Core Training Items: With very few exception (only 2, I believe) everyone has completed all core training requirements, respiratory clearance requirements and the PAT. Sorry, I wasn't here to play dodge ball, I understand it was a good time. This morning for the PAT make-up, we played basket ball, yes in full PPE. Awesome! I think FF Gambino was the high scorer.
Banquet: Sign up is on the bulletin board in Ops. The big day is April 16th.
Lieutenant Resignation: For personal reasons, LT Chris Carpenter has resigned his position as a Lieutenant. He is remaining on the department as a Firefighter/EMT. I want to thank Chris for his leadership and service to the department. Not-to-mention his service to our Country.
Water Rescue Awareness: We are hosting a Water Rescue Awareness class here at Goodwins Mills on Saturday, April 9th. The class is from 0800-1200. Flyer and applications are on the bulletin board. http://www.lifesaving.com/registration/water-rescue-awareness-course-april-09-2016
Central Maine Fire Attack School; April 23 and 24. Flyer is on the bulletin board.
Maine State Weekend at NFA: Application deadline is March 24th. So far, we have 3 attending.
Flyer is in the bulletin board.
ICS 300 and 400 Class: This is a senior officer requirement. However, it's never to soon to prepare. This is a great opportunity to get these courses done locally. These classes are being held in Alfred in May. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qd9asymbcbltsb1/AAD-nl8AG2Pvg6tsaLb_iInna/Outside%20Classes/ICS%20300%20400%20YCEMA%205%202016.pdf?dl=0
HAZMAT: Tanker Truck Rollover Class; March 26, West Kennebunk. 0800-1600
Traffic Incident Management Class: TIM training course taking place on Saturday, April 9th at the Maine Turnpike Authority in Portland. Flyer on the bulletin board.
Other Training Opportunities: MFIS: http://www.mfte.org/ National Fire Academy: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/index.html
Maine Health Alert Network: Widespread Influenza Activity in Maine
Influenza activity in Maine is widespread with laboratory confirmed influenza reported in all sixteen counties. Influenza A/H1N1, influenza A/H3, influenza B/Victoria, and influenza B/Yamagata have been confirmed in Maine indicating all strains are circulating. Maine CDC has followed up on eight outbreaks of influenza as of Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Influenza vaccination is still strongly encouraged and is widely available, especially to protect those persons at risk of severe disease. The vaccine appears to be a good match to all strains this year, and it is not too late to get vaccinated.
Friday, March 18, 2016 12:20 PM
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EMR-ISAC InfoGram for March 17, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. EMS Body Camera, Naloxone Used in Heroin Fight
2. "CSX Rail Respond" Provides Critical Information
3. Joplin, Missouri: Five Years Later
4. EMS Focus Webinar: Evidence-Based Patient Care
Regional SMHC EMS Meeting Highlights:
- Patient Face Sheets will no longer be put in folders in the EMS Room due to HIPAA. EMS personnel will have to go to the registration window or see a registration person to get face sheets.
- If you are being told to bring your patient to triage. Do not leave patient alone. Conduct a fact to face transfer of care to a nurse in triage. Include name of the nurse that took your report in your PCR narrative.
- The ED Doctors want us to make sure that on Trauma patient's with ABC issues, the patient is stabilized at SMHC Biddeford before transport to MMC. (Which we are doing well at. A good example was the Walker Rd crash last week.) However, if the Trauma patient is stable and does not pose any life threatening immediate issues to consult with Medical Control for diversion to MMC. Remember that SMHC is a community hospital and MMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center. SMHC does not have the neuro surgeons and vast commodities of surgeons on duty to treat multi-system trauma like at MMC. It can take over two hours to run a trauma patient through the tests at SMHC and they don't want to delay treatment. A key component to this is early notification to the hospital. Incident Commanders should call the ED from the scene or have fire alarm call. Give the ED the earliest heads up possible. This gives the ED time to get an RT ready, RSI or if the patient needs blood. Consider LifeFlight in prolonged extrication on situations. This all requires lead time to coordinate. SMHC's desired protocol is posted on the bulletin board.
- The Doc's are also asking for better documentation on trauma MOI to help with case reviews.
- Next meeting 14th April SMHC Cafeteria #4
Jake Mitchell: One of our newest members who is still in an "Observer" status has completed his observer training requirements in less than a month. Once Jake is cleared by Workwell, he'll be put in Firefighter Candidate status. Thanks Jake, your hard work is very much appreciated!
Green Sheets: (AKA: Exceptional Performance Reports): On your Data Trac menu is a link to submit a green sheet or EPR. If you catch someone "doing something right" submit one. We've kind of gotten away from using these. This is a great way to simply recognize someone who does a little extra. Recently, I received a green sheet on FF Jake Cole. Jake took it upon himself to clean up the tool room. Paint the work bench and vise. Organize the peg board tools and several other items. The room looks great! Thanks Jake!
Firefighter License Plates: If you're interested in getting firefighter license plates for your vehicle, I have the forms.
Events Next week: Tuesday: Alpha Company 1830; Thursday Bravo Company 1830; Saturday 3/16 Tanker Class WestK. Captain Duross, Deputy Johnston and I will be away next Wednesday through Friday for the Maine Chiefs' Conference in Newry.
Have a great weekend,
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002