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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 13, 2019

Fortuna (CA) Debuts New $1 Million Fire Apparatus

 
 

The new truck replaces a 30-year-old KME 100’ aerial that the district purchased used many years ago. The old truck has found a new home at Santa Rosa Junior College and will be part of their Fire Science Program.  

The new truck is setup for Fortuna Fire specifications and will be in service for the next 30 years. 

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Posted: Mar 13, 2019

Lake Assault Boats to Debut Two Fire and Rescue Craft at FDIC International 2019

Lake Assault Boats to Debut Two Fire and Rescue Craft at FDIC 

V-Hull fireboat bound for Lake Superior featured alongside shallow water rescue vessel.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (March 12, 2019) – Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a leading manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats, is showcasing two vessels at booth #9133 on April 11-13 at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A 32-foot fire and rescue craft – shown courtesy of the Duluth Fire Department of Duluth, Minnesota – is center stage. Also on display is a nimble 22-foot rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) that is ideal for fast shallow water response.

“We are honored and excited to bring the Duluth fireboat to FDIC; it represents cutting edge on-the-water emergency response and will soon serve the Duluth Fire Department on the world’s largest freshwater lake,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats Vice President of Operations. “In addition, our versatile shallow water, rigid hull inflatable craft, configured for firefighting, dive, and rescue operations, will be on hand.”

The Duluth Fire Department’s 32-foot V-hull craft, named Marine 19, features a 10-foot, 6-inch beam and a carrying capacity of 3,500 lbs. It is powered by twin Mercury Verado V-8 four-stroke outboard engines (rated at 300 hp each). This is a brand-new engine offering that delivers power and fuel-efficiency for unmatched emergency response in its class. 

The setup includes Mercury’s Skyhook Digital Anchor and Joystick Piloting systems, using GPS technology and an electronic compass to automatically control shifting, throttling, and steering in order to help first responders maintain heading and position when responding to an emergency. For example, when engaging the fire pump, the Skyhook Digital Anchor system automatically maintains the fireboat’s position so the operator can better concentrate on the mission at hand.

Other features on the Duluth craft include a 1,500 GPM Darley fire pump powered by a dedicated 365 hp marinized engine, a remote-controlled 2,000 GPM rooftop monitor, a 12-foot, 6-inch long pilothouse (with a CBRNE positive pressure filtration system), twin 12-inch Garmin touchscreens, and a full suite of advanced electronics.  

The second craft on display at FDIC is a 22-foot Lake Assault Boats RHIB vessel engineered for fast and nimble fire and rescue response. This lightweight boat is able to operate in as little as 12-inches of water, and is an ideal fit for departments responding to a wide range of water conditions, including flooding. A heavy-duty buoyancy tube is available in three configurations: air filled, high-density foam, or a hybrid air bladder with a foam exterior. 

“Through a combination of quality products, innovative solutions, and an expanded sales and distribution team, we’ve experienced a record-breaking year,” explained DuMars. “At FDIC, we look forward to connecting with current customers and showcasing our capabilities to the entire industry.” 

About Lake Assault Boats
Lake Assault Boats are born in a shipyard, designed for a mission, tested on Lake Superior, and custom engineered using technology and resources unmatched in the fireboat industry. Lake Assault offers a wide range of custom hull designs and configurations suitable for use on inland lakes and rivers, inter-coastal, and offshore waters to meet the needs of first responders. For more information visit Read more

Posted: Mar 12, 2019

Mattapoisett (MA) Outgrows Fire Station

 
 

With those funds, the committee chose Vertex Co. of Weymouth as project manager and Context Architecture of Boston as architectural designer to develop a preliminary schematic layout of the building, fire station committee co-chair Bill Cantor said.  

The goal is to present an article that proposes funding to take the project further at this spring’s town meeting. “We don’t have a number yet,” he said.

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Posted: Mar 12, 2019

Dunn County (ND) is Preparing for New Fire Apparatus

 
 
 

The truck is an Enforcer Chassis Pumper Tanker Combo, and it cost more than $500,000 dollars.

It can hold up to  2,500 gallons of water and release more than 1,200 gallons per minute. It can also hold 20 gallons of foam.  

The department currently has 13 water apparatuses in its fleet, but they felt it was time to upgrade the fleet with a more modern and efficient one.

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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

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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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