[AUG 2020] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

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[AUG 2020] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

Post by Randy Sikes » 01 Sep 2020, 20:30


⠀⠀LOS SANTOS FIRE DEPARTMENT⠀⠀
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⠀⠀MONTHLY BULLETIN NEWSLETTER #26 - AUGUST 2020⠀⠀
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Welcome to the twenty-sixth monthly newsletter.

August has been a busy month for the Los Santos Fire Department has seen a lot of internal growth and change. Starting off the month the department received some brand new MTL Fire Apparatuses as well as MTL Fire Heavy Rescue Apparatuses after working closely with local manufacturers. Closer to the end of this month Los Santos has seen a surge in shark activities around Vespucci/Del Perro Beaches but the department's lifeguards have worked amazingly with keeping the public safe and informed on the matter. Even with these challenging circumstances, the department plans on pushing forward and improving how we help the people of Los Santos.
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With August being the hottest month of the year the Los Santos Fire Department urges the people of Los Santos to stay alert while starting any open flame while out in the wildlands of Los Santos. Due to extremely warm weather, vegetation is prone to catching alight extremely easily. In the event of your open flame device manages to catch the dry vegetation alight, rapidly getting out of control call 9-1-1 immediately. Below you'll see some tips on how you and others and stay safe from wildfires.

  • Prepare yourself if you will be starting a fire.
  • Do not start a fire in windy conditions.
  • Do not leave a fire unattended. Completely extinguish the fire with a shovel or by dousing it with water and mixing the ashes until cold.
  • Ensure to take care when using lanterns, hot-plates, stoves, heaters, and other fuel or electricity-based appliances.
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Following the recent collaboration with location manufacturing companies around Los Santos, the Los Santos Fire Department has welcomed three brand new 2020 MTL Fire Apparatus Engines to the fleet. Stations Seven and Three have both been given one of the departments brand new 2020 MTL Fire Apparatus Engines and two MTL Fire Apparatus Heavy Rescue (USAR & Hazmat). All of the department's fire engines are Triple Combination Fire Engines meaning that they can all pump water, carry hose and have a water tank, these types of fire engines are usually given the name 'triples'.

Station Three has been given both a 2020 MTL Fire Apparatus Engine and Two MTL Fire Apparatus Heavy Rescue for both USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) and Hazmat. The USAR team is usually dispatched to calls such as earthquakes, train wrecks or aircraft accidents but are also able to respond to both medical and fire calls to give assistance. Everyone operating out of the USAR division are all US&R certified firefighters.
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The Los Santos Fire Department is made up of a dedicated team of employees who serve Los Santos and surrounding areas with courage, integrity and pride every day of their lives. Over the next couple of weeks you'll be able to learn a bit more about the individuals that give it their all to keep you safe and well.

Following on from meeting Jonathan last month, Public Relations sat down with Station Seven's Firefighter I, Jess Williams. Jess gives us gives some insight into her motivation for joining the department, what it's like to be a firefighter; and some advice for those wanting to establish a career in the field.
Interview Transcript

What made you want to be a Firefighter and join the Los Santos Fire Department?
"I've always taken a keen interest in helping people, I guess I'm kind natured in that regard, the Fire Department seemed to offer me the opportunity to do so as well as give me many new adventures.

I really like taking on challenges and the Los Santos Fire Department has provided me with plenty of opportunities which I believe, has helped me to overcome a lot of my insecurities."


What motivates you in your job role or in the department in general?
"I like to see us as the gleaming red star of hope, we provide rescue where necessary while often diving into danger, this, I find to be a very brave and noble cause which makes me proud to be a firefighter. During my probation period, I met many amazing people and the whole department has become like family to me, giving me another great reason to stay past probation."

How do you deal with the day-to-day stress of the job, being a Firefighter?
"I believe maintaining a positive attitude helps to reduce stress levels for myself and my colleagues around me, I also try and pop a few silly jokes here and there to lighten the mood, though at times it can be hard to maintain such a thing Especially if a fellow firefighter has been wounded on scene.

