Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekly Update for Friday, March 20, 2015

PAT: Physical Agility Testing is now in progress. This Saturday at 0930, again on Tuesday at 0930 and at 1830. Please get this done at your earliest opportunity. This is a mandatory requirement for everyone regardless of job assignment.

EVO Training: Directive 2202 has been updated to streamline the driver qualification process. The second step in smoothing out this process is developing SOGs and evaluation criteria for each level of EVO. The Training Officer and the Engineers are working on this.

SCBA qualifications: Directive 2313 has been developed. This allows for using SCBA trained personnel (IE: SCBA cleared but not yet certified BLS for FF2) in non-interior structural fire attack.

SOG 3604/Fittings, Nozzles, Hose & Appliances: This SOG has just be put into the SOG folder. It outlines what we are (or should be) carrying on each piece of apparatus. This will be used to base inventories on and to make sure we are distributing  this equipment uniformly.

Chief's Call: The next Chief''s Call is March 31st at 1830.  We'll be going over these new Directives and SOGs. Among other topics.

GMFR Hiring:  We'll be doing a recruiting period from now until mid-April. We'll be looking for call force, per diem and creating a hiring list for unanticipated full-time openings. Applications will be on the website soon. If you know of anyone who would be a good fit, encourage them to submit an application and/or give me a call.

Engine 83: Progress is moving forward. In preparaion for delivery, I highly recommend all EVO2's review the videos on the pressure governor and the Husky 3 foam system. These videos are  available on our website

Rescue 85: We're still having alternator problems. It appears the radio issue is resolved, but the alternators aren't putting out the required amperage. Lt Johnston has contacted Prime Ford and they are looking for an answer. This may be a firmware issue. More to follow.

AED grant project: Maine Care Development (MCD) Public Health has obtained a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to place AED's in rural parts of Maine. The Fire Commission has authorized us to participate in this program. We'll be working with MCD to place AEDs in parts of Lyman and Dayton. Our priority will be public places the furthest distance from the fire station. We'll help with installation of the AED and provide CPR training for employees of establishment were the AED will be installed. Captain Harris will be coordinating this project and we'll be writing a business plan (in the form of an SOG) for running the program. More to follow.

Buxton FD Hiring; Opening for Firefighter/Paramedic (A-EMT is acceptable). For an application package click here   ApplicationPackage  Application deadline is April 3rd.

From Chief Dave Lord, Alfred FD: "Please extend my sincere thanks to all of your personnel who responded to our recent structure fire at 35 Blueberry Hill Rd in Alfred. Due to the time of day, limited resources are available for fires such as this. Only with mutual aid is a battle like this brought to a successful conclusion. It is comforting to know that when we need the help that you and your crews are available to assist. Thank you all for your help."
David D. Lord
Alfred Fire & Rescue

Events next week: Saturday; SCBA/PAT refresher 0930. Tuesday; Alpha Co. 1830, SCBA/PAT 0930 and 1830. Wednesday; Banquet Cmte 1900. Thursday; Bravo Co 1830, Lyman Charter Cmsn 1830. Thursday and Friday;C81 & C82 at Maine Chief's Conference in Sunday River.

Duty Officer: I89/Investigator Bilodeau.

Have a great weekend!

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