Friday, November 4, 2016

Weekly Update for Friday, November 4, 2016

OPEN SHIFTS: Tuesday, 11/8 0700-1900. Thursday 11/10 1900-0700. Friday 11/11 0700-1900. (Must be EMT/FF). Sunday 11/13 0700-1900. Wednesday 11/16 0700-1900. Thursday 11/24 0700-1900.  December: Thursday 12/1 1900-0700 (FF2/EMT/EVO2). Friday 12/2 0700-1900.
Thursday Morning's Fire: Great job by all involved at the Rumery Road fire. The seat of the fire was quickly located and knock down. The fire was contained to the oven. The house was heavily charged with smoke.  There is a press release posted on our Facebook page.   No text for this call went out. Biddeford's e-mail server was down at the time. Please keep in mind, we cannot rely 100% on the texting feature of I Am Responding. Keep your radio pager nearby.
Caution and Safety: We've had a couple calls recently that have been, well I'll use the word "creepy".  Some calls you go on you can just tell things are't right. Either with the living conditions, the way people act, the surroundings, again things just don't feel right. Captain Lang refers to this as one's "Spidy sense".  YOUR SAFETY and the safety of your crew is of the utmost importance! Everyone Goes Home!  If it doesn't feel right, get out, call for help.  If your able to provide service and see the call through, let me know about the details of the call. We may need to get DHHS involved, or give the State Police a heads-up.  Always, document the situation/conditions in your PCR or incident report.
Basic Fire School:  This is still in the very early planning stages. LT Sarto has stepped up to be the class coordinator soon. More to follow.
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for November 3, 2016 contains the following articles:
1. Airgas Offers Training on Gas Emergencies
2. Flu News and This Season's Vaccine Changes
3. Cyber Attack on 9-1-1 System Leads to Quick Arrest
4. Training: Emergency Preparedness Leadership
PHOTOS:  Any pictures that you might take on scene of a call, at training, at any department event, or at anytime you are conducting department business, is department property. Because you are a municipal employee these pictures are public documents. Pictures taken are to be forwarded to the e-mail   Photos will be screened for public release. Releasable photos will posted to the GMFR website. Non-releasable photos will be maintained as required by State guidelines.
Regulation 1402 refers.   Also regarding social careful about what you post. Since you are a fire department representative anything you post, regarding the department and calls we go on, may be considered an "official comment".
Training at Your Fingertips:  Do you feel fully prepared to handle an event with hazardous materials present? Equip yourself with the knowledge today! The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) recently launched three online training classes focusing on specific commodities and how to safely respond to incidents where these hazardous materials are present. Certificate of Completion will be available.
VOTE on Tuesday:  Polls open at 0800 and close at 2000.  The fire-police will be on a traffic detail at the Lyman Town Hall on Tuesday.
TIME CHANGE:  We set clocks back this weekend. Check your smoke detector batteries too!
Events Next Week: Tuesday 1830 Training; Thursday 1830 Juniors.
Out of Town: I will be in Rhode Island this weekend.

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

"Like leaders in many walks of life, my business has been to serve with, and for, others."
    -General Stanley McCrystal, US Army

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