Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekly Update for Friday, February 24, 2017.

OPEN SHIFTS: March: Sat 4/4 0700-1900; Thu 3/30 0700-1900.
3rd Alarm Hollis:  Thank you to everyone involved in the fire in Hollis yesterday.  E84 and crew went to the scene, E81 and crew filled tankers at Route 35 & 202.  We maintained a good cover crew back at our station, along with Biddeford's E24. The fire started in the barn and spread to the "L" where it was stopped. Some smoke/heat damage on the 3rd floor attic.  All things considered; a very good job done.
Banquet: April 15. Tickets are on sale.
Apparatus Naming Changes: Effective on April 1, 2017, (no fooling) we will begin calling our rescues, ambulances.  Rescue 85 will become Ambulance 85 and the new ambulance will be Ambulance 86. Also, Squad 87 will now be designated at Forestry 87.
MX207 Training:  An ATV/UTV operator safety class is set up for April 8th at Buxton station 1 at 0800 for anyone interested. Also on April 9th at the MX 207 track, we have set up a training day do get us familar with the track layout and get some training on the gear worn by MX riders. More to follow.
Central Maine Fire School:  April 22 and 23 in Waterville. Flyer is on the board and at this link.
EMS Skills Lab: Need EMT Skills CEH's?  February 28 at Hollis District 2, a skills lab at 1800.
It's open to anyone.
Infection Control Classes in Kennebunk:  There are still seats in these classes. If your interested in attending, submit a training request.

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.  To register for the Basic DICO program in Kennebunk, please click on the following link:

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:
NFA's Managing Officer Program is looking for company officers who want to make a difference. Apply by April 15…
Dayton Surveys: The Town of Dayton is doing a couple surveys to get feedback from the residents. One is concerning the snowplowing in town, and the other is about the trash/recycling program.   They may be found on the Town of Dayton Homepage, or by following these links.  Snowplowing,  Trash/Recycling.  Please take a couple minutes and take the surveys.
Firefighter Fatality:  THIS IS WHY WE WEAR SEAT BELTS:
Name: Michael Dale "Mike" Russell
Rank: Firefighter
Age: 68
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: Pending
Date of Incident: 02/22/2017
Time of Incident: 0730hrs
Date of Death: 02/22/2017
Fire Department: Leach Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 5791 US HWY 412 ALT, Rose, OK 74364
Fire Department Chief: Troy Sinor
Incident Description: While responding to a structure fire, Firefighter Russell died from injuries sustained when he lost control of the fire apparatus he was driving and crashed. According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the vehicle rolled 1.5 times, ejecting and pinning Russell beneath the tanker. Seat restraints were installed in the vehicle but not in use at the time of the crash.
Incident Location: County Road S510 southwest of Leach
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Michael Dale "Mike" Russell at
To date, 13 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at
Next Week (Week 4):  Monday 1930 Lieutenants meeting. Tuesday 1600 Chiefs' meeting, 1800 BFS, 1800 EMS Skills Lab in Hollis, 1900 Traffic Control Training.

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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