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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: Jul 16, 2019

Packed Aisles Mark Successful FDIC International 2019

Packed Aisles Mark Successful FDIC International 2019


It’s never easy to put into words what the FDIC International experience is. This year, I have to say I would sum up my experience with one word: traffic.

During the course of three days’ worth of exhibits, I find myself traversing the show floor many, many times. According to my fitness tracker, my average number of steps on the exhibit days was 18,814. And, for all of them I found myself stuck in traffic. I’ve been doing this routine for a while now, and I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how long it takes to get from place to place. But, every time I went to make my way to another location, the number of people in the aisles slowed me down more than normal this year—which is a great thing.

No doubt this year saw even more products than last year designed with reducing firefighter exposure to carcinogens in mind. Whether wipes, clean cabs, particulate-blocking personal protective equipment (PPE), or others, there is a concerted effort industrywide to help firefighters reduce their exposure to harmful contaminants or decon themselves after exiting a contaminated atmosphere.

 MSA unveiled LUNAR, a wireless, cloud-ready device designed to keep firefighters connected on a fire scene and allow person-to-person ranging, GPS locating, and thermal imaging. (Photo courtesy of MSA.)

1 MSA unveiled LUNAR, a wireless, cloud-ready device designed to keep firefighters connected on a fire scene and allow person-to-person ranging, GPS locating, and thermal imaging. (Photo courtesy of MSA.)

The exhibits continued to perfectly complement the hands-on training and classroom instruction firefighters received all week. After using and discussing many of the products on the floor, firefighters got to see them up close and personal during the exhibits and got to talk to, many times, the product managers who helped develop the products.

In terms of my own observations, technology continues to be a focal point of the industry, making our fire apparatus smarter and improving the quality of technology we carry with us to help locate victims or our own crews. PPE manufacturers continue to enhance their product offerings for comfort and protection—which is not an easy combination to master while maintaining maximum breathability.

 OnScene Solutions developed the SafeTSystem for transport of breathing air bottles by personal carry or by wheeled cart. (Photo courtesy of OnScene Solutions.)

2 OnScene Solutions developed the SafeTSystem for transport of breathing air bottles by personal carry or by wheeled cart. (Photo courtesy of OnScene Solutions.)

I did notice a lot of “buzz” around aerial products this year, as many manufacturers worked to enhance existing product lines as well create new ones. More and more, fire apparatus builders are working with their vendors to help end users build rigs that m

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Posted: Jul 16, 2019

Packed Aisles Mark Successful FDIC International 2019

Packed Aisles Mark Successful FDIC International 2019


It’s never easy to put into words what the FDIC International experience is. This year, I have to say I would sum up my experience with one word: traffic.

During the course of three days’ worth of exhibits, I find myself traversing the show floor many, many times. According to my fitness tracker, my average number of steps on the exhibit days was 18,814. And, for all of them I found myself stuck in traffic. I’ve been doing this routine for a while now, and I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how long it takes to get from place to place. But, every time I went to make my way to another location, the number of people in the aisles slowed me down more than normal this year—which is a great thing.

No doubt this year saw even more products than last year designed with reducing firefighter exposure to carcinogens in mind. Whether wipes, clean cabs, particulate-blocking personal protective equipment (PPE), or others, there is a concerted effort industrywide to help firefighters reduce their exposure to harmful contaminants or decon themselves after exiting a contaminated atmosphere.

 MSA unveiled LUNAR, a wireless, cloud-ready device designed to keep firefighters connected on a fire scene and allow person-to-person ranging, GPS locating, and thermal imaging. (Photo courtesy of MSA.)

1 MSA unveiled LUNAR, a wireless, cloud-ready device designed to keep firefighters connected on a fire scene and allow person-to-person ranging, GPS locating, and thermal imaging. (Photo courtesy of MSA.)

The exhibits continued to perfectly complement the hands-on training and classroom instruction firefighters received all week. After using and discussing many of the products on the floor, firefighters got to see them up close and personal during the exhibits and got to talk to, many times, the product managers who helped develop the products.

In terms of my own observations, technology continues to be a focal point of the industry, making our fire apparatus smarter and improving the quality of technology we carry with us to help locate victims or our own crews. PPE manufacturers continue to enhance their product offerings for comfort and protection—which is not an easy combination to master while maintaining maximum breathability.

 OnScene Solutions developed the SafeTSystem for transport of breathing air bottles by personal carry or by wheeled cart. (Photo courtesy of OnScene Solutions.)

2 OnScene Solutions developed the SafeTSystem for transport of breathing air bottles by personal carry or by wheeled cart. (Photo courtesy of OnScene Solutions.)

I did notice a lot of “buzz” around aerial products this year, as many manufacturers worked to enhance existing product lines as well create new ones. More and more, fire apparatus builders are working with their vendors to help end users build rigs that m

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Posted: Jul 15, 2019

Underage Driver Crashes into Warren County (TN) Fire Station

 
 

No one was injured. The fire station sustained significant damage.  

The fire truck inside received only minor damage, but it was also blocked from calls until the car was towed.

Officials have charged 27-year-old Billy Joe Hays, Jr. with allowing an unauthorized person to operate a motor vehicle and child endangerment of his three-year-old daughter.

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Posted: Jul 15, 2019

North Ridgeville (OH) New Fire Station

 
 

Fire Chief John Reese said: “We have been working on building (the new station) for 18 months. The old one was 5,000 square feet. This one is 23,000 square feet. We’ve never really had an administrative fire station, and we were missing a lot of things we needed. We didn’t even have a classroom. We go into 4,000 homes a year, and we needed a good place to operate out of.”  

Mayor David Gillock said: “We just want to thank the residents for supporting our safety forces. (Some people don’t know) they also have mold and asbestos in the old station and our guys are living in a mobile trailer. So, we are really appreciative of the support. They have a building now they can be proud of.”

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9 Sep 2019 2019 FIRE MECHANICS FALL CONFERENCE 9/9/2019 - 9/13/2019
This year will feature classes to prepare you for F-1, F-2, F-3, F-4, F-5, F-6, F-7, F-8 as well as Jim Juneau "See You In Court", Stihl, Cummins Insight, Basic Commercial Tire Service and more!

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10 Sep 2019 2019 FIRE MECHANICS VENDOR SHOW 9/10/2019

September 10, 3pm-6pm
Wenatchee Convention Center 

Mark your calendar for this exciting vendor show at the Wenatchee Convention Center. 

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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

TBD
TBD
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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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