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Posted by Ranger on 06 February 2017 - 06:23 PM
Posted by Cst. Torque on 27 January 2017 - 12:18 PM
This is from a post I made on Facebook for the Bell #Let's Talk Day...
Let's talk about May 3rd, 2016. A day in Canada that will live on in infamy for years... The day of the Fort McMurray Wildfire. The day all of our lives changed forever...
I was in the hospital at the time, dealing with constant nausea and vomiting caused by taking copious amounts of opiates for chronic pain caused by diabetic polyneuropathy, carpal tunnel, etc etc. My level of pain was such that at the time I thought opiates were my only hope.
Over the last 3 years prior I had lost over 100lbs from being so ill.
On May 3rd I had been in hospital for just over a week and was still very ill. I remember seeing the news stories about the fire on our local stations and hearing people talking about how close it was to our community. You could see smoke and smell smoke for a long time prior to that day. The big difference May 3 was that we could smell the smoke inside the hospital.
At some point after lunch a nurse came in and told us we were on 1 hour notification to evacuate the hospital. Then, about 10 minutes later came in again and said we were leaving in 15 minutes. I was shocked and immediately called my wife. Her phone went to voicemail and I left her a short message telling her we were getting ready to leave. I no sooner hung up when my father-in-law came in the door, asking if I had heard from my mother-in-law. I had and let him know she was on her way home to pack some stuff, then would meet him at the local evacuation center. Then my wife walked into my room as well. I knew that there were several road closures at the time and was surprised she showed up. After a brief family reunion, Angie declared she was leaving to run home and pack then go to the evac center, and I should go with her. I knew that with my current state of health and the fact I have very bad asthma, the best place for me to be was exactly where I was. It was one of the hardest things I've had to do, but I told my wife she would have to go on without me and evacuate with her parents. This still bothers me to this day and its a very emotional piece of history that I still haven't come to terms with.
We hugged, said our goodbyes and they left. I didn't know if I'd ever see them again. To be honest I was truly scared for them in that moment. I wasn't scared for myself, as I knew I'd have a medical team with me to keep me going no matter what. I knew I'd be safe and kept away from the fire. I knew I'd make it to where ever Alberta Health had decided to send me. I didn't know about the rest of my family. They had to drive a long distance to get to safety and a roof over their heads. I sat on the edge of my bed and watched my neighbourhood burn. I sat there and cried. I was devastated. And my life changed in a moment. One minute I had a home and family to go home to, the next minute I had no home. I watched as the trees exploded and burned and the fire spread up the hill and destroyed our homes. At least that's what I thought I was watching.
The nursing staff came in with a wheelchair (I had been having increased mobility issues due to the pain I was in) and loaded me up. I grabbed what I thought I needed, and was wheeled down to the front door and out to a waiting highway coach. Firemen and EMT's were there to load me up and help me to a seat on the bus. Things are very foggy for me at this point in the journey and I don't remember much of the ride out. I know we went North. I think I slept for a few hours, and eventually we arrived at a camp. We were told they were full and we would have to continue North.
We finally arrived at Suncor's Firebag Aerodrome and were loaded onto one of the 5 Westjet airliners waiting on the flight line. We departed and were flown to Edmonton, where we were transferred to a waiting ambulance bus and escorted by RCMP to the Royal Alex hospital. I would be staying in hospital for several more weeks (like 8) before being discharged, in a wheelchair and unable to walk. It was very much life changing for me, and although being in a wheelchair was not a direct result of the evacuation, it certainly felt like it was. It is a time in my life I will never never forget. The people that all came together to keep us safe from harm, and out of the way of the fire went above and beyond the call of duty in my opinion.
I've been diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD as a result of this experience. I have recurring nightmares about being in the hospital, the building catching on fire, then I catch fire. My wonderful wife has had to wake my up due to my screaming more than a few times in the past few months. I've drawn pictures of the hospital with the fire just feet away, like in my dream.
Writing about it helps. Talking about it helps more. Keep talking people... it gets easier eventually.
