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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: Aug 16, 2019

KME Fire Apparatus Delivers 12 Custom Pumpers and 2 Tractor-Drawn Aerials to Los Angeles County Fire Department

NESQUEHONING, PA – August 16, 2019 – KME Fire Apparatus, an industry leading manufacturer of fire apparatus, announces the delivery of (12) twelve KME custom pumpers and (2) two KME tractor-drawn aerials (TDA) to Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD).
 
The new trucks will join hundreds of KME apparatus currently in service at the LACoFD. The custom pumpers are built on KME’s Severe ServiceTM cab. The Severe ServiceTM cab was engineered for heavy-duty use and has been exposed to high-volume calls with over a million miles of real-world testing.

 
The 12 new LACoFD custom pumpers include:

  • 96” KME Predator™ Severe Service cab
  • 175” wheelbase for tight turning radius
  • Cummins X12 500 hp engine and Allison EVS 4000 transmission
  • Hale QMax 1500 GPM pump
  • Hale Smart Foam system
  • Hale CBP250 Auxiliary PTO pump for pump and roll
  • 500 gallon stainless steel water tank with 25 gallons of class A foam
  • KME lock-n-load hose bed cover, which provides a strong aluminum tread plate working surface that can easily and safely be lifted for hose repacking with a short raised height for operations in low clearance

The two AerialCatTM Tractor Drawn Aerials feature the following:

  • KME Severe ServiceTM cab
  • Cummins X15 600 hp engine and Allison EVS 4500 transmission
  • Waterous S100 2,000 GPM pump
  • AerialCat™ 101’ ladder with a 350-gallon water tank
  • Equipment capacity of double the NFPA requirement of an aerial ladder
  • Integrated hosebed with the capacity of 800’ of 4” hose
  • 225’ of wooden ground ladders

The Los Angeles County Fire Authority is supported by REV Fire Group sales and service center in Jurupa Valley, California. This operation offers a robust network of sales, parts, and service to support LA County with both mobile and service center support.

For more information on these units please contact Stephen Carleton at scarleton@kmefire.com or 800-235-3928, your local KME dealer or visit our website at http://kmefire.com/support/dealer-locator.

 

About KME: 

KME is a part of REV Group (NYSE:REVG), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services. KME engineers and custom manufactures a full range of specialty trucks for federal, industrial, commercial, aviation and municipal markets. Additional information on KME can be found at kmefire.com or by emailing to kme@kmefire.com.                                               

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Posted: Aug 16, 2019

Nonprofit Organization Uses Donated Binder Lift to Help People with Disabilities Rock Climb

Courtesy Binder Lift

After suffering a spinal cord injury, Danielle thought she would never be able to climb again. Thanks to a Binder Lift, she was able to climb a rock wall.

 

What is your favorite hobby? What if you could not participate, only watch, that hobby for almost two years? How amazing would it be to once again be able to participate in your hobby!

One and a half years ago, Danielle suffered a spinal cord injury after a medical procedure. She also now has limited use of her left leg. Prior to the injury, Danielle and her husband participated in rock climbing. For most people, this would be the end of their climbing career. For Danielle, it was just a rest period!

During this rest period, Danielle moved on with her life, raising a family and being crowned as the reigning Ms. Wheelchair Washington.

But she still missed climbing.

She approached the nonprofit Courageous Kids Climbing as she knew the organization would soon be making its annual visit to Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, Washington. Prior to her injury, she had seen her brother and sister, who have special needs, participate in the free climbing event for people with special needs, physical or developmental. Event coordinator Jeff Riechmann informed her that she was more than welcome to come out and climb with the other courageous climbers.

The day of the event, Riechmann, working with the recreation staff at CWU, fitted her with a Binder-lift. The Binder-Lift is a lifting device that was designed to assist emergency medical personnel with lifting patients who might be overweight or in an awkward position, reducing the risk of injury the medical team.

Riechmann of Courageous Kids Climbing pointed out: “We have been using Binder-Lifts for several years now at our events. It allows us to take a climber with physical challenges and share the climbing experience with them.”

The Binder-Lift is a nylon wrap that is secured around the torso of a patient. The exterior of the wrap has several handles which allow several people to safely lift a patient, once the patient is secured in the Binder-Lift.

Riechmann added: “With Danielle, we placed her in the Binder-Lift and with the support of the coaching staff, walked her to the climbing area. Once at the climbing wall, Danielle then started to climb while three members of the coaching staff supported her by lifting up on the handles on the Binder-Lift.”

“Without the Binder-Lift, Danielle would never have gotten off of the ground!”

After Danielle climbed horizontal across the wall with the help of the coaching staff, she was the placed in a regular climbing harness and was able to climb the walls of the climbing facility.

“The Binder-Lift has allowed us on numerous occasions to share the climbing experience with those individuals who have physical challenges, with no risk to the climber or the coaches. When Courageous Kids Climbing arrives at one of our events, the Binder-Lift is always one of the first items removed from our equipment cache. I would definitely encourage physical and occupational therapists to consider adding a Binder-Lift to their tool box,” said Riechmann.

 

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Posted: Aug 16, 2019

Frontline Equipment Technologies Announces the Release of Three New Wildland Firefighting Tools

SaberSpear Wildland Firefighting Kit

Above: SaberSpear™ Wildland Firefighting Kit P/N 54503 shown here.

Frontline Equipment Technologies LLC announced the release of three new Wildland Firefighting Tools to the U.S. fire service for 2019.

These three new SaberSpear™ Wildland Firefighting Tool options can improve fireground operational efficiency in stubborn wildland fire areas. By using the extendable sub-surface injection action combined with topside extinguishing ability, these tools provide new options for fighting wildland fires nationwide.

Watch SaberSpear™ Tools in action at www.hydraspear.com.

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Posted: Aug 16, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Pierce Pumper

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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

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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