Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekly Update for Friday, June 16, 2017

OPEN SHIFTS: All are covered, at the moment.
Some good reading on regarding some of the events this past week.
CONGRATULATIONS: FF Jake Boyden on becoming an EVO1 and turning 19 on Thursday!
And to FF/AEMT James Gambino for passing the Advanced NREMT exam on his first attempt!
TOWN MEETINGS: We fared well at both town meetings. All articles passed. There was a good amount of discussion in Lyman. Good and supportive discussion.
FIRE ACADEMY GRADUATION: Thornton Academy, Monday, June 19th starting at 1900.
EVO2 RE-CERTIFICATION:  Every EVO2 must complete the re-cert training to maintain your certification as an EVO. This is a Maine BLS requirement. Please get this done asap. The task book is in Ops.
NEW LIVE-IN STUDENTS:  We've selected two new students for this fall. Nikole St. Germain of Hudson, NH and Joshua Walls of East Ryegate, VT.  Both students will be here on June 22 for orientation and their move in date is July 30.
SCANNER FEED: Lt Martin has set us up with an on-line scanner feed. If you go to Broadcastify or Radio Reference you can load the app to listen to primary on your computer or phone.
SUMMER:  Rumor has it summer has arrived, in typical Maine fashion anyway.  Please dress accordingly when around the station and responding on calls. Directive 2121 covers our dress code. A copy is on the website and also posted on the bulletin board. Shorts may be worn as part of the Class C uniform (Directive 2120) when the air temperature is over 85 degrees.
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for June 15, 2017 contains the following articles:
1. Can You Spot a Meth Lab?    ****VERY GOOD INFO*****
2. The Latest Updates on Drones and Regulations
3. Webinar: EMS and Infectious Diseases
4. First Responder Group Newsletter
Incident Description: Chief Edward Switalski responded with the Comstock Township Department of Fire & Rescue to a reported motor vehicle accident on Eastbound I-94 near mile marker 81 at approximately 2230hrs. Upon arrival, they found an empty vehicle and no injuries to report. As fire crews were getting ready to leave the scene, a passing vehicle lost control and struck Chief Switalski, who was standing at the rear of his rescue vehicle returning equipment to service. Crews at the scene tried to revive him, but were not successful. Chief Switalski was pronounced dead at the scene.
Incident Location: Eastbound I-94, mile marker 81, Michigan.
Tribute is being paid to Chief Edward Switalski at
To date, 49 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at
NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY: NFA Applications due June 15! Info about courses, schedules, & applications at:   NFA Classes are FREE! USFA covers your transportation and lodging!
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) - KENNEBUNK
Date(s): August 22, 2017 - January 9, 2018
Time:  5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Tuesday- ITV / Online
Thursday - LAB/West Kennebunk Fire Station
Flyer is on the bulletin board.
Basic Emergency Medical Technician (BEMT) - KENNEBUNK
Date(s): August 29, 2017 - December 12, 2017
Time:  5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Flyer is on the bulletin board.
EMT Classes:  If you're interested in taking an EMT class, discuss it with your company officer and submit a training request asap.
BLOOD DRIVE: Our next blood drive is July 1st.
Events Next Week: Monday, 1900 Fire Academy Graduation; Tuesday, 1830 EMS Training CHF; Wednesday 1000 EMA Command Van familiarization at GMFR; 1900 Lyman Planning Board meeting at GMFR. Thursday; 1830 Fire Commission. Friday; 0900 EMS Training CHF.

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

“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy””  – John F. Kennedy (JFK)

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