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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 17, 2019

Retreat (TX) VFD Working Toward Going Digital

 
 

The new apparatus has a 3,000-gallon water tank, foam capability, front bumper monitor and surround scene lighting, all controlled from inside the cab. It will be a first-out for structure fires and vehicle accidents.  

“The tanker can transport five firefighters to the scene along with the tools needed for a fast attack on a structure fire or with rescue tools for a vehicle accident and if needed can be a big blocker for traffic,” Smith said.

Department personnel are in the process of being trained to become familiar with the various computerized options.

The purchase was made possible thanks to a $200,000 cost share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2019

Twenty Years Later, Bradley (SC) Getting Fire Station

 
 

Josh Skinner, the county’s CPST coordinator, said Greenwood-based Gordon Group was chosen among five bidders for the contract. Construction could begin this summer.

Bringing the station online is a small part of an overall $14.24 million plan to overhaul the county’s fire services system. Voters approved the allocation in 2016.

Between this year and 2022, officials plan to construct five additional stations at a cost of roughly $3.9 million. That’s important, public safety experts say, because there are 1,720 structures in the county classified as having no fire protection by insurance providers because they fall outside of a 5-mile radius, carrying a total property value of nearly $59 million.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2019

Royse City (TX) Fire Department Getting New Fire Apparatus

 
 

“Our last engine that we purchased was in 2005 so this is a big milestone for us,” Dietz said. “It’s a big upgrade for that, which ew need to provide adequate services with all the new technology. Over the last 15 years things have changes quite a bit since we got our last engine.”  

Once the engine is fully assembled and tested for standards and quality, it will be sent down to Texas for what’s called “make ready,” where staff will put the finishing touches before officially handing the keys over.

“Then we do what is called ‘make ready,’ and that’s when we go in and tell them where we want everything mounted,” Dietz said. “We tell them exactly where we want things and there’s so much detail that we have to think ahead and design it to where we think it will be the best for operational standards.”

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Posted: Jul 17, 2019

Elkhart (IN) Agrees to Purchase $1.3 Million Fire Apparatus

 
 

Firefighters need to be able to rely on that aerial truck if they're called to fight a major fire. In its time, the 1992 aerial ladder truck at the Elkhart Fire Department was state of the art.  

Bearing that in mind, the Elkhart city council signed off on a $1.3 million appropriation to buy a new aerial truck to replace that one.

Over the years, since the aerial truck was built in 1992, the nature and scope of firefighting has changed considerably. They need safer state of the art equipment to keep up with those changes now and in the future. A modern ladder truck built to handle the rigors of major fires.

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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
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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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