CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Monday, March 15, 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 5:02 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:37 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Vice Chairperson Sarai Rivera
Councilor Donna M Colorio
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey Councilor Sarai Rivera Councilor Donna M. Colorio
 
Also:Fire Chief Michael Lavoie City Clerk Nikolin Vangjeli
 
1.

Approval of the Minutes

1a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee on Public Safety hereby approves the minutes of the Public Safety Committee meeting on February 10, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

2.

Public Participation

2a.

In order to ensure the continuation of active public engagement, the City of Worcester will now use a phone conference line for members of the public to participate in all public meetings. To participate during the public participation phase of City Council, you may call the direct line indicated: Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 160 103 8135) or enter the below URL into your web browser. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user during public participation you may dial *3. https://cow.webex.com/cow/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec4960c510c91db8c87c286941d478ec0

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Christine Tosti, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to any item on the agenda

3.

Communication of the City Manager - Fire Department

3a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Fire Department Master Plan. # 8.9A CM February 4, 2020

In Committee May 19, 2020 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and recognized the Fire Chief, who discussed the timeline for when the Worcester Fire Department Master Plan would be completed, as well as how the Master Plan would be used to develop strategies used within the department moving forward.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Fire Chief provide City Council with a report outlining the costs associated with the process of becoming an accredited fire department, including information relative to registration fees.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held. Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Fire Chief provide City Council with a report outlining the costs associated with the process of becoming an accredited fire department, including information relative to registration fees.

3b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Fire Department safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. # 9.9A CM May 26, 2020

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and recognized the Fire Chief, who discussed the number of COVID-19 cases within the Fire Department.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized Councilor Rivera and Councilor Colorio, who spoke to the many operations being undertaken by the Fire Department during COVID-19.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

3c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Fire Department staffing, training and the next recruit academy. # 9.9A CM January 5, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and recognized the Fire Chief, who discussed the various training procedures currently taking place and potential recruit classes in the future.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey discussed ways to make the hiring process more diverse with the Fire Chief.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized Councilor Rivera, who discussed involving the Fire Department within the cityís schools with the Fire Chief.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Fire Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the departmentís efforts to expand the diversity of applicants to the Fire Department.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Fire Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the departmentís efforts to expand the diversity of applicants to the Fire Department.