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North Greenbush Fire District No. 1
Minutes of the May 13, 2024 BOFC Monthly Meeting
Chairman Brian McCrae called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was
followed by a moment of silence for all departed District Firefighters.
Commissioners Present: Brian McCrae (BM), Dan Garab (DG), Rich French (RF) and Chris
Wilson (CW) attended. Nick Scifo was excused.
Other District Staff: District Counsel Terry Hannigan (TH), Secretary/Treasurer Sean Kerwin
(SK) and Director of Purchasing Robert Durivage (RD) were present.
Public Session: None
WFD Building Committee Report:
Joe Cassino reported on the following:
1. Provided details on the progress of construction. Sheetrock is well underway and many other
tasks are being completed.
2. RD and Ed Anker provided an update on the Contingency, Incidental & Bid Tabulation
budgets. All expenses related to the project have been tracked to date. RD identified
anticipated proposed purchases that will be reviewed at the June BOFC meeting. We are still
collecting estimates and quotes on some of these items: kitchen equipment, TV/AV
equipment, all furniture, landscaping (near NGAA), Maltese Cross, Flag Pole, Memorial
Area, Plymovent upgrades & repairs, door lock system (S2 Netbox Hardware) and NGFD
server upgrades.
DEPARTMENT PRESIDENTS’ REPORTS:
DFD President: Attached
President Jeff Stehr was present.
1. New firefighter applicants, Alan French and James Schneider were proposed.
2. On 04/13/24 DFD held its Recruit NY Open House at the fire station. News media attended,
providing excellent coverage of the event. DFD had four applications handed in from
visitors. Of the four, one was referred to the Maplewood FD in Colonie, as it’s closer to his
residence and one was tabled until fall as the applicant is a HVCC student and went home to
Liverpool, NY for the summer. The other two applicants reside in the City of
Troy. President Stehr made note that none of the applicants reside in the fire district within
the Town of North Greenbush. The President further stated that the challenge of recruitment
and retention should become a matter of record of the fire district, so that hopefully many
years from now, when the time comes to discuss hiring paid firefighting staff, the attempts to
recruit and retain volunteer members is well documented. This may make justifying to the
district tax payers the need to add paid firefighters, which will increase taxes. It also shows
that attempts have been made each year to recruit residents to volunteer and the results of
those attempts can be demonstrated. Next year, DFD suggests the fire district budget for
and work with both departments to send a post card out to all residents inviting them to
recruitment events.

