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Hello and thank you for taking the time to read the Los Santos Fire Department's second monthly bulletin of 2013. This month the public affairs team have as always put the full dedication and effort into ensuring that the city of Los Santos is kept up-to-date in-regards to the on-goings of it's main medical unit. We hope you enjoy the read and as always appreciate any feedback and suggestions you may have!

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Well the second month and the shortest month of the year is now over and we look on to March to see what suprises the city has for us. This month I will not lie has been a tiring and difficult month for the Los Santos Fire Department as it always his. People move on, vacations are taken and the amount of help with the department is always at it's lowest number. However the men and women of the LSFD have kept their heads held up high and continued to put full dedication and commitment into every piece of work they do.

The most pleasing part of this month has been to see the sub-departments and clinical teams flourish and work to there full potential. We've had lifeflight patrols on as much as possible when previous months they we're never out on patrol. More children have been placed in CPS care due to the hard work of the CPS workers of the LSFD and the co-operation of other goverment agencies. Not only this but a new department in the Physiotherapist clincal team which opened up recently has be helping the civilians of Los Santos out each and every week as well as providing free boxing lessons to keep everyone in LS an active bunch of civilians.

So yes this month has been hard at the beginning, but in the end each and everyone showed why we are here and why we are needed. I couldn't ask for a better team behind me in aiding the city through all medical and fire calls. Let's see what the month ahead now holds for us. Stay safe Los Santos!

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Sub-Department Changes

Written by Kayla Liams

As always changes are made to sub-departments and new ones are introduced. This month has seen the resignation of Elena Armero, the Director of Child Protective Services. In the meantime, Nick Apps, Deputy Director of Child Protective services, will be acting as the interim director until a replacement is found.

This month has also seen Ted Lambe, Commander of our Special Hazards Unit, resign from the department. Our very own Nick Apps has taken the reigns of this department in Ted Lambe's place, assigning Jeffrey Murrows as the Deputy Commander.

Due to financial situations however the Psychology clinical team has been removed from the Los Santos Fire Department due to the funding required to keep this area up and running costing too much compared to how much use this clinical team was getting.

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Elena Armero - Service number 13

Written by Alexander Fedecino

Elena Armero, a dedicated and loyal member of the LSFD has sadly retired. After working here for ten years, one of our independent and most knowledgeable members handed in their resignation letter. Dr. Elena Armero was a command member who was very opportunistic and out-going within her duties, her Independence shunned all. She was the head of Child Protective Services which benefited the FD as a whole as she homed and cared for many children who needed what she had - and what she gave. Due to her great deal of honor and service, we have retired her number. Number thirteen will never be accessed again in future references as the FD feels that Elena is worthy of such a thing. Her rank was Battalion Chief, which she rightly deserved. We feel that Elena used the rank in honor and made the FD a better place with her idea's and implementations. Elena had loads of friends in the FD which cared for her as much as she cared for them. She was a kind member of the FD who never placed a task down. We would also like to thank Elena for her constant work whilst she has been in the FD and her utmost effort which has been kindly placed in.

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Duty Supervisor & Rank Changes

Written by Vittoria Tizano

Throughout the month of February, Los Santos Fire Department High Command members have undergo a change in the ranks, developed and reformed the concept of the past ranks into a new modelled current rank system, which includes a brand new "Supervisor" position, whose members are Lieutenant, Attending Physician and Duty Supervisor respectively.

Supervisor position is the new rank that is implemented by High Command members, which includes the limited number of members who's main job is to supervise the pre-hospital and hospital side in any circumstances to find better solutions, seeking any kind of goals that will be benefical to Fire Department. Currently, the ranks that are involved in "Supervisor" positions are Lieutenant; whose members are consist of pre-hospital staff, Attending Physician; whose members are consist of hospital staff, and finally, Duty Supervisor; the highest rank of Supervisor position which requires a promotion from either Lieutenant or Attending Physician.

