2013 Annual Awards Program
On behalf of the Board we are proud to announce the Safety, Health and Survival Section 2013 Award winners. We would also like to extend thanks to these important sponsors: PennWell Public Safety, Fire Department Safety Officers Association, Provident Insurance, and VFIS.
Alan Brunacini Fire Service Executive Safety Award (Co-sponsored by Provident Insurance)
· Fire Chief Steven Cover – Virginia Beach Fire Department
Fire Chief Cover has created a work environment that is focused on health and safety through the development and support of a health and Safety Division within the department. The Virginia Beach Fire Department Health and Safety division is dedicated to scene safety and personal readiness.The department conducts OSHA compliance inspections, physicals, fitness assessments, gear inspections, infection control, worker’s compensation processing, accident and injury prevention, statistical analysis, and risk management planning.
John Brunacini along with Barry Balliet, President, and Jeff Siegrist, Regional Director, of Provident Insurance; present Virginia Beach District Chief David Hutcheson, accepting on behalf of Chief Cover, with the Alan Brunacini Fire Service Executive Safety Award. Also pictured is Chief Ron Ottie and Matt Tobia, Chair of SHSS
Billy Goldfeder Fire Service Organizational Safety Award (co-sponsored by VFIS)
• Orange County Fire Authority – Fire Chief Keith Richter
The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is a metro-size fire agency serving over 1.7 million Orange County residents. They employ nearly 1500 personnel and staff 71 fire stations across 550 square miles. The sheer size of the organization makes the coordination of any health and safety programs a challenge, but the OCFA not only believes it is important, they make it a part of their culture. The OCFA believes that safety is a core value and that the health and welfare of both their employees and their residents is part of their mission. To accomplish this mission they have implemented a variety of programs and practices throughout the agency supported and led by Chief Richter.
· Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services –Fire Chief Robert Creecy
The Richmond Fire and Emergency Services (RFES) has long recognized the importance of health and wellness among its firefighters and has established an unprecedented health program for their firefighters. RFES recognizes that cardiovascular illness and deaths, work-inhibiting strains and sprains, and failure to recognize early biometric indices account for a significant percentage of firefighter deaths or debilitating injuries annually. Their partnership with the HCA Virginia and Health Diagnostic Laboratories will ensure the health and safety of its members through comprehensive array of leading edge diagnostics and lifestyle management techniques.
· Violet Township Fire Department –Fire Chief John Eisel
The Violet Township Fire Department (VTFD), its membership, and The Violet Township Board of Trustees have implemented a program to improve the overall health and safety of all department members and have been on a mission to improve safety and reduce accidents. The VTFD is an 80 member combination department that provides an annual physical in compliance with NFPA 1582 to all of its members. In addition, a manadatory seatbelt policy was implemented and enforced; formed a partnership with a physical therapist to treat and prevent injuries; utilized traffic control devices and sent all officers and acting officers through the Blue Card Incident Command training which improved fire ground accountability and communication.
Dan Naylor, VFIS Regional Vice President and Troy Markel, VFIS President, present Fire Service Organizational Safety Awards to Fire Chief John Eisel, Battalion Chief Tracy Thomas (accepting on behalf of Chief Robert Creecy), and Fire Chief Keith Richter; along with Chief Billy Goldfeder, Dr. Bill Jenaway, VFIS Vice President, and SHSS Chair Matt Tobia.
Garry Briese IAFC Safety Performance Award
· Division Chief Todd LeDuc, Broward County Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue
Division Chief LeDuc is responsible for the research, development, and implementation of Health and Safety initiatives department wide and has developed numerous programs while serving in the position of Division Chief of Safety and Wellness for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue. Within just a few short months of this newly formed position, Chief LeDuc has accomplished an array of tasks and developed numerous programs. The highlights of which include successful grant applications to replace firefighter PPE-SCBA, a SAFER grant to restore 27 firefighter positions for safe staffing, and a UASI grant to add 30+ NFA certified safety officers to the department.
Division Chief Todd LeDuc accepts the IAFC Safety Performance Award from Garry Briese and SHSS Chair Matt Tobia. Joining Chief LeDuc from his Department are Division Chief Rob Weech, Fire Chief Tony Stravino, and the IAFF LOCAL 4321 President Walt Dix.
Safety Officer of the Year
(Co-sponsored by PennWell Public Safety and the Fire Department Safety Officers Association)
Presenting the Safety Officer of the Year Award to Battalion Chief Bryan Kleskie from L to R:Shannon Pieper, Fire Rescue Editorial Director; Tim Sendelbach, Fire Rescue Editor in Chief; Michael Petroff, FDSOA Chairman; BC Kleskie; Bob Finley, FDSOA Executive Director; and SHSS Chair Matt Tobia.
• Battalion Chief Bryan Kleskie, City of Charleston Fire Department
Battalion Chief Kleskie was assigned as the department’s health and safety officer in August of 2007, the first ever for the Charleston Fire Department. In the ensuing six years, Battalion Chief Kleskie developed a health and safety program from scratch. He developed, coordinated and supervised a body of work that is commendable at any level. He quietly and diligently built a health and safety program from the ground up, putting the City of Charleston Fire Department on a path to safer overall operations.
In addition to these awards, the Section also took time to recognize several other outstanding individuals whose contributions to safety have been critically important in reducing firefighter fatalities.
Bob Finley, Executive Director of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) was recognized for his 28 years of service as he will be retiring soon.
Amy Tippett, John Tippett and Garry Briese were recognized for their efforts and support of the Near-Miss Program.
Honeywell First Responder Products was recognized and thanked for their sponsorship and printing of the Rules of Engagement (ROE) posters and cards.