3. Members of the department had a Spring work detail 04/25/24. Several maintenance tasks
were accomplished for upkeep of the station. The department pavilion was opened.
4. DFD has obtained an updated composite photo of its members. The composite and group
photo will be displayed in the hallway next month. They also purchased individual
firefighter photos for each member.
5. DFD will be looking at how they might be able to assist the Tunnels to Towers initiative
being organized by an Averill Park resident.
6. DFD will be participating in the Memorial Day wreath laying and Parade activities.
7. Provided details about a letter that was sent to North Colonie School District by the President
and Chief of DFD regarding an EMS cardiac reversal call.
WFD President:
President Mark Mason was present.
1. Requesting approval for their Fund Drive letter materials.
2. There are no new member applications or building use requests.
MOTION 24M25 was made by DG and seconded by CW approving WFD’s Fund Drive letter.
Motion carried.
Approval of Prior Month’s Minutes:
MOTION 24M26 was made by RF and seconded by CW approving the April Minutes. Motion
carried.
Treasurer’s Report for the period ending 4/30/2024:
SK presented the Treasurer’s Report (Copy attached).
RESOLUTION 24R31 was made by DG and seconded by RF to accept the Treasurer’s Report
as of April 30, 2024 as presented.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
Approval of Current Month’s Invoices:
SK presented the invoices/vouchers for approval by the Board (Copy attached).
RESOLUTION 24R32 was made by RF and seconded by CW, authorizing the payments of
invoices as presented for a total of $236,663.46, pending final audit and receipt of any necessary
paperwork.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
CORRESPONDENCE:
Received
 Greene County Commercial Bank Month-End Collateral Statement 3-29-24
 Greene County Commercial Bank Month-End Collateral Statement 4-30-24
 Letter Received from Stacey Way Resident – TOT NGAA 5-7-24
 Check Received from R. French for Verizon Phone Charge $749.99
 Letter Received Regarding Tunnel to Towers Organization – TOT to DFD/WFD
 FASNY Delegate Information for 2024 Convention
 Check Received from DFD for Quarterly IT Services $194.25
 AFD of NY Fire District Affairs April-May 24
 Check Received from D. Wilson, Jr. for Verizon Phone Charge $49.99
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BM will send a letter to the resident on Stacey Way informing them that DFD and WFD never
responded to this call.
Sent
 NYS HSES Annual Report of FD Demographics
OLD BUSINESS: None
NEW BUSINESS: None
DEPARTMENT CHIEFS’ REPORTS:
DFD Chief’s Report: Report Attached
Chief Clute reported:
1. Alarm Totals.
2. Very few purchases this month.
3. Will be purchasing one new set of gear.
4. Provided update on apparatus PM & repairs. 9-7 still needs pump test and had a power
steering leak, 9-6 had PM, B-9 had PM, and R-9 had brake work completed which should
resolve the brake problems DFD has been having.
5. Reported on two EMS cardiac arrest reversals.
6. Over the past 2 to 3 months, DFD has recruited 6 interior FF’s. A thank you to the
probationary training unit consisting of: Asst. Chief Dan Sheehan, Lt. Josh Hogan, FF Emily
Pirie and FF Nick Clemenzi who coordinate this training.
7. Raised concerns about the upcoming BEFO & IFO classes that are being held during daytime
hours. This may be difficult for members to attend that have daytime jobs.
8. Box alarms were updated. Noted that DFD & WFD will be responding 24/7 again for many
responses.
WFD Chief’s Report: Report Attached
Chief Littlefield:
1. Alarm Totals.
2. WFD has been using JPR for the last 8 years.
3. Provided details about a serious traffic accident WFD responded to recently. Used haz-mat
supplied to contain leaks. These supplies will be reimbursed by the motorist whose vehicle
was leaking fluids.
4. Reminded everyone about the banquet at Brown’s Revolution Hall this coming weekend.
5. Past Chief William Gummer will be the Grand Marshal for the Town’s Memorial Day Parade
and will be driven in the Grey Ghost.
6. Have 3 new EMT’s who are Past Chief Ed McMahon, FF Val McMahon and FF Alex
Kaplan. Two other members still need to test out, they are FF’s C. Morrisey & M. Hagler.
7. Has submitted a gear & EMS supply list for purchases.
8. Bulldog is still working on R-42, they’re waiting on power steering parts. From Bulldog, R42 will be taken to Detroit Diesel to have an engine light sensor repaired. T-42 will follow
when R-42 is back. S-42 & U-42 will also have routine PM done soon.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Apparatus/Equipment:
RF reported that the committee met and identified there are 6 manufacturers that they would like
to meet with. The committee is looking for permission to send correspondence to these
manufacture’s and see what they have to offer. There were no objections from the Board. The
committee is also looking at other funding options and the possibility of using the ladder from
the existing apparatus. The next meeting is July 25, 2024. The committee will also meet at the
upcoming NYSAFC Convention in June at Syracuse, to look at new apparatus.
Building/Grounds:
RF proposed the Fire District paying for reasonable food & refreshments to DFD & WFD when
they have a significant work detail. Many tasks are being completed by the departments that
would normally have to be completed by contractors. This saves the Fire District a lot of money.
No objections from Board members.
District Personnel: No Report
Finance/Insurance/Audit: No Report
Long Range Planning:
BM will schedule a meeting of the LRP committee sometime in September.
Policies, Procedures & Membership:
1. MOTION 24M27 was made by CW and seconded by RF to approve Alan French & James
Schneider from DFD as District Firefighters. Motion Carried.
LOSAP: No Report
SPECIAL COMMITTEES:
Business Operations & Technology:
DG reminded individuals who purchase new iPhones that it may be more beneficial to get the
Apple Care + plan vs. the carrier’s insurance on the device.
The new chief’s iPads came in and RD will be working on getting them issued.
Development Plan Review:
BM Reported on the following:
1. Reported on on-going projects and concerns.
2. There is a question regarding parking and other concerns for a proposed restaurant planned at
the location of Dr. March’s office at Route 150/136.
Firematic Operations:
1. Final Submission to OSHA regarding the Proposed Emergency Response Standard- RF
indicated that the final date to submit a response is June 21, 2024. He is proposing that the
letter be sent as proposed. This was previously approved, no objections from the Board.
RF requested permission to attend an in-person seminar on the proposed OSHA Emergency
Response Standard changes being offered by AFD-NY in Cortland, NY on 5/15/24.
RESOLUTION 24R33 was made by DG and seconded by CW to authorize Rich French to
attend an in-person seminar on OSHA Emergency Response Standard changes being offered by
AFD-NY in Cortland, NY on 5/15/24. GSA Per Diem rates will apply for lodging and expenses.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed with RF abstaining.
2. Water Pressure Concern – BM indicated we’re still having problems with water pressure and
will need to address this with the Utilities Department. Hydrant flow testing and flushing
should also be addressed. TH advised the board that they could possibly hire a consultant to
look at this issue. It was decided that BM and CW will schedule a meeting with elected town
officials on this matter.
Recruitment & Retention:
1. President Stehr indicated he attended a recruitment event on May 3rd at the South Colonie
High School. Representatives from several Colonie fire departments sponsored the event
with support from school administration. This was very successful and they did sign up
several high school students as junior members. DFD will try and partner with EGCSD next
year to try and do the same type of event.
2. RF proposed that he and CW join the National Volunteer Fire Council. The membership fee
is $21.00 per person. There is a lot of good materials and information that would be useful to
both departments and the district for recruitment & retention. No objections from the board.
Rich French also advise the board that he would like to create a spreadsheet that would track
new members. This would include; when they joined, started probationary training, attended
required classes (BEFO & IFO), and finished mandated training.
PUBLIC SESSION – None
MOTION 24M28 was made by RF, seconded by CW to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 PM.
Motion Carried.
Respectfully Submitted,
Sean Kerwin
Secretary/Treasurer

