Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly Update for Friday, February 3, 2017

OPEN SHIFTS: February: Monday 2/20 0700-1300. March: Sat 3/11 0700-1900. Thu 3/30 0700-1900 (need 2) 3/30 1900-0700.  April: Sat 4/1 0700-1900 (no fooling!).
Ice Rescue Technician Course:  Saco FD has 3 available seats in an Ice Rescue Technician Training (if conditions allow) on Saturday February 25, 2017. It runs from 0800 hours to approximately 1700 hours at Saco Central. If you're interested let me know asap.
Blood Drive:  Tomorrow; 0900-1400.
Ice Fishing Derby: One more week!
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for February 2, 2017 contains the following articles:
1. Back to Basics: How Clean is Your Ambulance?
2. Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for States
3. More Radiological and Nuclear Planning Help
4. Cybersecurity for Healthcare Facilities & Hospitals
New EVO1's: Congratulations to FF Jake Mitchell and FF Shevaughn Shay who are now final qualified as EVO1. FF Jake Boyden also passed the EVO1 test and once he turns 19, he'll be an EVO1. Jake's 19th birthday is scheduled for June 15th.
Next EVO1 Test:  Scheduled for Saturday 2/18 at 0900.
Respirator Clearance, Physicals and Fit Tests:  Please get these completed asap. I've e-mailed everyone who requires a physical. Please complete your fit test after you complete your physical. If you did not receive an e-mail to get a physical, go ahead and complete your fit test.
Annual Core Training: If you haven't completed the on-line quizzes, please do so asap. Don't forget to sign the completion sheet in the quarterly training binder.
Community Matters Voting:  Bangor Savings donates to selected non-profits through their Community Matters program. The non-profit with the most votes gets a donation.  You can go to  Under York County "write-in" Goodwins Mills Firefighter Relief Association.
Succession Planning; Professional Development:  Over the past several months we've been working on a plan for the professional development of our membership. One part of this is the self-assessments I talked about at the last Chief's Call. Other parts of this are training requirements for the various skill sets in our department. The goal being; each member knows what is required to achieve various skills, technical levels and promotions. Our first of a series of Succession Planning Directives has been completed. Directive 2215/Succession Planning: Line Officer Selection and Promotion. This directive out-lines training requirements for promotion to Lieutenant and from Lieutenant to Captain.
A copy of Directive 2215 is on the web site.
Basic Fire School:  Is off to a great start. Next class is Wednesday 2/8. A schedule is on the bulletin board. Anyone is welcome to participate in the classes.
New patient care reporting software:  Maine EMS will be upgrading the Image Trend software for patient care reporting.  On March 1, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time, Maine EMS will be implementing the Elite Run Reporting System for all Maine EMS Services. At that time, all agencies will need to begin using the website at to file their Electronic Patient Care Reports. In advance of this rollout, providers may access the site to familiarize themselves with the new report using the following login information: Username – Training  Password – Provider1!
Maine EMS will be sending additional information to service administration for access to your individual service. This will allow you to ensure all providers and vehicles are set up properly in the new system. Additionally, we will be disseminating some education for providers and service administration to aid in familiarization with this system.
The announcement letter and training log-on information is on the bulletin board.
FIREFIGHTER PPE IS EXPOSED to a wide range of toxic chemicals, biological pathogens, and other hazardous substances. These contaminant exposures can pose significant immediate and long-term dangers to firefighters’ health, with an increased risk of cancer topping the list. General care and maintenance procedures have been established in NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting
Wash protective hoods after every fire or emergency service use. FMI:
Paramedic Scholarship: Eligibility criteria and application for the Stephen MacDonald Scholarship for Aspiring Paramedics is available. Flyer in on the bulletin board.
Changes coming to Maine's EMS System:  A survey was conducted as part of an assessment of the Maine EMS System conducted by Association and Society Management International, Inc. (ASMI).
 The ASMI report is now available at the Maine EMS web site.  This report includes references to the 2004 EMSSTAR report, which is available here.  The Maine Board of EMS established a Sub-Committee to develop a work plan regarding the report and recommendations.
Events Next Week:  Tuesday 1900; GMFRA. Wednesday "mid-morning" Sutphen Quint Demo visit. 1800-2200 Basic Fire School. Thursday 1830 Junior Company, 1830 All Officers.  Saturday; zero dark thirty, Ice Fishing Derby. 
Pump Operator Question:  When is a Jaffrey valve connected to a discharge?  No one attempted to answer this question last week.   The answer is never. But why?

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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