Posted by Bobster on 01 January 2017 - 02:01 PM
Where we are today, and where we plan to be in 2017 could not be possible without each of you being a positive, contributing member of SAPP, SAFE, SATC, and OCC. There are so many people to thank for their work leading up to this year-end, and so many people to thank as they join us moving into 2017.
First off, we'd like to thank Inspector Damien. He is dedicated, tenacious, and an effective problem-solver and has encouraged many leaders in our agency to be self-motivated, goal-setting, and accountable. Through his countless efforts, we've seen SAPP grow to such a formidable agency. Although we continue to mold SAPP, none of this could be possible without Damien.
The Superintendents would also like to thank Chief Tek. Under his leadership, OCC (and now SAFE) have become incredibly self-sufficient divisions. Tek thrives on feedback from his peers, looking for ways to improve, and could always be counted on to achieve any goals set for him or his team. Now that he leads SAFE, we are so encouraged to see how successful he has been with leading SAFE and continuing his success and carrying over his skills from OCC onto SAFE
And the third member to have such an impact on our agency is Sgt. Miles. Under his leadership, the SAPP Auxiliary Program has become such an outstanding program for our younger members. The professionalism and result of Constables produced by the SAPP Auxiliary Program is self-evident of his effectiveness as the leader of the program. Now that he is assisting S/Sgt. Sasrical in Recruitment and Retention, the Superintendents very much look forward to seeing that continued dedication to improvement in RRT.
There are so many more members to thank. So following this post, a Google Form will be created where YOU can submit a "Thank You _____, For _____" and the anonymous results will be posted following this note. Although we start with Damien, Tek, and Miles, three members who's hard work has had a great impact on our agency, we want to end this year of thanks with each of you getting a message from your peers. After all, the state of our agency, whether you're a member of SAPP, SAFE, OCC, or SATC, is a result of YOUR hard work and dedication to seeing YOUR community thrive.
Although Christmas has already passed, we wish that as you continue to enjoy the holidays through the first weeks of this new year, that you stay safe, warm, and happy. There is so much more to come for our agency in 2017. If you thought this was it, wait until the next upcoming months.
From Ranger, Phrozen, ShemNBuns, and Bobster, we wish you all Happy Holidays! Thank you all so much for your hard work and dedication - here's to 2017!
Posted by SIRGAMING on 04 May 2017 - 04:36 PM
Due to personal reasons I can no longer serve this community. I'd like to thank everyone from the RCMP days to now in SAPP. I wish everyone the best in the future both in this community and in real life. Again I thank you all for making this place what it is!.
Posted by Ranger on 19 March 2017 - 05:39 PM
Posted by Cpl. Faiz on 10 March 2017 - 06:18 PM
I am sorry to announce that one of our finest hero has passed away on the line of duty. His name is Curtis Bartlett, Deputy of Carroll County Sheriff's Office. He is also known for his great motivation and inspiration post on his Instagram @Police_Fitness. Please show some love for this great fellow and his work. Let everyone know that he will not be forgotten and no man who died on the line of duty either in Police, Military, or any form of service anywhere around the world, they will not be forgotten.
Posted by Miles on 26 August 2016 - 07:00 PM
Ever wonder what it is like to be a part of the Auxiliary team? Maybe you are interested in joining but are unsure of what it is all about.
To increase public knowledge of the program, we produced some pictures during a recent training session to give you an idea of what our program is like. Above each picture is a little narration from my perspective as the lead instructor of the training. If you enjoy the pictures you see here, check out our recruitment poster and submit your application today!
- Sgt Miles
Auxiliary Training 2016-08-26
The training started with a simple roll call. I quickly went over some ground rules and expectations for the training then we began!
After conducting uniform inspections and weapon review, Cpl. Jackreacher told a recent patrol story while I went and grabbed one of our Auxiliary Program's new bicycles.
Following the bicycle orientation, we prepared to load our transport bus for the next portion of the training.
Before departing, the trainees had to take a lap around the detachment due to Jokerr boarding the bus before told to do so.
Once they caught their breath, we loaded up and headed out.
During the bus ride, I asked questions from their previous training modules. Thank you to Agentwoods for getting us there safely.
