Tis the season to be jolly! First off, happy holidays to all! We at the Los Santos Fire Department wish everyone a very safe, yet fun holiday season!
The month of December saw some big changes happen to the department. After the resignation of Fire Chief Frank Osborne, the local government stepped in and appointed a new, temporary Fire Chief to help modernize the department: previous Fire Chief Lucas Bjorn! He, along with a few new additions were added into the department to help with the overall structure of the Los Santos Fire Department, bringing it in line with the other agencies in the state.
The last newsletter of the year will consist of most of the things you've come to expect by now: check out a major moment in LSFD history, check out our featured division and member, learn a new recipe and find out who received promotions, among other things! Congratulations to everyone and here's to a great 2020!
Looking Back - FD's Biggest Moments
In the "Looking Back" section, we'll take a look at some of the LSFD's most captivating situations and revisit them, bringing back intense memories for the veterans while showing new members what they can possibly encounter themselves!
This month, we'll be going back to earlier this year when a fire broke out at a gas station! On February 8th, 2019, the LSFD received a call stating that there was a fire inside a gas station's 24/7 store on West Mirror Drive. Personnel were told that there may have been a person trapped inside. Firefighters arrived to the scene and immediately went on the defensive, hitting the store from all sides with water. Eventually personnel were able to enter the structure and confirm that there were no people trapped inside. After a while, a knockdown was called and initial investigations seemed to show that the fire was in fact an accident. Great job to all involved! To read this story in more detail, click here.
At the end of each month we feature a division in our newsletter, explaining what the division does, what they've been doing and a statement from the division leader.
The Public Relations Division
This month, we'll be taking a closer look at the Public Relations division! Attend any parties lately or any fun events? These are the guys you have to thank! Public Relations often organizes events to help firefighters have some well deserved downtime after working so hard. In addition, the division is very important in regards to community relations, as it's their job to is foster a bond between the fire department and the residents of Los Santos. Current Public Relations Director, Engineer Isabella Caras, had this to say about the division:
Isabella Caras wrote:The Public Relations division of the Los Santos Fire Department is really a lot of behind the scenes activity before we create events and then we are the ones in the front dealing with the public. It's not what I would call glamourous and it is definitely long hours with having to liaise between the public, the city and PD, However it is definitely very rewarding and artistic, If this is the direction you feel you want to travel in the fire department. Being apart of Public relations is putting a positive face on the front of the FD and it's very important work to keep the public feeling as if they can trust us to make the hard decisions that our boots on the ground have to make every day. We have multiple roles inside Public Relations that consist of, Public relations officers, Community Liaison officers, Media specialists, Fire photographers and Public relations journalists. If your are thinking of signing up for PR or just want to learn more feel free to contact me.
If you wish to join Public Relations, you must be a Volunteer Firefighter or Firefighter I at the minimum. If serving the department and local community sounds like something you would be interested in, head over here to learn more and to apply: viewtopic.php?f=362&t=1644
Each month we give a member of the Los Santos Fire Department the opportunity to feature in our Newsletter, telling us a bit about themselves, where they're from, what they do and where they plan to go.
Engineer Isabella Caras
Born in Los santos medical centre (LSMC) on August 17th 1992, Isabella grew up in the rough streets of Rancho in a neighborhood well known for violence.. Jamestown. Having never met her father she lived with her mother and younger sister before losing them both tragically. Growing up in a place like Rancho certainly evolved her quite quickly and she did turn to the local gang as a young child. After being married early on in her twenties she left the country for a while, She studied nursing where upon arriving home was offered a job at LSMC and moved back into her original neighborhood only this time with her small child daughter Ari.
Isabella became a Paramedic for her changed ways and love of helping people with high hopes of working into Public Relations as a community liason officer and bringing a real change to not only her community but other low income communities.
When asked about a memorable moment in the LSFD, Isabella wrote:
Isabella Caras wrote:That is a difficult one, I have so many fond memories of working with all these terrific people that I could not possibly just choose one memory. I would have to say lately my most memorable moment to me would be being promoted to the director of PR, I am really hoping I can do some great work and make everyone proud. I do this job not only because I love it but because I love the people I work with, Cooking for everyone is probably my most favourite thing to do, and more then likely being overly motherly. We are all one big family and I would not have gotten through all these tough times if it wasn't for this big beautiful familia.
