As a department, we're always looking ahead and attempting to find a new area to grow further on. Each person within the department plays a vital role with the development and the functionality as a whole. You all are the reason that the department is the way it is, and with all the assistance of the hard work and dedication by many individuals, we look to embark on a new chapter within the department moving forward. At the end of the day, we must keep moving forward and keep on evolving.
This month we've had new additions such as the Support Services Division, along with a few structural changes as members of our department begin a new journey with their lives.
In this month's newsletter we continue to spread our fire prevention awareness initiative with BBQ safety as the warmer weather begins to roll in. Also, take a look at a few tips and tricks of the trade from two especially experienced members of the department. We will also be bringing back the featured division showcase to reveal all that the Support Services Division has to offer.
Spring, the time of the year people enjoy the most. It's not too hot, nor is it too cold. People start heading outside more as the weather heats up to just about that perfect temperature. The trees are starting to come back, giving the world the bright green color. Yes, many fires may be associated with colder weather due to the activity of heaters, and even fire places in some areas does not mean we should be any less negligent in the risk of fires. In the spring the fire pit and grill usage numbers go up by nearly 90%.
Fire is unavoidable when it comes to preparing the perfect burger or rack of ribs on the grill, which means you’ve got some inherent, especially around lighter fluids and propane. In fact, the NFPA reports that an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling each year. As a reminder, charcoal should be soaked with charcoal starter fluid only, so don’t let the pyro-happy Boy Scout in your family go anywhere near the grill with a container of lighter fluid, no matter how cool he swears it will be! Also, while grilling make sure that there isn't any flammable objects near by such as paper plates, napkins, towels, over-hangings (umbrellas), and even plants.
Fire pits run many of the same risks of potential fire spread. Make sure to keep all flammable objects away from fire pits as well, and never leave one unattended. For maximum security, it is recommended by the Los Santos Fire Department to make sure that all fire pits have a bucket of water near by in case of emergency. If the time calls for you to use the bucket, remember to not dump it on the flame at once as this may cause embers to land elsewhere. It is best to gradually spread the water over what the fire is using as a fuel source.
Throughout all of our periods within the department, we learn many new things along the way. There is trial and error, along with figuring out ways of adapting with the fast paced career as a firefighter. As humans, we adapt and evolve. Applying such mental adaptations into such a career, you learn of ways to function more efficiently, along with more effectually to get the job done. Starting out may seem like a daunting task, which is why most don't make it out during a recruitment drive. It's very fast-paced, and currently the rate of those whom make it through that period is roughly three out of ten in each recruitment period. That's about a thirty percent success rate.
So, we've asked a few decorated firefighters on a few tips that they would like to share with others that may assist into adapting into a well rounded firefighter. Below you can find a few useful things to remember.
Anna Degtyarev wrote:Listen to everyone's suggestions, regardless of their rank.
Laura Murphy wrote:Use the other members to talk about things, we're a big family. If you are having problems then talk to someone, you're not alone out there.
Anna Degtyarev wrote:Always ask a patient's name.
Laura Murphy wrote:ALWAYS leave the engine running on a scene, doesn't matter if you're crewing an Engine or an RA.
Anna Degtyarev wrote:If you're not sure on something, ask. Anyone who chastises you for asking when you aren't sure is a bad leader.
Laura Murphy wrote:Your Haliligan bar is your best friend, should be the first thing you grab!
Anna Degtyarev wrote:Always test your SCBA seal before you need to use it.
Laura Murphy wrote:Eat and nap! Two essentials needed for being a firefighter.
So, special thank you towards Anna Degtyarev and Laura Murphy in always offering valuable lessons on the job. Remember, whenever you need help with anything on the field. There is always a door open, and with the immense knowledge that these two have, it's best to seek council in those whom can provide. A wise man/woman is one who seeks wise council.
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 Support Services Division
This month, we'll be taking a closer look at the Support Services division! Going into this new year, the department began to look on ways to expand further in areas that needed the additional assistance. With the inability of in-house fleet management, the department recently launched the Support Services. The internal construction is brought together by the leadership of Laura Murphy and Rudy McLemore, with the assistance of Leonidas Voss as a Field Supervisor for the mechanic team.
The opening of the division has been well received by the department, and commenced the training program to assist various roles on the journey to become mechanical engineers with the expertise to deal with a wide range of equipment and city issues the department may come across.
The purpose of the Support Services division is to serve the community and the department by both offering city wide services and in-house mechanical services to the department. In regards to the city, the services of hazardous waste removal, as well as installation of fire prevention systems into businesses and homes in the act of furthering the fire preventative initiative by the Los Santos Fire Department. These focuses have the goal of lowering statistics in relation to structure fires. Also, with the weather warnings and response team, the Support Services hope to be ability to maintain the functionality of all city and fire department related systems to be continuous without error. With in house mechanics, the re-commission of out of service vehicles and equipment have allowed and expedited process of being fully capability on every scene and call that may come in on a day-to-day basis.
When asked about the Support Services and it's future plans, Director Rudy McLemore had this to say..
