Lions Club Health Day: Tomorrow, here at the station. 1100 to 1400.
Water Supply Drill: Sunday morning. Be at station for 0730. We'll be setting up at the fish & game. We're going to practice our "short game" and "long game" approach to fire attack and water supply.
Memorial Day Parade: We need apparatus drivers for May 30th. Parade line up is a 1200. Chief 8-3 is heading this up.
New EMT: Congratulations to our newest EMT, Jamie Mouzas! I also need to thank Jamie for "repairing" the station floors. (Long story.)
Safety Stand Down: The national fire service safety stand down is the week of June 19-25. I'm asking for volunteers to put together some safety events for that week. If anyone is interested, please come see me. http://www.safetystanddown.org/
Medical Bags: Please get any inputs on the EMS jump kits to the Deputy before May 27th. We're looking for the good, bad and the ugly. What needs to be fixed?
CPR Instructor Class: May 31st to June 1st. 1800-2100. Contact AChf Harris if interested. Seats are limited.
Upcoming Elections: State and Municipal elections are on for June 14th, statewide. 0800-200.
In Lyman there are several articles regarding the Town Charter. Super important to the future of Lyman. Town meetings are scheduled for evenings of June 16th.
Summer time: 'tis the season....as we progress into summer, a few safety things to keep in mind...dehydration...be sure to drink water. Ticks....they're everywhere! Including your turnout gear, forestry PPE and on our tools. Please dress appropriately when responding to calls. Safety and professionalism are the top priorities (See Directive 2121/Dress Code.)
Fire-Police: Since yesterday's Journal-Tribune article, we've had 2 inquiries to join the Fire-Police. This afternoon I'm being interviewed by WGAN on the Fire-Police program. Mr. Leeman is getting some traction!
National Fire Academy: Nicole, Howard, Gregg and I spent last weekend at the NFA. Always a great experience. One thing I learned, there are 1.3 million firefighters in the USA. Only 2% have ever attended an NFA program. The NFA provides in-resident courses, on-line and self-study courses and regional classes sponsored in Maine by the MFSI. NFA's "VIP" (Volunteer Incentive Program) is tailored for departments like ours. VIP classes run for 6-days in Emmitsburg. ALL resident programs at the NFA are FREE! NFA pays for your travel to/from and provides lodging. All you have to pay for is your meal ticket. (and the department will cover that.) ALL NFA courses are approved by the ACA for college credit. The NFA provides world-class training opportunities that are only available to Fire & EMS personnel. Here's the problem, it's underutilized. Which may impact funding. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE all officers, aspiring officers, seasoned firefighters/EMTs to attend an in-resident NFA program at least once in your career. You won't regret it. Many of their programs have application in your civilian careers too.
Events Next Week: Sunday; Water Supply Drill 0730-1200. Tuesday; 1830 Alpha Co. Wednesday; 1600 Employment Application Deadline. Thursday: 1830 Bravo Co.
Have a great weekend, see you on Sunday!
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002
"Only you can prevent forest fires!"