Oct 022014
 

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Make sure that your smoke detectors are installed on all floors of your home. Make sure that they are tested and working properly. For more information on the types of smoke detectors, where to place them in your home, and how often you should test them and replace batteries, please click the link below.

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/alarms/

Sep 032014
 

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The 51st Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention will be held this year at the Farmington Fair Grounds, Farmington Maine. Please use caution when traveling through town this weekend, as there will be more traffic, and people on the streets.

 

They are also opening some of the events to the public. Friday September 5, 2014 there is a comedy show, Juston McKinney will be at the Farmington Fair Grounds beginning at 8:30pm. The door’s open at 7:30pm. General admission is $10.00 per person.

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Saturday September 6, 2014 there will be a dance. The DJ for this event is Dreamin’ Big. The dance is from 8:30pm to 1:00am. This event is also open to the public. General admission is $10.00 per person.

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Aug 282014
 

College students have begun to move back in, schools around the county are starting back up. Please use caution when children/students are at parks, in crosswalks, and when they are getting picked up and dropped off.

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August 13th Rainfall

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Aug 142014
 

August 8th, 2014

After all the rainfall from yesterday, please use caution when driving. You should also know alternate routes to your destination, in the case the roads are closed. Some tree’s were reported down, and some road conditions were reported.

If you come across a road that appears unreported, please make that call.

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Aug 132014
 
Intellicast Radar prediction for 11:00am this morning. Potential flash flooding may occur.

Intellicast Radar prediction for 11:00am this morning. Potential flash flooding may occur.

Intellicast Radar prediction for 8:00pm tonight. Potential flash flooding may occur.

Intellicast Radar prediction for 8:00pm tonight. Potential flash flooding may occur.

Aug 112014
 

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FARMINGTON — More than 200 first responders, volunteers, hospital and university staff and emergency management overseers participated in a mass casualty exercise near High Street Friday morning.

The drill, the first of its kind on a college campus in Maine, consisted of an active shooter at the University of Maine at Farmington, with multiple casualties and hostages. Further complicating the scenario was the deployment of a explosive device in a vehicle at the Olson Student Center parking lot, a tactic that Maine Emergency Management Agency trainers overseeing the drill said had been used by shooters in the past.

The exercise began as dispatchers received a report of an active shooter in Preble Hall, with the initial law enforcement officers responding immediately. Soon after arriving, a smoke bomb set off by MEMA detonated in a red SUV just off of High Street. Victims of the blast quickly arrived and arrayed themselves around the smoking SUV.

Ambulances and fire engines arrived, as an Emergency Operations Center was set up at the Farmington Fire Station. Wilton Police Chief Heidi Wilcox was appointed incident commander; the presumption is that UMF Public Safety Chief Brock Caton and Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck would be among the first responders to an incident.

In Preble Hall, the shooter, played by acting Jay Police Chief Richard Caton IV, is cornered on the second floor and shot with a training gun by his brother, Chief Brock Caton. Ambulances arrive at the end of South Street, awaiting word that it’s safe to begin evacuating victims. Meanwhile, Farmington Fire Rescue on High Street use a loudspeaker to address victims scattered around the red SUV.

“If you are a victim, and you can walk,” the firefighter says, “walk to us.”

Franklin Memorial Hospital receives word about the incident and puts its emergency plans into effect, including security for the anticipated flood of injured. At the Mt. Blue Campus, emergency management set up a Family Assistance Center, where students will be bused from UMF to make contact with their families.

There are curve balls, of course. A car accident on the Wilton Road diverts resources. A woman at the Family Assistance Center goes into cardiac arrest as another victim has a nervous breakdown and needs to be restrained.

Word arrives that Preble Hall has been declared “warm;” it’s a crime scene, but safe for EMTs to enter. Ambulances arrive and line up down high street, backboards laid in rows. The first EMTs in the building are triaging, marking victims with tags that distinguish their status: yellow is injured, red is critical and black is dead. Police officers accompany each EMT and ambulance, carrying distinctive blue training guns.

“It takes time to get all of your resources set up,” Franklin County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Hardy said, watching the EMTs escort victims from Preble Hall, “but things seem to be going well.”

Communications are challenging, as always. Personal radios don’t always carry to dispatch or incident command, agencies used to operating on a single frequency must monitor multiple networks and cell phone availability is dubious, given the amount of traffic that accompanies a shooting incident.

“No matter how much money we put into radios,” Farmington Fire Rescue Chief Terry Bell said during the debriefing that followed the exercise, “we’re never going to totally solve the communication problem.”

