Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-191

Rescinding Bylaws of Tompkins County Fire, Disaster, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Board and Delegating Duties to Emergency Response Oversight Committee (EROC) Fire and EMS Sub-Committee

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Department:Department of Emergency ResponseSponsors:
Category:Advisory Boards/CommitteesFunctions:Bylaws, Emergency Communications Rev. and Oversight Comm.

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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, Article Five of the County Law of New York State authorizes the creation of a County Fire Advisory Board through Section 225-a, and of a County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Board through Section 223-b, and

             

WHEREAS, Section C-23.02 of the Tompkins County Charter establishes a County Fire, Disaster & Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Board for purposes delineated in County Law, most notably and primarily for the development of mutual aid plans and responder training programs, and

             

WHEREAS, the framework of the Advisory Board dates to 1949, and the Bylaws of the Advisory Board were last updated in 1992, and

             

WHEREAS, the Fire, Disaster and EMS Advisory Board has not been appointed, nor been active for over a decade, and

             

WHEREAS, the Emergency Communications Review and Oversight Committee (ECROC), as predecessor body to the newly renamed and reconstituted Emergency Response Oversight Committee (EROC), has in recent years substantially performed the duties of and has the same membership as a Fire Advisory Board and an EMS Advisory Board while more fully endeavoring to assure the interoperability of the first responder community that includes both fire and emergency medical services, and

             

WHEREAS, merger of these advisory boards and committees will promote a higher level of coordination, communication, cooperation, and activity among the many response agencies and local governments charged with provision of public safety first response, and

             

WHEREAS, the voting members of Fire and EMS Sub-Committee of EROC, as appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature, comprise a representative and requisite number of members to effectuate the purposes of a Fire Advisory Board and EMS Advisory Board and will conform to the requirements of both the NYS County Law and the County Charter, and

             

WHEREAS, the voting members of the Fire and EMS Sub-Committee of EROC shall at a minimum include the Director of the Department of Emergency Response (serving as County Fire, Disaster and EMS Coordinator), the Ithaca Fire Chief or designee, two (2) volunteer firefighters or designees, one representative of the community-based ambulance services or designee, and one representative of the commercial ambulance services or designee, and broadly represent the fire and EMS community, now therefore be it

             

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Public Safety Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature rescinds the bylaws of the Tompkins County Fire, Disaster and EMS Advisory Board, as adopted by Resolution  No. 178 of 1992,

             

RESOLVED, further, That the Fire and EMS Committee of the EROC is herewith designated as the Tompkins County Fire Advisory Board and EMS Advisory Board and the Fire, EMS and Disaster Advisory Board, in accordance with the provisions of New York State County Law and the Tompkins County Charter and Code, and all such duties of the advisory board are hereby delegated to those voting members of EROC,

             

RESOLVED, further, That the Fire and EMS Sub-Committee of EROC, acting as the newly constituted Fire, EMS and Disaster Advisory Board shall submit to the County Legislature bylaws to effectuate the purposes of New York County Law, as these pertain to fire and EMS advisory boards, and may expand membership as may be deemed appropriate by the Legislature’s future adoption and amendment of the bylaws.

SEQR ACTION:  TYPE II-20

 

 

Meeting History

Sep 25, 2017 3:30 PM  Public Safety Committee Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Martha Robertson, Member
AYES:Rich John, James Dennis, Anna Kelles, Martha Robertson
Oct 3, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:James Dennis, Member
SECONDER:David McKenna, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler