Tuesday, September 1, 2015
From PFESI! Don Konkle Executive Director
Chief Concerns: Live THE PROMISE in your community
BY MARC S. BASHOOR ON JUL 31, 2015
community probably expects a lot from you. Frankly, your
community deserves a lot from you. Public safety officials must always
remember that there is a valid expectation of public trust. The Fire and
EMS departments are no different than police departments. You see
people during their most desperate and vulnerable of times. They
call you to take care of them, usually when they can't take care of
do we ensure that the people we hire, or vote to accept into
membership, will live up to the standards and expectations of being a
public safety professional? You do backgrounds checks, right? (At least
you should be doing them!) Everyone who applies to your organization
wouldn't apply if they weren't fine upstanding folks, right? Don't kid
yourself! We generally get good people through our doors, but our job is
to make sure they become great people. Of course, we're all human; no
one is a perfect little angel without any baggage. Regardless, we still
have a solemn responsibility to build and maintain that public trust.
This is easier said than done when you're struggling just to get fire
trucks and ambulances out the door. I get it-and you need to get it,
don't claim to have all the answers-never have, likely never will;
however, my upbringing as a preacher's kid (a preacher who was also a
World War II veteran) is the basis for who I am today and how I conduct
Building and maintaining trust
let's start with agreeing that the public generally trusts the fire and
EMS departments in their respective communities. We should also agree
that it is incumbent upon each of us to build and maintainthat trust.
build that trust, your department needs to do all the right things for
the right reasons. I'll focus on values that will help you build the
trust and intuitively instill confidence and camaraderie in your force.
Value statements take different forms-paragraphs, bulleted sentences,
catchy phrases, etc. In the finest traditions of the fire service, I'll
use a catchy acronym: THE PROMISE. The Prince George's County Fire/EMS
Department (PGFD) adopted THE PROMISE as our value statement in 2011.
start with "THE": Trust, Honor and Ethics. These are the core values,
above all others, that are necessary to ensure that you can build and
maintain the public's trust. Let's look closer at the definitions of
these three values, courtesy of Merriam-Webster.
"belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective,
etc." Need I say more? The belief that you and your people are
reliable, good, honest and effective. It's important to recognize that
one "ah crap" moment can erase 10 years of "atta-a-boys," and one bad
apple amongst the troops can ruin an image. It is incumbent upon the
leaders of an organization to minimize those instances and either
convert those folks or weed them out.
to high moral standards." This is not only about honoring a solemn
oath, but also about honoring those who came before us. We should come
prepared every time, every day to honor our responsibilities, our
mission, ourselves and our performance.
code of good conduct for an individual or group." Defining ethics is
sometimes about defining a nebulous, which I identify as that area
between what's seen as clearly right or clearly wrong. A look at
Merriam-Webster also gives some focus by providing synonyms, including
"morality, morals, norms, principles, standards" as well as related
words, including "customs, dictates, etiquette, manners, mores, values;
beliefs, dogma, faith, tenets."
the essence and urgency of trust, honor and ethics will be critical to
maintaining your public's trust. Instilling the words is important, but
practicing the values and beliefs both on and off-duty is critical to
both your success and that of your company.
Let's now turn to the second half of the acronym, PROMISE:
Saturday, August 29, 2015
I have attached scanned copies of some of Chris R. Yocum's work. This work took a lot of time & dedication to produce. His work has been used at Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center & The Delaware County 911 Center for tabletop exercises.Click on the Title Line to download & view his work in 2 PDF documents.Or click on the 2 PDF files below.You will need Adobe Reader on your computer to review these files.Thanks you Chris!Chris Yocum 1.pdf
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Make Bells Ring Nationwide Sound off in support of fallen firefighters in your community. Sign-up online, find resourses and share your tribute. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
is asking communties, fire service organizations, and religious
organizations to help us honor our fallen firefighters by participating
in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. A moment of remembrance can occur at any time during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend,
October 3 & 4. Fire department representatives are encouraged to
work with their clergy and community leaders to develop an appropriate
tribute. Be a Part of this National Remembrance Nearly 500 organizations have participated in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters since the program began. Our goal is to have at least 5 remembrance events in each state during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Help us make bells ring from coast to coast in tribute to all fallen firefighters! Learn More Ways to Honor Fallen Firefighters
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Request to support Philadelphia EMS
July 31, 2015 at 10:30:32 PM EDT
At the request of, and in cooperation with, the Pennsylvania Emergency
Management Agency (PEMA), the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
(BEMS) is sending out a resource request from the City of Philadelphia
to each EMS agency Chief / Director.
