[JAN 2020] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

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[JAN 2020] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

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Los Santos Fire Department
Monthly Bulletin Newsletter #19 - January 2020
Opening Statement
Commitment to Education
A Closer Look Into Our Fleet
Featured Division
Featured Member
Recipe of the Month
Staff Statistics
Chief's Statement

Opening Statement
Hello and welcome to our nineteenth newsletter!

Here we are! A brand new decade! Happy new year to all, and from us to you at the department to you, we wish much success and wellness in this new decade. Let's accomplish those goals!

The month of January had many structural and administration changes within the department. So, we welcome the new Fire Chief, Issac Hunter and the new Deputy Chief, Carlton Jones! Both will be stepping up in their new roles to create some stability and organization within the department. So, cheers to you! Many things are scheduled for this new year by both the Operations Bureau and the Administrations Bureau, so stay tuned!

In this months newsletter, we'll be following the same format as we usually do. Take a look at the steps the Los Santos Fire Department is taking to better educate the public, read about the Fire Marshals, the featured division and learn more about fellow firefighter Bernie Jacknall in our featured member section!

In addition, learn more about our RA-1 unit as we investigate further into our hefty fleet and don't forget to try out something new in the kitchen with our featured recipe of the month!

As always, we have awards, rewarding members of the department for their hard work and dedication to the department! Lastly, check out a heartfelt message from our Deputy Chief, Carlton Jones. We wish you all a very happy new year, and thank you for taking the time to read into our newsletter!

Our Commitment to Education
In this section, we will be going over our many initiatives in serving the public in proper education of the general betterment of health and wellness, as well as our fire prevention programs done in partnership with the Fire Marshal division along with the Training and Recruitment division. We look to directly impact high-risk areas in an attempt to further prevent a statistical increase in fire and medical related deaths in the Los Santos area.

To expand, recently launched by the Public Relations division, the Community Outreach Program, will be used as a strong stepping stone in the organizational properties of Los Santos to build a comradery within those high risk communities. Obtaining the public general awareness is currently the mission of the program for the greater safety of the each citizen of Los Santos. Ultimately leading up to educational factors such as substance abuse education, heart health, fitness, diet, and much more. Spreading the awareness that troubles Los Santos is the best act of prevention.

Also, through the Fire Marshal division, campaigns will be a frequent act to bring fourth the changes needed to see less structural fires as well as less fire related deaths among the state. Campaigns so far include Alarm IT, and Face The Facts. In the new year, the Fire Marshals will really be stepping to face the challenge head on, as well as educate business owners and home owners the risk that they may face.

To learn more about our initiatives and programs, click here.

A Closer Look Into Our Fleet

This month we will be featuring the infamous RA-1!

Many have varied opinions about RA-1. But one thing all who know this specific vehicle could agree on one thing..she is reliable. This one vehicle is the vehicle that has attended more calls than any other vehicle in our entire fleet, has scene basically every situation imaginable. As classified as a transport capable vehicle, RA-1 provides medical assistance to various calls that come in on a daily basis.

RA-1 is equipped with an immense number of tools and gadgets to overcome each obstacle it may come across on a average day. Being the equivalent for the top tier of modern medical technology, this specific member of our fleet provides the best support, no matter the scene. More specifically, the most known items within a ambulance would be the gurney and the backboard. The gurney and the backboard are like jelly and peanut butter to a paramedic.

Medical transport vehicles rely on the principle of pre-hospital care. The reason why pre-hospital care is so important is because it is the cornerstone of life saving capabilities. This specific vehicle is equipped enough to manage life threatening conditions long enough to receive all of the treatment required to save a life at the closest medical center.

Old reliable, as some may identify RA-1 as, she still gets the job done. So, here is to a new year of longevity to RA-1!

Featured Division
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 Fire Marshal Division Image
This month, we'll be taking a closer look at the Fire Marshals division! Going into the 2020 new year, the State Fire Marshals division had faced a serious reconstruction of its internal structure, including the appointment of Deputy Chief Fire Marshal George Cleveland, a former LSFD Fire Captain who had transferred into the State Fire Marshals division in a commanding capacity in order to restore the quality in the division that it once had before. Another key part in restructuring the division is the introduction of Marshal Blythe and also Probationary Fire Marshal Emmerson, who are both aspiring to go far within the division and have been contributing to local home and business inspections.

