Friday, October 21, 2016

Weekly Update for Friday, October 21, 2016

OPEN SHIFTS: October: Sunday 10/30 1900-0700 must be EMT. Monday 10/31 0700-1900. November: Tuesday 11/1 0700-1900; Wednesday 11/2 1900-0700 must be EMT, Thursday 11/3 0700-1900. Saturday 11/5 0700-1900.
TRAINING on SUNDAY:  This Sunday, we'll be doing some lifting, cribbing and stabilizing with construction equipment. Dayton Sand has been offered up the gravel pit and some equipment for us to train on. This should be rather interesting and something different for us. Considering the number of gravel pits in town, this is a very likely scenario.  Meet at the station for 0800.
DETAIL:  Looking for a crew for Rescue 86 (1 EMT, 1 EVO1) for an MCI drill on Friday, Oct. 28th.
RAFFLE:  ONE WEEK LEFT!!! The drawing is next Friday!
BASIC FIRE SCHOOL: I'd like to run an in-house BLS course this winter. I think we've got roughly 4-5 students.  What I need is a coordinator, some instructors and assistants. If you'd be interested send me an e-mail.
LOGS and RECORDS:  We keep a lot of records. Equipment Check, Daily Checks, Incident Reports, Patient Care Reports, Work Orders, SCBA logs, Drug Logs, Burning Permits, First Report of Injury, Inspection Reports, the list can go on and on. All these documents are public records. They are also legal documents. They provide a history, they provide continuity, they provide constancy, again the list can go on. The number 1 reason for keeping these records is to protect you. Good accurate records and reports are going to save your bacon. You must be accurate and thorough. Accuracy and detail are the most important aspects. Don't over look even the smallest detail.
NEW RADIO REPEATER:  "Prime B" has been installed. Please bring your pagers-portables to the station to get the new frequency installed  This new repeater will cover the dead spot in the Jackson's Corner and Kennebunk Pond areas of town. It will also serve as a back up to the Ossippee Mountain repeater. You can now hear our calls on: 453.3125Mhz (from the repeater at the station; Prime B) or 453.5375 Mhz (from the repeater on Ossippee; Prime A) and 151.4750Mhz (also from the Ossippee repeater).
Legal Aspects of EMS: November 3rd. A 1500 session and an 1800 session. Attend either, no need to attend both. This class will focus on legal aspects of dealing with impaired people. The class will be taught by Alan Azzara who is an attorney and a Paramedic. The class should run roughly an hour.
Officer's Meeting: Our next officer's meeting will be at 1800 on November 3rd. EMS Legal aspects of the first hour, agenda items on the second hour.
Chief's Call: The next Chief's Call will be at 1830 on November 1st.
THIRD QUARTER REPORT: My report for the 3rd quarter of 2016 is posted on the website. CLICK HERE
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for October 20, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. Crash Statistics by State - Where Do You Fit?
2. Flooding Resources for Emergency Responders
3. Public Mental Health Concerns: People in Crisis
4. Federal 9-1-1 Data Call
EMS QI INITIATIVE: PATIENT REFUSAL; The report from State's review of patient refusal sign-offs is now available. CLICK HERE
CARFENTANIL OVERDOSES: I received this e-mail the other day. Carfentanil is an Elephant tranquilizer recently found in an over dose case in York.
Subject: Carfentanil overdoses
Date: October 17, 2016 at 11:32:33 AM EDT
To: Marc Minkler <>
Good day!
So in case you have not yet heard, on Saturday, a patient in the Town of York had an overdose with Carfentanil.  This drug has been in the news over the past 3-4 months and this is its first known appearance in Maine.  It is also referred to as an elephant tranquilizer.
Carfentanil is a narcotic (the same class as morphine, oxycodone, methadone, and heroin).  The differences are significant in that Carfentanil is a large animal tranquilizer not used for humans.  It is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine. It will produce respiratory depression and arrest, amongst other effects, and management is based on ventilating the patient with a BVM, and then the possible use of narcan.  Unfortunately, the amount of narcan needed varies widely, and in some cases can be 10x as much as we carry.
I have attached a brief summary of Carfentanil for your review.  If you have a patient with suspicion of this as an overdose, please follow Maine EMS protocols, notify OLMC, and let me know post incident.  Please feel free to share/distribute with other agencies and appropriate safety agencies.
Marc Minkler
Chief of EMS
North East Mobile Health Services
HALLOWEEN: Once again this year, the Association is seeking donations of candy  to be given out to Trick or Treaters on Halloween. Donations can be dropped of at the station. There will be a box in the watch desk.
Events Next Week: Sunday: Extrication Drill 0800. Tuesday 1830 Charlie Co. Wednesday 1900 Fire Police Training. Thursday: School Fire Inspections. 1300 Special Fire Commission Mtg. Friday: 1900 Traffic Control Training.
Out of Town: I will be out of town from Sunday to Wednesday.

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

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   -Smokey Bear

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