SAN FRANCISCO FIRE COMMISSION RESOLUTION
RECOMMENDING THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ALLOW THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RETROACTIVELY ACCEPT AND EXPEND A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $297,030 FROM THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT AN ADVANCED DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAM FOR ITS UNIFORMED EMPLOYEES.
WHEREAS, The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) uniformed employees respond to approximately 100,000 incidents a year; and,
WHEREAS, Responding in a timely and safe manner is critical to saving lives and minimizing property loss; and,
WHEREAS, The SFFD uniformed employees provide service for approximately 798,680 residents within a response area of 47.5 miles, where the registered vehicle density was 9,914 vehicles per square mile (in 2006). The population grows to roughly 1.2 million on weekdays, bringing approximately 35,400 additional vehicles onto City streets; and,
WHEREAS, On any given day SFFD apparatus, consisting of 42 engine companies, 19 truck companies, 26 ambulances, two rescue squads and specialized units for Hazmat, Special Operations and Cliff/Surf Rescue, can travel along 1,088 miles of roadway consisting of one-way streets, dead ends, narrow alleyways and streets with an incline as great as 31.5%. There are approximately 7,200 intersections with the SFFD's response area, with only 1,148 of those intersections having signals; and,
WHEREAS, as a result of the City's challenging topography, dense population, number of automobiles, and bicycle and pedestrian traffic, the SFFD has experienced financial losses due to accidents involving responding emergency vehicles, as well as employee lost time and direct medical costs; and,
WHEREAS, The SFFD offers a 40-hour Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) for its newly hired uniformed personnel during the recruit-training program, but has not been able to provide any routine, on-going driver training, competency testing or defensive driving training for employees who have passed probation; and,
WHEREAS, An Advanced Driver Training Program using a driving simulator would complement and enhance hands-on vehicle operation by providing realistic fire and EMS driving experiences and training for appropriate driver reactions to potentially dangerous traffic situations and roadway conditions, which will increase the interoperability of all responding units and provide for better control of an intersection during Code 3 calls; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Fire Commission recommends that the Board of Supervisors authorize the SFFD to accept and expend grant funds in the amount of $297,030 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to provide an advanced driver training program for its uniformed personnel; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the funds received must be expended no later than November 25, 2009, unless an extension is requested and granted.
Adopted at the Regular Meeting of the San Francisco Fire Commission on January 22, 2009.
Ayes: 4 (Lau, Makras, Conroy, Nakajo)
Monica Quattrin, Commission Secretary