We arrived at the beach and had another quick briefing. After the briefing, we hopped on our bikes and took a stroll. I would occasionally stop and we would discuss various topics like the importance of keeping the beach safe by actively conducting bike and foot patrols.
We explored some beach hot spots. It was about 6 in the morning so there was not too much foot traffic.
Following the training, John was promoted to Probationary Auxiliary Constable! Congratulations to him.
Training Lead Instructor: Sgt. Miles
Training Assistants: Cpl. JackReacher, AgentWoods
Trainees: P. Aux Cst. Jokerr, P. Aux. Cst. Brian, P. Aux. Cst. Victor, Rct. Aux. Cst. John
=== End Auxiliary Training 2016-08-26 ===
Posted by Ranger on 13 August 2016 - 12:21 PM
Mounties Gaming Community Members,
It brings me great pleasure that I can share this with all of you today. After several weeks of discussing the current YouTube Program with Command Staff, Senior Management, and Regular Members, I combined everyone's feedback, criticisms, and methods of improvement to complete a total revamp of the YouTube Program. The new program has been approved by the MGC Board of Directors and has the backing of Sub Community Senior Management.
New MGC YouTube Program: CLICK HERE
I hope this new program encourages more of you to post MGC videos on YouTube and to become more active with your individual channels. I'm wanting to host some informal sessions where I can help eligible MGC YouTube Program members with their channels by providing advice, guidance, and useful information.
Thank you to all the members that provided me with excellent feedback and useful information on how we can improve the Program.
Start posting some videos!
Ranger, Executive Board Member
MGC Board of Directors
Public Relations Manager
Posted by Phrozen on 02 May 2015 - 10:26 PM
Mounties Gaming Community Members and Fans,
Welcome! I am proud to present to you the new Mounties Gaming Community website! Take a look around, register, and if you're a community member, message your Command Staff to get your tags.
We will be tweaking things and adding new features over the next few weeks as we settle in. We hope you all like the new look and enjoy all of the cool new features!
Phrozen, Executive Board Member
Mounties Gaming Community
Posted by 619 Cst. Tanner on 22 January 2017 - 08:15 PM
Hey everyone, I am a new auxillary and I created these tests to help me. I wanted to share these with you to help you also.
10 Codes: https://quizlet.com/...es-flash-cards/
Caution Codes: https://quizlet.com/...es-flash-cards/
Phonetic Alphabet: https://quizlet.com/...et-flash-cards/
Posted by Phrozen on 30 April 2017 - 07:21 AM
Please see the official release announcement in the link below for more information and instructions to download and install the new pack. The new uniform, vehicle, and weapons policy as well as the watch briefing toolkit can be found in the gameplay channel description on TeamSpeak.
Mounties Gaming GTA V Pack 2.0 with ELS Release Announcement
Posted by Bobster on 04 January 2017 - 06:43 PM
The results are in! The responses will be copied word-for-word. But don't leave it to this post, thank these members in person!
Thanks Sgt. Miles, for being a great Auxiliary coordinator when i joined the community, Thanks Auxi, the first person i talked to when joining Mounties, and being a great assistant auxiliary coordinator i looked up to both of you when I joined, as a Role Model. Cpl. Pactar a good tribute to replace Auxi when he resigned, and to lead the program when Miles switched programs, and Cpl. Chad for being a great friend and NCO2IC of the Auxiliary Program.
Torque for always being their to listen and give advice
Gary for being an awesome instructor and a fun person to be around!
Andy for taking up his role in stride and being an awesome friend
Heyer for being very communicative at times but a little more siege wont hurt
Torque for being a welcoming member.
Andy for being an awesome human being!
The leadership of the Communtiy
Sgt Andy, Cpl Pactar, Cpl Gary
Sergeant Andy for his tremendous support and constant positive attitude. Andy is someone I met during my first phases of cadet training, and since then have become good friends. He's helped me get me to where I am in the community thus far, and is someone I can go to, to talk about anything whether it's community wise, personally, or feedback. He's always there, not just for me but for so many others. I think Andy is a key person in this community and is going to go far. He's made many positive changes and has been in one way or another, involved with a lot of the community members. I hope Andy sticks around, continues to be the amazing person he already is. Thank you, Andy.
