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Posted: Dec 10, 2018

Fire destroys vacant residence in Elma

An abandoned residence in Elma was destroyed by fire early Sunday evening, according to Grays Harbor Fire District 5. Investigators say they plan to return to the fire site Monday to determine a cause and to confirm the structure was unoccupied. Fire crews were dispatched about 6:30 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of Blockhouse Road North.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 10:36:20 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
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Posted: Dec 10, 2018

Bellevue car wash suffers heavy damage in early morning fire

A car wash in Bellevue suffered heavy damage during a fire Monday morning. The fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. in the 12800 block of Bellevue-Redmond Road, according to the Bellevue Fire Department. Flames were showing through the roof when firefighters arrived. Initially firefighters were attacking the fire from the inside, but flames became too intense and they had to retreat to fighting the fire from the outside.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 8:01:30 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Dec 10, 2018

Fire Mechanics Meeting Minutes - November 28

The Washington Fire Mechanics held a board meeting on November 28th at the State Chiefs Office in Olympia. The Board discussed the yearend financial reports and how we showed a positive year for our section compared to previous years. This year’s workshop planning has started already and we discussed a few suggestions such as getting the classes secured and registration information out to the membership earlier to provide a larger window for registration. We discussed picture collection for our historical archive of events, if any member has pictures of our event and would like to send them into us it would help immensely in photo documentation of our events for future generations to enjoy in our slideshows. New options are being explored for events, T-shirts, and giveaways, if you have ideas for content on the shirts please send them over to the group. As most of you may be aware, we had an incident with injury this year at the creeper drags and as a result, we are no longer able to continue this event. We discussed better ways to market the scholarship and sponsorships that are available, please remember to submit a request, these are awarded annually and cover registration and lodging, all you have to do is get there. Due to our newer location for the annual workshop we are still fine tuning little details to make it run as smoothly as possible, we reviewed the comments received and have started to take action on some items to improve the overall event. This year we are exploring the option of online preorders of shirts, this may allow us to produce a different style of shirt in addition to our normal tee and accommodate the influx of special request shirt sizes, be on the lookout for information on that. This would allow you to order the shirts prior and pick up at the conference. A committee was formed to set criteria to be approved for an instructor of the year award. The car show will be a large portion of our events new direction, and our new board member Arnie is heading this large coordinated effort. Our next planned meeting is scheduled for early February and dates will be announced as soon as they have been selected.

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Posted: Dec 10, 2018

Man dies in fall into North Seattle well shaft

A 51-year-old man was killed when he fell into a well shaft on Sunday. The fall happened around 9 p.m. in the 9500 block of 3rd Ave. NW, according to Seattle Fire officials. Medics and firefighters arrived to find the man's body at the bottom of the 7 foot well. Investigators are still sorting out how the man fell into the well.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 6:01:49 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Dec 10, 2018

Hale Products Introduces New Series of Fire Pumps

OCALA, FL—Hale Products announces the addition of the new Flex Series line of pumps to its non-manifolded pump line. According to Hale, this new line brings years of design and manufacturing experience together with innovation to create a heavy-duty pump and gearbox combination. It simplifies pump installation and flexibility to the fire apparatus OEM’s, while enhancing overall durability and ease of service for end-users.

“This series of pumps is truly unique delivering a great deal of flexibility like its name implies to both the OEM and fire departments,” said Jeff VanMeter, Product Manager for pumps at Hale. “Our engineering efforts focused on enhancing the overall durability of the pump and seal designs to add increased efficiency, while making them easier to perform routine maintenance and service when in the field. A bonus during this process was a simplified gearbox which allows OEM’s more options for orientations and mounting in a compact design, making these combinations more suitable for special apparatus challenges.”

The Flex Series of pumps is now a standard offering for Hale's CBP, AP, MBP and RSD pumps with flows ranging from 250 gpm (946lpm) to 1,500 gpm (5678lpm).

For more information, visit haleproducts.com.

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