Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weekly Update for Saturday, December 31, 2016. New Year's Eve.

OPEN SHIFTS: Tomorrow 0700-1900. (FF/EVO1).  Please call the station if you can help with any of that. Tuesday 1/4 0700-1900;  Saturday 1/7 1900-0700 (EMT); Wednesday 1/11 0700-1900; Thursday 1/19 0700-1900; Friday 1/27 0700-1900.
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GREAT JOB!  Yesterday was probably the busiest day we have ever had. 20 calls in 24-hours. FF's Jake Cole, James Gambino and Joe Demers deserve a huge pat on the back. They covered nearly all of them! During the height of the storm they even managed to help out an elderly lady by clearing the snow accumulation from around her heating vents and exhausts. I want to thank everyone who stepped up to cover the storm. John Leeman spent several hours on Route 5 supporting CMP. Our paramedics Capts Duross and Lang and Lt Daniels seemed to show up just at the right time. We had 3 calls that required their skills. We even had the Animal Control Officer called to a MVA. (Very unhappy dog.)  But it was Jake, James and Joe that did the heavy lifting. They carried the load for us. Someone, I don't know who, graciously plowed the yard for us. An older crew cab F250.
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END OF YEAR: 2016 is going out with a bang. I haven't tallied all the stats yet, but for sure we've run over 760 calls for service and treated over 550 patients.
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2017 Training and ISO:  One of our focus points for 2017 is training. We need to get "back to basics".  Captain Lang has been working on improving the department's ISO rating. Our ISO rating has a direct impact on what we all pay for homeowners insurance. Theoretically, the lower our ISO rating, the lower everyone's homeowners insurance premiums will be. It looks very promising that we can improve our ISO rating. Where we're short on points is in firefighter training. Captain Lang has identified the ISO training requirements which are based on NFPA standard 1001. The Assistant Chief and Lieutenant Daniels are working on a training scheduled to meet these requirements. In order for us to recieve credit for trained firefighters, each of us must meet the requirements. For example, we have 40 firefighters on our roster. Let's say only 10 attend training every month. ISO will only credit us for having 10 firefighters. We'll discuss this more at Chief's Call. This article in the Ellsworth American talks about ISO and what's going on in Bucksport.
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ANNUAL CORE TRAINING: Saturday, January 7, starting at 0800. We should wrap up around 1400. We will be doing a "working brunch" so we can get through everything and get done on time. Please make every effort to attend on Saturday. I hope we can keep make ups to an absolute minimum. This training is a mandatory requirement by the Bureau of Labor Standards. Failure to complete this training, means you can't respond to calls. Basically, you're suspended until this training is completed.
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BASIC FIRE SCHOOL: First class will be Wednesday, January 18 starting at 1800. LT Sarto will be putting out a course schedule soon.  Between us and Saco we have about 8 students.
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CHIEF'S CALL: I've scheduled our next Chief's Call for Tuesday, January 31 at 1800 at the station. In the next couple weeks I'll post an agenda. If there is anything you'd like me to discuss, please ask.
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EMT Refresher Course:  Hollis FD is hosting an EMT refresher course in February. Click Here for the flyer.
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NFA classes at MFSI Brunswick:  MFSI will be hosting 2 NFA classes in March. One of the classes is Decision Making for Initial Company Operations. Lieutenants, or anyone aspiring to be a Lieutenant should take this course. This is 1 of a 3 series course. MFSI typically offers this series throughout the year. The first course in the spring, second class at NFA Maine Weekend and the third class in the fall. Lieutenants aspiring to become Captains should complete this entire series.  Click Here  to see the flyer for the March classes.
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CDLs:  This is going to be a hot topic for 2017.  So far, Shawn Pendleton is our first to actually obtain a CDL permit!  Good job Shawn, Thank you!
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GMFRA ANNUAL MEETING: Tuesday, January 3rd. This is the annual meeting and election of officers. Norm is going to make two presentations to local businesses. A good turnout is appreciated.
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RAFFLE TICKETS: Please keep pushing the raffle tickets. The derby is barely a month away.
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FIREFIGHTER FATALITIES:  This past week there were 3 volunteer firefighters killed in the line of duty. 2 of them were killed when responding to a call in there POV.  One was hit by a train when he got stuck crossing railroad tracks, the other crashed. PLEASE...be careful! We have a policy for responding to calls in your POV. We can have all the written policies in the world, but they can not replace COMMON SENSE and GOOD JUDGEMENT!    Everyone Goes Home!
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AWARDSCLICK HERE to link to the nomination award form.
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Events Next Week: Tuesday 1/3 GMFRA at 1900. Thursday 1/5 All Officers at 1830. Saturday 1/7 Mandatory Core Training 0800.
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Happy New Year!
Chief


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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
www.gmfd.org

"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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