Fire Commission - July 10, 2024

Regular Commission Meeting

    SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco Fire Deprtment Official Seal FIRE COMMISSION

    Fire Commission Regular Meeting

    July 10, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


    City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416 n San Francisco n California n 94102




    This meeting will be held in person at the location listed above.  Members of the public attending the meeting in-person will have an opportunity to provide public comment.  Members of the public participating remotely may access the meeting and participate remotely by following the instructions below.  Members of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes per item.  



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    Item No.
    1.         ROLL CALL

    President Armie Morgan
    Vice President Marcy Fraser
    Commissioner Stephen A. Nakajo
    Commissioner Katherine Feinstein
    Commissioner Paula Collins
    Chief of Department Jeanine Nicholson


    Ramaytush Ohlone Land Acknowledgement

    The San Francisco Fire Commission acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. As the indigenous stewards of this land, and in accordance with their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. As guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. We wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the Ancestors, Elders, and Relatives of the Ramaytush Ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as First Peoples.



    Members of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes on any matter within the Commission’s jurisdiction that does not appear on the agenda.  Speakers shall address their remarks to the Commission as a whole and not to individual Commissioners or Department personnel. Commissioners are not to enter into debate or discussion with a speaker. The lack of a response by the Commissioners or Department personnel does not necessarily constitute agreement with or support of statements made during public comment.


    3.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES [Discussion and possible action]

    Discussion and possible action to approve meeting minutes.


    • Minutes from Special Meeting on November 13, 2023.
    • Minutes from Regular Meeting on June 26, 2024.


    4.         CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT’S REPORT [Discussion]


    Report on current issues, activities, and events within the Department since the Fire Commission meeting on June 26, 2024, including budget, academies, special events, communications and outreach to other government agencies and the public.



    Report on overall field operations, including greater alarm fires, Bureau of Fire Prevention & Investigation, Training within the Department, and Airport Division.



    Report on the EMS and Community Paramedicine Divisions.



    Dr. Steven Chang and Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Phelps to provide an overview and update on the Office of Employee Health.


    6.         PUBLIC COMMENT ON ITEM 7

    Public comment on all matters pertaining to Items 7 below, including public comment on whether to hold Items 7(b) closed session.





    The Commission may hear Items 7(b) in closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b) and Administrative Code Section 67.10(b).



    An evidentiary hearing was held on May 24, 2024.  The appeal is from a ten-calendar day suspension for violation of the Rules and Regulations as follows:


    • Section 3905 - Familiarity with the Rules
    • Section 3918 - Violence
    • Section 3919-Altercation
    • Section 3920-Proper Behavior
    • Section 3924-Acts Detrimental to the Welfare of the Department


    c.   If Closed Session is held, reconvene in Open Session

                1.  Report on any action taken in Closed Session as specified in California Government Code Section 54957.1(a)(5) and San Francisco Administrative Code section 67.12(b)(4).

                2.  Vote to elect whether to disclose any or all discussions held in Closed Session, as specified in San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.12(a).  [Action Item]

    8.         ADJOURNMENT

    San Francisco Fire Commission





    Commission Meeting Schedule and Location


    The Fire Commission will meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102. The second Wednesday in Room 416 at 9:00 a.m. and the fourth Wednesday in Room 400 at 5:00 p.m.


    Commission Office


    The Fire Commission Office is located at 698 Second Street, Room 220, San Francisco, CA 94107. The Fire Commission telephone number is (415) 558-3451. The web address is  Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


    Remote Public Participation and Comment


    It is possible that the Fire Commission may experience technical challenges that interfere with the ability of members of the public to participate in the meeting remotely.  If that happens, the Fire Commission will attempt to correct the problem but may continue with the meeting as long as people attending in-person, and anyone who has received a disability accommodation to offer remote public comment, are able observe and offer public comment.

    Remote public comment is available upon request for individuals who cannot attend in person due to disability under the disability-related modification or accommodation procedure outlined below.


    Language Access


    Per the Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), Chinese, Spanish and or Filipino (Tagalog) interpreters will be available upon requests. Meeting Minutes may be translated, if requested, after they have been adopted by the Commission.  Assistance in additional languages may be honored whenever possible. To request assistance with these services please contact the Commission Secretary at (415) 558-3451, or at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.  Late requests will be honored if possible.


    Information on Disability Access


    The hearing rooms in City Hall are wheelchair accessible.  The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, and #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142. There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.  For more information about MUNI accessible services, call (415) 701-4485.

    To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in the meeting, please contact the Commission Secretary at least two business days before the meeting at (415) 558-3451 to make arrangements.  Late requests will be honored, if possible.


    To assist the City’s efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.


    Policy on use of Cell Phones, Pagers and Similar Sound-Producing Electronic Devices at and During Public Meetings


    The ringing and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at Fire Commission meetings. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic device.


    Documents for Public Inspection


    Documents referred to in this agenda, if not otherwise exempt from disclosure, are available for public inspection and copying at the Fire Commission Office.  If any materials related to an item on this agenda are distributed to the Fire Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials, if not otherwise exempt from disclosure, are also available for public inspection at the Fire Commission Office, 698 Second Street, room 220, San Francisco, during normal office hours.


    Know Your Rights under the Sunshine Ordinance

    (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)


    Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review.  For more information on your rights under the sunshine ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the sunshine ordinance task force. You may contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force Administrator, as follows: Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689, Phone: (415) 554-7724, Fax: (415) 554-5784, E-mail: Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s Web site at


    San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance


    Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local policy or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 – 2.160) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102, telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and Web site: