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Welcome to the October edition of the Los Santos Fire Department's Monthly Bulletin!


The LSFD's Public Affairs Division is proud to present its seventh edition of our monthly bulletin! Our writers have all been hard at work to continue the great quality that you are used to with our releases. We have a lot of new and exciting updates to discuss in this release. We hope that you enjoy reading this month's bulletin and please feel free to voice your suggestions or comments to any PAD member.

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Written by Commissioner Jenny Russ

Well it's finally getting to that time that everyone loves but everyone hates - Winter! As October leaves us, the leaves begin to fall and the cold and winter nights begin to take place. However before we begin to even think about the winter we have ahead of us it's time to reflect on the month that has just left us.

Everyone month in the Los Santos Fire Department is different in it's own way, one thing that will never change though is old faces returning, new faces appearing and the present faces disappearing. This brings joy and sadness but this month I'm glad to have seen a higher rate in old faces returning to the Los Santos Fire Department and gearing up for what is surely going to be a great month ahead. The return of the old and the introduction of the new has allowed for the command and high command team to finally reach the stage numbers needed to be able to ensure the professionalism of the LSFD is reflected in every piece of work we do.

Now we look onto the month ahead. This months main aim of the Los Santos Fire Department is to bring the sub-departments back to life for the community and all employees of the department. The LSFD have many areas that aren't always noticed by others but when they are called upon they will always be there. More information on how this is going to be achieved can be seen in the notices within this monthly bulletin.

As always we at Los Santos Fire Department wish everyone a safe month.

Stay safe Los Santos!

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North Rock Inferno


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As is typical, October is one of the driest months of the year, and this year has been no exception for Los Santos and its surrounding counties. In the late afternoon hours during the first part of October, the Los Santos Fire Department was bombarded with dispatch calls to a large wildfire that had erupted in the forest areas near North Rock.

After arrival on scene, a fire index of EXTREME was established by the Incident Commander Commissioner Jenny Russ and several addition fire engine units were dispatched to North Rock. In addition, the LSFD Firehawk 1 was dispatched in order to provide aerial attack on the fire. Firehawk 1 was able to retrieve water from the nearby bay to help subdue the blaze.

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Due to the very dry conditions, whipping winds and enormous size of the woodland fire, the blaze eventually began to creep toward the Las Colinas neighborhoods; therefore, the fire teams and volunteer citizens jumped into action, establishing a defensive perimeter in front of the houses, protecting the neighborhoods from sure destruction.

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After the blaze had cleared sections of the standing hard woods, officials noticed a shack that had almost entirely been engulfed in flames. A fire insertion team was quickly dispatched into the structure to search for survivors. Survivors were found and extracted without casualties. The victims were treated for smoke inhalation and released.

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After thousands of gallons of water and several hours of extensive and coordinated firefighting efforts, the North Rock Inferno was subdued and overhaul on the site began. A medical checkpoint was erected by the All Saints General Hospital field staff where the injured were triaged, treated and either released onsite or transported to the Fort Carson Medical Center or ASGH for treatment.

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Later that evening and into the next day, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teams arrived in Red County to evaluate the destruction and determine adverse environmental effects and potential for federal disaster relief funds. The EPA and FEMA officials determined that the probability of a wildfire occurring in Red County this years was the highest on record due to the dry vegetation and soil conditions and abnormal high winds experienced during September and October. Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Administrative Executive advised the Los Santos Fire Department to enact preventative measures and initiate outreach programs to educate the citizens of San Andreas about the destructive nature of forest fires and the effects it has on the economy and environmental resources we all have come to enjoy. In response to the EPA’s recommendations, the LSFD has decided to put together a wildfire prevention program that will help educate the public on the dangers of wildfires and highlight ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.

