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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: Mar 26, 2019

UTV and ATV Units Being Equipped for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Duties

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UTV and ATV Units Being Equipped for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Duties


Fire departments are turning to utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for a number of different applications, including emergency response in rough terrain, as wildland firefighting units, as ancillary pumpers to engine companies, and as quick-response rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) units.

VEHICLES

Jed Leonard, vice president of government and defense sales for Polaris®, says that his company’s vehicles have been used by various fire agencies “to improve response times and get to hard-to-reach areas without compromising mission effectiveness. These light off-road vehicles let firefighters get to places their other vehicles can’t reach effectively, whether it be mountainous or hilly terrain, forested and rural areas, or tight urban environments.”

This Polaris Ranger is set up for fire suppression on a 6x6 chassis. (Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Polaris.)

1 This Polaris Ranger is set up for fire suppression on a 6x6 chassis. (Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Polaris.)

This Polaris Ranger 4x4 is a dedicated rescue/EMS unit.

2 This Polaris Ranger 4x4 is a dedicated rescue/EMS unit.

The Polaris Ranger® has been used widely for both fire and rescue applications, Leonard says, and by employing a skid approach to the bed of the unit, it can be used for multiple missions by changing the configuration from fire to rescue or to event participation. “We also have an integration capability with our vehicles where we partner with RKO for fire skids and Action Fleet and Federal Signal for various other parts of the skid kits,” he points out.

While Polaris is now delivering a newer Ranger platform, the Ranger 1000 XP, it also offers the General® chassis, which has a smaller rear bed than the Ranger, meaning it has less payload capacity but with a different suspension and seating configuration that suits it well for general patrol or beach patrol type missions, Leonard notes. Polaris also added all-electric GEM™ e2 and e4 vehicles to its public safety line.

Ben White, sponsorship manager for Textron, notes that Textron makes a wide variety of side-by-side UTVs and ATVs. “What we see most commonly chosen by fire departments is the Stampede 4 because it can carry four passengers and 600 pounds of equipment in its dump bed,” White says. “The Stampede 4 is powered by an 80-horsepower (hp) electronic fuel injection (EFI) gasoline engine and has a two-inch receiver at the rear that allows it to handle an additional 2,000 pounds

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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

UTV and ATV Units Being Equipped for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Duties

1903FA_028-031

 

UTV and ATV Units Being Equipped for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Duties


Fire departments are turning to utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for a number of different applications, including emergency response in rough terrain, as wildland firefighting units, as ancillary pumpers to engine companies, and as quick-response rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) units.

VEHICLES

Jed Leonard, vice president of government and defense sales for Polaris®, says that his company’s vehicles have been used by various fire agencies “to improve response times and get to hard-to-reach areas without compromising mission effectiveness. These light off-road vehicles let firefighters get to places their other vehicles can’t reach effectively, whether it be mountainous or hilly terrain, forested and rural areas, or tight urban environments.”

This Polaris Ranger is set up for fire suppression on a 6x6 chassis. (Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Polaris.)

1 This Polaris Ranger is set up for fire suppression on a 6x6 chassis. (Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Polaris.)

This Polaris Ranger 4x4 is a dedicated rescue/EMS unit.

2 This Polaris Ranger 4x4 is a dedicated rescue/EMS unit.

The Polaris Ranger® has been used widely for both fire and rescue applications, Leonard says, and by employing a skid approach to the bed of the unit, it can be used for multiple missions by changing the configuration from fire to rescue or to event participation. “We also have an integration capability with our vehicles where we partner with RKO for fire skids and Action Fleet and Federal Signal for various other parts of the skid kits,” he points out.

While Polaris is now delivering a newer Ranger platform, the Ranger 1000 XP, it also offers the General® chassis, which has a smaller rear bed than the Ranger, meaning it has less payload capacity but with a different suspension and seating configuration that suits it well for general patrol or beach patrol type missions, Leonard notes. Polaris also added all-electric GEM™ e2 and e4 vehicles to its public safety line.

Ben White, sponsorship manager for Textron, notes that Textron makes a wide variety of side-by-side UTVs and ATVs. “What we see most commonly chosen by fire departments is the Stampede 4 because it can carry four passengers and 600 pounds of equipment in its dump bed,” White says. “The Stampede 4 is powered by an 80-horsepower (hp) electronic fuel injection (EFI) gasoline engine and has a two-inch receiver at the rear that allows it to handle an additional 2,000 pounds

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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Fouts Bros. Pumper-Tanker

Allardt (TN) Fire Department pumper-tanker. Kenworth T370 cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 380-hp engine; Darley PSM 1,250-gpm pump; UPF Poly 2,000-gallon tank.

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Posted: Mar 25, 2019

Injuries After Accident with Detroit Ambulance

 
 

Police say the crash happened at the intersection of Lyndon and Schaefer. According to police, all four people, including a child, are in stable condition and expected to be okay.  

Around 1 p.m., officers were called to the scene. Police say the ambulance was heading to a scene with its lights and siren on when the suspect vehicle hit the side of the ambulance.  

The witness told Action News he saw a good Samaritan open the door of the car that slammed into the ambulance to help the driver. But the driver got out of the car and ran off from the crash down an alley.

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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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Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Legislative Representative

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Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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