Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly Update for Friday, May 19, 2017

OPEN SHIFTS: JUNE Tue 6/20 0700-1900. JULY: Wed 7/6 0700-1900, Wed 7/19 0700-1900, Wed 7/26 0700-1900, Thu 7/27 0700-1900 (need 2), 1900-0700. AUGUST; Fri 8/4 0700-1900, Sat 8/12 0700-1900, Sun 8/20 0700-1900. 
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Call Volume:  We've had a rather busy week. In the past 5 days we've run 18 calls. We went mutual aid Sunday night to the multi-trauma crash on Route 117 in Hollis. The Deputy, FF Boyden and FF Demers had a very critical patient to transport to MMC.  The next morning we had an extensive extrication on Route 202 near Ed's Grove. Good work on the extrication and tremendous help from Waterboro.  It's great to have fire-police. I wish we had a few more. Traffic on Route 202 at 6 am is heavy.  Great job by everyone this week. Thank you!  
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Memorial Day:  Lt Martin has volunteered to head up the Memorial Day Parade Detail. Please contact him to help out.  He's looking to get a  head count of who's available. Needed are drivers, help prepping apparatus (cleaning), traffic control and a general Firefighter presence. 
Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th.  Please let Lt Martin know your availability by Friday the 26th.
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Flags through the Village: Thank you to the Juniors for getting the flags put up in the Village and through the Goodwins Mills Cemetery.  Great Job!
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Chief's Call: Tuesday, May 30th at 1830 at the station. 
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New Qualifications:  FF Steve Szostek has qualified as an EVO1.  FF Shevaughn Shay has qualified as a Basic Interior Firefighter. 
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Kennebunk EMS Day: Tomorrow 0900-1400 at Waterhouse Pavilion, Main St. Kennebunk.
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Non-Verbal Patients:  A few weeks ago we had a call involving a lost autistic person who couldn't speak. AChf Harris reached out to the Pine Tree Society to see what resources might be available to assist with these types of patient. And he discovered...."there's an App for that!"  Who'd thought.
So, please check out these apps. We're also going to load them on the ambulance Ipads.
    Phrase Board  (free)
    Speak Aid (99 cents)
    Small Talk (free)
    Answers: Yes/No (99 cents)
Please provide some feedback on the ones you feel are the most user friendly.
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Firefighter Cancer: Firefighters are getting cancer at alarming rates -- sometimes more than DOUBLE the cancer rates in the general public. Strong science has linked many of the chemical “flame retardants” firefighters are exposed to on the job with multiple types of cancer. Right now there is a bill before the Legislature -- LD 182 -- that would get toxic flame retardants out of Maine furniture.  The bill has strong support in committee, however, there is a large out-of-state lobby in opposition to this bill. Mostly manufacturers.  At this link https://actionnetwork.org/letters/flame-retardants?source=direct_link  you can learn more about this matter and send a direct e-mail message to our representatives in Augusta. 
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Live Fire Training: Hollis is doing live fire burns on Sunday June 11, starting at 0800. We have been invited to attend. If you're interested please contact AChf Harris.

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Emergency Medical Services Week — EMS Strong — Always in Service — May 21-27, 2017. Further information on USFA programs and activities in EMS may be found on the USFA website: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/operations/ops_ems.html. Additional information on OHA EMS initiatives may be found on the DHS website: https://www.dhs.gov/office-health-affairs.
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Dayton Voting: Absentee ballots are now available for the Municipal Election, and the State Referendum Election. There will also be a couple public hearings scheduled soon. We will update you when the dates and times are confirmed.  Actual voting is on June 13th and Town Meeting is June 15th at 7pm at the Dayton Town Hall.
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Lyman Voting: Lyman voting is on June 13th and Town Meeting is on June 15th at 7pm at Lyman Elementary School.
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Have a great weekend,
Chief




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Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002
Office: 207-499-7878
Station: 207-499-2362
Fax: 207-499-2893
www.gmfd.org