Communication was one of the hardest things to do well, MEMA exercise director Scott Parker said, but he thought Franklin County’s responders had done well. There are small issues, like cell phones not functioning throughout portions of Mt. Blue Campus, and bigger ones, like FMH not being notified promptly enough to anticipate injuries. The agencies involved with the drill will take what worked and what didn’t and use it as part of their ongoing training.

“This is all about making partnerships,” Hardy said. “This is something new, and for these folks to assist us and open the campus up for these exercises, I really want to applaud UMF.”

A number of other colleges sent observers to watch the exercise, which lasted approximately two hours.

The drill represented 18 months of planning, going back to a tabletop exercise conducted at UMF on April 4, 2013. Personnel spent a day discussing simulated scenarios and possible responses. This was taken to the next level on Aug. 8, 2013, when a functional exercise was conducted. In that case, communication protocols were tested through having the different responding agencies coordinate a response out of separate rooms.

 

Article courtesy of our local online newspaper: www.dailybulldog.com

Jul 312014
 

US_Department_of_Homeland_Security_Seal.svgThe University of Maine at Farmington, in partnership with area emergency responders and associate facilities, is sponsoring a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program training event on Friday, Aug. 8, on the UMF campus. This training exercise will provide a simulated, low-risk emergency scenario to help prepare first responders, University personnel and the community to work together in case of a real-life emergency.

This exercise is the first, full-scale, HSEEP training event of its kind in Maine. It is the culmination of 18 months of pre-planning during which the University sponsored two smaller training events, including a table-top and functional exercise.

Prior to the event, on Thursday, Aug. 7, law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire protection services vehicles and resources will be staged near the campus in preparation for the next day’s exercise.

On Aug. 8, the day of the event, members of the public can expect to see numerous emergency vehicles and hear noises similar to fireworks for a brief time. Volunteers will serve as actors with simulated injuries. They will be transported to the area hospital participating in the exercise.

In addition, the public may encounter road closures around the campus as local law enforcement personnel control scene access to ensure the safety of participants and the public.

This exercise is being conducted by UMF with the assistance of the Maine Emergency Management Agency, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and other emergency response personnel.

Additional information on the exercise and road closures will be available closer to the event. For more information, please call the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency at 207-778-5892.

Safety Message …

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Jul 182014
 

A little ROAD safety … Pay attention when driving … and use your seat belt, drive the speed limit, pass when appropriate, and do not use your phone while driving!

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Secondary Drowning

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Jun 272014
 
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What is “Secondary Drowning?” It’s when fluids build up in the lungs, called pulmonary edema, after a near-death incident. The fluids cause difficulty breathing. Where it is not common, to be aware that this could happen, is important. Signs are: trouble breathing, chest pain, cough, sudden changes in behavior, extreme fatigue. This can happen 1-24 hours after the incident. Emergency treatment is needed. If you feel that this is a possibility, go to the Emergency Room IMMEDIATELY.

 

 

May 202014
 

If you plan on attending the next LEPC Meeting, please RSVP. You can email us at: asimoneau@fncome.com, thardy@fncome.com, call the EMA office 778-5892, or contact us through our Facebook page.

We look forward to our June 12th meeting!

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May 072014
 

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Mar 192014
 

conference_215Registration is now open to attend the 6th annual Maine Prepares Conference in Augusta on April 22 and 23, 2014.

The conference begins with welcome remarks from Brigadier General Gerard F. Bolduc, Maine National Guard.

Day 1 Break-out session subjects concern Communities, Schools, Business, Emergency Management and Home Security, Technological Hazards and Demonstrations. A panel to discuss the Lac Magantic disaster will be the lunchtime keynote.

Day 2 Break-0ut session subjects include Communities, Healthcare, Emergency Management and Technological Hazards. Michael Dorn, Safe Havens International, will be keynote speaker.

To read read session descriptions and register for the conference, click here: http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/index.shtml

Mar 182014
 

 

 Are you prepared for spring flooding?

 

Even with all of the frozen snow and ice covering the countryside right now, spring warm up is just around the corner. Spring has arrived even if temperatures are still cold! A sudden warm up can cause melting water from snow and ice and can become a problem very quickly.

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, be prepared! Even if you don’t live in a Maine floodplain, there are precautions you should take to protect your home and business from flood damage and loss:

  • Be aware of hazards that can increase the potential for flooding – including flash flooding (heavy rain events, spring run off, ice jams, hurricanes, earthquakes, dam failure)
  • Know the flood prone areas in your community (including dam locations).