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UPDATE Advanced Tactical Rescue Unit
Written by Matthew Primiano

So far, the Advanced Technical Rescue (ATR) division has been running smoothly. We are still in the process of looking for strong-willed applicants who want to take their firefighting career a step further and learn some advanced firefighting techniques. Ted Lambe has been promoted to Deputy Commander of the division, and we are recruiting and training new members promptly. Recently, hydrant dressing and tagging was added to the handbook as an advanced firefighting technique that all ATR members should learn. Hydrant tagging is essential to firefighting because it is what gets the water flowing during a fire scene. Without hydrants, there would be limited water supply to the 500-750 gallons on each engine. Los Santos has been working hard to get the hydrant pipes in so the fire department can start using them as soon as possible.

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UPDATE Pharmacy
Written by Dr. Vittoria Tizano

All Saints General Hospital Pharmacy was working under Los Santos Fire Department throughout that time. As from October, Pharmacy is now split from All Saints General Hospital, and will work unaccompanied, locating near County General Hospital. As the changes made, the new leader, Dr. Vittoria Tizano will now is the head of Pharmacy Clinical Team.

Pharmacy’s main job is selling medicines and drugs related to the listed prescriptions. However, this divides into two sections. For the drugs such like Aspirin or Zithromax, patients do not have to be prescribed if they would like to obtain them. But, the patients have to be prescribed and have an officaly prescription that is signed by doctors may only have a permisson to obtain the drugs such like, Vicodin, Non-Benzodiazepine and Benzodiazepines, and Morphine’s. This is also valid for the most common drugs like Novacaine and Haloperidol. But if the withdrawal sypmtoms are clear, which is seen at first sight, the patients can be prescribed with these drugs. Otherwise, there have to be a prescription signed.
Every month, there will be sheets including the drugs used and sold in a month. These will list which drug is used most and what actually causes the problem as a reason. Below, you can see an example how Pharmacy Clinical Team’s sheets will be working.

Sold Drugs
Novacaine: 123
Haloperidol: 150
Morphine: 16
Demerol: 68
Aspirin: 84

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Once the most used drug is identified, in this case you can see it is Haloperidol in the example above, there will be free seminars which will take part in All Saints General Hospital related to the drug’s beneficals and harms. Elaborating the reasons how and why the addictions are caused due to consuming drugs frequently.

In November, Pharmacy Clinical Team will be start working and opening it’s doors to it’s customers. Any questions related to Pharmacy can be asked the leader of Pharmacy, Dr. Vittoria Tizano. Further informations can also be learned in All Saints General Hospital.
Contact: [email protected]

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Sub-Department Changes
Written by Arturo Fontana

Due to organizational restructuring within the Los Santos Fire Department there have been changes made to the sub-department leaders this month. The changes are listed below:

    -Dr. Jasmine Ray is now the new Commander of Child Protection Services. We trust that Dr. Ray will do a wonderful job ensuring the safety and welfare of the youth throughout Los Santos.
    -Chief Arturo Fontana is now the new Commander of the Training Division. Chief Fontana has been intimately involved in all aspects of the TD for the last year or more, so our new recruits and aspiring firefighters are in great hands.


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Recruitment & Training Review
Written by Arturo Fontana

The Recruitment and Training Programs saw another successful month! The following data are statistics from Recruitment Drive #19:

Total applications: 38
Accepted applications: 17 (45%)
Denied applications: 21 (55%)
Successful Firefighter applicants: 13
Successful Physician applicants: 2

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Coroners Office Reopened
Written by Commissioner Jenny Russ

The Coroners Office opened early in the year was closed in May for financial reasons. October saw the Coroners office return to full order and already have seen a number of deaths investigated further by the unit. Currently the coroners office have resources to provide transport of corpses, further investigations into deaths and the issuing of death certificates. The services are provided by trained coroners of the Los Santos Fire Department.

November will see the Coroners office come into full potential with the introduction of funeral services being provide upon request and work being put in place in order to ensure the Los Santos Fire Department co-operate with the Law Enforcement agencies around Los Santos to the full potential that is possible. Further information regarding updates to the coroners office will be released soon.

