BOUNDARY COUNTY

LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE (LEPC)

3 August 2011

 

PRESENT;

Barry Coleman (LDS, Translator & ARES)

Bob Graham (County IC)

Chet Savage (PVFD)

Dan Hooper (CCVFD)

Dave Kramer (BC Emergency Manager)

DeAnna Galbraith (BCCH)

Denys Knight (Counselor (LCPC)

Emma Fields (Red Cross, CG Aux, hospice)

Gary Leonard (PVFD)

Jay Baker (IBHS)

John Moss (CCVFD)

Ken Baker (BVA)

Ken English (MSFD)

Ken Homik (Dpt of Lands)

Kevin Greenleaf (Kootenai Tribe)

Mike Weland (P&Z)

Pat Warkentin (BFFD)

Rich Stephens (Sheriff)

Sue Welch (BHS – ID)

Susan Bowman (Valence Wireless)

Tina Wilson (NIPIN & BCCH)

Tish Lagerwey (CBP – OFO)

Tony Rohwasser (SBFPD & Chair – LEPC)

Wesley Portrey (SBFPD)


 

Meeting convened at 0800 hrs by Chairman Tony Rohwasser

 

Roundtable Reports and/or comments;

 

Bob Graham  (County Incident Commander) – For the last three weeks we have been scrambling to disburse the last of the 2008 grant funds we received.  We were informed that there was no extension so we had to disburse the $20,000 funds before the end of July.  We hope we got the job done acceptably. There will probably not be an extension on the 2009 funds as well so if you have communications needs in your agency let Dave Kramer know.  At least 25% must be spent for Law Enforcement but the rest is open to other  agencies.

            Be aware that all communications equipment must be P25 capable. (able to be converted). It should be noted that the cost of converting is almost as costly as getting it already compliant It is a requirement that to use grant funds any communications equipment purchased must be P-25 capable..  So it is recommended that we  consider that in our decisions. All communications equipment must meet qualifications by February 2013. It is noted that capable and compliant are not the same thing. Not all departments in US are converting.  It was also noted that the primary requirement is converting to narrow band not the P25 compliant.

 

Dave Kramer (County Emergency Manager) – advised us that NIMCAST reports are due this coming Friday for rollover from agencies to county level and further submitted to state by 15th of month. For those who want assistance contact Barry Coleman (N7BEC@yahoo.com or cell phone 304-7455 and leave message).  The FEMA requirements for Command and General Staff are the following ICS courses;

 


IS – 100.a - Intro to ICS

IS – 200.a - Basic ICS

IS – 300 - Intermediate ICS

IS – 400 - Advanced ICS

IS – 700.a - Intro to NIMS

IS – 800.a - Nat. Response Framework

IS – 701.a - NIMS Multi-agency

IS – 702 - NIMS public Info system

IS – 703.a - NIMS Resource Management

IS – 704 - NIMS Communications


 

We have been approved to apply for a grant to revise the AHMP which is due to be completed next year. We have received the preliminary draft of the County Evacuation Plan for our review.  Please look over plan and get back to Dave with suggestions and/or comments.

            There is a stress management class by CISD on the 16th & 17th of September.

 

Ken English (Moyie Fire Chief) – We will be restricting traffic on the Moyie River Bridge for about 2 weeks while doing a resurfacing and other maintenance job.  After it is completed the speed will probably be reduced to 45 MPH to reduce stress on the bridge structure. This is currently being reviewed by the State.

 

Tony Rohwasser (LEPC Chair & Chief SBFPD) – Reported on the charter (from Alberta) Bus accident.

Follow up points to AAR on Bus Crash 7/25/11

Entities represented at the After Action Review: South Boundary Fire, Boundary Volunteer Ambulance, Boundary County Emergency Management, Idaho State Police, Red Cross, Clyde’s Towing, Boundary Community Hospital, Paradise Valley Fire, North Bench Fire

The overall feeling was that everything went very well and we were very lucky that the circumstances were not as bad as they could have been.

Wayne Wilkerson, SBFPD was one of first responders on scene pulling people out of bus, he mentioned that we should look at possible patient issues more seriously before just pulling them out.

Bob Graham mentioned he maintained a position of assisting ISP in their command function.

Red Cross members  said lunch for passengers was great but a follow up snacks or something planned every 4 hours at least would be good. Also recommended letting the passengers talk and tell there story helped them to open up and relax. They also mentioned it is crucial to get notification to Red Cross early since they can also provide resources, food etc. for emergency crews.

Boundary Ambulance mentioned constant reevaluation and monitoring of patients is a good idea since some things don’t come out till later. Also will notify ISP that Boundary County does have a Mass casualty trailer to be considered in preplanning.

Wanda Wilkerson from Boundary Community Hospital said it is crucial that the hospital is notified early as to numbers of patients and severity of injuries since they have knowledge of available resources in all surrounding hospitals and can advise direction and warn other facilities.

Dave Kramer from Boundary County Emergency Management said he will look into a countywide Mass Casualty Incident Plan.

Tony Rohrwasser from South Boundary Fire will coordinate with Emergency Management, ISP and ITD on traffic control issues and possible solutions.

Special thanks to all involved in this incident , the people in the bus felt they were treated very well by all at the scene, the hospital, and at the Junior High.

Thanks for a great job, and a special thank you to all of the volunteers that gave up a days work to help.

 Discussion about incident – Bob Graham mentioned that he should have had the county PIO out to handle the Media. Bob also mentioned that we need to do a better job of implementing the ICS. 

It was noted that we need to be more aware of the tow cables on the tow trucks.  This could become a serious problem as the cables have been known to break or slip. We sometimes have a tendency to stand too close while observing.

            There is a differing opinion relative to traffic control that needs to be resolved. ITD insists that no traffic be diverted off of main roads because the off roads cannot handle the traffic. There is an issue of Liability should traffic be diverted inappropriately. Those of us that reside here in the county know which roads could be used and which should not be used. We need to have authority to apply traffic control at local level without fear of liability. Shawn Keough’s office has been contacted about this. 

            It was also noted that had the weather been more adverse we could have had a more serious situation than we had.  It was also noted that the people on the bus were members of a management training class and they had been delayed early in the trip.  During the delay they had been reviewing scenarios wherein the bus was involved in an accident and what to do. This was probably major contributor to reducing the panic level among the passengers of the bus.

            Overall we did good, but there is room for improvement.

 

Meeting ended about 09:45 hrs

 

                                                                                    Barry Ellis Coleman, PhD, CLT – N7BEC