[APR 2021] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

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[APR 2021] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

Post by Randy Sikes » 03 May 2021, 22:09


⠀⠀LOS SANTOS FIRE DEPARTMENT⠀⠀
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⠀⠀MONTHLY BULLETIN NEWSLETTER #34 - APRIL 2021⠀⠀
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April brings us up to Newsletter 34 and what a month April has been. Though, it has also brought us sad news.

This month, Station Three grieved for the loss of Engineer and family member Freddie Martinez who lost his life in the line of duty. We must never forget the Los Santos Fire Department stands together, not just as colleagues. But, as a family.

In brighter news, the Captain Programme welcomed new, prospective Captains into the programme. Allowing them to begin their journeys to becoming a fully fledged Captain within the Department, something the Los Santos Fire Department prides itself on. The pride and motivation it's members have to further their careers. As well as this, Training & Recruitment have been busy with Recruitment again. But, this time with a twist, after the introduction of EMS. Which Public Relations covered briefly in a Press Release available below.

Further away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Los Santos County Lifeguards have been busy with their own work. With a rise in people attending the beach as the summer months creep closer and closer, the team welcomed a new batch of trainees as well as working with the local Los Santos News Network to bring light to the operations of the division.⠀
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The Los Santos Fire Department regrets to inform you of a Line of Duty Death in the passing of an active member, Engineer Freddie Martinez. Freddie lost his life following a difficult battle from complications after being involved in an operation to assist a deputy entrapped during a vehicular fire at Pacific Bluffs on the Great Ocean Highway. His passing saddens the entire Los Santos Fire Department.

Freddie joined the department in January of 2021, A Los Santos native serving his community stationed in Station Three in Davis, serving the department as a member of Aerial Operations, assisting Training and Recruitment with bringing in budding Candidates and training them for their probationary period.

As a department, we mourn Freddie's loss deeply and extend our thoughts and prayers to the Martinez family in this difficult time.

Rest in Peace Freddie, you will not be forgotten.
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The Los Santos Fire Department has always been known for its Fire and Medical services offered to the city of Los Santos and it's citizens and the multitude of careers that the Department offers to budding Firefighters and Lifeguards. However, what about those who find the idea of Firefighting a little daunting?

The last few weeks has brought about major change to the Los Santos Fire Department and the department is proud to announce a new opportunity for budding Paramedics, the Emergency Services (EMS) Division. Headed by newly appointed EMS Captain Gary Young. The EMS Division aims to broaden the prospects of the department by offering opportunities to those wishing to become Paramedics without the responsibilities of Firefighters being involved. Holding no limitations to EMTs or Paramedics involved and offering the same medical training offered to Firefighters involved in the department.

"It is an exciting time for the Department as a whole, bringing forth this new division of the Emergency Medical Services is a task that I have welcomed with open arms. Through the combined efforts with our Chief of Operations, Training and Recruitment and our fantastic folks in Public Relations we have taken a giant leap forward in bringing this division to an operational capacity.

As the Captain that has been appointed to take charge of this division it is my goal to ensure we continue to deliver a high-quality medical service to the people of Los Santos and Blaine County. Our goal is to do just that, we are actively recruiting new enthusiastic people to join our division to become one of the many members of our department with the primary focus to specialise in emergency pre-hospital environments.

The EMS division is not a separation from the Fire Department but a division within, all personnel that wish join the division will go through the same recruitment and training process as our current firefighters, they will not receive firefighting training but will focus solely on becoming Emergency Medical Technicians before eventually training to become one our fine Paramedics. Whilst our current serving firefighters are all trained up to the level of Emergency Medical Technician at a basic level, not everyone is ready to perform as a firefighter.

Alongside the EMS division will be the launch of our new EMS supervisory vehicles known as EMS-1 and EMS-2. These vehicles will be manned and operated by EMS Captains who will provide supervisory services or incident command on scenes that require it, such as mass casualty incidents or large-scale operations with multi-agency response. We have many ideas on the direction we wish to take with the division, and we look forward to sharing more with you all in the future. This is a great career opportunity for many who wish to pursue it and I welcome anyone who has that desire to take on a new challenge."
says EMS Captain Gary Young.

Firefighters are encouraged to transfer through internal applications if interested.⠀
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TRAINING & RECRUITMENT DIVISION
Every month we feature a division in which the division's leader can make a statement on exciting upcoming things and accomplishments.
CAPTAIN I PATRYCJA LIPSKA:
"The Training and Recruitment division has been hard at work as always cultivating new and experienced talent for the Los Santos Fire Department this month. On top of our usual training duties we have started to renew our efforts on training our staff to understand how Wildfires work and the most effective means to fight them. Firefighters partook in a drill earlier this month where they learned tactics such as progressive hose lays and mobile attack, particularly useful for rugged terrain.

