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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.

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Posted: May 20, 2019

National EMS Week: CA Firefighter Works to Prevent Child Drownings

Firefighter addressing a crowd

Via EMS Strong

One of the worst calls an EMS provider can experience is a child drowning. Fire captain and EMT Mike Filson of the Chula Vista (CA) Fire Department and his colleagues know this feeling all too well. After his department saw three drowning calls in four weeks, he knew something had to be done to thwart these preventable tragedies. 

“It became evident that the best way to save these children was through prevention,” he says. “We started a public awareness campaign in an effort to educate our citizens about drowning prevention.”

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Filson’s comprehensive drowning prevention program—called WARN—which stands for Water Awareness in Residential Neighborhoods, centers around high-quality education for both fellow EMS providers and the public. This complete training program features a slideshow, safety messages, brochures, handouts and “Water Watcher” tags. Filson garnered the support of the Fire Chief, the City Council, the Mayor and the Parks and Recreation Department—who have all helped promote his campaign throughout Chula Vista. 

A Far-Reaching Program

Not only is Filson’s campaign broad in scope, but it is far reaching. In the past few years, he has worked to provide awareness training to over 50 fire departments—including every department in San Diego County through the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association. In an effort to ingrain his drowning prevention message, Filson and the City of Chula Vista set up an annual process to contact every household and business in the city that has a pool.

A recipient of the 2018 Nicholas Rosecrans Award (presented by the California Paramedic Foundation and EPIC Medics), Filson has made his entire WARN program available online so anyone can download the materials and customize them with their agency logos—all free of charge.  

Going Beyond the Call

Filson and the Chula Vista Fire Department’s willingness to go Beyond the Call—to step forward, build and spearhead a successful program—has made a lasting impact in the community. Clearly, Filson understands that EMS can play a major role in community care. “We have a duty to provide the best emergency care for our patients,” he says. “This entails more than the EMS skills we execute. We need to treat the whole person during our short time with the patient, not just the physical symptoms. We can also provide an important voice in our communities for public health and wellbeing.”

He also feels a sense of responsibility to use his leadership skills outside of his everyday job duties. “As EMS professionals we have the enviable position of respect in our community,” notes Filson. “I encourage you to use your voice. Find an issue in your community, gather the right people and you’ll be surprised how effective you can be.”

Learn more about the program and get everything you need to start your own WARN program HERE.

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EMS Week and Going ‘Beyond the Call’: The Federal Perspective

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Posted: May 20, 2019

REV Group Announces Sweepstakes Exclusive for First Responders

MILWAUKEE, WI—REV Group, Inc., a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands, has announced that an exclusive First Responders sweepstakes to win an ultra-light travel trailer is now open. 

This comes on the heels of the announcement that the NTT IndyCar series REV Group Grand Prix June 20-23, 2019, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, would allow all active-duty first responders to have free entry. 

Any active duty first responder can visit https://www.revgroupgp.com to enter for a chance to win a Lance 1475 Ultra-Light Travel Trailer in REV Group’s “Answer the Call Sweepstakes.” As the manufacturer of fire and ambulance vehicles such as E-ONE, Ferrara, KME, Horton, and Wheeled Coach, REV Group understands the long hours and hard work that first responders put into their communities. This ultra-light trailer can be hitched to almost any midsize tow vehicle to have even more flexibility when it comes time to relax and "take a load off!" 

“We are honored to have the REV Group Grand Prix as a platform to recognize first responders. The employees of REV wanted to share our appreciation for the dedicated people who use our vehicles each day to serve their communities,” said Tim Sullivan, president, and CEO of REV Group.


As part of the tribute, all active-duty first responders will receive free entry to the REV Group Grand Prix during the entire weekend of activities including the NTT IndyCar feature race.  All first responders, including law enforcement, fire, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, will be admitted free of charge by showing valid identification indicating active service Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23. Free admission must be redeemed at the gate and is only valid during the event weekend.

Select fire and ambulance vehicles from REV’s E-ONE, KME, Horton, AEV, and Wheeled Coach brands will be on display, allowing race fans to get a close look at some of the vehicles that equip the nation’s first responders. 

To be eligible for a chance to win the “Answer the Call” Sweepstakes, entrant must be 18 years of age or older, a legal resident of the contiguous 48 United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) or the District of Columbia, and an active duty, paid or volunteer, first responder (defined for the purpose of this Sweepstakes as someone designated or trained to respond to an emergency such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters and rescuers) (a “First Responder”). Limit one entry per person/authorized phone number during the Sweepstakes Period. Approximate retail value of $30,152. This Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on June 30, 2019. For more information and official rules, please visit: https://www.revgroupgp.com

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Posted: May 20, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-E-ONE Rescue-Pumper

West Sebring (FL) Volunteer Fire Department rescue-pumper. Typhoon X cab and chassis; Cummins L9 450-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump.

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Posted: May 17, 2019

E-ONE Begins Delivery of 25 Hazmat Vehicles to U.S. Air Force

OCALA, FLE-ONE is beginning delivery of the first of 25 hazmat vehicles to the United States Air Force.

The first hazmat vehicle will be transported to a destination in the Middle East and is painted in a matte finish, desert sand. The additional 24 vehicles will be going to U.S. Air Force bases around the world.  

All 25 of the U.S. Air Force hazmat vehicles are being built on an E-ONE Typhoon® cab/chassis. Nineteen of the trucks will be 4x2 units and the balance will be 4x4 units.

Each of these hazmat vehicles features:

  • Three-door custom E-ONE Typhoon® cab
  • Cummins® 450-hp engine (or 400-hp export engine) and Allison® 3000 transmission
  • Meritor® axles with up to 20,000 front and 27,000 rear GVW rating
  • 12,000 lb Warn Series 12 winch with 125' 3/8" plated cable
  • Rear cab command area containing two workstations
  • 16-foot nonwalk-in extruded aluminum body design
  • Retractable awnings on both sides of body
  • Over 700 cubic feet of compartment storage with slide out shelving
  • Onan 25-kW PTO generator
  • Federal Signal LED warning light package
  • 15-foot Night Scan Powerlite light tower with four 1,500-watt 230-volt Optimum quartz light heads

Other options on select hazmat vehicles include cascade breathing air refill stations and automatic tire chains. 

“The Air Force is looking forward to receiving the 25 hazmat vehicles from E-ONE that will replace an aging fleet across the Air Force Enterprise,” said Fred Terryn, Fire Vehicle Program Manager for the U.S. Air Force, who was at E-ONE recently for final inspection of the first of these vehicles. “The new hazmat vehicles from E-ONE will bring us a state-of-the-art apparatus to handle all hazards that we encounter at Air Force Installations on a daily basis.”

Derrick Dias, E-ONE’s Government & Airport Products Sales Manager, said “We are honored the United States Air Force has trusted E-ONE to provide these front line vehicles to our military first responders. We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on these apparatus and continuing to provide vehicles that will help them protect lives and property.”

To learn more about E-ONE visit www.e-one.com.

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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

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Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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