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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: May 23, 2019

Monastery Blesses Ellwood City (PA) Fire Apparatus

 
 

“Thank you for what you do. We appreciate you and we wanted to do something for you,” she said. “A special service that our church offers is blessing the vehicles of special responders. It is a beautiful blessing. What we do here at the monastery is live and pray, and we pray for you and your safety and for your families.”  

The Rev. Michael Hatrak, retired Orthodox priest, presided over the blessing service with a number of the sisters singing responses. Hatrak prayed for them and their families in their daily lives and for them as they serve their communities as firefighters and the dangerous situations they encounter.

After the brief service, the men and women gathered in front of their respective vehicles in the parking lot next to the gazebo.

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Posted: May 23, 2019

Watertown (NY) Officials Debate $1.3 Million Fire Apparatus

 
 

Finn argued that the city could refurbish the 2004 ladder truck, keep it on the road for another five to seven years and then replace it. In the end, council members decided to wait on a new ladder truck.

Mayor Joseph Butler Jr. warned council members that the city will be taking on too much debt for a new $2.4 million pool at Thompson Park, about $3.1 million in a court expansion and other planned projects, so he opposed purchasing a new truck now.

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Posted: May 23, 2019

Winchester (IN) Getting New Fire Apparatus

 
 
The new truck is a 2019 pumper/tanker with a water capacity of 1,250 gallons; seats for four firefighters; inside protected ladder space and additional storage.
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Posted: May 23, 2019

Pierce Manufacturing Opens Newly Expanded Training Center

Pierce Training Center

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today the opening of a newly expanded, cutting-edge training facility. The Pierce Training Center supports continued investments in production process efficiencies, technology advancements, product innovation, and quality control. Pierce’s new training center at 2602 American Drive in Appleton, Wisconsin reinforces Pierce’s continuous effort to provide the highest quality apparatus in the fire service industry.

On any given workday, a look inside the state-of-the-art Pierce Training Center facility reveals up to 25 students engaging in various curriculums. New team members are introduced to the Pierce culture of “people first” and brought up to speed as they learn critical, on-the-job skills. Additionally, tenured team members participate in sessions to strengthen their skills and become more efficient in their existing job, or to develop skills that will support career advancement.

“Pierce has not been immune to the labor shortage many manufacturers across the United States have faced in recent years,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “We know how important it is to support new and tenured team members in order to provide the best workplace experience and ultimately produce the highest quality apparatus. We’ve seen first-hand how beneficial a robust training program can be for our overall efficiency, employee acquisition, and retention rates.”

Pierce training center message

Originally established nearly two decades ago, Pierce’s training programs have evolved into a curriculum created and facilitated by product platform and technology experts. In addition, company retirees dedicate time to pass important knowledge on to younger generations.

Pierce Manufacturing measures the success of its training initiatives with competency quizzes given at the beginning and end of each training course. While students are required to score at least 90-percent on evaluations, the ultimate assessment is the impact these efforts make on customer satisfaction.

To learn more about Pierce Manufacturing and the company’s team members, visit www.piercemfg.com/careers.

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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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