Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center
Fire Advisory Board

October 12, 2011

The Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center Fire Advisory Board held a public meeting on October 12, 2011 at Angelica’s Restaurant, 48 South Main Street, Middleton, MA 01949 at 8:30AM.

Board Members Present:
Chief Ronald Giovannacci – Topsfield Fire
Chief Jonathan Brickett – Amesbury Fire
Chief Frank Twiss – Middleton Fire
Chief Paul Cotter – Beverly Fire

Board Members Absent:
Chief Daniel Doucette – Essex Fire
Chief Robert Blanchard – Wenham Fire

The Fire Advisory Board meeting was called to order at 8:35AM.


MOTION:  Chief Brickett moved to approve the meeting minutes of September 14, 2011 as written.  Chief Cotter seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously. 

At the request of the Chair, the meeting proceeded out-of-order to allow a conference call with Kimball Associates.


At 8:36AM, the Fire Advisory Board participated in a conference call with Richard Hanlon and Steve Watt of Kimball Associates, along with Tom Dubas, Joe McGowan and Chief Doucette.  Kimball reported that they were finishing the assessment report, and will have a draft ready for next week.  Richard Hanlon still needed to meet with Essex Fire, so there was a brief discussion with Hanlon and Doucette to confirm a date/time for the meeting.  Kimball confirmed that all six communities utilize Firehouse software and the 10- Alarm mutual aid cards, along with electronic patient care reporting by various vendors.  There was also a request by Kimball to Chief Giovannacci for ambulance dispatch procedures in Topsfield.  The conference call concluded at 8:48AM.


Chief Giovannacci reported to the Board that the groundbreaking ceremony for the RECC was held at the Middleton site on October 4, 2011 and despite the heavy rain, the event was well attended.


On Thursday, October 14, 2011, the second phase of the hiring process for RECC Director will be conducted by Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer, Wenham Police Chief Kenneth Walsh, and Topsfield Fire Chief Ronald Giovannacci.  The initial phase involved the screening of the 70+ applications by Beverly Police Chief Mark Ray, Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki, and Middleton Fire Chief Frank Twiss down to 21 that qualified to proceed to the next phase.  Phase 2 will further scrutinize the resumes and narrow the field down to 5 – 7 candidates.

Badge Quest, a private firm retained by the RECC, will conduct an assessment center for the finalists.  This will be performed at the Essex County Sheriff’s HQ and will be completed on one day.  The assessment center will include a written exercise, interviews, and various stations.  The selection of a Director involves a recommendation by Sheriff Cousins and requires a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee. 


Chief Giovannacci reported the construction project is still ongoing, with sitework proceeding on-schedule.  The CAD/ RMS draft from Kimball Associates will be available within the next week.  There was a brief discussion of SOP’s for each community.


The next meeting of the Fire Advisory Board will be held at Angelica’s Restaurant on November 9, 2011 at 8:30AM.


MOTION:  There being no further business, Chief Brickett moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:07AM.  Chief Cotter seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Respectfully submitted,

Chief Frank W. Twiss
Recording Secretary