April Minute Draft

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Chairman Brian McCrae called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was
followed by a moment of silence for all departed District Firefighters.

Commissioners Present: Brian McCrae (BM), Nick Scifo (NS), Dan Garab (DG), Rich French
(RF) and Chris Wilson (CW) attended.

Other District Staff: District Counsel Terry Hannigan (TH), Secretary/Treasurer Sean Kerwin
(SK) and Director of Purchasing Robert Durivage (RD) were present.

Public Session: None
MOTION 24M19 was made by DG and seconded by RF approving the Facility Use request by
DFD on 7/2724. Motion carried.
Approval of Prior Month’s Minutes:

MOTION 24M20 was made by RF and seconded by CW approving the March Minutes. Motion
carried.
Treasurer’s Report for the period ending 3/31/2024:
SK presented the Treasurer’s Report (Copy attached).
RESOLUTION 24R22 was made by NS and seconded by RF to accept the Treasurer’s Report as
of March 31, 2024 as presented.

Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
Approval of Current Month’s Invoices:
SK presented the invoices/vouchers for approval by the Board (Copy attached).

RESOLUTION 24R23 was made by RF and seconded by NS, authorizing the payments of
invoices as presented for a total of $62,434.21, pending final audit and receipt of any necessary
paperwork.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION 24R24 was made by DG and seconded by CW, authorizing the payment of an
invoice as presented for a total of $28.33 for Rich French.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed with RF abstaining.
RESOLUTION 24R25 was made by RF and seconded by NS to approve and authorize the work
to be completed by B & L Controls at DFD for the installation of a water treatment system in the
boiler loop. The expense will come out of the current year facility maintenance budget and has
been authorized up to $10,000.00.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION 24R26 was made by NS and seconded by NC approving the estimate received
from Luizzi for sealcoating, crack filling & striping at DFD at a cost of $8,950.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

RESOLUTION 24R27 was made by RF, seconded by NS, declaring the existing fuel shed at
WFD as surplus equipment with no value due to its condition. This shed was removed by a WFD
member at no cost to the Fire District, which will likely result in the Fire District receiving a
credit from GC- MJG who was responsible for removing the shed.
Deputy Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

RESOLUTION 24R28 was made by BM and seconded by NS approving the estimate received
from Carey Electric to replace a total of five (5) exterior wall sconces at DFD at a cost of
$3,731.00. The five wall lights are defective from water damage.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

MOTION 24M21 was made by NS and seconded by RF to approve the MOU between Warren
W. Fane and NGFD No. 1. This MOU outlines the details and agreement for Fane’s allowing the
Fire District to temporarily store a wood utility shed on Fane’s property for training purposes.
Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 24R29 was made by DG and seconded by NS to authorize that on line mobile
banking can be performed by the District Treasurer, while using the district’s secure WIFI
connection.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

MOTION 24M22 was made by NS and seconded by CW to approve Brent Mason, Lisa
Symington, Alexander Cresanti and Arikah Hubby from DFD as District Firefighters. Motion
Carried.

