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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 31, 2016

DeKalb (IL) Fire Department Invites Community to Fire Apparatus Dedication

The DeKalb Fire Department is inviting the community to a dedication ceremony for the city's newest fire truck. The dedication ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Fire Station 1, 700 Pine St., DeKalb. The city spent $420,000 last year to buy the 2008 Pierce Quantum 105-foot aerial ladder truck.
Northern Illinois University contributed $275,000 as part of its fire service agreement with the city.

The new truck replaces a 1990 Grumman aerial ladder truck, nicknamed “Big John,” after 26 years of service.

Big John was named for former DeKalb Fire Department Capt. John Isom, who was influential in the design of the truck.

He died from a fire service-related illness before the truck was put into service, according to a news release from the fire department. The city bought Big John, a 102-foot ladder truck, for $473,000 in 1990, according to Daily Chronicle reports from the time.

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Posted: May 31, 2016

Vehicle Hit Rochester (NY) Fire Apparatus in Head-On Crash

Rochester Police Department officers said a vehicle hit a city firetruck head-on at 10:23 a.m. Sunday, near the intersection of Flower City Park and Raines Park. No injuries were reported, but an 89-year old woman involved in the accident was taken to Rochester General Hospital for precautionary reasons, according to police.
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Posted: May 31, 2016

South Bend (IN) Fire Station's Proposed Location Draws Concerns

The proposed spot for a new fire station near South Bend's zoo is drawing concerns from a newly formed community group. Members of "Protect Potawatomi Park" have created an online petition that demands other possible locations for the fire station be considered.
The group's concerns include losing parkland and that station noise would disturb people in the park and animals at Potawatomi Zoo.

The online petition is addressed to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the city council, parks director and fire chief.

For more than 10 years, the city has scouted locations for building a new fire station No. 9. The current station was constructed in the 1920s and is outdated.

The park is considered a good site for the station because it's centrally located in the fire district and close to another park that has a boat launch for water rescues. The district includes the Indiana University South Bend campus.

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Posted: May 31, 2016

Jenks (OK) Fire Station Tested for Mold

Firefighters at Jenks Station #2 were told to leave the building Friday evening because of mold. The said around 5 p.m. they were told to stay out of the building and use only the truck bay until further notice.
The building is used as an office space and living quarters for Jenks firefighters. It’s an older building that was remodeled in the early 2000s. Firefighters say the roof has leaked since it was renovated.

Some firefighters said they’ve needed to take allergy medicine on the job to just to work. Union president Clint East said the city didn’t fix the problem so he reminded them again in March.

When nothing was solved by April, he said that’s when the formal complaint was written.

The city tested the building for mold on Friday. East said they found above average levels in the kitchen, office space, conference room, weight room and bedrooms.

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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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