Congratulations: FF Issiac Hooper who has graduated to the ranks of the Juniors' to Senior Firefighter. Issiac is a FF1 through the Sanford RTC program. He is currently enrolled in the Basic EMT program at SRTC.
If you haven't noticed, it is brutally cold. According to the weather channel it will be sub-freezing until Tuesday, then we'll see a balmy 44. Please, dress appropriately when going on calls! Carry spare gloves, socks, a hat, hood. Look out for each other. Pumps need to cycle water when parked out side. This article is a little dated, but cold has been cold since before fire...
Winter College Break: The students are on winter break until January 15th. A call force driver is needed for all calls.
Firefighter I & II Academy: The York County Class of 2018 started this past Wednesday. 20 students are enrolled in this year's Academy. Our Sandy Guillemette was seated in the front row. We will be asked to supply apparatus & drivers, assistant instructors, etc. over the next few months.
Live Fire Burn: We have a building to use for training for the next few weeks. On Saturday, January 6th we will conduct some live fire training and burn the building. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Please sign up to attend this training.
Engineer Qualification: We are working on updating the qualification requirements for Engineers. My intentions are to make Engineers more of a training certification/qualification rather than an appointed position. At a minimum, Engineers would be required to have a CDL, EVO3 qualified, be a certified Fire Instructor, complete selected advanced pumps and water supply classes along with other requirements. These requirements will soon be published in a directive similar to the line officer requirements. If anyone has any input, suggestions or comments on Engineer qualifications, please come talk with me.
Upcoming National Fire Academy and MFSI Courses in Maine:
Preparation of Initial Company Operations; Goodwins Mills, January 18, 20, 25.
Strategies and Tactic for Initial Company Operatoins; Hollis, March 1, 3 and 8.
Health & Safety Officer (F0730), Augusta, February 26 & 27.
Fire Instructor I and II: Falmouth, Starting January 31st.
Training Operations in Small Departments (F0290): Brunswick, March 10 & 11.
Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting for the Structural Company Officer (F0610): Brunswick, March 10 & 11.
Command and Control of Incident Operations (N0831); Brunswick, May 20 through May 25.
Maine State Weekend at the NFA; June 2018.
Flyers are on the bulletin board.
Basic EMT class: West Kennebunk starting January 9th. FMI www.unitedambulance.com
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for December 14, 2017 contains the following articles:
1. Chief's Guide to Carfentanil: the elephant tranquilizer in the room
2. Implications of liquid assets on American preparedness
3. EMI Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program January-March 2018 schedule
4. The Internet of Things Risks to Homeland Security
All-Hazards Articles Alert for First Responder Journals
NETC Library:Stay current on what's appearing in the fire and emergency services sectors' most trusted journals. What you'll find in our update available here:
Fire/EMS Research Monitor - links to descriptions of 10 recent emergency services related studies on volunteer firefighters, opioid epidemic, firefighter health and fitness and more.
Descriptions of some of the latest published research as well as professional trade journal articles on fire, EMS and all-hazards topics. This update includes citations to recent issues of JEMS, Fire Risk Management, Size Up, Fire Engineering, FS-World, NFPA Journal and others.
EMS License plates were approved by the Legislature and will be available beginning January 1, 2018. A flyer is posted in the bulletin board.
Next Chief's Call: Tuesday, January 30th. Officers at 1800, all hands at 1900. Saco PD Deputy Chief Corey Huntress will be providing a class on sexual harassment. This training is mandatory for everyone. Considering some internal events over the summer and fall, along with the national climate on the subject, I thought it was time we had a conversation on this topic. We all need to be on the same page as to what sexual harassment, and harassment in general, is and what it isn't.
From the National Firefighter Code of Ethics: "Never harass, intimidate or threaten fellow members of the service or the public and stop or report the actions of other firefighters who engage in such behaviors."
Open Shifts: At the moment, all shifts are covered. I do want to put on a driver (EVO1) for the overnight on 12/24 and 12/31. Please let me know if your interested.
Events Next Week: Monday: RIT Training Meeting 1000; Lions at 1830. Tuesday: Training at 1830, Chimney Fires?. Wednesday: 1830 Lieutenants' Meeting. Thursday: Chiefs at 1600.
Have a great weekend, stay warm!
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002