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Sub-Department Within
Written by Commissioner Jenny Russ

Not everyone always realizes the sub-departments that we have within the Los Santos Fire Department to aid the city of Los Santos in every way possible. This has resulted in the city not being able to request the full potential of the LSFD and hopefully this month we can improve this with more awareness of each and everyone of them.

Advanced Technical Rescue Unit: The ATR was created by Commissioner Russ in order to provide more expertise firefighting to others. It's now headed by Engineer Matthew Primiano with training begun on current firefighters in order to ensure the LSFD are prepared for any situation thrown at them. From high stage rescues to structural fires this sub-department contains only the best from the department.

Air Operations Division: The AOD has been a long lasting sub-department of the LSFD, currently head by Captain Mark Everett. The AOD's mission is to ensure that all calls requiring the assistance from the Lifeflight, SeaKing or FireHawk are done so with the utmost speed and efficiency as possible. Training over the last year has become stricter to ensure only the best pilots within the LSFD are within this sub-department.

Child Protective Services: The CPS was a newly introduced area to the LSFD late last year by a past employee in Logan Reynolds. Since then the department has been headed my others until falling into the hands of the current head Dr Jasmine Ray who aims to bring the CPS to the full potential it can be. Currently the CPS offer help to any children in need through housing, finance and fostering.

Hazardous Materials Response Team: HAZMAT has always been apart of the LSFD for some time but not fully brought to it's full potential until the release of it's official handbook and training for members brought out by Commissioner Russ. Now the HAZMAT is a full fighting team containing only expertise firefighters fully trained to deal with any situation involving hazardous materials, from a fuel leak of a car to a major chemical spill. This sub-department is now under the control of Battalion Chief Arturo Fontana.

Public Affairs: The PA is another area that has been long going in the LSFD and currently headed by Commissioner Russ. The Public Affairs team main focus is in ensuring the civilians of Los Santos are aware of what is happening with the LSFD as well as promoting the department in many different ways such as bringing you this monthly bulletin each and every month.

Rapid Intervention Division: The RID headed by Bureau Chief Harris is one of the most used sub-departments when it comes to responding to calls. It's the job of the RID to ensure call's they attend are answered swiftly, efficiently and professionally. They are trained to the highest manner medically and trained to be able to drive higher speed vehicles than the Rescue Ambulance such as the Ranchers, Huntleys, Wayfarers and Sultans that the LSFD house.

Recruitment & Training Division: As always recruitment and training of new and existing employees is always needed in the LSFD. This year saw the greatest change that the RD and TD had seen since it's creation with the introduction of a revamped training and recruitment system by Commissioner Russ to ensure that each employee of the LSFD is trained to the highest standards but without going through the vigorous training previously set. Currently the RD is headed by Bureau Chief Harris and the TD by Battalion Chief Harris.

Pharmacy: The Pharmacy was the first clinical team brought to the revamped Hospital system within the LSFD in which many of you may have already visited. To the side of the County General is the location of the Pharmacy and although has been closed for the introduction of new medication the Pharmacy is now operating to it's full potential thanks to current head Captain Vittoria Tizano.

Psychology: This is a brand new clinical team that has been under development for the past few months. Unlike other clincal teams and sub-departments the Psychology is headed by Commissioner Russ and civilian Francis Mercer to ensure a fully trained Psychology team is brought together. The aim of the clinical team is to be able to provide Psychologists to help civilians of Los Santos in many ways. More information will be released shortly.

As you can see there are many areas to the Los Santos Fire Department. One not mentioned above is the Coroners Unit due to this currently being only a selective few members of the LSFD until the full potential is brought out from this unit.

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New Drills Coming
Written by Commissioner Russ

Over the last few days the LSFD have been trialing the use of Drills to be able to ensure employees of the Los Santos Fire Department are ready and able for any call they may get. From a fire drill to a search and rescue drill. So far these have been received well by all employees and plans are beginning to be put into place to bring a more professional and structured way to the drills that will be coming.

The aim of the drills will be to have one roughly once a week and to be able to use the sub-departments within the LSFD to ensure their training is up to the required level it needs to be. Advice may then be given to further the training and level of professionalism provided to ensure when the real call comes, no mistakes are made. More information will be released soon.

