SAFER Monthly Meeting Minutes - January 2017


SAFER Meeting Minutes

January 20, 2017

SAFER Board Attendees:   Pres Fortman, VP Weise,Past Presidents Dolan,   Seely, Quinn, Gurrola, Vender Liaison Sposato

Los Angeles County  Fire Department

Fire Camp 2   

1010    Meeting called to order -  President B/C Fortman LAFD welcomed SAFER and opened the meeting, Thanks to Los Angeles County Fire Department for use of the facility for morning snacks and coffee.

SAFER will introduce todays program and forego the usual business meeting as the annual Board of Directors meeting will be held immediately after the scheduled monthly SAFER meeting.

Pres Fortman related the importance of SAFER and the relationships it fosters to further safety in the Fire Family”. He congratulated Board Member Scott Quinn on his recent promotion to Battalion Chief with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Pres Fortman introduced our program presenter, Chief Kirk Owen, relating his appreciation for the assistance he provided in developing the LAFD PPE program.

1015    VP Dick Weise opened the SAFER meeting and led the flag salute and moment of silence to remember our fallen brothers and sisters in the fire, police and military.

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  • Program: NFPA 1851

  • Past, Present and Future

Presenter: Chief Kirk Owen, Plano Texas Fire Department (Retired)

            Former Chair of NFPA 1971 / 1851 Committee, Regional Sales Manager, Veridian

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1877 – Selection, Care and Maintenance of Wildland PPE

1851 covers PPE found in the 1971 Standard


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


Meeting Attendees (Sign-ins)



Agency / Co                         NAME                       PHONE #                              EMAIL (s)

Downey Fire (Retired)        Chuck Seely (949) 492-7993

PLYMOVENT/AIR EXCHANGE   steve harris       909-973-8211      


ASTI       Tony Duran  626-590-2991

Allstar Fire    Stuart Lovi        626-255-0433

Los Angeles County Fire          Dick Weise                  951 807-1914

City of Downey Fire                Pete Browne               562.243.3393  

Municipal Emerg.  Services    Lazaro Martinez          562-320-2385  

CAL FIRE                                  Bob Wood                   951-757-8331  

Kern County Fire DepatmentSteven Salkeld             661-645-2020  

LAFD Retired                           James Dolan                562-400-1298  

LAFD                                        John A Cardenas         661-917-7019  

Torrance Fire                        Jon Henderson            310-977-5619  

Allstar                                    Joe Sposato                 626-652-0900  

Bestway Laundry                     Eric Higgins                 951-532-7700  

Veridian                                  Kirk Owen                   712-260-3547  

CAL FIRE Riverside County      Barry Owens               951-218-4309  

CAL FIRE Riverside County      Scott Bethurum           951-575-5391  

Fillmore City Fire                    Keith Gurrola            805-377-1491  

Ventura County Fire                Michael Weisenberg805-990-4326  

Vernon Fire                             Craig Peltier                661.618.1779  

Vernon Fire                             Bob Farrell                  951-741-6695  

Curtis                                       Scott Marshall             626-840-7589  

LAFD/SAFER Pres                    Ellsworth Fortman      213-700-0668  

Western States Fire Equip.     Louie Garcia                909-510-4266  

Ventura City Fire                     Brandyn Johnson         805-551-6086  

Curtis                                       Ashley Silcott               626-250-1772  

Ventura City Fire                     Lou Manzano            805-256-8522  

Curtis                                       Charles Turansky        818-398-6818  

Tencate                                   Bart McCool                541-221-5002  

ECMS                                       Bob Mercurio            562-266-8465