – LineGear Fire & Rescue Equipment

(800) 466-7574

23121 Antonio Parkway #125

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688


Tom Ramstead – LineGear Fire & Rescue Equipment

(800) 466-7574

23121 Antonio Parkway #125

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688









Meeting Attendees (Sign-ins)

Agency / Co                                     NAME                       PHONE #                              EMAIL (s)    

Downey Fire (Retired)                Chuck Seely             (562) 824-3225            

LACFD (retired) MES                    John Price                562-212-6803                 

Straight Up Imaging             Terry Parisher     (912) 667-8990           

Qual-Tel                                           Frank Uram             800-442-1504   

Cobra Litters                                   Steve Cooley          805-377-5348          

Bestwqy Laundry Solutions       Eric Jasoer               (800)562-6166           

Cobra Litters                          Michael Schlags        808-896-7993               

Cobra Litters                    Breanna Bartolucci         805-245-1535                 

Oceanside FD(retired)/Days Off Consultants         Mark Sheldone      760-505-3473        

Western States Fire Equipment      Louie Garcia    213-272-5680   

Chistian Brothers Mechanical ServicesGavin Fenske714-515-0083               

LineGear Fire & Rescue Equipment    Tom Ramstead   949-709-8808                

LineGear Fire & Rescue Equipment    Tracy Rabe     

LN Curtis and Sons            Ed Shabro     76-250-1180   

LACoFD                     Tony Duran            626-590-2991    

LAFD                        Ells Fortman            661-645-1810          

LAFDRetired         Jim Dolan                 562-400-1298                            

SC Products             Jim Evans                 770-634-0848                

OCFA                         Russ Snider             714-308-4338                

FireWatch                Ford Davies             916-765-8648             

Christian Brothers Mechanical               Bren Cohee          951-703-8985           

Liqui-Pod                  Bill Ward                  949-246-6999          

Ventura County Fire Dept  Michael Weisenberg 805-990-4326    

Los Angeles Fire Dept     Scott Quinn             213-434-1380  

Allstar Fire Equipment Inc.        Lazaro Martinez    626-255-0433           

LACoFD                     Alvin Brewer          213-700-4184        

LAFD                        John Cardenas        661-917-7019         

VCFD                Robert Szczepanek       805-914-4021      

Santa Paula Fire     Keith Gurrola          805-377-1491