Retirement: With much regret, I have to announce that Deputy Chief Chad Johnston will be retiring from the GMFR on July 1st, following over 30-years of service. Chad started as a Junior in 1987.
Much of the progress this department has experienced over the years has been because of Chad's hardwork, dedication and professionalism. He has been a key figure in transitioning this organization from a private corporation to a municipal fire department. His contributions and foresight have made us a resilient and well prepared organization. Chad has been my Deputy and right-hand for over 6-years. I for one, will miss his advise and assistance.
Tuesday Night Training: Hose Deployment/Advancement, Hose Loads. 1800 meet at station. FMI: Lt Martin.
RIT Class: Due to a lack of enrollment, the RIT class originally scheduled for April 27, 28 & 29, has been cancelled.
Live Fire Burns: We will be holding live fire training on Sunday, April 29th. FMI: Captain Daniels or Lt Martin.
Auto Extrication Class: We're in the process of organizing an auto extrication class for the weekend of June 2 and 3. FMI: Lt Johnston.
Forestry 87: Lt Johnston is making steady progress on the refitting of the new pump. It is in place and plumbed, but not yet operational.
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for April 19, 2018 contains the following articles:
1. What is your fire department's safety culture?
2. New DHS best practices guide on disaster area access
3. FEMA PrepTalks gives national emergency management experts the stage
4. National Level Exercise 2018 to focus on hurricane response
Firefighter Near Miss: Moving Apparatus, Tight Quarters and Lots of People Can Create Hazards. The apparatus bay is a familiar place and one we like to spend time in. A quick exercise session, training, cleaning equipment—we log a lot of hours on the apparatus floor. Do we ever think it could be dangerous?
Replacing EPI-Pens with EPI-Kits: We are replacing the EPI-Pen auto-injectors with Curaplex EPI-Kits. Each ambulance's Red Bag Out of Drug Box pouches now contain an EPI-Kit. (The EPI Junior and Adult pens are available in those bags for another month, when they expire).
In service training is required on the new EPI-Kits. Please Captain Daniels for FF Gambino to get trained on the use of these kits (CEH's awarded!).
Next Chiefs' Call: I've scheduled a Chiefs' Call for Thursday, May 3rd at 1830.
Banquet Tickets: Deadline for banquet tickets is May 5th. Please make hotel reservations before May 9th. 646-1100.
Station Grounds Clean Up Day: May 12th, starting at 0800. FMI: Captain Daniels.
Lieutenant Vacancy: We currently have one Lieutenant vacancy. Next week I will put out guidelines on a process to develop a list of eligibles for promotion to Lieutenant. In the meantime; if you have aspirations of becoming a Fire Officer, please review Directive 2215.
Events Next Week: Tuesday: 1800 Fire Training. 1800 Candidate Interviews. Thursday: 1600 Chief Officer Meeting. 1800 Chief's Candidate Interviews. Friday: 0800 Special Fire Commission meeting.
National Fire Academy: U.S. Fire (USFA) Have you submitted your #NFA application yet? What are you waiting for? https://t.co/DHSAhck6if https://t.co/dZ2x7hn0NZ
Have a great weekend,
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002
"Experience is the name we give our mistakes."