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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: Jun 18, 2021

Ram Recall: More Than 32,000 Trucks Recalled Due to Engine Compartment Fires

A Ram truck engine fire recall includes more than 32,000 model year 2019-2020 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks equipped with Cummins 6.7L engines, reports carcomplaints.com.

Ram engine compartment fires caused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to ascertain that the engine calibration software wasn’t warning a driver when oil levels dipped too low. The automaker then opened an investigation.

If a driver isn’t aware of low oil levels there won’t be enough of an oil film on the main bearings, which will then wear and cause engine damage. Owners of the recalled models should listen for any strange engine noise that can occur immediately before the connecting rods fail.

As of June 3, FCA is aware of four customer assistance records, 56 warranty claims, and 56 field reports between Aug. 27, 2019, and March 29, 2021. FCA didn’t note how many Ram engine compartment fires have occurred, but no crashes or injuries have been reported.

Recall notices will be mailed July 30, 2021. Ram truck dealerships will update the engine calibration software to prevent engine fires. Concerned owners of recalled Ram trucks may call 800-853-1403; the Ram truck engine fire recall number is Y21.

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Posted: Jun 18, 2021

Carlisle (DE) Fire Company Puts into Service New Ladder, Ambulance

Carlisle (DE) Fire Company (CFC) recently put into service a new ambulance and a new ladder truck, reports milfordlive.com.

The old ladder—purchased in 1992—was a Simon Duplex LTI 110-foot truck, known as Ladder 42. When the ladder and bucket were in use there needed to be someone on the ground directing them—making it a two-man operation. The new apparatus allows for one firefighter to direct the ladder from the bucket.

The new ladder truck, Tower 42, cost CFC $1.4 million, and they have listed the former ladder for sale.

And as the new hospital is now located south of Milford, CFC ambulances are running about six additional miles for each run. In addition, the new assisted living facility at Milford Wellness Village has increased ambulance runs as well.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021

Catch the Spirit! Iconic Apparatus Returning Home to Oklahoma

The Spirit of Oklahoma is making its way back home following an anonymous, last-minute $15,000 donation, reports newson6.com.

The Calera (OK) Fire Department had been working to raise funds to purchase and bring home the apparatus, which saw action in both the Oklahoma City Bombing and 9/11 terror attacks.

The department’s fundraising efforts fell about $15,000 short, but in the deadline’s literal final hours an anonymous donor came to the rescue with the cash.

The bond between New York and Oklahoma began 26 years ago when 10 New York firefighters came to the rescue following the Oklahoma City Bombing; those same 10 men lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.

Following the latter attack, students at a Fort Gibson school raised nearly half a million dollars to buy a new truck, which was named the “Spirit of Oklahoma” and sent to New York City to aid. However, it was recently sold at auction.

Officials then attempted to buy the truck from its owner in Massachusetts. He gave the department two weeks—ending on June 15—to raise the $25,000 to buy and transport the truck back to Oklahoma. It would all have been for naught had the anonymous donor not stepped up.

The Spirit of Oklahoma bears the names of the 10 heroes who lost their lives, carrying the legacy of an inseparable bond between the two states.

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Posted: Jun 18, 2021

New FDNY Super Pumper 1

5,250-gpm US Fire Pump and a Williams Fire & Hazard Control 2 x 8 Ambassador top-mounted deck gun, wireless remote control, 8,000-gpm rated

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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

Greg Bach
South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue
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Director #1

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #1

Doug Jones
South Kitsap Fire & Rescue
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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

Jim Morris
Mountain View Fire Department
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Director #4

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #4

Arnie Kuchta

Clark County Fire District 6

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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

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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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