Memorial Day Parade: This Monday. Line up is a noon. Drivers are needed for apparatus. Thank you to the Juniors, Mike Lord and Chad Johnston for getting the grave marker flags placed.
Lieutenant Appointments: Congratulations to our newest Lieutenants. Lt Steiner, C Co. Officer, and Lt Martin, B Co. Officer.
Captain Appointments: I have decided to hold off on appointing Captains for the moment. We had two very dedicated and motivated applicants, however, I feel I that if I were to appoint them, I'd be setting them up for failure. In administration and leadership both are very capable. In the tactical area, being a fireground officer, division, branch or sector officer, I haven't done a proper job of preparing them for those roles. Over the next few months, I'm going to define tactical learning requirements for each officer rank. The desired "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities" for each. Then training tasks will be assigned. Officers will have a green book too. We'll look at another promotion process this fall.
Hiring Process: We have several candidates for the full-time list and per diem. Several new call force applicants as well. Testing day is Saturday June 11. Since the article in the newspaper last week, we've had a lot of interest in fire-police. I've received 3 applications.
Firefighter Cancer: Tonight on Channel 6, Amanda Hill is doing a piece on firefighter cancer. She's going to talk about why its important to wash your turnout gear!
Safety Stand Down: The week of June 19th. I'm still looking for some volunteer to organize some department events for project. http://www.safetystanddown.org/
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for May 26, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. Mental Health Care on - and Off - the Job
2. Office of Bombing Prevention Virtual Training
3. Updated Toolkit Centers on Fire-Based EMS
NFA Classes at NFA: September 17 and 18 in Brunswick.
2016 Emergency Response Guide (HAZMAT book) mobile phone app. Here is the link to download the new 2016 ERG and you can also get it at the Play Store on your mobile phone.
Muster Team: AChief Harris is organizing a muster team to compete at various events this summer. Muster Teams are an old fire service tradition. They're a lot of fun.
Holmatro Tool Demo: IPS will be here at 1630 on Tuesday to demo Holmatro electric rescue tools.
Fall Fire School: The York County school will be September 24 & 25 at YCCC in Wells. A flyer will be out soon.
Events Next week: Monday: 1200 Parade. Tuesday: 1600 Chief Officer Mtg, 1700 Holmatro Demo, 1800 CPR Instructor Class; Wednesday 1800 CPR Instructor Class. Thursday 1600 Junior Interviews.
Memorial Day: Keep this in mind; Memorial Day isn't about Veterans. At least it;s not about Veterans who came home. Memorial Day is for those who didn't come home.
Have a great holiday weekend,
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002
"Only you can prevent wild fires!"