 Flood-facts-a-car-in-a-floodTURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! 

The power of flood water is incredible. Six inches of fast moving flood water can knock over an adult. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. You cannot know the depth of water or condition of the ground under water, especially at night!

 

  • DO NOT Drive Around Road Barricades.
  • DO NOT Drive Through Flooded Roadways.
  • Listen to warnings! A Flood Watch is issued when flooding is possible within the next 36 hours. A Flood Warning indicates that flooding is imminent or is currently occurring.
  • During the flood stay tuned to radio or TV to get the latest information.
  • Have a personal evacuation and communications plan. Pay attention to evacuation orders. Know where and how to seek sheltering in the event of evacuation.
  • Check with your insurance agent about flood insurance coverage NOW; most homeowners insurance does not cover floods. Your agent should be able to help you secure insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Learn how to “flood proof” your home. If you have a basement that floods each year, make preparations! Move the contents of the basement up off the floor. Contact your furnace repair technician for ways to prevent damage to your heating system. Check with an electrician for dangerous wiring. Maintain ditches and drainage around the home so water will run away from it. Follow the directions of a caregiver or family member who is urging you to leave.
Mar 062014
 

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 United States Coast Guard Cutter on Kennebec River

The River Flow Advisory Commission met for the annual meeting to review weather conditions, snow pack density and ice conditions to determine potential flooding for Maine rivers and streams.

The Coast Guard is ready and waiting for any assistance in breaking up ice on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. There are three reasons the Coast Guard breaks ice in Maine Rivers.

  • for search and rescue missions
  • prevent flooding
  • keep commerce flowing

The Coast Guard, along with the other River Flow Advisory Commission members, will be monitoring conditions for potential flooding this spring.

Right now, snow pack and ice conditions are normal. But, if the weather changes from the currently cold weather pattern and starts to warm up with heavy, rapid rains and quick snow melt, there may be a potential for flooding even as soon as 3 to 4 weeks from now.

Stay informed. Pay attention to weather changes. Make plans for potential flooding near you.

Check these web sites for more forecast information:

weather.gov/gray

 noaa.gov

 

Feb 112014
 

February

Citizen Alert System

Maine.gov’s Citizen Alert System has been established as a way for Maine state government to keep the public informed about events that may impact public health or safety. Information issued through the Maine.gov Citizen Alert System is provided directly from authorized state government officials.

We encourage you to check the Maine.gov home page to verify whether an urgent event is occurring and to get information about the event and any precautions or actions you should take. A special icon and text appears near the top left of the page. When an alert is in effect, the alert area will turn red, and the text next to the link will indicate an active alert.

Sign up for Email or SMS Alerts

Get notified by email or SMS when an alert has been issued. You can sign up to receive free alerts by email, or to your cell phone.

Go to

http://www.maine.gov/portal/CAS/index.shtml

 

Apr 252013
 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CLYDE ROSS

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT  BURNING OUTSIDE? BE SURE TO GET A PERMIT!

Regulations concerning outside burning or camp fires have caused some confusion in recent weeks.  Hi, I’m Clyde Ross from the Farmington Fire Rescue Department with some new updates on this activity.

  • Basically there is NO outside burning without receiving a permit from your local fire department  or local forest warden. (Snow covered or ice covered ground are the exceptions.)
  • Residential use of outside grills and fireplaces for recreational purposes such as preparing food is acceptable. Preparing food is the key here.
  • All surface area around the grill or fireplace must be soil equal in size of the diameter of the grill or fireplace. There shall be not litter or other combustible material in the area.
  • A 15 foot wide area, immediately surrounding the fireplace or grill, shall be kept mowed of grass and cleared of underbrush which could spread and cause a forest fire.

If there are further questions, please contact your local fire department.

Prepared 4/20/2012  S. Clyde Ross

 

 

It is much drier than normal this spring and those of you who are planning to burn grass or fields need to remember some basic safety precautions. Hi, I’m Clyde Ross from the Farmington Fire Department with some safety tips:

1. Before doing any outside grass burning, you need to get a Burn Permit from your local fire department of forest warden. In Farmington go to: http://www.farmingtonfirerescue.net  and check http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/firedanger/fire.shtml  for fire danger updates for the state of Maine.

2. Remember, burning should be done after 5:00 PM whenever possible.

3. Make sure that there is an adequate water supply nearby and you have the necessary help to assist with the burn.

4. Remember there are not burn permits for debris burning, household trash or garbage.

Lastly, if your fire gets away from you and out of control, you could be liable for any damages it causes.