OPEN SHIFTS: March: Wed 4/8 0700-1900; Wed 4/29 0700-1900; Thu 4/30 0700-1900.
April: Sun 4/9 0700-1900; Sat 4/15 0700-1900; Sat 4//22 0700-1900. May: None at this time.
June: Wed 6/7 0700-1900; Sat 6/10 0700-1900; Thu 6/15 0700-1900; Fri 6/23 0700-1900.
Congratulations! Jake Boyden passed the NR EMT exam yesterday! We now have one more EMT-B. Good Job Jake!
Yesterday: Rather busy day with some serious lines down calls. It's days like that we most appreciate our fire-police. Great job John, Patty and Normand. Thank you!
Spring is near: It won't be long before it'll be grass fire season again. Most of the snow is already gone and what's left is going fast. We need to start considering wind and weather conditions before issuing permits.
Ambulance 86: I'm betting on early April for delivery. However, I received an e-mail today saying we may have it next week. We'll see.
Battery Chargers: Three battery charges have been placed in the bay under the IAR monitors. Two chargers are for the Motorola portables, one for the Icom portables. The idea is you take a charged battery and leave a battery charging. Also, one Motorola charger is being installed on Engine 83, who we'll have way to charge the Motorola portables on scene.
Thermal Imaging Camera: Our new FLIR TIC has been installed on Engine 83. The Bullard is now on Engine 84. The new FLIR is a much more capable camera. Take some time to get familiar with it. This new TIC was bought with a grant from the Firefighter Support Foundation.
Gear Inspections: Annual gear inspections are due. In the Ops room is a binder marked PPE Inspections. Please inspect your gear, wash it too, place the form in FF Jake Cole's mail slot.
New EMS Patient Care Reports: The transition from Image Trend to Image Trend Elite has begun. On March 1st some services in Maine are using this new software. This link https://www.mefirs.org is to a training site where you can use the system in a training mode. I'm not sure yet when York County will make the cut over. Elite is different from the MEMSRR we currently know and love. One plus the the new software, both the web version and the lap top version are the same. I understand the new system will automatically "post" reports when it senses a wifi link. It is also much more user friendly for I-pads. We will make the transition from laptops to the I-pads as part of our change over. Please, go onto the training website and look this new software over.
Wildland Urban Interface Planning Series: Evacuation, Land Use and Fire Regulations Pilot Course Offering. The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy is recruiting students for the pilot offering of the new WUI Planning Series: Evacuation, Land Use and Fire Regulations course. The course code is P0608. For more information, visit: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/misc/P0608_Pilot_Apr_2017.pdf
The pilot offering is scheduled for April 23-28 and will be held at National Fire Academy Campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland.For more information contact Woody Stratton at Woodrow.Stratton@fema.dhs.gov
Promotion Requirements: Recently, Directive 2215 has been put into service. This directive sets out training & education requirements for promotion to Lieutenant and Captain. If you have aspirations of either, please take a look at the new requirements and start working on them. We are working on a similar directive for engineers and possibly an advanced firefighter category.
Small Town Fire Departments: A Catch All: Interesting article about how small town fire departments "do it all" https://penobscotbaypress.com/news/2017/mar/2/small-town-fire-departments-a-catch-all-for-emerge/#.WLmftfnyuUk
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for March 2, 2017 contains the following articles:
1. Radiological Operations Support Specialist Program
2. Funding and Next Generation 911
3. The Superbugs in the Sink Drains
4. National Fire Academy Pilots WUI Course
Events Next Week (Week 1): Monday 3/6 Basic Fire School 1800; Tuesday 1900 GMFRA, Wednesday 1800 BFS, Thursday 1400 Fire Commission Workshop; 1800 Joint Select Boards; 1830 All Officers; 1830 Junior Company. Saturday NFA Classes MFSI all day. 0800 GMFRA Car Wash.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. It's supposed to get cold again. The station will be at the Basic EMT level all weekend. I'm going to be in Massachusetts all day on Saturday. Massabesic has four runners at New England Indoor Track & Field championships. Jarrod is one of them.
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