CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Monday, May 2, 2022

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:30 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:18 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 Donna M Colorio
 
Also:WFD Acting Chief Martin Dyer WFD Support Services Acting Deputy Chief Adam Roche WFD Operations Deputy Chief John Powers Assistant City Clerk Clare Robbins, clerk
 
1.

Virtual Attendee Call-In Information

1a.

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may attend the meeting in-person within the meeting location, follow the below link to join via Zoom or dial the direct line as indicated.

Public Safety Committee Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/93622914564
Public Safety Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Public Safety Committee Zoom Access Code: 936 2291 4564

Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Public Safety hereby approves the minutes of the Public Safety Committee meeting on April 20, 2022.

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the order. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

3.

Communications of the City Manager - Fire Department

3a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning the Fire Department Strategic Plan. # 10.10A CM April 5, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and recognized the WFD Acting Chief, who provided an overview of the Fire Department Strategic Plan.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the WFD Support Services Acting Deputy Chief, who provided a presentation on the Fire Department Strategic Plan, including the timeline of the development of the plan and actions taken concerning the ten initiatives for improvement identified by the Strategic Planning Committee, which are leadership, communication network, chain of command, standard operating procedures, training, professional development; recruitment, application, and hiring process, operational staffing, support services staffing, and emergency response deployment.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the WFD Acting Chief, who discussed the impact of the initiatives on daily workload, the institution of the chain of command, feedback concerning the chain of command, new archival system for WFD documents, and the timeline for the plan with the WFD Support Services Acting Deputy Chief and the WFD Operations Deputy Chief.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the WFD Operations Deputy Chief, who discussed the efficiency of the increased training firefighters and improvement on the proficiency of operations as a result.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey then discussed the marketing and recruitment for summer boot camp for high school students, providing internships for Marketing students at QCC to create marketing campaign for the summer boot camp with the WFD Acting Chief.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Fire Chief consider working with Marketing students at QCC for a marketing project on social media for the WFD summer boot camp.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the WFD Acting Chief, who discussed the plans concerning the construction of the South station building, equipment improvement and funding for the department, the positive impact of the unmanned aircraft system and the needs for strong policy and oversight for the system.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the Councilor Colorio, who discussed the feedback from WFD staff members to the strategic plan with the WFD Support Services Acting Deputy Chief and the WFD Operations Deputy Chief.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized the following speaker:
1. Greg Degermajian, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor nor opposed to the item

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Fire Chief provide City Council with report concerning the Worcester Fire Departmentís equipment usage, including usage of equipment containing PFAS.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Fire Chief consider working with Marketing students at QCC for a marketing project on social media for the WFD summer boot camp.

Request City Manager request Fire Chief provide City Council with report concerning the Worcester Fire Departmentís equipment usage, including usage of equipment containing PFAS.

4.

Communications of the City Manager - Police Department

4a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an Unmanned Aircraft System Proposal. # 18a CC April 12, 2022

In Committee April 20, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

4b.

Transmitting an informational communication concerning how the cityís recently passed ordinance relative to facial recognition technology applies to the use of drones. # 15a CC April 12, 2022

In Committee April 20, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold