Annual Core Training: This Monday evening, 1/18 at 1800. Next session is Friday 1/22 at 0830. This is mandatory training required by the Maine Bureau of Labor Standards. This training is required for EVERYONE regardless of training level or skill set.
Busy Week: We had an unusually busy week last week. Since last Friday, we've run 27 calls! We had several simultaneously (back to back). One of our back to back calls was a MVA with entrapment at Ed's Grove. E83 was released from the call it was on and responded. Along with mutual aid from Waterboro and Hollis. I received a very complementary e-mail from Deputy Chief Bennett (WFD). To quote her e-mail; "Your crew was great to work with today". Deputy Bennett isn't free wheeling with compliments. Last Saturday, we responded to Labbe Ln off Wadlin Road in Biddeford on a chimney fire which, on arrival was almost through the roof. Biddeford upgraded to a structural assignment. I received a thank you e-mail from Captain Pothier (BFD). E83 was on scene shortly ahead of Biddeford's engine. Capt Pothier noted that Capt Harris and crew, "really made the difference". Thanks everyone who stepped up this week. I got home last night, so hopefully things will slow down now.
Fire Instructor I/II Course in Old Orchard: MFSI is holding a Fire Instructor course in Old Orchard. Registration deadline is 2/10. Class orientation is 2/17. This course will run on Wednesday nights. If interested submit a training request ASAP. Fire Instructor I also satisfies the training class for an EMS IC. This is a great opportunity close to home. Prerequisites are Firefighter II and 3-years fire service experience. FMI; Fire Instructor Course Flyer
National Fire Academy Classes in Brunswick: MFSI will be hosting two NFA classes at the Brunswick campus on March 12 and 13. The coureses are; "Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction" and "Shaping the Future". FMI; NFA Course Flyer
Respiratory Questionnaires and Physicals: By now everyone should have their respiratory questionnaire completed. If not, please do so ASAP. Many of you have completed your physicals at Workwell. Thanks for getting this done promptly. Very much appreciated!
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for January 14, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. "Chemical Agents of Opportunity" Training
2. Health Needs of Older Adults During Disasters
3. Firefighter Cancer Webinar for Volunteers
Ladder 82: It's back in service. Alternator issues have been fixed and the welding on the bucket has been completed. We still have several category II & III items remaining. The pump is still out of service for the change-over switch and packing. I want to thank Lt Johnston for all the time and effort he put into getting the truck back in service. Also, Southern Maine Mobile Truck spent several hours trouble shooting the electrical problem and only billed us for 2 hours. Phoenix Welding of Portland did the welding work for no cost.
Annual Awards: Please submit your nominations. The form is available on the website. Click Here
Students: Winter break ends Monday. FF Tarbel will be coming back (if he's not here already). Our newest student, FF Nicki Fowlie will be moving in this weekend.
Next Blood Drive: Saturday, February 6th.
Ice Fishing Derby: Saturday, February 6th. Keep pushing the raffle tickets!
Events Next Week: Monday; Core Training 1800. Thursday; Fire Commission 1830, Friday; Core Training 0830.
Have a safe, warm, weekend.
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002