Friday, February 19, 2016

Weekly Update for Friday, February 19, 2016

OPEN SHIFTS: May 22, 0700-1900, must be an EMT.
Chief's Call: Tuesday, 2/23 at 1900, following the Charlie Company meeting.
Ice Fishing Derby:  Derby winners are posted on the GMFR website CLICK HERE. The derby was a huge success. Lt Daniels did a terrific job organizing the event.  Lots of folks are already looking forward to next year.
Busy President's Day Weekend:  I think we answered 9 calls over the holiday weekend. Monday morning alone we covered 4, nearly simultaneous calls. Big thanks to the crew that braved the negative 17 degree temperatures at the Hollis Fire.  Once again the Goodwins Mills crew was one of the first to arrive and the last to leave.  While 6 of us were in Hollis, we had two other calls. Thanks very much to the 3 individuals who covered those calls.
Officer Applications: Deadline for the assistant chief position and captain jobs is this Wednesday, February 24th.
Local Training Events;  The Fire Instructors class will be getting underway soon. FF Chris Ray will be attending.  The CPR Instructor class in April is filled. The Leadership II and III classes are still on in Saco, seats are available.  ICS 300 and 400 in Alfred in May. Seats are also available.  Only two people have put in a request for the Maine State Weekend. Mike Kuzma Symposium 2/26 & 27.     Flyers are on the bulletin board and at
Is Mercy Hospital Closing?  Apparently a rumor going around the Mercy is closing. This is a bad rumor. Mercy Hospital is not closing. Hospital staff would appreciate any help you could give him dispelling this rumor.
NVFC Virtual Classroom: The NVFC Virtual Classroom is an online learning center featuring low-cost courses designed and delivered by fire service members and industry professionals. The courses are on-demand and self-paced, which means you set your own schedule.
EMR-ISAC InfoGram for February18, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. AAR: Crude by Rail Training for First Responders
2. Cybersecurity Takes Forefront in New Action Plan
3. Countering Violent Extremism Website for Teens
4. SAFETY Act Webinar
Firefighter fatality:  I don't post these very often, however, it seems like I get several every week. More and more are cardiac related.
"The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:
Name: David W. Conley
Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 8
Date of Incident: 02/10/2016
Time of Incident: 2145hrs
Date of Death: 02/10/2016
Fire Department: Olive Hill Fire Department
Address: 395 Tygart ST POB 668, Olive Hill, KY 41164
Fire Department Chief: Paul Richards
Incident Description: Lieutenant Conley fell ill from an apparent heart attack while on-duty at the fire station. Conley was treated by fellow responders and transported to the hospital in Morehead, KY, where he succumbed to his injury.
Incident Location: 395 Tygart ST POB 668, Olive Hill, KY 41164
Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant David W. Conley at  "

To date, 10 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at
Events Next week: Tuesday 1830 Charlie Co; 1900 Chiefs Call. Wednesday Officer applications due at 1700. Thursday 1830 Delta Co.

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