Rudy McLemore wrote: With the launch of Civilian Recruitment this month, the Support Services are hoping to build a really strong and educated team to keep the chains moving of the department. We're still looking to keep building as we have a small team of skilled mechanics currently. With the implementation of newer technology, the Support Services is constantly adjusting in this technological revolution to bring fourth the best support and newest equipment to the department. Another system that is in the works in an emergency response system to weather events. We'd like everybody to be aware and informed on what to do in relation to weather safety protocols.
Interested in becoming a Mechanic/Repairman? You must be a Firefighter I or above. Recruitment is currently OPEN, and you can find out more information here.
With a spike in the illness of the coronavirus originating from a live animal market in Wuhan, China. The virus is better known as COVID-19, which is very similar to the SARS outbreak of the early 2000s which led up to over 8,000 infections. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, both COVID-19 and the SARS virus come from this family. The COVID-19 virus is easily transferable. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others. Outbreaks of infections among people are always of public health concern. So, the Los Santos Fire Department would like to spread awareness and small details that may assist those in disease prevention.
The Los Santos Fire Department urges all to do the following as precautionary measures.
Who is at risk?
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
Stock up on supplies.
Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
Avoid crowds as much as possible.
Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
What should I do?
At this time, it is recommended to avoid large crowds and avoid contact with your face along with consistent washing your hands. For any further questions, please contact your local healthcare provider.
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!
We will be teaching you how to make a Southwestern Omelet
2 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
2 tablespoons salsa
1 tablespoon packed fresh cilantro leaves
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and salt until frothy.
Use a frying pan to heat up the eggs, flip when ready.
Let the bottom of the eggs cook, add the cheese, salsa, and cilantro.
Fold the omelet, let it heat.
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 - March 2020 to Engineer Leonidas Voss. 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 - March 2020 to Probationary Firefighter Samar Fadhil. Congratulations!
This award is given to those who have successfully served the Los Santos Fire Department for three consecutive months.
We would like to congratulate Firefighter III Rudy McLemore for serving in the Los Santos Fire Department for three consecutive months.
This award is given to those who have successfully passed the Intermediate Life Support training and examination.
We would like to congratulate Firefighter II Olivia Taylor for passing the Intermediate Life Support examination.
This award is given to those who have successfully passed the Fire and Rescue examination.
We would like to congratulate Firefighter I Zoey Brooke, Firefighter I Noah Brooks, Probationary Firefighter Samar Fadhil and Volunteer Firefighter Huck Dickens for passing the Fire and Rescue examination.
This award is given to those who have enlisted into the Public Relations Division.
We would like to congratulate Fire Lieutenant Laura Murphy, Firefighter I Zoey Brooke, and Volunteer Firefighter Huck Dickens on enlisting into the Public Relations Division.
This award is given to those who have enlisted in the Training and Recruitment Division.
We would like to congratulate Fire Captain Jessica Ross and Fire Lieutenant I Laura Murphy for enlisting into the Training and Recruitment Division.
This award is given to those who have enlisted into the Support Services Division.
We would like to congratulate Fire Lieutenant Laura Murphy, Engineer Leonidas Voss, and Firefighter III Samantha Love on enlisting into the Support Services Division.
Awarded to those who have successfully been internally promoted to the Command Team of the Support Services Division.
We would like to congratulate Fire Lieutenant Laura Murphy on being promoted to the Command Team of the Support Services Division.
Awarded to those who have successfully been internally promoted to the Command Team of the Air Operations Division.
We would like to congratulate Fire Lieutenant Laura Murphy on being promoted to the Command Team of the Air Operations Division.
This award is given to those who have enlisted into the Supervisory team.
We would like to congratulate Fire Lieutenant I Bernie Jacknall and Fire Lieutenant I Laura Murphy on achieving the rank of Fire Lieutenant.
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 I to Firefighter II
Firefighter II to Firefighter III
Firefighter III to Engineer
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: 2
Fire Lieutenant II: 1
Fire Lieutenant I: 3
Fire Chief Issac Hunter wrote:
Hello everyone! I want to congratulate everyone on another great month. We have made great strides this month to improve our effectiveness and provide the citizens of Los Santos with the quality fire department that they deserve. This month saw the implementation of the Los Santos Lifeguards and the Urban Search and Rescue division. As the weather is starting to warm up, we needed a dedicated team to make sure people who venture to the beach and ultimately into the water have trained professionals watching over them to make sure that everyone has a safe yet fun time. I fully trust the team that we currently have to make sure that anyone who decides to head to the beach will be in the safest environment that we can possibly provide. Lastly, with the introduction of our Search and Rescue division, we have closed Maritime and moved water-based operations under the USAR umbrella. Those who decide to enlist into the division will be trained in multiple different avenues of rescue. We felt that this was the best course of action and after seeing the work done to get the division up and running, I am confident that this was the right move.
We have some other things coming soon, such as a new training facility that be unveiled fairly soon! We are also working on some other things behind the scenes and will be informing you guys as soon as its ready. Once again, thanks for all of your hard work and congratulations to the newly promoted firefighters!
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