I think that being as close as we are to each other really helps to lower the amount of stress that we intake on a daily basis and we can always rely on each other off duty as well."


What's your favourite part of working for the Los Santos Fire Department?
"Hmm...I've come to meet some really nice people ever since I joined the department and people I know I can rely on, my biggest pleasure working with fire has been the people, they've been nothing short of fantastic and they continue to be delightful people."

Whats any advice you'd give to someone who wants to join the Los Santos Fire Department?
"I know to some people what we do seems overwhelming, and is sure is at first! but if you're willing to learn and take on a challenge then you shouldn't hesitate to give it a shot, we don't expect people to be paramedics or fully-fledged firefighters while in their probationary stage If you really think you would enjoy bringing hope to people in need then why wait any longer?"
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URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE DIVISION
Every month we feature a division in which the division's leader can make a statement on exciting upcoming things and accomplishments.
Captain Molly Steele:
"The Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) division of the Los Santos Fire Department is a task force of highly trained personnel tasked with providing technical rescue services to the Los Santos metropolitan and rural areas of San Andreas.

The division was founded this year in 2020. Consisting of two full-time platoons each lead by a Captain on both A and B shift at Fire Station 3, with on-call members from other stations who respond to staff the apparatus when the USAR task force is paged. Full-time members staff Rescue Engine 35 as part of their daily duty responding to Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services while cross-staffing specialist apparatus for heavy rescue, hazardous materials and water rescue calls as needed. All apparatus and personnel form the USAR Task Force when responding to incidents of a special nature.

These elite Firefighters must be able to perform for extensive periods of time under extreme pressure as a team, thinking outside the box to adapt and overcome a challenging situation in this Special Operations based way of life. Those who are interested can apply by clicking here.
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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 Chief Jessica Wilson:
"With August having come to an end it was a rough month for the Lifeguard Division. With the resignation of Lifeguard Chief McKenna along with the resignations of Lifeguard Captain; Davies, White and Amber the division has seen huge loss and a bit change to the way everyday life was carried out.

My goal as the new Lifeguard Chief is to put a lot of emphasis onto recruitment and training so that we can have a good strong Division full of fully trained lifeguards able to carry out their job at a moments notice. I would like to remind people that anyone within the Fire Department is able to join the Lifeguards Division as a Volunteer Lifeguard simply apply!

If you have any queries about the future of the Division or any suggestions please send myself (Jessica Wilson) or Lifeguard Captain John Weltmann an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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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 Jess Williams

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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:

Probationary Firefighter Jefferson Kay

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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:

Captain II Olivia Taylor

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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 Samantha Lee
Firefighter I Mitsuki Uchida
Firefighter I Layla Watson
Firefighter I Aaron Sigurdsson
Firefighter I Kenneth Boyd
Probationary Firefighter Jefferson Kay
Probationary Firefighter Geun Ryu
Probationary Firefighter Sergio Velazquez
Probationary Firefighter Ashe Fjellhol
Probationary Firefighter Ai Ando
Probationary Firefighter Sarah Watson
Probationary Firefighter Caroline Jenkins
Probationary Firefighter Jimmy Bufalino
Probationary Firefighter Lilith Seong

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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 III Chris Lawrence
Firefighter II Gary Young
Firefighter II Elena Estrada
Firefighter II Elaina Evelyn

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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 Jess Williams
Firefighter I Patrycja Lipska
Firefighter I Layla Watson
Firefighter I Aaron Sigurdsson
Firefighter I Nick Deimous
Firefighter I Kenneth Boyd

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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 Samantha Lee
Firefighter I Mitsuki Uchida
Firefighter I Rory Amber
Firefighter I Layla Watson
Firefighter I Aaron Sigurdsson
Firefighter I Kenneth Boyd
Probationary Firefighter Jefferson Kay
Probationary Firefighter Geun Ryu
Probationary Firefighter Sergio Velazquez
Probationary Firefighter Ai Ando
Probationary Firefighter Sarah Watson
Probationary Firefighter Caroline Jenkins
Probationary Firefighter Jimmy Bufalino
[+] Lifeguard Awards
Lifeguard Awards
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Given upon successful completion of the Emergency Medical Response course. This month we congratulate the following people:

Lifeguard Leah Halsey
Lifeguard Grant Ryan

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Given upon successful completion of the EVOC Class C course. This month we congratulate the following people:

Trainee Lifeguard Kenneth Boyd
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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
  • Patrycja Lipska
  • Arwen Conway
  • Aaron Sigurdsson
  • Kenneth Boyd
  • Layla Watson
  • Nick Deimous
  • Michael Wilber
  • Samantha Lee
  • Mitsuki Uchida
Volunteer Firefighter to Firefighter I
  • Rory Amber

⠀Firefighter I to Firefighter II
  • Angel Kaye
  • Jess Williams

⠀Firefighter II to Firefighter III
  • Elena Estrada
  • Elaina Evelyn
  • Gary Young

⠀Engineer to Captain I
  • Kurt Holland

⠀Captain I to Captain II
  • Molly Steele

⠀Captain II to Battalion Chief
  • Patrick Moore (( Olivia Taylor ))
[+] Lifeguard Promotions

⠀Trainee Lifeguard to Lifeguard
  • Leah Hasley

⠀Lifeguard to Captain Lifeguard
  • John Weltmann

⠀Lifeguard to Lifeguard Chief
  • Jessica Wilson
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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
  • Assistant Chiefs: 0
  • Deputy Chiefs: 0
  • Battalion Chiefs: 4

⠀Company Officers:
  • Captain II: 2
  • Captain I: 2

⠀Non-Commissioned Staff:
  • Engineers: 3
  • Firefighter III: 9
  • Firefighter II: 4
  • Firefighter I: 14
  • Probationary Firefighters: 12
  • Voluntary Firefighters: 2
  • Civilian Staff: 6

⠀Lifeguards:
  • Chief Lifeguard: 1
  • Lifeguard Captains: 1
  • Lifeguards: 4
  • Lifeguard Trainees: 3

⠀Fire Marshals:
  • Chief Fire Marshal: 1
  • Deputy Chief Fire Marshals: 1
  • Senior Fire Marshals: 2
  • Fire Marshals: 0
  • Probationary Fire Marshals: 1

⠀Total members: 73
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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:
"Hello, everybody.

I'd first like to congratulate everybody who received an award or promotion. Those individuals really deserve it!

We're getting closer to launching our new volunteer program. Along with that, we're happy to announce the opening of Station 4 in Sandy Shores and the reopening of Station 1 in Paleto Bay. We're excited to bring fire protection services out to these communities, which are often a very long drive from our stations in Los Santos.

A big priority this month will be updating radio communications protocols for the department, so be prepared for that. Our Logistics section has made a massive order of new equipment, turnout gear, helmets, rescue equipment, radios, uniforms, and T-shirts for the department. This purchase was several tens of thousands of dollars in an effort to modernize the department and replace our aging equipment.

We have spec'd out and are planning to purchase new ambulances, the Vapid Sandking. We are also planning on retiring our Brush, SWR, and Quint trucks and purchasing replacements at some point, though we do not have a timeframe on this.

Lastly, like always, I'd like to sincerely thank everybody for working hard every day and pushing this department forward to where it needs be. This department doesn't function without each and every one of you.
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Post by Kurt Holland » 01 Sep 2020, 20:33

Congratulations, everyone!
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Post by Aloona Vetrova » 01 Sep 2020, 20:35

Congratulations to everyone!
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Post by Michael Emery » 01 Sep 2020, 20:53

Congratulations to Captain Holland, you've done my company proud and I am extremely impressed of how far you've come! As well as others. I am also extremely grateful to take on this new position in addition I'd like to welcome Chief Moore to the department.
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Ret. Captain II Molly Steele
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Post by Aaron Hafsteinsson » 01 Sep 2020, 23:06

Congrats peeps!
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Re: [AUG 2020] Monthly Bulletin Newsletter

Post by Elena Estrada » 01 Sep 2020, 23:55

Congratulations everyone! :D
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