V13 Aux. Cst. Max for being a big helpful and friendly guy in the Auxiliary Program
Sgt. Miles (A/Auxiliary Coordinator Cst. Miles) for guiding me back in the gta 4 days all the way up to even now as a full Cst.
Heyer for being such a good staff sergeant!
Sgt. Miles for being such a great person and leader during my time in the Auxiliary Program. You made the auxiliary program a great place to be, and you were always willing to lend a helping hand if needed. Ret. Aux. Cst. Victor 614 Cst. Victor
As a former member to Damien for being a nice and helpful person and Tek for being Tek as his own. Helping and did a lot of my Depot. Great Instructor. Happy to hear how Tek especially has progressed the past year! Happy to see that
Posted by LCDR Almeida on 24 December 2016 - 01:50 PM
Posted by Damien on 16 January 2017 - 01:33 PM
Announcement - MG Tag
January 16, 2016
Effective immediately, both Grand Theft Auto V and ARMA 3 have moved to direct recruitment processes.
To better streamline and best reflect our community, the "Mounties Gaming" and "MG" tag have been terminated and are therefore no longer. Inherently, users who do not belong to either community can still access public channels accordingly.
All individuals seeking membership should follow the appropriate process, your unique GTA / ARMA tag will give your appropriate permissions as required.
Damien, Assistant Community Manager
Mounties Gaming Community (MGC)
Bobster, Community Manager
Mounties Gaming Community (MGC)
Ranger, Executive Board Member
Mounties Gaming Community (MGC)
Posted by Damien on 27 April 2017 - 09:24 AM
Human Resources (HR)
April 27, 2017
Our Grand Theft Auto Community has always valued its members as the reason for the success of the organization and holds them as the focus of its activities. Those in leadership positions can benefit from additional support to ensure that they are making the best use of its most important assets, your people. Our Recruitment and Retention (RRT) is changing in a big way, here are a few key changes that will be effective immediately:
- Adopt a Human Resources Model - we need to place our people first, start focusing on what motivates people to stay engaged, identify ways to make our life easier - and remember we are a gaming community
- Provide Support - we establish open lines of communication, share best leadership practices and ensure that we enact fair and consistent policies, procedures and managerial practices
- Advisory Roles - begin to act as an independent advisor in difficult situations, and provide advice to you and your team
Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) role:
- Act as a single point of contact for their assigned unit
- Support units in achieving their goals
- Provide instant and immediate feedback on policies, processes and initiatives
- Build succession plans to support units and organizational leadership with talent mapping
- Act as the independent advisor for members in tough situations
What will this look like?
- If you are looking to join the community, a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) will conduct your interview and help with the on boarding process.
- If you are a community member, a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) will follow up with you 30 days after you have entered the community, they are there to check in and see how your experience is going. Then again at 60 days, and finally at 90 days from your date of hire.
- If you are in a leadership role, a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) will be partnered with you and your team to provide support. You have the ownership of leading your team, and your HRBP will help you evaluate your members to establish your collective bench strength* and help with talent mapping** your up and coming leaders
How will this work?
Over the next few weeks, I will meet with each of your units to explain this roll out, along with your newly assigned HRBP. I will be personally mentoring each of them in the Human Resources model over the next few months, feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have questions.
- Staff Sergeant Anderson - Ops Watch 1, Traffic Services, Emergency Response Team
- Corporal Holden - Ops Watch 2, SAFE, Police Dog Service, Auto Theft Task Force
- Corporal Faiz - Ops Watch 3, GIANT, OCC, San Andreas Training Centre
*Bench Strength refers to the capabilities and readiness of potential successors to move into key roles and leadership positions within the community. The term comes from baseball, for which it refers to a team's lineup of highly skilled players who can step in when a player is hurt or replaced.
**Talent Mapping a process that charts every member in a unit according to their skills, competencies, and capabilities.