Friday, July 15, 2016

Weekly Update for Friday, July 15, 2016

OPEN SHIFTS: September; 3rd 0700-1900: October; 29th 0700-1900: November: 19th 0700-1900; 24th 0700-1900: December 24th 0700-1900.
Thanks!  I want to thank everyone for the prayers and well wish for Jarrod while he was at MMC. He's home now. The Doctors are saying he'll have a full recovery.  He'll be running cross country for Massabesic this fall. That was Jarrod's major worry.
Flag Disposal Ceremony Detail:  I need some volunteers to staff Squad 87 and Engine 81 on Sunday, July 17th from 1700 to 1900 to support a flag disposal ceremony sponsored by the Lyman Cemetery Committee.  Please contact me if you able to help out.
York County Fall Fire School:  September 24 and 25 at York County Community College. Flyer is on the bulletin board and on our website. CLICK HERE.
New CEH Request Process:  Over the past year, Maine EMS, has been working to improve the process currently used to request approval for continuing education credits. The new process will utilize the eLicensing system and will be an online request process.
·  eLicensing allows for a completed CEH request to reach the approving Training Center faster
·  Ability for the individual requesting the approval to track the status of a request submitted
·  The individual requesting approval will receive notifications on receipt, issuance of a course approval, or request for more information
·  The individual requesting approval will be responsible for entry of attendee’s, which will greatly decrease the time for credit to appear on attendees’ training reports. An online education for providers is now available on MEMSEd providing detailed steps as well as a system and process overview.   Access MEMSEd at:
 The request process is available for use today!  At a future date Maine EMS will require training to be requested through this system. If you experience any problems with the systems, please email the support system at:  If you have any concerns please contact our office.
Dayton Playground: Volunteers needed to help paint the playground on Sunday, July 24 7AM.
Please send us an email if you plan to come and help, any help is greatly appreciated!
Blood Drive: American Red Cross Blood Drive at Goodwins Mills Fire - Rescue. Saturday, July 23, 2016, 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Please call the American Red Cross 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment ( or just show up).
York County Emergency Management Agency is looking for volunteers. FMI: CLICK HERE
Engine 83: It's at East Coast for repairs and maintenance. Once it's back L82 will be going up for a few weeks  of work. 
Ambulance 86:  I'm just waiting on the final quote and diagrams. Once they're ready we'll review them and once I sign off on them, the truck will be ordered. 
Violent Incident Response: Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #12 addresses Violent Incident Response.  There are a number of things we need to consider in these types of incidents. Responder Safety is most important. STAGING: We are often called to stage. When you are called to stage, do so in a spot where you have two means of egress (an intersection), a well lit area, make sure fire alarm knows where you're stating. Are the State Police even on scene yet?  Do you even need to leave the station to stage?   The best staging location may be to remain in quarters.  Minimize the number of vehicles at the staging site, Especially personal vehicles!   ARRIVING ON SCENE ALONE: Don't do it!  Our Directive 2303/Use of POV, requires responders to stage at a safe location and safe distance from the scene and not move to the scene until apparatus arrives. UNIFORMS; our station uniforms make us look like law enforcement. I would like to put a working group together to consider changes to our Class C uniform. 
Firefighter Fatalities: I don't like to dwell on this topic, but, there have been 6 firefighter fatalities this week alone.  5 were volunteers. 1 a US Forest Service wild land firefighter. Of the 5 volunteers;
2 were cardiac, one was from a fall at a training event, 1 fire engine crash, 1 washed away in a flood and one was from complications post surgery.   I bring this up because we need to be careful. Operating vehicles, operating on scene, and our own health and fitness are matters not to be taken lightly. 
 Events next week: Sunday 1730 Flag Detail. Wednesday 1530 Jump Kit WG, Thursday 1830 Fire Commission.
Chief out of town: I will be out of town on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Navy.

Have a great weekend,

PS: MX207 is running this 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

"Only you can prevent forest fires!"
   -Smokey Bear

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