Outside of being a paramedic Isabella loves to cook, exercise and hang with her daughter Ari talking about a very persistent topic... ducks.
One last thing that Isabella wanted to add was:
Isabella Caras wrote:No matter where we come from, no matter what we have done, things can change and you can change. To be in a Community means working together to create a better community that responds to everyone's needs. Regardless of age, background or past mistakes, we need to be able to accept and transcend differences. To all my FD family, the ones lost and the ones still here... I love you.
Recipe of the Month
Cooking is an important part of a firefighter's life when at the station. Each month, we'll highlight a great recipe worth trying during a shift at the station!
6 large burger buns, preferably homemade, toasted if desired
Grab a large bowl and mix the ground beef, onion powder, salt and pepper until combined. Do not overdo this otherwise you will have tough patties.
Divide into six portions and begin form the patty shape on each portion. Do not press too hard.
Pre-heat the grill on medium/high heat. Place burgers onto the stove and cook for about 2-3 minutes until a crust forms on the bottom. Flip and repeat. Afterwards, add two slices of cheese on each patty and let cheese melt.
Transfer to a plate and allow to rest. Finally, transfer to buns.
Add all of your favorite toppings and enjoy!
At the end of the month Firefighters are awarded for their work and dedication towards the Los Santos Fire Department and service towards the community. Below can be found the recognised members of the Fire Department and their awards.
This award is obtainable by being voted as the Firefighter of the Month in monthly Supervisory discussions. This month we are proud to award Firefighter of the Month - December 2019 to Firefighter III Bernie Jacknall. Congratulations!
In contrast to Firefighter of the Month, this award is given in recognition of outstanding performance shown during Firefighter Probation. This month we award Rookie of the Month - December 2019 to Probationary Firefighter Kyle Patrick. Congratulations!
This award is given to those who have successfully been internally promoted to the Management Team of the Public Relations Division.
We would like to congratulate Engineer Isabella Caras on being promoted to Director of the Public Relations division.
This award is given to those who have successfully been internally promoted to the Command Team of the Training and Recruitment division.
We would like to congratulate Engineer Talon Cross on being promoted to Assistant Director of the Training & Recruitment division.
This award is given to those who have successfully passed the Intermediate Life Support training and examination.
We would like to congratulate Engineer Talon Cross for passing the Intermediate Life Support examination.
This award is given to those who have successfully enlisted in the Training and Recruitment Division..
We would like to thank Firefighter II Bernie Jacknall for enlisting in the Training & Recruitment division.
This award is given to those who have successfully enlisted in the Public Relations Division.
We would like to thank Firefighter I Leonidas Voss and Firefighter II Robert Adler for enlisting in the Public Relations division.
This award is given to those who pass the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course.
We would like to congratulate Firefighter II Bernie Jacknall, Probationary Firefighter Kyle Patrick, Probationary Firefighter Rudy McLemore, Firefighter II Roberto Williams and Engineer Elizabeth Walker for passing the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course.
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!
Probationary Firefighter to Firefighter I
Firefighter I to Firefighter II
Firefighter II to Firefighter III
Congratulations and best of luck to all members in their new positions. Staff Statistics
Below is listed our current number of members at each rank in the Los Santos Fire Department.
High Command Staff
Fire Chief: 1
Deputy Chiefs: 2
Battalion Chief: 1
Fire Captain: 4
Fire Lieutenant II: 2
Fire Lieutenant I: 2
First off, I hope the holidays have been treating you well. With New Years coming up, make sure you guys have fun and drink responsibly if that's your type of thing. You've all earned it. Moving on, this month saw some big changes in the department. The government added a few members into our ranks to help us become as efficient as the other departments in the city. While abrupt, I feel this will have an overall positive impact on the department. On the administrative side of things, we've already been working on improving our manuals and improving the delegation of tasks to lighten the load on everyone and make sure each division is working as efficiently as possible. While we still have some work to do, I'm excited for what's in store in the future.
I would like to close out by saying if anyone in the department wants to voice their opinion on any matter, my office is always open. And whatever you have to say, I'll listen. Let's all work together and make this department the best it can be! Happy New Years, everyone!
Deputy Chief Issac Hunter
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