New EVO3: Congratulations FF Sanfilippo on his EVO3 qualification!
Ambulance 86: It's built! It should be at the dealers in North Attleboro, Mass, end of next week.
I'm guessing we'll have it near the end of February.
NFA classes at MFSI Brunswick: On March 11-12, MFSI will host the Decision Making for Initial Company Operations (F0457) and Fire Investigation for First Responders (F0279). Registration deadline is January 31st. These classes are free! So far, 3 of our officers have signed up to attend F0457. Please submit a training request if interested.
Line Officers: The York County Chiefs' Association is considering creating a Company Officers Section. Where captains and lieutenants could join the YCCA under the CO Section. The exact mission of the CO Section hasn't been defined yet. It will probably focus on professional development programs at the company officer level, entry level training programs, and a general opportunity for networking. If you're interested in helping form this group, please come see me.
Life Flight: As anticipated, there's been a delay in basing the helicopter in Sanford. Renovations are still underway at the South Sanford Fire Station to accommodate the air crew. Early March is the anticipated start up date.
Annual Core Training: Please get your on-line quizzes done asap. Here's the link https://sites.google.com/site/gmillsfr/fire-rescue/training/2017-mandatory-training
Respiratory Questionnaires: These are due to AChf Harris by February 1st.
Awards: Still looking for award nominations. https://sites.google.com/site/gmillsfr/fire-rescue/award-nominations
Banquet: The banquet has been scheduled for April 15th. More info to follow.
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for January 26, 2017 contains the following articles:
1. Terrorist Magazine Encourages Arson Attacks
2. More on Protection Against Fentanyl from NIOSH
3. USFA Releases 2014 Overall Run Profile
4. Terrorist Attacks Against Public Places
Basic DICO Course (West Kennebunk Fire Station, 80 Thompson Rd, Kennebunk)
March 13 & 14, 2017; 8am - 5pm each day Cost $45/student (Covers Materials)
This two-day course is designed to prepare the Infection Control Officer to fully meet the requirements for the position established under NFPA 1581, OSHA, and the Ryan White Law. The Ryan White Law states that each fire, EMS and law enforcement agency must have a designated officer to manage exposure issues for the department. Understanding this role and the many aspects of this job is important to assist with department risk management and department member advocacy.
Capacity is 50 students, so please limit attendees to 1 per service until we see how many people register. If you have more you want to send, e-mail Rick (email@example.com) and we will put them on a waiting list. To register for the Basic DICO program in Kennebunk, please click on the following link: https://www.apems.org/events/basic-dico-course-south/
Advanced DICO Course (West Kennebunk)
March 15, 2017; 8am - 5pm Cost $20/student (Covers Materials)
This One-day seminar is designed to build on the information taught in the Basic Designated Officer course. Attendees will problem solve program implementation. Receive updates on disease, legal issues, and review multidrug resistant organisms, MRSA, VRE, C-diff, H1N1, Norovirus, MERS, Ebola, and Zika. Additional information on specific protection precautions and post-exposure care.
In order to take the Advanced DICO program, you must have completed the Basic DICO program and worked as the DICO in your organization for at least 3 months. To Register for the Advanced DICO program in Kennebunk, please click on the following link:
Blood Drive: February 4th 0900-1400.
Ice Fishing Derby: February 11th. Starting at zero dark thirty.
Pump Operator Question: When is a Jaffrey valve connected to a discharge?
Events Next Week: Tuesday 1800; Basic Fire School. 1830 Chief's Call. Thursday 1830; All Officers.
Have a great weekend,
Roger S. Hooper, Fire Chief
Goodwins Mills Fire-Rescue
481 Goodwins Mills Road
Lyman, ME 04002
"Like leaders in many walks of life, my business has been to serve with, and for, others."
-General Stanley McCrystal, US Army