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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: Jul 18, 2019

FLIR Unveils Key Additions to Griffin G510 Portable Chemical Detection System

ARLINGTON, Va., July 27, 2019 – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) has announced the availability of multiple enhancements to its Griffin™ G510 portable GC-MS chemical detector to help responders analyze and identify drugs, chemical agents, and other toxic substances faster and more effectively during field operations. Major new features on the G510 give users access to an expanded onboard drug library, as well as a new quick-search capability for chemicals and hazardous substances.

To optimize response time, a new ‘Method Selector Wizard’ uses on-screen prompts to guide operators in selecting the best pre-installed method for sample analysis. The G510 then automatically analyzes and compares the sample for a match against one of its multiple built-in libraries, confirms and displays the results. On the hardware side, a new vehicle-mount accessory allows the G510 to be used for road and off-road missions.

“These upgrades are all about simplifying the job for responders so that in critical situations they have everything they need in the Griffin G510,” said Dennis Barket, vice president and general manager of FLIR’s Detection division. “The more easily and quickly experts in the field can identify chemical hazards, the faster operations can begin to manage and contain a threat. The overriding mission is to keep people safe.”

FLIR has supplemented the G510’s industry-standard NIST Mass Spectral Library and added the Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) library of more than 3,000 drugs and related compounds. The company also developed GRIFFINLIB, which offers users a condensed and customized set of the most common chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, explosives, and other volatile organic compounds for more rapid identification with high confidence.

FLIR’s Griffin G510 is a portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS) system widely used by domestic and international response teams to perform real-time chemical threat confirmation in the field. The G510 supports reconnaissance, emergency management, hazardous materials response, forensic investigation, environmental monitoring, and remediation missions worldwide.

The vehicle-mount accessory is now available for purchase, while the Method Selector, GRIFFINLIB, and SWGDRUG library upgrades are included free with new system purchases. Existing customers can contact FLIR for assistance with upgrades. To learn more about the FLIR Griffin G510 and these features, visit https://www.flir.com/products/griffin-g510/.

 

About FLIR Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1978, FLIR Systems is a world-leading industrial technology company focused on intelligent sensing solutions for defense, industrial, and commercial applications. FLIR Systems’ vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense,” creating technologies to help professionals make more informed decisions that save lives and livelihoods. For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2019

5.11® Partner of the 2019 Spartan Honor Series

IRVINE, CA—5.11 Tactical® has announced its partnership with Spartan, the largest obstacle race and endurance brand in the world. 5.11 is the Official Tactical Gear Partner of the 2019 Spartan Honor Series and will be on site with activations at each of the four remaining stops within the contiguous Unites States this Summer and Fall. 5.11 will be providing Spartan with 200 TacTec™ Plate Carriers for racers’ use at each event stop. Upon completion, racers will also receive a 5.11 x Spartan branded dogtag.

The Spartan Honor Series is a unique experience within the obstacle course race community, giving civilians the opportunity to race alongside members of the military and first responder community. The Spartan Honor Series is dedicated to supporting those who overcome incredible obstacles and put their lives on the line every day to protect the greater good of our communities and nation.

“The Spartan Honor Series is a natural partnership for 5.11 and our decades-long commitment to the first responder and military communities,” said 5.11’s Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Radcliff. “5.11 has brought highly functional, durable and comfortable apparel, footwear and gear to these professionals for years and we are excited to bring our purpose-built products to the OCR community as well.”

“5.11 and their commitment to preparedness and authenticity in the first responder and military communities is a perfect fit with Spartan’s dedication to supporting our servicemen and women,” said Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “Having 5.11 as a partner in the Honor Series furthers our commitment to the military and first responder community – we couldn’t have imagined a better partner.” 

5.11 will be present with onsite retail activation at the four remaining stops of the 2019 Spartan Honor Series:

  • August 24-25, 2019 – West Point US Military Academy in Bear Mountain, NY (Tri-State NY Sprint)
  • October 19-20, 2019 – Fort Campbell in Nashville, TX (Nashville Super)
  • October 26-27, 2019 – Glen Rose, TX (Dallas Beast)

For more information, visit www.511tactical.com and www.spartan.com.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Pierce Tender

Black Earth (WI) Fire Department tanker. Enforcer™ cab and chassis; Detroit DD13 470-hp engine; Command Zone™ electrical system; Husky™ 3 foam system.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2019

New Hadley (MI) Fire Apparatus

 
 

Nast said since his department tries to get 24-25 years out of each of its vehicles. “We don’t want to order what he need right now,” said the chief, and instead they try to think of what they’ll need 10-15 years from now.  

Nass believes they have it in the department’s new Spencer pumper truck built in South Haven in southwest Michigan.

In the new truck when the operator slides up the door to the pump control panel there aren’t a lot of gauges and nobs. Instead, there’s a small black computer screen.

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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 

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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
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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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