In April we also assisted in the start up of the new EMS division. T&R is just as excited as the rest of the department to be welcoming on board the first EMT's and Paramedics for the department's new EMS division. We were blown away by the overwhelming number of applications the division got in its first drive and are excited to welcome them with open arms at their academy sessions continuing into May. We are thrilled with how the department continues to learn and grow and are excited to see what the next month's challenges bring.

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Every month the Lifeguard Chief will be able to speak on behalf of their division informing everyone in the newsletter what the lifeguards have been up to and where they're headed. See below for what they had to say!
Lifeguard Section Chief John Weltmann:

"The month of April saw a lot of activity within the Los Santos County Lifeguards. In our preparations for the upcoming summer months we continued to grow in numbers and along with that we had to make sure our new trainees received their proper training to keep up with our Division's established standards. Lifeguards were kept busy with different events that saw our beautiful beaches as a host. A lot of our staff had to help people during the few yacht parties that were organised in April, as well as provide safety at the Spring Break festival.

This month also saw the introduction and launching of our new boat operation - Baywatch Vespucci. It's main task is providing maritime safety to mariners and boaters all around the State of San Andreas. During this month we also had a significant attention from the media. We were happy to work with Los Santos News Network on their material about the daily life of the Los Santos County Lifeguards. It's safe to say that this was the Lifeguards' strongest month, so far, when it came to interacting with the community, which is ultimately a very important goal of the Division.
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Awards
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Throughout each month, various awards are issued to show accomplishments and certifications that have been accumulated through hard work and dedication, find below the awards that were issued this month!
[+] Firefighter Awards
Firefighter Awards

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This award is obtainable by being voted as the Firefighter of the Month in monthly Supervisory discussions. This month we congratulate the following person:

Firefighter II Finley O'Dwyer


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In contrast to Firefighter of the Month, this award is given in recognition of outstanding performance shown during Firefighter Probation. This month we congratulate the following person:

Firefighter I James Reinhart


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This award is given to those who have successfully served the Los Santos Fire Department for three consecutive months. This month we congratulate the following people:

Firefighter III Lyla Avery
Firefighter II Essie Beck
Firefighter II Lucas Morel
Firefighter II Sarah Foley
Firefighter I Fujiko Kobayashi


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Awarded to those who have successfully served the Los Santos Fire Department for six consecutive months. This month we congratulate the following people:

Firefighter III Kevin Dorsey


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Awarded to those who have successfully served the Los Santos Fire Department for nine consecutive months. This month we congratulate the following people:

Captain I Patrycja Lipska
Firefighter III Alice Fjellhol
Captain I Jess Williams


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Awarded to those who have successfully passed the State mandated Basic Life Support course and gained the EMT-B license. This month we congratulate the following people:

Firefighter I Rodney Woods
Probationary Firefighter Bart Clayton
Probationary Firefighter Isaiah King
Probationary Firefighter Quinten Nelson
Probationary Firefighter Casey Calderon
Probationary EMT Winona Rosen
Probationary EMT Mira Ruiz
Probationary EMT Adriana Rossi
Probationary EMT Laura Olmos


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Awarded to those who have successfully completed Paramedic training provided by the Training & Recruitment division. This month we congratulate the following people:

Firefighter II Lucas Morel
Firefighter I Finley O'Dwyer
Firefighter I James Reinhart


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Awarded to those who have successfully completed the Class A Emergency Vehicle Operator Course. This month we congratulate the following people:

Firefighter I Fujiko Kobayashi
Firefighter I Vanesa Blanco
Volunteer Firefighter Ramona Santiago
Firefighter I James Reinhart
Firefighter I Maya Hoffman


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Awarded to those who have successfully completed the Class B Emergency Vehicle Operator Course. This month we congratulate the following people:

Firefighter I Rodney Woods
Probationary Firefighter Bart Clayton
Probationary Firefighter Isaiah King
Probationary Firefighter Casey Calderon
Probationary EMT Winona Rosen
Probationary EMT Mira Ruiz
Probationary EMT Laura Olmos


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Awarded to those who have successfully achieved the rank of Battalion Chief. This month we congratulate the following people:

Battalion Chief Kurt Holland


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Awarded to those who have successfully been internally promoted to the Command Team of the Urban Search and Rescue Division. This month we congratulate the following people:

