Friday, September 2, 2016

Weekly Update for Friday, September 2, 2016

OPEN SHIFTS: September: 18th 0700-1900.
CALL VOLUME: We've had a busy summer. Since Memorial Day we've run 232 calls for service. In that same time period last year we ran 164 calls.  We've logged 232 hours of training this summer compared to 135.5 last summer. One year ago we had 40 members on the roster, as of 9/1/16 we have 56 members. In August 2016; we responded to 76 calls for service. 14 MVA or special rescue. One of which was a building extrication. 10 report fires, 43 medical calls. We transported 27 people to a local hospital. 9 calls fit into the miscellaneous category.  In August of 2015 we answered 55 calls for service.   There's a lot going on. I want to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to serve. You all make our community a better place to live in.
ENGINE 81:  I want to thank the crew that took care of removing the LDH and the hose bed so access could be gained to the tank to make repairs. Probably taking it all apart was the easy task. Getting it all back together was the real challenge!  Great work, thank you!
AMBULANCE 86: I have the final spec and drawings for review/signature. Once we've reviewed these and its what we want, I'll meet once more with SVI and sign the documents. We should be looking at roughly 120 from that point to delivery.
FALL FIRE & EMS SCHOOL: If your interested in attending, Sept 24 and 25, contact your company officer. A flyer is on the bulletin board. Application deadline is September 16th.
EVOC CLASS IN LEBANON: So far two people have expressed interest in attending this class. The dates are September 13 and 14 1800-2100 and September 17 0800-1600. If your interested, contact your company officer and submit a training request.
GMFRA Car Wash: Sunday 9/11 from 0800-1600, the GMFRA will be holding a fund raiser car wash at the station. FMI contact LT Daniels. LT will also be providing lunch that day!
GMFRA Raffle:  Keep pushing the tickets. The prize is on display at the Village Store.
Station Cleanliness: We are often complemented on how clean the station is kept. This isn't by accident. Please keep in mind, each of us has to do our part in cleaning the station. This isn't the sole responsibility of the on-duty crew. If you see something out of place, fix it. Something's dirty, clean it.  Keeping the station and our equipment clean is an all hands effort.
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for September 1, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. Healthcare Ready Helps Medical Supply Chain
2. Next-Generation Incident Command System
3. USAR Team Use of Social Media During Floods
4. Managing the Dead in Disasters
Thank you Letters: I recieved a very nice thank you letter from our patient of the second call to 29 Wesley Rd on July 19th. Mr. Lowell was very appreciative of the professional service and comfort he received.   I also recieved a thank you letter from the Lyman Cemetary Committe for the support provide ot the flag disposal ceremony.
Firefighter Fatalities: This week 4 line of duty deaths have occurred. 2 wildland firefighters were killed in separate incidents. In California a 36 year old was found dead, cause undetermined. In Missouri a 25 year old wildland firefighter died when the vehicle he was riding in crashed. In New York state a 53 year old volunteer FF died of apparent cardiac arrest. In Louisiana, a 36 year old District Chief was struck and killed when a charter bus crashed into the already existing MVA scene on I10.   I don't often mention LODDs in this blog, but 4 in a week is unusually high. These are people from departments just like our's doing the same things we do.  Be careful!
To date there have been 57 firefighter LODD's in 2016.
Events next week: Monday Labor Day. Tuesday 1900 GMFRA meeting. Thursday: 1800 Joint Select Board meeting at Lyman Town Hall; 1830 All Officers; 1830 Junior Company. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Maine Firefighters Convention in York.

Have a great 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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