The internal recruitment of the division has also been opened up with a strong start showing high interest for potential future Fire Marshal candidates. On top of this, The State Fire Marshal division has also been working closely with the Public Relations division on several different campaigns and events such as the Fire Safety Awareness Event which took place on the 21st of January, and also the "Face the Facts" campaign, of which the Public Relations Division is sharing various facts regarding fire safety with statistics to back up claims about the dangers revolving around fire safety, whilst also informing the public of the importance of having a fire inspection carried out. State Fire Marshals continue to search for new and unique ways to reach out to the public.

Setting reminders that if your building is not up to code, you can be liable for both property damage as well as fire safety negligence and have the possibility of being prosecuted. So, get those buildings checked every six months! The small fees are worth the prevention of a possible headache later.

When asked about the Fire Marshals and future plans of the division, Deputy Chief Fire Marshal George Cleveland had this to say..
Deputy Chief Fire Marshal George Cleveland wrote:In the near future, the State Fire Marshal division is also seeking to streamline the process for requesting a fire inspection for businesses, making it faster and more efficient to obtain a Fire Inspection Certificate, especially with the increase in staffing under the State Fire Marshal division. In addition to streamlining the process, Marshals have also been participating in the Public Relations campaign "Alarm IT ™" where following a home fire inspection, Marshals will then fit a free smoke alarm within the property in order to ensure it is properly up to regulation and safety standards, keeping the residents of the property safe.
Interested in becoming a Fire Marshal? You must be a Firefighter II or above. Recruitment is currently OPEN, and you can find out more information here.

Featured Member
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.

Born in Big Timber, in Grass County, in the land-locked state of Montana on a cold morning in December to two farmers, Bernie has had a colorful childhood. From encounters with the local wildlife to an odd tradition of wrestling in freezing cold rivers, he graduated High School with all limbs intact. Finding his knack for adventure, he decided to enlisted to the only branch his Grandfather never heard of, the Coast Guard.

After surviving Cape May, Bernie has been stationed in different spots all over the country. He graduated as a Boatswain's mate from his A-School in Yorktown. He found himself conducting operations from Maine to San Fierro. Ever since his service, he's warned of the danger of freak storms, jellyfish, and rip-tides.

His time as a coastie from a land-locked state eventually ended when he decided to retire and find a new start. After finishing his four-year stint, he moved to Los Santos and bunked with a friend for two months. Deciding to follow the footsteps of his great-uncle, he enlisted as a volunteer to the Los Santos Fire Department, soon developing a love for the work, he's worked his way up to being a Career Fireman and has no plans to change that.

When asked on his most memorable moment as a Career Fireman, Bernie responded with:
Bernie Jacknall wrote:I had to climb an under-construction sky-scraper in Pillbox to go help out a faller. The poor guy jumped from midway up a crane, we had to land Life-Flight 3 on the roof as well, while everyone else had to find ways up. I got a ride up on our Quint truck, then climbed up a couple of sets of ladders. Definitely awe-inspiring being on top of a building like that.
Since High School, Bernie has been in love with bush-flying and prop-planes. Even managing to fly a bit in Alaska after getting his small-prop license. Ever since Bernie has been a major aviator and has never fallen out of love with the sky. Besides helping out at local airports, he even goes flying occasionally between shifts! Being a pilot is one of his proudest achievements.

In closure, Bernie had a final message to share:
Bernie Jacknall wrote:I have no idea where I would be without this department. Serving with it has been some of the proudest moments of my life, you all are a second family to me. No matter what. Stay safe folks.

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!

Southern baked mac-and-cheese

  • 3 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup Colby & Monterey Jack shredded (cheese blend
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup smoked cheddar cheese shredded (a must)
  • paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Cook macaroni until just al dente
  • Drain pasta and set aside
  • In a large bowl, add milk, heavy cream & cheeses then stir.
  • Taste the milk mixture and add salt & pepper until it has a good taste.
  • When you are content with the taste, add the eggs. Stir well
  • Butter a 9 x 9-inch baking dish. Add the macaroni
  • Pour cheese mixture over macaroni, and distribute well.
  • Top with the smoked cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes. Do not overbake.
  • Let cool, 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 given to those who have gone above and beyond for the Department and have taken initiative in doing so.

