Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekly Update for Friday, August 4, 2017

Sorry I missed last week's blog. I went on vacation. You answered 21 calls that week. That may have been our busiest week so far this year.
OPEN SHIFTS:  August and September all set, for now.  October: Tue 10/17 0700-1900, Wed 10/25 0700-1900. November: Thu 11/2 0700-1900.
CONGRATULATIONS: New Advanced EMT Cole Tarbell!  Licensed in two States!
CHAPLAIN: Please join me in welcoming Rev. Ed Bove to our department. Ed will be serving as our Chaplain. Ed is the Pastor of the Goodwins Mills Methodist Church and will be living with his family at the Methodist Parsonage on 202 Gould Road in Dayton. Chaplain Bove has a background in public safety. He's a former Massachusetts EMT and worked for AMR. He's also former Reserve Police Officer in Worchester, Mass. His last assignment was at the Methodist Church in Unity, Maine. There he served as part of a support team (CISD) to Unity FD and other area fire departments.  My vision for this position is that of a traditional fire service Chaplain. Someone to give us emotional support as we needed it, not just for the critical things but for the day-to-day stuff too. Be our family liaison after a fire or during a code. And to quote Ed, " be a quiet presence in the fire house..."
CHIEF's CALL: Next Chief's Call is Tuesday, August 29th.
EMS CALL LEVELS:  You've all heard fire alarm give us a "level" on EMS calls. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc. This is what EMD's call "determinant codes".  What do they all mean? They're designed to tell us the severity of the call and what resources may be needed.  When we're told it's ALPHA level, that means it's a Basic EMT call. Three people should be able to handle the call. For us, the on-duty crew can handle an Alpha level call. BRAVO calls are also a Basic EMT call. But, may require more manpower. CHARLIE level or greater are ALS calls. Three people, one being an Advanced EMT or Paramedic should be able to handle a CHARLIE level call. For us, the on-duty crew (when ALS is working) can handle a Charlie level call. DELTAs are also an ALS call, but require more manpower. ECHO's should be an automatic Desk Box 8, and paramedic started if we don't have one working.  So, Alpha's and Charlie's we can typically handle with the on duty crew. Bravo's, Delta's and Echo's we need call force manpower to respond.
I AM RESPONDING DOCUMENTS:  We can now add a "documents" icon to the I Am Responding map. When you see the icon, you can click on it and a PDF document will open giving you more information about the location you're going to. For example, if you're going to Bunganut Campground, you will see the document icon, open it an you will get a detailed map of the lot locations, road names and landmarks within the camp ground.
WATER RESCUE:  We have put together a working group to review our water rescue equipment and capabilities. If you're interested in helping with this project please contact Capt Duross.
FORESTRY 87:  It will be back in service soon. However, it will not carry water or a fixed pump.
We're looking into options for mounting a fixed pump that is more user friendly than the current arrangement.  We also need to do some testing with our pressure pumps and forestry hose. Just what are the limitations of these low volume pumps?
LADDER 82:  Should be back end of next week. East Coast has arranged for NETS to do the aerial testing next week.
AMBULANCE 86: It's back in service. There were cracks in the transmission fluid cooling lines.
FALL FIRE & EMS SCHOOL: September 23 and 24. Flyer is on the bulletin board and on the Chiefs' Assoc website. CLICK HERE   If you're interested in taking any classes please submit a DataTrac Training Request.
SMCC FIRE ACADEMY: Our students will be at the fire academy next week. Engine 84 will be supporting the training on 8/8 and 8/22.
WATER SUPPLY VALVE: Engine 84 now has a 5-inch gated wye to support LDH ops.
The EMR-ISAC InfoGram for August 3, 2017 contains the following articles:
1. Fentanyl, Carfentanil Prompting HazMat Response
2. Power Outage Tests Resilience of Outer Banks
3. Western States Revisit Cold War Nuclear Plans
4. Critical Incident Response Webinar

Opiod/Opiate drugs as a HAZMAT call, an interesting concept. Hollis FD recently responded to a heroine overdose. They called a second ambulance for a second patient who was having effects of being exposed to the drug.  There have been several instances like this around the country. Situational Awareness...right?  Keep tabs on your crew (including the Trooper), others present on scene, bystanders, yourself.
EVENTS NEXT WEEK:  Tuesday: E84 to Academy, Lifeflight training 1830, Thu 1830 Joint Selectboard meeting at Dayton Town Hall.

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

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