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The purpose of the Fire Mechanics Section is to promote standardization of fire apparatus and equipment preventative maintenance, improve safety standards and practices, promote workshops, conferences, and seminars related to the purposes of this Section, and to promote cost savings through standardization of building and equipment purchasing and maintenance.

RECENT FIRE MECHANIC NEWS

Posted: Jan 31, 2017

Creeper Drags Sponsored by Whatcom Electric & Battery

The Washington Fire Mechanics are proud to announce that Whatcom Electric & Battery has become the sole sponsor of the popular creeper drag event held at the WFM annual conference. We are very excited that Whatcom Electric & Battery has elected to be the first exclusive multi year sponsor of this event. It will be unveiled next fall as the Whatcom Electric & Battery Creeper Drags. The event will be held at our new conference location for 2017 The Wenatchee Conference Center
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Posted: Sep 25, 2018

Video: 5 Station Features from F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Symposium

 

Photos of past chiefs in the station conference room and power to PPE racks are a couple of Chris Mc Loone's favorite fire station design features from the F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Symposium.

For more fire station videos, visit: https://fireapparatusmagazine.brightcovegallery.com/category/videos/the-station.

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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Euramco Group and bloom.CAPITAL Launch the XFDirect Independent Service Network in East Asia

Euramco Group has partnered with bloom.CAPITAL to launch XFDirect—an independent network of firefighting vehicle and equipment service shops throughout mainland China.

XFDirect, over the past 12 months, has completed pilot testing and has now formally launched operations of its mobile application-based case management software for users to quickly create service cases from their mobile device for their out of service equipment, in their own language, which instantly connects to well-equipped, OEM-trained service teams for fast response.

XFDirect’s combination of mobile app interface with brick-and-mortar service capabilities, in a regional market where equipment dealers are typically not capable of supporting what they sell, has already gained rapid acceptance among fire departments across the region and leading manufacturers throughout the world.

The user-centric design is a truly disruptive platform and fills large gaps in the market that have left most well-known US and European brands with poor reputations in the region due to their lack of or prohibitively expensive after-sales support. The XFDirect team is now focusing its efforts on expanding geographic coverage, investing in physical service capabilities for the higher-spec needs of SCBAs and hydraulics, and digitizing equipment inventory at fire departments in the areas in which we operate. The mission is to service all brands of complex fire and rescue equipment, including pumps, hydraulics, SCBAs, and the advanced electronics that are becoming more commonplace in the industry.

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Euramco Group is a multinational engineering, manufacturing, and technology group specializing in high-performance rotating machinery, motor drives, and control technology for defense, oil & gas, and firefighting markets.

Bloom.CAPITAL is a global asset manager with a focus on corporate private equity, providing growth and buyout capital to small and medium sized businesses. Since 2017, Bloom has operated the world’s only funds solely focused on growth equity investments in the global fire and safety markets. Bloom’s multi-fund strategy operates in the US, Europe, and East Asia providing buyout and growth equity to fund founder successions, R&D acceleration, and global expansion.

For more information, visit www.ramfan.com.

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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Acela Truck Company Expands its Line of High Water/Flood Rescue Trucks

Bozeman, Montana—Acela Truck Company recently announced that it has expanded its purpose-built High Water/Flood Rescue Truck line of response apparatus to include multiple new custom body configurations and larger 6x6 models of its Monterra high mobility chassis.

Flooding is the leading cause of disaster or weather-related deaths in the United States and the number of coastal and inland flooding incidents are rising dramatically every year. 2017’s Hurricane Harvey was Houston’s third “500 year” flooding event in only the last few years, yet flood waters continue to stop most first responders in their tracks due to lack of proper equipment to adequately provide aid and safely protect responders.  All 50 states have experienced flooding in the last five years.

Earlier this year, Acela Truck Company, manufacturer of extreme-duty, commercial truck chassis, introduced specialized high-water rescue and response trucks to its line of Monterra 4x4 high mobility chassis. With 47-inch tires, 23 inches of ground clearance, all-wheel-drive, waterproof alternator and starter and proprietary high-water fording kit, Acela’s specialized flood rescue variants are capable of fording a whopping 50 inches of water. Monterras are additionally capable of safely responding at top highway speeds of 74 MPH making them perfectly suitable for long-distance response.

As a result of the tremendous response to its original 4x4 High Water/ Flood Rescue Trucks, Acela has expanded its line to include 6x6 models and a number of custom bodies and flood rescue-related options, increasing passenger carrying capacities to 27 passengers and providing faster, safer assistance to those in need. All models are equipped with ample space and payload to additionally accommodate pets, personal property and rescue gear. Acela has designed multiple configurations to suit virtually any agencies’ needs and budget. Popular options include NFPA-compliant warning lighting, scene lighting, fire pump packages, rescue boat racks, liftgates and stairway systems.

Acela’s flood rescue line of truck products was inspired by company president, David Ronsen, a retired firefighter who spent many years as a field-deployed FEMA operations attaché, responding to dozens of catastrophic flooding events.  “I know first-hand how frustrating it is for local fire, law enforcement, EMS, EMA and Search and Rescue agencies to be faced with the challenges of having to rescue thousands of their customers without proper flood rescue equipment”, says Ronsen, “Acela’s product design team committed to designing an incredibly capable new tool for first responders to reliably and safely impact hundreds of people a day…the result is a true game changer.”

The Acela Monterra line of trucks were originally designed for U.S. Army use and are considered to be the most capable wheeled vehicles available in North America. In addition to flood rescue operations, Monterra flood rescue trucks can be used for virtually any disaster response such as tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, mudslides and earthquakes, easily traveling over or through large debris, or double as incredibly capable brush/wildland fire engines, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) support vehicles, cargo haulers and SAR/SWAT team troop carriers, in rural and urban environments.  Monterras were specifically designed to replace obsolete and unsafe military “deuce and a half” and “five ton” trucks and come standard with full parts and service support backed by a bumper to bumper parts and labor warranty. 

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Fire Mechanics Section Board

Chair

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Chair

Elliot Courage
North Whatcom Fire & Rescue
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Vice Chair

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Vice Chair

Mike Smith 
Pierce County Fire District #5
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Secretary

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Secretary

Justin Claibourn
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue 
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Director #1

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #1

Loren Angiono 
City of Lynnwood
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Director #2

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #2

Paul Spencer 
Fire Fleet Maintenance LLC
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Director #3

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #3

Larry Elliott
Olympia Fire Department
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Director #4

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #4

Doug Jones
City of Redmond
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Director #6

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #6

Brett Annear
Kitsap County Fire District 18
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Director #5

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #5

Jay Jacks
Camano Island Fire & Rescue
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Legislative Representative

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Legislative Representative

TBD
TBD
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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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