We would like to thank Firefighter II Rudy McLemore for their dedicated service to the Public Relations division. To show our appreciation, we are awarding them the Meritorious Service award.

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 - January 2020 to Firefighter II Rudy McLemore. 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 - January 2020 to Probationary Firefighter Rachel Campbell. Congratulations!

This award is given to those who have successfully passed the Intermediate Life Support training and examination.

We would like to congratulate Engineer Bernie Jacknall, Engineer Roberto Williams, Firefighter II Leonidas Voss, and Firefighter I Samantha Love for passing the Intermediate Life Support examination.

This award is given to those who have successfully passed the Advanced Life Support training and examination.

We would like to congratulate Engineer Bernie Jacknall, Engineer Roberto Williams, and Firefighter II Leonidas Voss for passing the Advanced Life Support examination.

This award is given to those who have successfully passed the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course.

We would like to congratulate Firefighter I Seon-mi Won, Firefighter I Samantha Love, Probationary Firefighter Kaitlyn Rourke, Probationary Firefighter Olivia Taylor, Probationary Firefighter Rachel Campbell , and Probationary Firefighter Margarita Cruz for passing the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course.

This award is given to those who have successfully passed the Fire and Rescue examination.

We would like to congratulate Probationary Firefighter Kaitlyn Rourke, Probationary Firefighter Olivia Taylor, Probationary Firefighter Rachel Campbell for passing the Fire and Rescue examination.

This award is given to those who have enlisted into the Air Operations Division.

We would like to congratulate Engineer Roberto Williams and Firefighter II Leonidas Voss on enlisting into the Air Operations Division.

This award is given to those who have enlisted into the Public Relations Division.

We would like to congratulate Engineer Roberto Williams and Firefighter I Rudy McLemore on enlisting into the Public Relations Division.

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 Fire Captain Nicole Schneider on being promoted to Director of the Public Relations division.

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
Kaitlyn Rourke
Rachel Campbell
Olivia Tailor

Firefighter I to Firefighter II
Rudy McLemore
Samantha Love
Seon-mi Won

Firefighter II to Firefighter III
Leonidas Voss

Firefighter III to Engineer
Laura Murphy

Fire Lieutenant II to Fire Captain
Danny Park

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: 1

Command Staff
Battalion Chief: 2
Fire Captain: 2

Supervisory Staff
Fire Lieutenant II: 4
Fire Lieutenant I: 1

Non-Command Staff
Engineer: 6
Firefighter III: 2
Firefighter II: 1
Firefighter I: 4
Probationary Firefighters: 10
Volunteer Firefighters: 0

Total members: 34

Chief's Statement
Deputy Chief Carlton Jones wrote: Hello everyone,

This month saw us implementing many things to improve how we the department is ran. Operational structures were rolled out to make sure that there is a clear chain of command and to help daily operations run smoother. Our administrative procedures are also receiving changes to make processing all types of paperwork easier and more efficient. We have and are going to continue to place people in certain positions to evolve the department into one that not only the city deserves but one that you, the firefighter deserves. I'm very happy with the direction we're taking now and I'm looking forward to what the future brings. With that being said, congratulations to all our promoted personnel. To everyone in the department: continue to work hard and make the city proud as I know you already do. Thank you!

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Re: [JAN 2020] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

Post by Madison Fletcher » 31 Jan 2020, 21:51

Congrats guys! <3 Love ya'll
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Post by Rudy McLemore » 31 Jan 2020, 21:53

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Post by Leonidas Voss » 31 Jan 2020, 22:03

Congratulations to everyone.


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Re: [JAN 2020] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

Post by David Sullivan » 01 Feb 2020, 10:07

One of the best newsletter I've read so far!
Congratulations to everyone and huge thanks to the public relations division for their hard work!!

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Post by Jordan Wright » 01 Feb 2020, 13:23

Congratulations to everyone!
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