There are other few changes done by High Command members, such like removing the previous ranks Firefighter first and second classes that members are supposed to be trained with EMT-Intermadiate skills in the department. Instead of them, a new rank called "Firefighter" is reformed for a direct promotion if members manage to pass their fire examinations, and eventually their trainings. Members who are eligible and have potential for the next promotion is called "Engineer" which it supposed to be Firefighter Second Class back before. Like before, Engineers are trained with EMT-Paramedic skills, requiring upmost knowledge to perform. For the hospital side, the rank system is not changed. Members have to be completing their Internship Programme in order to be promoted to Resident. Following by, Senior Resident and Attending Physician respectively. Below, you can see the previous and the current rank structure of both pre-hospital and hospital sides.

Previous rank strutcture for pre-hospital side:
Probationary Firefighter -> Firefighter First Class -> Firefighter Second Class -> Engineer -> Lieutenant (Command)

Current rank structure for pre-hospital side:
Probationary Firefighter -> Firefighter -> Engineer -> Lieutenant -> Duty Supervisor -> Captain (Command)

Previous rank strutcture for hospital side:
Intern -> Resident -> Senior Resident -> Attending Physician -> Chief of Surgery (Command)

Current rank strutcture for hospital side:
Intern -> Resident -> Senior Resident -> Attending Physician -> Duty Supervisor -> Captain (Command)

In addition, the rank structure in both Command and High Command have also undergo a change. Lieutenant and Chief of Surgery ranks are removed from Command positions, replaced by Captain and Battalion Chief, which Battalion Chief was previously included in High Command. Bureau Chief, newly introduced Deputy Chief, and Commissioner are the ranks that are currently included for the High Command side. Below, you can see the chart for the current structure.

    High Command
    - Commissioner
    - Deputy Chief
    - Bureau Chief

    Command
    - Battalion Chief
    - Captain


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In-Service Training Update

Written by Eleonora Tjader

In Service Training;
During the month of February we re-introduced the in-service training program, to provide aid from the training department in certain aspects of the department a member may have to deal with, from medical procedures to operation controls and dispatch. Before that, Field Training Exercises were introduced as a way for firefighters to gain real experience, ensuring they were ready to deal with anything that they would have to deal with in the field.

This month, we have merged the two. In Service Training now provides both Field Training and In-house Training, the overall goal remains the same, all this means is a more solid execution of training.

Field Training;
Captain Tjader was named the lead administrator of Field Training.
Field training is split into many small training exercises, but not every task a firefighter has to deal with is small. This month, we began to operate larger field training exercises. The first large operation was concluded on 19/02/2013, a warehouse fire in Doherty, San Fierro. Field Training consists of a planned, controlled fire away from residential area's where innocent civilians may be threatened.

"A controlled fire is a fire set in a location where it won't spread further and won't endanger any civilians, although we take all precaution to avoid public endangerment, all hazards of fighting a real fire exist and the firefighters must exercise caution just as they would tackling any normal fire, giving the full experience"

The firefighters split into two teams, interior and exterior, both lead by experienced firefighters. As the interior team breached the building and began to suppress the fire from the inside, the exterior team used their special hazards unit skills to ventilate the building.

"Both teams consisted of new firefighters and an experienced leader for the best experience for the younger firefighters. Both teams were given experience in the internal and external attack"

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Written by Arun Harris

Total members in the Los Santos Fire Department: 39

High Command - 10.2%
Commissioner
2 - 5.1%
Deputy Chief
0 - 0.0%
Bureau Chief
2 - 5.1%

Command - 15.4%
Battalion Chief
2 - 5.1%
Captain
4 - 10.3%

Supervisors - 10.2%
Duty Supervisor
0 - 0.0%
Lieutenant
2 - 5.1%
Attending Physician
2 - 5.1%

Non-Commissioned - 64.2%
Senior Resident
3 - 7.8%
Resident
3 - 7.8%
Intern
2 - 5.1%

Engineer
4 - 10.3%
Firefighter
4 - 10.3%
Probationary Firefighter
9 - 23.1%

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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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    --Elena Armero
    Battalion Chief

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    --Ted Lambe
    Lieutenant

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    --Aaron Gray
    Engineer

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    --Michael Jannitto
    Engineer

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    --Mitchelle Cooper
    Engineer

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    --Sergei Laevski
    Firefighter First Class

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    --Seth Baine
    Firefighter First Class

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    --Hubert McIntosh
    Firefighter

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    --Juozas Venta
    Firefighter

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    --Integra Davenport
    Probationary Firefighter

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Written by Vittoria Tizano, M.D

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

Probationary Firefighter -> Firefighter

    --Robert Henderson



Intern -> Resident


    --Jennifer Ambrose
    [*]Jonathan Griffiths


Resident -> Senior Resident

    -- Kloe Mandaline, M.D.



