COMPETENCE: Competence, Confidence and Readiness. Everyone's heard those words before, right? Each of us needs to reflect on these traits from time to time. We all have various licenses, certifications and qualifications, but does that make us competent at what we do? Competence is defined as "....the ability, skills and knowledge to do something successfully or efficiently". Training, practice and education is what makes us competent. What are you doing to improve your competence?
COLE TARBELL: As most of you may know by now, Cole has returned to his home state of Vermont. He took a dispatch job in Ludlow. Things may be a little quieter around here. He's definitely going to me missed.
THIS WEEKEND: The YCCA Fall Fire & EMS school is this weekend. E83 will be at the rural water supply class this weekend. The extrication class will be held at our station on Saturday morning and the rest of the class will be at Copart. A lot of our member will be attending classes. Manpower will be a little short this weekend. I do want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to those of you gave up your weekend to either attend class or cover the station.
MANDATORY REPORTER TRAINING: All EMS providers are required to complete this DHHS training. Please complete the on-line course and submit your certificate to Lt Daniels.
FIREFIGHTER II ACADEMY: If your interested in attending talk with your company officer. Submit a training request. A copy of the academy application can be downloaded here: https://goo.gl/cCoFKx The program uses the Jones & Bartlett Fundamentals of Firefighter Skills curriculum and meets or exceeds the requirements of NFPA 1001; Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications, 2013 edition. The academy prepares the student for Pro Board Certification through Maine Fire Service Institute, which will be offered at the completion of the YCCA FF I & II Training Academy.
Application Deadline: November 11, 2016 @ 4pm.
Student Orientation: December 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – West Kennebunk Fire Station *MANDATORY**
Class Schedule: Classes will begin on January 2, 2017 at 6:00pm, and are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:00pm to 10:00pm, as well as most Saturdays, concluding on or about June 5, 2017.
Course Handbook: https://goo.gl/c02jS2 Draft Calendar: https://goo.gl/nKSTKB
APEMS Annual EMS Seminar: November 9-13 at the Samoset in Rockland. If your interested contact your company officer. Submit a training request. Information and registration at www.apems.org/seminar
PUMP TESTING: Testing and maintenance was completed on E81, E83 and E84 this past week. All pumps passed.
SPARE GEAR: I was up stairs the other day and noticed how neat and organized the spare gear is. Someone did a terrific job labeling, folding and stowing this gear. However did this, Thank you!
AMBULANCE INSPECTION: The Maine EMS Bureau was here on Wednesday to conduct the annual inspection of our ambulances. No discrepancies noted.
AMBULANCE 86: The chassis should be arriving early October. Construction will begin soon after the chassis arrives at the factory.
TEST YOUR FIREFIGHTER REHAB KNOWLEDGE:
EVENTS NEXT WEEK: Tuesday; 1830 Alpha Co. Wednesday; 1830 Bravo Co. 1900 Fire Police.
Have a great weekend!
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002
"Only you can prevent forest fires!"