This request asks you and/or your agency, if in
possession of this capability, would be willing to commit the following
resources to support Philadelphia EMS during the September Papal visit:
50 EMS Capable Gators able to transport patients
* 38 ALS capable two person teams (equip: cardiac
monitor/defibrillator, first aid bag w/ ALS meds, backboard with
immobilization devices, oxygen bottle w/ delivery equip, and stair chair
* 12 BLS capable two person teams (equip: AED,
first aid bag w/ BLS meds and equip, backboard with immobilization
devices, oxygen bottle w/ delivery equip, and stair chair device).
200 Trained EMS Bicycle Teams
* 150 ALS Teams (2 person teams)
* 50 BLS Teams (2 person teams)
NOTE: Any commitment by an EMS agency or any person
should be considered voluntary and unpaid. Should funding later become
available, there MAY BE some ability to request reimbursement.
The following is a list of terms:
* All deployed personnel must be fully credentialed for accountability prior to selection
* Projected deployment or about 24 September 2015
* Demobilization on or about 28 September 2015
* 24 hour operations
* 12 hour operational periods
Deployed resources will be given directions for:
* Date and time to deploy
* Location to the appropriate staging area for check-in and mission assignments
All EMS Agencies will fall under the command and control of the City of Philadelphia Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services
* All deployed resources will remain in Philadelphia region for the duration of the event.
* The City of Philadelphia will provide accommodation at a base camp operation
* It is anticipated these will be located in school building
* Sleeping quarters will be in a gymnasium on cots
* Showers will be made available
* City of Philadelphia will provide meals at the
base camps. It is unlikely that those requiring special dietary needs
will be satisfactorily accommodated.
Essential each resource needing fuel brings a credit card or other appropriated means to pay for fuel.
Because of the unknown nature for exact locations
where any one asset may be assigned, access to stores may be limited and
crews should plan for any comfort items or supplemental food they would
desire while on duty as well as down time at the base camp.
This deployment is considered a National Special
Security Event (NSSE). This means that the Secret Service is in charge
of security. While in the City of Philadelphia, movement will be greatly
restricted in and around the venue for this event, not only by physical
barricades, but also boundaries where individuals must be properly
credentialed to get past. It will be critical that every person deployed
to this event adhere to instruction and strictly maintain operational
security. EMS crew members will be credentialed and may be required to
submit personal and background information to law enforcement agencies
as soon as the crew members are identified by their agency.
For the purpose of operational security, we need to
have the name of the EMS Agencies and the names of each provider who
would be tasked to deploy on this assignment. If your agency is
interested in participating in this event, please notify Jay Taylor, EMS
Program Manager, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, via email at
EMS_Fiscal@pa.gov AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!.
If your agency is willing to participate, you must
provide the names of the EMS providers who will staff the resource to
Jay Taylor no later than August 14, 2015 to allow adequate time for
Thank you for you interested in this unique opportunity.
Message sent via CentreLearn by Jay Taylor
Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Sunday, July 19, 2015
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Sunday, May 31, 2015
Charles B. Mullin, 88, a longtime resident of Secane, died at home on May 28, 2015.
Mr. Mullin was born in Philadelphia to the late Charles and Alice (nee Stott) Mullin.
He served in the Navy as Seamen 2nd Class during World War II. Mr. Mullin was self-employed and owner of Charles B. Mullin Lettering. He was widely known throughout the tri-state area for gold leaf lettering of fire equipment. Mr. Mullin was a paid Assistant Chief for Primos-Secane and Westbrook Park, past president and ladder captain for Cardington Stonehurst Fire Co., as well as a member of the 8th District Board of Director of County Firefighters Association. He enjoyed traveling.
He was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Evalyn L. (nee Palmer) Mullin.
He is survived by his sister, Lois A. Cook, two nieces and many friends.
Visitation: Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Williams Lombardo Funeral Home, 33 W. Baltimore Ave., Clifton Heights, PA 19018.
Memorial Service: Tuesday, 8 p.m. at Williams Lombardo Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Times on May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Hero Bowl was held at Cardinal O'Hara High School on May 28, 2015.
Monday, April 20, 2015
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