Senior Resident -> Attending Physician

    -- Alexander Fedecino, M.D.


However now for the promotions to start off March on a high for us and remember if not promoted now you could still be promoted during the month:

Firefighter -> Engineer

    --Chico Ramos
    --Robert Apps


Engineer-> Lieutenant

    --Joseph Fedecino
    --Michael Queen
    --Kevin Alterlis


Lieutenant -> Duty Supervisor

    --Emmanuel Everett



Bureau Chief -> Deputy Chief

    --Kayla Liams



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 March to prove yourself meritorious of an increase in rank.

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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 January:

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Service Award II
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Eleonora Tjader has dedicated over six months to the Department, we'd like to personally thank them for their services and continued support.

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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:
Jennifer Ambrose
Scarlet Ivy
Jamie Dodds
Reginald Granado
Tommy Russ
Justin Sanders


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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:
Jennifer Ambrose
Robert Henderson

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EMT-P Certification Award
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These members 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:

Recipients:
Jennifer Ambrose
Kevin Alterlis
Michael Queen
Joseph Fedecino
Sarah Holcombe

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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:
Robert Henderson

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Exemplary Academy Students
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These firefighters performed exceptionally well in the Fire Academy and/or garnered a perfect score in the final exam.

Recepients:
Robert Henderson

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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:
Jennifer Ambrose

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Meritorious Service Medal:

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Reason: The member has performed a notable act of distinction in the performance of duty.

Alexander Fedecino

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Distinguished Service Medal:

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Reason: The member has performed a highly unusual act of distinction under adverse conditions in the performance of duty.

Emmanuel Everett

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Sub-Division Awards


The Air Operations Division is proud to award pilot Emmanuel Everett with the Distinguished Service Ribbon award.
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The Training Division is proud to award Kevin Alterlis with the TD: Golden Apple Award! Thank you for your continuous effort in welcoming new and returning applicants to the Department.
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The Training Division is proud to award Emmanuel Everett with the TD: Golden Apple Award! Thank you for your continuous effort in welcoming new and returning applicants to the Department.
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The Training Division is proud to award Kevin Alterlis with the Trainer of the Month: February award! Thank you for your continuous effort in welcoming new and returning applicants to the Department.
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For great services for the Child Protective Services, we award Kloe Mandaline with the CPS: For the Children award! Thank you for your continuous efforts in making sure every child has the rights they deserve to a healthy life.
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For demonstrating excellent driving and great response times without crashing into people, we award Michael Queen with the RID: Driver of the Month award! Thank you for not driving into light posts.
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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 Firefighter Robert Apps for his continuous dedication shown to the pre-hospital side. Even after a hectic month of becoming a married man, Robert has still ensured this doesn't effect his duty work and also continues to peform highly within the Rapid Intervention Division.

We would also like to present Senior Resident Kloe Mandaline , M.D. with the title of Physician of the Month for her work during her the past month. Not only has she surpassed all expectations of her normal duty work as a Physician of the LSFD but also within the Child Protective Services and as the LSFD's sole Psychologist.

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After such a short month, we've seen such big changes to our Department. We'd like to express our thanks to our wonderful staff who have been instrumental in keeping this Department alive and an active part of the Los Santos Community. With the formation of the Physiotherapy Department and the new system of in-service training, we hope to serve the city and its inhabitants even better than before. We'd also like to thank the Citizens of Los Santos for supporting us every step of the way, and we'd encourage you to keep tuned for more publications from the LSFD PAD, and be aware that LSFD Recruitment will be opening soon, so if you need a change of career, or have the skills required to work with us, please don't hesitate to apply.

Furthermore, if you have any questions regarding this bulletin or the Los Santos Fire Department in general, we encourage you to contact our Community Liaison Office.

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Produced by the Public Affairs Department
Approved for release by Commissioner Jenny Russ
Quality Control for Approval Stamps by Deputy Chief Kayla Liams

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