Engineer Leland Wilcox


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Awarded to those who have gone above and beyond of what is expected of them and have been harmed or killed in the line of duty. This month we sadly congratulate the following people:

Firefighter III Alice Fjellhol


[+] Lifeguard Awards
Lifeguard Awards

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This award is obtainable by being voted as the Lifeguard of the Month in monthly Lifeguard supervisory discussions. This month we congratulate the following person:

Lifeguard Lexi Vasquez


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In contrast to Lifeguard of the Month, this award is given in recognition of outstanding performance shown from a trainee Lifeguard. This month we congratulate the following person:

Trainee Lifeguard Rebecca Foster

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To the end of every month, members who are due a promotion are discussed by all Supervisory members of the Los Santos Fire Department. Members who have shown dedication, enthusiasm, maturity and have completed the requirements of their rank, are recommended for promotion before Chiefs of the department make the final decision. Below are the members who have successfully received promotions!
[+] Firefighter Promotions

⠀Probationary Firefighter to Firefighter I
  • Vanesa Blanco
  • Skilla Taagapoa
  • Fujiko Kobayashi
  • Hailey Mitchell
  • James Reinhart
  • Colin Mason
  • Maya Hoffman
  • Isaiah King
  • Rodney Woods
  • Nina Miller


⠀Firefighter I to Firefighter II
  • Ryan Torres
  • Simon Ballard
  • Hayden Helmsley
  • Finley O'Dwyer


⠀Firefighter II to Firefighter III
  • Essie Beck
  • Lucas Morel


⠀Captain II to Battalion Chief
  • Kurt Holland

[+] Lifeguard Promotions

⠀Trainee Lifeguard to Lifeguard
  • Lexi Vasquez


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Below is listed our current number of members at each rank in the Los Santos Fire Department.

⠀Chief Officers:
  • Fire Chief: 1
  • Deputy Chief: 0
  • Assistant Chiefs: 1
  • Battalion Chiefs: 2


⠀Company Officers:
  • Captain II: 0
  • Captain I: 4


⠀Non-Commissioned Staff:
  • Engineers: 10
  • Firefighter III: 7
  • Firefighter II: 8
  • Firefighter I: 13
  • Probationary Firefighters: 7
  • Voluntary Firefighters: 14
  • Civilian Staff: 4


⠀Lifeguards:
  • Lifeguard Chief: 1
  • Lifeguard Section Chief: 1
  • Lifeguard Captains: 2
  • Lifeguards: 8
  • Lifeguard Trainees: 3


Emergency Medical Services:
  • EMS Captains: 1
  • Senior Paramedics: 0
  • Paramedics: 1
  • EMTs: 1
  • Probationary EMTs: 4


⠀Total members: 89
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Every month the chief leaves his own statement at the end of every newsletter taking an overlook of the department from his perspective, below you can find what he had to say this month.
Fire Chief Randy Sikes:

"Good Afternoon everybody,

I have several announcements here, but first I have to congratulate everybody who received an award or made the promotion list. Your hard work is noticed.

My first announcement, of course, is the implementation of the Emergency Medical Services Division, which will oversee the emergency medical side of the department and manage our standalone paramedics and EMTs. We with Captain Young good fortune in his time as the director.

Secondly, I'd like to announce that we have begun the overhaul of a nearby vehicle depot that will be reconstructed to become our vehicle maintenance shop. It is right across the street from Fire Station 7 in El Burro and we are very excited to see the progress in the coming weeks.

Thirdly, we are also refurbishing Fire Station 2 and adding on extensions for living quarters, a modern kitchen, recreational area, and other additions to support permanent firefighters and EMTs. We hope to open Fire Station 2 once these additions are completed. A brand new auditorium is also being developed as an attachment to the LSFD Headquarters section.

That's all I've got for now, I hope everyone has a great day.
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Post by Gerald Berwick » 03 May 2021, 22:12

Congratulations everyone.
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Post by Victoria Johnston » 03 May 2021, 22:17

Congratulations everyone! Can't wait to see what we can accomplish for May!
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Post by Samantha Schultz » 03 May 2021, 22:42

Congrats everyone!
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Post by Isaiah King » 03 May 2021, 22:51

Congratulations, everyone!
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Post by Lucas Morel » 03 May 2021, 23:18

Congratulations everyone, this was a rough month, but, we made it. Respect to our fallen brother, Freddie, you will forever be missed.

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Post by Nolan Medrano » 04 May 2021, 03:35

Congratulations! :)

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Post by Patrycja Lipska » 04 May 2021, 03:44

Well done everyone
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