Friday, October 23, 2015

Weekly Update for Friday, October 23, 2015

Open Shifts:Open ShiftsNovember:  8, 10, 16, 17, 23, 25. all 0700-1900. FF/EVO1.
December: 1, 2, 3, 9, 11, 14, 31, all 0700-1900. FF/EVO1.
Christmas Holiday Coverage: 
24th; 0700-1900 FF/EVO1. 1900-0700 EMT/FF/EVO2.
25th; 0700-1900; 2 vacancies. 1 must be an EMT.
(Holiday incentive pay applies after 1900 on 12/24.)
Quarterly Report: My quarterly report to the fire commission is posted on the website.
Chief''s Quarterly Report 3rd Qtr 2015
Halloween: Saturday, Oct. 31st.  A box is in the watch desk for candy donations. Thanks.
Live Fire training: November 1st in Hollis. Sign up is the bulletin board. So far we have a crew of 14 signed up.
EMS Protocol Updates: Deadline is December 1st.  Log on to MEMSED to complete the training. Lt Sarto will be scheduling 2 classroom session for the update training.
EMS Documentation Class: November 4th at 1830 in West Kennebunk. This class will last about an hour. the instructor is Nate Yerxa, Quality Improvement Coordinator for APEMS.  CEH's will be awarded.
Cold Weather: I hate to bring it up, but, winter isn't far off. This week we turned on the boiler to heat the apparatus bays. Now that the heat is on, t is very important to be sure the over head doors are closed.  Also, take some time to go over your turnout gear. Make sure you're ready for the cold.
Chili Cook off & Cribbage Tourney: Sponsored by Dayton Park & Rec for Sunday, November 22nd 1200-1600 at the fire station.
Fishing Derby:  February 6, 2016 at Kennebunk Pond.  Help is needed selling raffle tickets See Lt Daniels. 10 tickets for raffle in each of your mail slots for members that haven't received any. The instructions are on them. If you choose not to sell any then please return them to Lt Daniel's mail slot. Thank You for all your efforts!
Learning Resource Center Updates from the U.S. Fire Administration. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
Highlights:  Libguides in the Library - see our tutorials on how to access our ebooks on your mobile device, learn how to find and evaluate scholarly resources and see our other research guides
Refugees and displaced persons - one of our featured library collections this month.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Take just a minute and see what we have for you
Juvenile Fire Setter Program. The York County Juvenile Fire Safety & Intervention Collaborative, is alive and well. If anyone has any interest in working with the JFSIC, Please contact Pam Tourangeau at 459-2463. The Maine Fire Marshal's Office and the Southern Maine Community College Fire Science Department are sponsoring this class. The course will be held at the SMCC South Portland Campus, Howe Hall, 2 Fort Road, South Portland ME 04106
November 7 & 8, 2015. Pre registration is required. There is no cost to attend this course
Class length is 16 hours - Class maximum - 25
Certificate of Completion issued by the National Fire Academy/FEMA
Course Instructor: Pamela Tourangeau, LCPC, NCC, NFA Instructor
York County Juvenile Fire Safety & Intervention Collaborative
Coffee Break Training:
Coffee Break Training: Professional Development in the Modern Fire Service, Part 1 of 3
Learning Objective: The student will be able to understand the concept and tools of professional development as a lifelong commitment to their own education and safety. (PDF 96 KB)

Did you know that you can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing Coffee Break Training self-assessments? It's easy to earn CEUs on your Coffee Break. Register at NFA Online and then visit the Coffee Break online courses page to enroll for an exam.

More info on the NFA's Coffee Break training is available at
"THANKS FOR GIVING" 4TH ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE. The staff at the Town Office and townspeople in Lyman will be hosting our Annual Food Drive on Election day, Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Your non-perishable food items and cash donations are being accepted now and through the end of November at the town office. Your donations benefit the York County Shelter and Food Pantry in Alfred. Your generosity is greatly appreciated as we strive to assist those in need!
On October 20th there was an article in the Bangor Daily News Maine’s small-town fire departments struggle to find volunteers, money .  I found it to be a regurgitation of the same things written in every newspaper article on the topic. The only new information in this article was about the Recruiting and Retention work group that he legislature has put together.  Buxton's Chief Nate Schools is going to be representing York County on that panel.  I sent a letter to the Editor of the BDN. I'm not sure if it will get published. The BDN told me I'm over the maximum number of words.
I've posted a copy of my letter to the Chief 81 blog.
Events Next week:  Tue 10/27 Charlie Co.  Thu 10/29 Delta Co.
Several officers will be in Waterboro for the SLICE-RS class on Saturday. And two students and one engine will be in Hollis for the end test.

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