Flags at Half Mast: All US Flags are at half mast in honor of the Dallas Police Officers killed yesterday.
Engine 83 maintenance: Engine 83 is leaving for East Coast on Monday. It will be out for a few days for repairs, service and some warranty items. Once E83 returns, Ladder 82 will be going to East Coast for pump repair, hydraulic cylinder work and service. L82 will be out for a couple weeks.
Ambulance update: I'll be contacting SVI on Monday to finalize the order. Next will be the final order document and drawings. I should have them next week and will meet with SVI to sign off on them. Then order the truck.
Squad 87: A safety net has been installed in the dunnage area forward of the pump.
Training: Lots of progress has been made by our newest members. Orientation items are getting completed at a very steady pace. We will be sending two (possibly 3) to the EMT course in West Kennebunk this fall. One person has expressed interest in the Firefighter I/II Academy this winter. The flyer for the York County Fire School on September 24 & 25 should be out next week. APEMS 2016 EMS seminar flyer is out. November 9-13th at the Samoset. FMI; www.apems.org/seminar
EVO2 needed: We've been asked to supply an Engine for the SMCC live-in Firefighter II Academy on August 24th. If available please call or e-mail me.
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for July 7, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. Officer Safety: DEA Warns on Fentanyl
2. Event Management and Support One-Stop Shop
3. Global Terrorism Database Updated with 2015 Data
4. Modernized Your Fire Department with GIS Tools
Volunteer Recruiting & Retention Survey: The Millersville University Center for Disaster Research and Education, along with the Lancaster County Firemen's Association and the Fire Association for the State of Pennsylvania, is collecting recruiting and retention data for the volunteer fire service. Please go to this link to complete the survey.
Firefighter survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VolunteerFF_K7ZKDLJ
Chief Officer's survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VolunteerFireChiefs_Z55MDR3
While we all know that volunteerism is down, and many of us have tried lots of methods to recruit and retain our dedicated volunteers, the hope of this study is to determine what methods actually work, and then spread the message on our findings. This survey can be distributed to anyone you know in the fire service, and will be distributed throughout the country, as this is obviously not just a Pennsylvania issue. The surveys take approximately ten-fifteen (10-15) minutes to complete.
The survey will be open until August 31, 2016 at midnight. Three randomly selected respondents will receive $250 gift certificates to The FireStore. (www.thefirestore.com) The Fire Department with the largest percentage of members responding, will receive a $500 gift certificate to The Firestore.
Computers: Please, when you're done with a computer log off! I've seen some computers will 4 people still logged on. This slows the performance of the machine.
Cervical Collars: We had some collars that it was noted were very difficult to apply. These collars were old inventory and were put on the trucks to use them up. They are all out of inventory now, our standard collar is all we're carrying and it is what we will continue to order in the future.
Biddeford Detail: I want to thank Lt Martin, FFs Cole, Boucher and Demers for covering Biddeford Central with Ladder 82 the during the funeral for FF Roger Cote. I received a thank you card from Chief Gagne. He seemed particularly impressed that our crew participated in the bell ceremony.
Flag Disposal Ceremony Detail: On July 17th (tentative) we've been asked to support the Boys Scout with fire suppression during a flag disposal ceremony. Squad 87 will be assigned. Once I have more info I'll be asking for a crew.
Events next week: Tuesday; 1830 Training/SCBA. Thursday; Joint Selectmen's meeting 1830. Junior Company 1830. Friday 0900 Training/SCBA.
Have a safe weekend,
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002
"Only you can prevent forest fires!"