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Written by Arun Harris

Total members in the Los Santos Fire Department: 49

High Command - 8.1%
Commissioner
1 - 2.0%
Bureau Chief
1 - 2.0%
Battalion Chief
2 - 4.1%

Command - 14.3%
Captain
2 - 4.1%
Lieutenant
4 - 8.2%
Chief of Surgery
1 - 2.0%

Non-Commissioned - 77.6%
Attending Physician
1 - 2.0%
Senior Resident
1- 2.0%
Resident
2 - 4.1%
Intern
2 - 4.1%

Engineer
3 - 6.1%
Firefighter II
6 - 12.2%
Firefighter I
9 - 18.4%
Probationary Firefighter
14 - 28.6%

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Written by Arun Harris

We would like to wish everyone who has resigned from the Los Santos Fire Department the best of luck with the rest of their lives.
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    -John Barnesky.
    Engineer

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    -Raymond Lupertazzi
    Firefighter Second Class

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    -Chad Rees
    Firefighter Second Class

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    -Gill Goodman
    Firefighter First Class

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    -George Maguire
    Firefighter First Class

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    -Sophia Fleischer
    Intern

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    -Samson Lee
    Intern

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    -Chico Ortega
    Intern

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Written by Arturo Fontana

Individual promotions are handed out during the month, so here are the individuals that were promoted throughout the month of October:

Probationary Firefighter -> Firefighter I
    -Logan Thornton
    -Alexis Finnessey
    -Felix Racicot
    -Olivia Lefebvre
    -Adam Foster
    -Mitchelle Cooper
    -Derek Hird


Firefighter I -> Firefighter II
    -Eleonora Tjader


Firefighter II -> Engineer
    -Melissa Smart
    -Sean Barclay


Engineer -> Lieutenant
    -Aaron Gray
    -Shawn Donnell


Intern -> Resident
    -Luane Buffon


Resident -> Senior Resident
    -Dr. Maria Petropoulos


Chief of Surgery -> Captain
    -Dr. Vittoria Tizano


Captain -> Battalion Chief
    -Arturo Fontana


Battalion Chief -> Bureau Chief
    -Arun Harris


Congratulations to all who have been promoted this month. Please understand that if you were not promoted this month, you still have many opportunities throughout the month of November to prove yourself meritorious of an increase in rank.

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Written by Arturo Fontana

Every month, we recognize our firefighters and doctors within the Los Santos Fire Department and All Saints General Hospital who have received commendations for their tireless dedication, bravery and professionalism. We praise these wonderful achievements with awards. Let's take a moment and reflect on who was honored during the month of October:

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Service Award II
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We would like to thank Firefighter Second Class Nick Apps for his wonderful dedication and enthusiasm within the LSFD for the last 6 months. Keep up the great energy and professionalism!

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Service Award I
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We would like to thank Dr. Vittoria Tizano for her continued dedication and service to the LSFD for the last three months. Dr. Tizano's efforts within the Training Division and ASGH have been amazing, and we all appreciate her administrative work within the Command Team.

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EMT-B Certification Award
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These are our newest members of the department who have successfully passed our basic medical training program and have been certified as Probationary Firefighters.

Recipients:
Paulo Caetano
Sofia Sanna
Kento Smith
Juozas Venta
Johnny Lonsdale
Paulie Mazzone
Tsuyoshi Matsudaira
Luke Michaels

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EMT-I Certification Award
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These individuals have completed their firefighter training program and have been employed with the LSFD for at least two months ((two weeks)); therefore, these men/women have achieved the rank of Firefighter I allowing them to respond to fire events and practice intermediate medical procedures and protocols.

Recipients:
Felix Racicot
Olivia Lefebvre
Adam Foster
Alexis Finnessey
Mitchelle Cooper
Derek Hird

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EMT-P Certification Award
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Engineer Melissa Smart and Engineer Sean Barclay have continued to exceed expectations in the field of emergency medical care and are now certified to administer advanced emergency medical care as certified paramedics.