MOTION 24M23 was made by RF and seconded by DG to send the draft submission letter as a
formal reply regarding the new OSHA Emergency Response Standard, 29 CFR
1910.156, Docket No. OSHA–2007–0073. Motion Carried.

RESOLUTION 24R30 was made by RF and seconded by NS to authorize Rich French to attend
a recruitment and retention seminar being held in Westmoreland, NY on April 27 & 28, 2024.
GSA Per Diem rates will apply for lodging and expenses.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

MOTION 24M24 was made by RF, seconded by CW to adjourn the meeting at 8:16 PM in
memory of DFD Ladies Auxiliary Member, Carol Coonradt. Motion Carried.
Respectfully Submitted,
Sean Kerwin
Secretary/Treasurer

March Minute Draft

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North Greenbush Fire District No. 1
Minutes of the March 11, 2024 BOFC Monthly Meeting

Chairman Brian McCrae called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was
followed by a moment of silence for all departed District Firefighters.
Commissioners Present: Brian McCrae (BM), Nick Scifo (NS), Dan Garab (DG), Rich French
(RF) and Chris Wilson (CW) attended.

Other District Staff: District Counsel Terry Hannigan (TH), Secretary/Treasurer Sean Kerwin
(SK) and Director of Purchasing Robert Durivage (RD) were present.
Public Session: None

MOTION 24M15 was made by DG and seconded by RF approving the Chili Cook Off as an
approved Fire District event on 4/7/24 for DFD & WFD. Motion carried.
Approval of Prior Month’s Minutes:

MOTION 24M16 was made by RF and seconded by NS approving the February Minutes.
Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report for the period ending 2/29/2024:
SK presented the Treasurer’s Report (Copy attached).

RESOLUTION 24R15 was made by CW and seconded by RF to accept the Treasurer’s Report
as of February 29, 2024 as presented.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
Approval of Current Month’s Invoices:
SK presented the invoices/vouchers for approval by the Board (Copy attached).

RESOLUTION 24R16 was made by RF and seconded by CW, authorizing the payments of
invoices as presented for a total of $891,575.86, pending final audit and receipt of any necessary
paperwork.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

RESOLUTION 24R17 was made by RF and seconded by CW, authorizing the payments of an
invoices as presented for a total of $300.00 for Brian McCrae (Gym reimbursement).
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed with BM abstaining.

RESOLUTION 24R18 was made by NS and seconded by RF to approve the 2024 lawn care
contract for DFD and WFD with High Tech Lawn & Snow Service. The contract fee for WFD is
$2,830 and DFD is $5,300 for a total of $8,130.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

RESOLUTION 24R19 was made by CW and seconded by RF approving the purchases of 55
Portable Radio Batteries (40 for WFD & 15 for DFD) $3,366 and Radio Programming (DFD &
WFD) by Wells Communications/Bearcom $2,500.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

MOTION 24M17 was made by RF and seconded by NS to approve Andrew Morabito from
DFD as a District Firefighter. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 24R20 was made by DG and seconded by CW to authorize that electronic
payments can now be made to NYS Deferred Compensation & Payroll (state & federal)
payments.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

RESOLUTION 24R21 was made by DG and seconded by NS, accepting the NGFD No. 1
Regulatory Basis Financial Report Year Ending 12-31-2023 and accept as the Treasurer’s
Annual Report for 2023.
Chairman B. McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously

MOTION 24M18 was made by RF, seconded by CW to adjourn the meeting at 8:12 PM.
Motion Carried.
Respectfully Submitted,
Sean Kerwin
Secretary/Treasurer

Draft February Minutes

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North Greenbush Fire District No. 1
Minutes of the February 12, 2024 BOFC Monthly Meeting

Chairman Brian McCrae called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was
followed by a moment of silence for all departed District Firefighters.

