CSFA Connection
Dec. 14, 2013

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Memorial fund created for former CSFA president's granddaughter after daughter, granddaughter perish in fatal highway accident
San Diego Times-Union
Jillian Sedivec, 28, and her daughter, 4-year-old Savanah Wilson, were heading north on Interstate 5 when their 2007 GMC Yukon crashed into the back of the supermarket cargo hauler at the end of a line of trucks preparing to enter the San Onofre Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility, according to the California Highway Patrol. The victims were the daughter and granddaughter of Jeff Sedivec, who served as CSFA president from 1995 to 2004. Sedivec is retired from Santa Ana Fire Department.

The impact left the hood and part of the interior of the SUV wedged underneath the cargo trailer of the supermarket delivery vehicle.  Both Jillian and her child, who was in the back seat of the SUV, died at the scene, CHP public affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

Condolences via e-mail may be sent to Jeff at jeffs@heritagewifi.com.

The Jillian and Savanah Sedivec Memorial Fund, hosted by an online fundraising site called Fundrazr, will help support 8-year-old Cydney Wilson, Jeff Sedivec’s surviving granddaughter. The family plans to begin an educational fund for her.

To learn about the memorial fund follow this link:
http://fnd.us/c/8f0c6/sh/72RAM6

To learn more about the accident follow this link:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/12/memorial-fund-jillian-sedivec/ More

Affordable Care Act could impact fire service, IAFC and CSFA urge action
CSFA
The Protect Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act will amend the definition of "employee" under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to create a clear exemption for nominally compensated volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel.More

NIOSH: Delays in certification of SCBA to NFPA 1981 & 1982, 2013 editions
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health via CDC
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through their National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) has reported chemical warfare agent testing of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for compliance with NFPA 1981: Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services was done at a lower level of chemical agent concentration than required by NIOSH test procedures. As a result, all SCBA units and configurations tested from June 2012 to the present must be retested. This affects a small number of SCBA tested to the 2007 edition of NFPA 1981 and all units tested to date for compliance with the 2013 edition of NFPA 1981.

NIOSH has posted a User Alert which can be viewed at here.

NIOSH had previously identified a delay in testing and certifying SCBA to the 2013 edition of NFPA 1981, resulting in the NFPA Standards Council issuing Tentative Interim Amendment #13-1 (TIA), extending until February 28, 2014, the deadline for certification organizations and manufacturers to cease labeling SCBA as compliant to the 2007 edition of NFPA 1981. NIOSH has developed an expedited retesting plan and estimates all required testing will be completed by April 1, 2014, and has requested the Respiratory Protection Equipment Technical Committee to consider extending or removing the revised end date authorized in TIA 13-1.

NFPA 1982: Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS) is equally impacted as it recommends the same certification and testing compliance dates as NFPA 1981. The Electronic Safety Equipment Technical Committee and the Respiratory Protection Technical Committee are in close communication and are developing a joint response to the NIOSH request.

To stay up to date on any proposed changes, visit the NFPA 1981 Document Information Page here, or the Document Information Page for NFPA 1982 here, and sign up to be alerted of any future actions.

For more information contact Dave Trebisacci, 617-984-7420.More

Feds seeking SCBA cylinders for safety research project
PHMSA
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is conducting research to determine if there is any safety risk associated with the use of SCBA cylinders beyond the 15-year service life used by fire departments. To complete this research, PHMSA is requesting fire departments donate eligible SCBA cylinders to be used for the study.More

Uncle Sam offers free wildland firefighting health and safety fact sheet
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health via CDC
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has released a new fact sheet targeted to wildland firefighters and supervisors. "Wildland Firefighting Hot Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy" offers recommendations to help protect wildland firefighters while on the job. Click here to view the fact sheet.More

Pension Update: CSFA's weekly round-up of public pension news, comment
CSFA
Here is a weekly round-up of news and opinion on the pension issue. Stay informed on this important issue and pass these on to neighbors and colleagues.More

Jeff Lundstrom: Weekly Economic Update — Money Sense
CSFA

Read CSFA-recommended financial registered representative Jeff Lundstrom's Weekly Economic Update — Money Sense here.



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Mammoth Fire remembers one of its own
Sierra Wave Media
It is with great sadness that Mammoth Lakes Fire Department reports the passing of long time friend and colleague William "Billy" Anderson, retired division chief with MLFD. Anderson was diagnosed with brain cancer a few months ago that was determined to be caused by his years of fighting fires.More

Report: Palo Alto firefighters are burning through overtime budget
Contra Costa Times
The Palo Alto Fire Department has burned through 50 percent of its annual overtime budget, according to a new report. The department has spent $718,000 on overtime. That's $147,000 more than it had spent by this time last year.More

Fire positions created as merger with Upland and Montclair begins
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
The City Council authorized the creation of two new high-level fire positions as part of an effort to combine Upland fire staff with Montclair. Two deputy fire chief positions will be added to the payroll and one battalion chief position will be eliminated.More

4 firefighters injured while fighting Carbondale blaze
Citizens' Voice
His face streaked black with ash, Carbondale fire Chief Chris Pezak stood near the smoldering house and talked about the collapse that recently left four firefighters injured. "It was like in slow motion," he said. "It started just crumbling."More

New York: FDNY sends ambulance bill to 'Unknown Asian'
New York Post
The New York Fire Department sent out a demand for payment addressed only to "unknown Asian" after EMS workers filled in sketchy patient information for a $784 ambulance ride.More