Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekly Update for Friday, January 6, 2017.

OPEN SHIFTS:  JANUARY: Wed 1/11 0700-1900. Thu 1/19 0700-1900. Saturday 1/21 0700-1900.
Fri 1/27 0700-1900.  FEBRUARY: Sat 2/4 0700-1900. Sun 2/12 0700-1900. Mon 2/20 0700-1900. Sat 2/25 0700-1900. Sun 2/26 0700-1900. Tue 2/28 0700-1900. MARCH: Wed 3/8 0700-1900. Thu 3/16 0700-1900. Fri 3/24 0700-1900.
ANNUAL CORE TRAINING:  0800 Tomorrow. This will cover the required HAZMAT refresher. The Lieutenants will be going over the company meeting and training schedule for the upcoming year.
CALL STATISTICS: In December; We responded to 93 calls for service! 24 Fire calls, 49 EMS calls, 13 MVA's. 5 Other.  12/30 was our busiest day, 18 calls.  For 2016;  We answered 762 calls for service. Our busiest year ever! 2012 was our second busiest year with 714 calls. We ran on 165 fires, 407 EMS calls, 140 MVAs, 50 Other.  Friday's (16.8%) and Sunday's (16.0%)  were our busiest days of the week.
BASIC FIRE SCHOOL:  Starts on January 18th. The course schedule is on the bulletin board.
NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY CLASSES in BRUNSWICK; Flyer is on the bulletin board, application deadline is 1/31.  Class dates are March 11 and 12.
Education Scholarship Applications: The International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation (IAFCF) is accepting applications from qualified first responders for its 2017 educational scholarships. The deadline to apply is May 2, 2017. Scholarships provided by the IAFCF help strengthen the fire service by helping first responders as they advance their college-level education so they’re better prepared to face the complex challenges of today’s fire service. Available 2017 scholarships:
Arthur J. Glatfelter Memorial Scholarship
Chief Charles “Chet” Henry Scholarship Award
Garry L. Briese Scholarship Award
Heather Westphal Memorial Scholarship
John M. Buckman III Award
Federal Military Section Scholarship Award
Fire Explorers (14–20 years of age)
Any person with a minimum of three years as a volunteer, two years paid or a combination of three years paid and volunteer active service with a state, county, provincial, municipal, community, industrial or federal fire department is eligible to apply. Application Deadline: May 2, 2017. For more information, email   Apply Now!
Stubborn chemical fire at business in Biddeford injures one worker  One employee was injured in a stubborn chemical fire that broke out Thursday morning in a building used to store lithium at Soleras Advanced Coatings in Biddeford. The fire started in a container holding 60 pounds of lithium in the center of the building on Landry Street, said Biddeford Fire Chief Scott Gagne. The cause has not been determined. The injured employee had been transporting the chemical and was taken to Southern Maine Health Care, Gagne said. The employee's condition and identity were not available Thursday evening. The fire, which was reported at 11:25 a.m., burned for several hours and was finally extinguished around 4 p.m., said Lt. Justin Cooper, who helped fight the fire.

Firefighter Fatalities: The first Firefighter fatality of 2017 happened on January 2nd. A 34-year old volunteer with less than 1-year of service was killed in a motor vehicle crash when return from a call in her POV. Her husband, also a a Volunteer Firefighter was in the car with her he's in serious condition.  In the past 3-weeks, this is the second FF fatality involving a volunteer and a POV. PLEASE be careful! You can't help if you don't get there.
EVENTS NEXT WEEK: Sunday 0900 CPR Class; Wednesday 1900 CPR Class. Thursday 1830 Junior Company.

Stay warm!

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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