Commissioners Present: Brian McCrae (BM), Nick Scifo (NS), Dan Garab (DG), Rich French
(RF) and Chris Wilson (CW) attended.

Other District Staff: District Counsel Terry Hannigan (TH), Secretary/Treasurer Sean Kerwin
(SK) and Director of Purchasing Robert Durivage (RD) were present.

Public Session: None

MOTION 24M09 was made by NS and seconded by RF approving one facility use request from
DFD. Motion carried.

Approval of Prior Month’s Minutes and Organizational Minutes 1/8/24:
MOTION 24M10 was made by RF and seconded by CW approving the January Minutes and Organizational Minutes on 1/8/24. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report for the period ending 1/31/2024:
SK presented the Treasurer’s Report (Copy attached).
RESOLUTION 24R08 was made by DG and seconded by CW to accept the Treasurer’s Report
as of January 31, 2024 as presented.

Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
Approval of Current Month’s Invoices:
SK presented the invoices/vouchers for approval by the Board (Copy attached).
RESOLUTION 24R09 was made by RF and seconded by CW, authorizing the payments of
invoices as presented for a total of $143,934.67, pending final audit and receipt of any necessary
paperwork. RF discussed the older invoices from Vander Molen (VM) from last year and was
disappointed that VM sent them in so late.

Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION 24R10 was made by NS and seconded by CW to authorize the preventive
maintenance and repair work to Bulldog.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed with 4 Aye’s and Rich
French Nay.
RESOLUTION 24R11 was made by NS, seconded by CW, declaring end of service Personal
Protective Equipment Surplus, consisting of 5 pairs of boots, 17 bunker pants, 18 helmets and
13 coats. The total value of this surplus is less than $20K and is no longer needed by the Fire
District. The Board directed RD to surplus this equipment and attempt to sell at Auctions
International or dispose of the equipment listed on the Inventory Disposal Form.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

MOTION 24M11 was made by RF and seconded by CW establishing a new ongoing
recruitment and retention committee consisting of BM, RF and CW. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION 24R12 was made by CW and seconded by NS approving the purchases of ten
New Portable Radio Batteries @ $79.90 (5 WFD & 5 for DFD) $799.00 and a Fire Police Coat
(E. Coonradt) Garrison $90.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION 24R13 was made by DG and seconded by NS to adopt the updated NGFD
cellphone policy change regarding that a stipend be added not to exceed $40 monthly.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

MOTION 24M12 was made by RF and seconded by CW to revise the sexual harassment SOG
#904 to include that annual training be provided and required. Motion carried.
TH informed the Board that this policy will need to be updated and will work with RD to
complete a draft policy for the Board’s review.

MOTION 24M13 was made by RF and seconded by NS to approve Callahan Urquhart and
Andrew Thomas from DFD and Kevin Warner from WFD as District Firefighters. Motion
carried.

RESOLUTION 24R14 was made by DG and seconded by CW approving the purchases of up to
six cellular iPads for chief officers as per the proposed purchasing plan.
Chairman Brian McCrae requested a roll call vote: The Resolution passed unanimously.

MOTION 24M14 was made by RF, seconded by CW to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM.
Motion Carried.
Respectfully Submitted,
Sean Kerwin
Secretary/Treasurer

Monthly Agenda

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Monthly Agenda

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                                         

ROLL CALL:

PUBLIC SESSION: 

DISTRICT BUILDING REPORT:

Fire District Committee for WFD Building Upgrade:      

 

DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT’S REPORTS:

DFD President’s Report

WFD President’s Report 

APPROVAL OF PRIOR MONTH’S MINUTES:

TREASURER’S REPORT:

APPROVAL OF CURRENT MONTH’S INVOICES:

CORRESPONDENCE:

Received

Sent

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

 

DEPARTMENT CHIEF’S REPORTS:

DFD Chief’s Report –

WFD Chief’s Report –

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Apparatus/Equipment & Needs Committee                             

Building/Grounds:                                                                     

District Personnel:                                                                      

Finance/Insurance/Audit:                                                        

Long Range Planning:                                                                

Policies, Procedures & Membership:                                     

LOSAP:             

                                                                                                     

SPECIAL COMMITTEES:

Business Operations & Technology:                                    

Development Plan Review                                                       

Firematic Operations:     

 

PUBLIC SESSION

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