Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekly Update for Friday, September 25, 2015.

It's been a rough week. I went to Maine Med yesterday to visit the gentleman from the accident on Wednesday. All things considered, he's in good spirits.  When mishaps like this occur, the rumor mill churns at full capacity and things tend to get exaggerated. Please keep in mind, the people involved in this mishap, firefighters and civilians, have a right to privacy. An internal safety inquiry into this mishap is in progress. Chief Johnson from Hollis FD will be conducting that inquiry. While the inquiry is in progress, please refer any questions from the public, media, etc. to either me or the Deputy.  Anyone who wishes to speak with Chief Johnson regarding this matter is encouraged to do so.

York County Fire School: Is this weekend. We'll have 3 attending the aerials class in West Kennebunk and 3 juniors attending the Intro class in Old Orchard. The students will be in Windham at the BPOC class.  Manpower may be at a premium this weekend.

Outdoor burning and permits:  We need rain! Even though we've been having class 2 days, I've restricted burning to after 1700, as a safety measure.

Engine 83:  I took it to East Coast for the damage estimate. That estimate should be ready by Monday. The insurance adjuster will be here on Monday.  We've asked Triple M Plastics in West Kennebunk to look into modifying the hose trays to install some type of catch to prevent hose from sliding out. More on that to follow.

Station Generator: It's toast. I understand that the main control board is shot. I'll be discussing options with the Fire Commission. Please review the procedures for opening the over head doors without electricity.

Ladder 82: It appears that all rear brake rotors need to be replaced. Expensive, but simple enough right? Well....rotors for that truck are no longer manufactured. My intention is to take the truck out of service.

Grants: I need some help preparing this year's AFG grant requests. If anyone is interested in helping  me with this process, please ask. Basically, data entry, town demographics, justifying the need, writing the narrative, etc.

EMS Region 1 and APEMS:  There are some changes in the works in EMS. On July 1st, Atlantic Partners EMS began administration of Region 1. APEMS won the contract over Southern Maine EMS, Inc.  APEMS brings a lot more experience and resources to Region 1. I think this change is going to be for the better. I've attended several leadership meetings with APEMS and area EMS agencies, and  I have had some one-on-one time with various APEMS staff members. What I'm hearing is encouraging. I'm optimistic that what I'm hearing in the way of training, QA/QI, CEH process, will become practice soon.  APEMS has partnered with York County Community College for delivery of EMT classes. They have an affiliation with Lifesafety Resources to provide technical rescue, HAZMAT and other type training.

Blood Drive: October 3rd. 0900-1400.  Please contact FF Chris Ray if your available to assist.

Fire Prevention Week: Starts Monday October 5th. We will be having an open house at the fire station on Tuesday, October 6th 1800-2000. Capt Lang is organizing this event.  Because of the open house, the GMFRA meeting will be held on Monday, Oct 5th.

LODD Bergen, NY.   Assistant Chief Barry Miller. 50 y/o
Fire Department: Bergen Fire Department (Volunteer)
Address: PO Box 428, 10 Hunter ST, Bergen, NY 14416-0428
Fire Department Chief: Kevin Finucane
Incident Description: While responding to an emergency call for a male with chest pain, Chief Miller died from injuries sustained when the fire department ambulance he was a passenger in collided with a slow moving backhoe loader. The driver and one other crew member on board the ambulance were not injured. The ambulance was traveling east on Bovee Road in Riga, New York, when the accident occurred. According to media reports quoting law enforcement officials, early morning sunshine and fog were contributing factors to the fatal accident which remains under investigation by local and state authorities.

EMS Protocol Updates: Phase Two of this year's protocol updates are effective as of December 1, 2015.  Education for the Phase Two update is now available on MEMSEd, which can be found at under “Online Services”.

The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for September 24, 2015 contains the following articles:
1. EMS Response to Butane Hash Incidents
2. Planning for Animals in Disasters
3. 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awards

National Fire Academy Course Vacancies: Vacancies exist in the following NFA courses at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. For details on applying for a class, visit or contact the Admissions Office via email or by phone at (301) 447-1035. Completed applications may be faxed to (301) 447-1441.   If interested, apply immediately! Classes are FREE! Travel and lodging is too. USFA pays for your transportation and room.

Events Next Week: Saturday and Sunday: York County Fire School. SMCC Live-in Basic Pumps Class.  Monday; Lions Club 1830. Tuesday; 0900 SCBA Flow Tests, 1830 Chief's Call. Wednesday; 1000 Fire Inspection Briarwood, 1300 Fire Inspection Lyman Elem, 1300 DOT Route 111 meeting; 1830 Fire Officer I Class.  Thursday; Full-time Interviews. Friday. 0900 Fire Commission (special), 0900 Fire Safety at Dayton School.

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