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Firefighter Certification
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The department’s medics not only provide outstanding emergency medical care, but they are also expected to fight fires in Los Santos. The following individuals have traversed the department’s firefighter training program to receive their firefighter certifications, which also makes them eligible for promotion to the rank of Firefighter I:

Recipients:
Felix Racicot
Olivia Lefebvre
Adam Foster
Alexis Finnessey
Mitchelle Cooper

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Command Team Award
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Mr. Aaron Gray and Mr. Shawn Donnell have achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the LSFD. These positions are part of the LSFD Command Team and with them, comes great responsibility. We know these gentlemen are up for the challenges and we look forward to their leadership. Congratulations to you both!

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High Command Team Award
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Mr. Arturo Fontana has achieved the rank of Battalion Chief in the LSFD; part of the LSFD High Command Team. Mr. Fontana has performed higher than expectations in all areas showing the utmost dedication and respect towards all duties within the Los Santos Fire Department. Mr. Fontana has always assisted in any way possible to process new employee paperwork and training new recruits/firefighters as Commander of the Training Division, to handling public affairs, to Commanding HAZMAT and ensuring his responsibilities are sorted within the Command Team.

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Medical Internship & Residency
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The LSFD is not only comprised of pre-hospital personnel that provide emergency medical services in the field, but the ASGH maintains an amazing staff of highly trained doctors to administer surgical procedures and tend to our many drug addicted citizens of Los Santos; however, every doctor has to start somewhere. So, we would like to recognize the newest interns and residents that have joined the elite team of doctors at the ASGH:

Recipients:
Dr. Logan Thornton (Intern)
Dr. Luane Buffon (Resident)


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Every month, High Command recognizes two individuals from the hospital and pre-hospital sides of the department for their outstanding and consistent efforts to advance emergency medical care and the Hippocratic Oath within the field and administratively within the office. We recognize the exemplary efforts of these individuals with the Physician of the Month and Firefighter of the Month awards. So, without further delay:

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The title of Firefighter of the Month goes to Adam Foster for his continuous dedication shown to the department and expertise show in all elements of his work in the field and in the office.

We would also like to present Dr. Maria Petropoulos with the title of Physician of the Month for her admirable work ethics shown towards her many duties as a physician and continuous dedication throughout the department.


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Written by Arturo Fontana

Some men and women of the Los Santos Fire Department and All Saints General Hospital are not satisfied with just being a medic or doctor or just being a firefighter, they strive to excel professionally within the Department and experience all it has to offer. One way to do this is to join a sub-department. We will now recognize those who have received commendations and awards for their efforts and professionalism within the LSFD sub-departments:

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AOD: Pilot of the Month
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Lieutenant Aaron Grey has shown great dedication and flying skills during the month of October. Thank you for your service and excellence representing the Air Operations Division throughout San Andreas!

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Instructor of the Month
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In addition to his many administrative duties throughout the department, Bureau Chief Arun Harris has demonstrated outstanding dedication and availability to many of our new recruits and firefighters, providing six (6) training sessions throughout the month of October. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to the quality of our firefighters.

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Golden Apple Award
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Since Lieutenant Shawn Donnell's return to TD, he has shown amazing effort during the month of October grading thirteen (13) exams, and performing seven (7) training sessions. His perform has surpassed his peers, and his performance in the TD since his return also earned Mr. Donnell a position in TD Command. Welcome back!


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Written Jenny Russ

This concludes this months bulletin from the Los Santos Fire Department and I hope you have enjoyed the read. The aim of these bulletins each month are to ensure that employees and civilians are aware of what has occurred and what is to occur around the department. Hopefully this months release has done just that. Remember to stay safe at all times and on these longer nights, make sure to be wrapped up warm and always with a friend.


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Produced by the Public Affairs Department
Edited for release by Battalion Chief Arturo Fontana
Approved for release by Commissioner Jenny Russ