Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Update for Friday, April 21, 2017

OPEN SHIFTS: JUNE; Wed 6/14 0700-1900; Thu 6/22 0700-1900.
Congratulations to our newest EVO2: Nicki Fowlie is now a qualified EVO2.
BANQUET and DEDICATION: The ambulance dedication went off very well, despite a desk box at the start. Gregg, Karen and Norm stepped up and helped out. It was great to have the SPFD color guard present too.  And a great job done at the fire. From what I'm hearing everyone did a great job.
Getting water supply set up down the street, away from operations is critical. Great job!
Another banquet successfully pulled off. A big thanks to the committee for getting it all organized. If you haven't heard already the 2016 awardees are;
Firefighter of the Year: Nicki Fowlie.
Fire Officer of the Year: Lt Phil Daniels.
Outstanding Junior Firefighter: Evan Elie.
Rookie of the Year: Shevaughn Shay.
"Midnight Responder" Jamie Mouzas.
Several Chief's Commendations were awarded.
The "main event" was the Outstanding Service Award. Which was awarded to Bruce Johnston for his 45 plus years of service to the department. With 45-years of service comes a reserved parking spot. No not one of the handicapped spots. Bruce will have  his own parking spot at the front of the station.
BLESSING: Chaplain Jacques stopped by this afternoon to bless Ambulance 86.  Now the truck is fully in service!
FAMILY LIAISON:  At last night's Fire Commission meeting, Vicki Gavel and Bridgett Grenier attended. If you remember, Mrs Grenier lost her home to a fire in 2013. She talked about the challenges faced after a fire. They've put together a binder of things and information needed by a family immediately following a fire. They both have agreed to be that liaison with the family to help get them back on their feet.  I think this is a fantastic idea. And the fact that they are willing to volunteer their time to this effort is even better.  I will have their contact information at fire alarm as "family liaison" and we will call them in at the same time we all in Red Cross.
CDLs: AChf Harris has confirmed with DMV that they are willing and able to schedule everyone to take the practical exam on the same day. They will need about a month of lead time. To schedule the practical, you first have to have your permit. To get a permit you have complete and passed the written test.   Links to study materials and practice tests are posted on the bulletin board.
MAY 4th; I have a crew for A85. Now I need a driver for Engine 81 to go to Ogunquit to support the SRTC Firefighter I/II structural burns.  Please call, email or text me if you able to help out.
COPIER: Our old copier finally gave up. BEU has provided us with a loaner/demo.  The fax feature is working. We still need to get the scanning to files running. It will scan to an email address. And of course, it will make copies.
MFSI is pleased to announce the Town of Gray and Gray Fire Rescue will host the following series of Leadership courses endorsed by the National Fire Academy scheduled for the following dates:
Leadership I for Fire & EMS: Strategies for Company Success (O-0803) May 20 & 21, 2017 (Sat & Sun 16hrs).
Leadership II for Fire & EMS: Strategies for Personal Success (O-0804) June 24 & 25, 2017(Sat & Sun 16hrs).
Leadership III for Fire & EMS: Strategies for Supervisory Success (O-0805) July 15 & 16, 2017 (Sat & Sun 16hrs).
Class will be held at the Gray Town Office Building. No Fee for these courses.
Attn: Anne Heinig
19 Sewall St., Brunswick ME 04011
IMPORTANT: FMI Please contact MFSI Director Jim Graves / 207-844-2078   These courses are subsidized by the NFA State Fire Training Grant Fund
and the operating funds provided through the Fire Investigation and Prevention Tax. (FIPT)
SUMMER DRESS CODE: Warm weather was here for a day or two. I've heard rumor it will return. If it does, I just want to remind everyone of our summer dress code.  Directive 2121/Dress Code  Appropriate attire is required for your safety, and our professional reputation as first responders.
CALL VOLUME:  We've run 202 calls as of 4/20/17.  We are at the same number of calls as this time last year.
CHIEF'S REPORTS:  My first quarter report is posted to the website; along with our Annual Report for 2016. 
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for April 20, 2017 contains the following articles:
1. Managing HIPAA During Disasters, Part 2
2. National Professional Development Summit
3. "Until Help Arrives" Program
4. NFA Seeking Students for Pilot Course

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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