Friday, August 5, 2016

Weekly Update for August 5, 2016

OPEN SHIFTS: August; 13th 0700-1900, 14th 0700-1900, 18th 0700-1900. September 3rd 0700-1900. (need 2).
Congratulations!  This morning Rocky Sanfilippo was sworn in as a Firefighter for the City of Portland.
Dayton Days:  August 27th from 1330 to 1700.
YCCA Fire and EMS School;  September 24 and 25th. A flyer is on the bulletin board and on our website.  Contact your Company Officer to discuss what classes best fit your training needs as well as the department's.  Get your training requests in ASAP.
Safety:  We've had a run on MVA's over the past few weeks. I am very happy to see traffic vests being worn. Drop the turnout coats, put on the vests. Good call!  When I was on vacation last week, I saw a picture on WMTW's web sight. Goodwins Mills Firefighters on scene at an MVA on Route 35. Everyone was wearing helmet, vest, turnout pants. Very professional!  THANK YOU!
Hydrants:  The Clarks Mills and the Turf Farm hydrants are out of service. We need lots of rain!
Drought: As you may know Southern Maine is in a severe drought condition. Until further notice outdoor burning permits will be  issued for night time burning only. 1700-0900. Regardless of class day.
Red Light/Flag Pole Light: The red warning light at the end of the apron is now operational. By each overhead door opener is a red box with a white button. When departing the station on a call, push the white button. This will activate the red warning light. The light will stay on for 1 minute. We are looking into upgrading the beacon with an LED light.  Also, the flag poles are  now lit at night. They are on a photo sensor. They come on/off with the sun.
Engine 83:  It should be back on Wednesday. The majority of work is done.
New Ambulance:  It's ordered. Waiting on the diagrams to arrive to review and approve.
SMCC Live In Fire Academy:  Starts on Monday. Good luck Jason Willette!  We will be sending Engine 83 to support the academy on 8/24.
Commercial Driver's License Study Group:  AChf Harris is putting together a formal class/study group to prepare us to take the CDL exam. Written and Road Test. This is tentatively scheduled to start on October 16.  If you are interested please sign up here CLICK HERE   We are looking to accommodate a class of 20 students.  My intentions are to make CDLs a requirement for EVO3's.
I also suspect that when the day comes we get a pumper-tanker our insurance company may require CDLs to operate that vehicle.
York County EMA is looking for Command Vehicle Drivers and UAV Operators;
UAV/UAS  Training Schedule Announcement:  YCEMA would like to 'ramp up' our training efforts with our new UAV to ensure we have trained available crews including pilots, camera operators and observers/coordinators. Beginning August 4th, YCEMA will host training each Thursday evening from 1800 to 2000 hours until further notice. Training shall include all facets of UAV, Camera, and support operations. This schedule will help us all sharpen our skills as well as allowing us to welcome and train new and interested volunteers.
York County seeking "Command One" Driver/Operators: YCEMA is actively seeking additional volunteer Driver/Operators for our large (39' long) communication and Incident Command vehicle ("Command One"). Volunteers need to be willing to be placed on a duty roster whereby they may be expected to take the vehicle to a response call for any requesting community in York County.  "Command One" is now on the 3rd Alarm run card for the City of Sanford and can be requested by any community if the emergency event is critical enough to warrant the use of the Command vehicle.
Interested persons will be asked to complete the YCEMA Volunteer Application and submit to a background and driver's check. Volunteers will be asked to complete the YCEMA Driver /Operator Training program which will include vehicle familiarization, driving skills, equipment set up, operation, close down, and Emergency Vehicle Operation Certification (EVOC). The training will occur weekly on Wednesday’s until further notice. At the completion of training, volunteers will be Certified as Driver/Operators by the Director of YCEMA and will become members of a ten driver/operator team ready to respond to emergencies in our communities.
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for July 28, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. Study Looks at 9-1-1 Dispatchers and PTSD
2. Utilizing Other Agencies in Pre-Fire Planning
3. Voice Radio Communications Guide
4. Webinar: Emerging Risks of UAS
Parking at the Station:  Please keep in mind, parking in the front apron is for responding to emergency calls.  When visiting, attending meetings or training, etc. please park in the rear lot.
Computers: Log off the computers when you are done with them!
Interesting Reading
Events Next Week: SMCC Fire Academy begins Monday. Tuesday 1830 Training; Thursday 1830 Junior Company.
MX207 is racing this weekend. 

Have a great weekend, be safe!

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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