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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: Jan 31, 2017

Creeper Drags Sponsored by Whatcom Electric & Battery

The Washington Fire Mechanics are proud to announce that Whatcom Electric & Battery has become the sole sponsor of the popular creeper drag event held at the WFM annual conference. We are very excited that Whatcom Electric & Battery has elected to be the first exclusive multi year sponsor of this event. It will be unveiled next fall as the Whatcom Electric & Battery Creeper Drags. The event will be held at our new conference location for 2017 The Wenatchee Conference Center
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Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Burning fiscal questions consume Brewster Fire Department

Now the department has its own fiscal fire to put out.

With the rising cost of operations and the high cost of firefighting equipment, village officials are concerned about the future of the department. Vehicles and gear need to be replaced within the next three to five years, and it is unclear how the village will pay for it.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Cancer: Asheville firefighters face job danger even deadlier than fire

The National Fire Protection Association reissued its “NFPA 1500,” a national code of standard for decontaminating gear, in response to the cancer crisis, Tyson said.

“Although these are considered standards, the reality is many fire departments say they are guidelines and don’t follow them.”

Skyland and Asheville fire departments, however, are falling in line. Cole said all firefighters must now do a quick decontamination as soon as they clear a fire, using baby wipes to clean their faces, heads, hands and necks, hosing off their uniforms, and bagging them up for the ride back in the truck.

Once back at the station, uniforms – pants and coat weighing about 50 pounds – are placed in an “extractor,” basically a commercial grade washing machine and dryer, before a firefighter can wear them again. The drawback is time – it can take four hours to clean one set. Cole said he hopes to have a second set for everyone within five years.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Used 100-foot ladder truck 'a safety enhancement for our firefighters'

The ladder truck is equipped with a built-in piping extending the length of the 100-foot ladder, eliminating the need for a firefighter to haul hose up two or three stories to reach the roof. It also comes with a half-dozen ground ladders.

He called the piece of equipment in Lexington “a tremendous bargain” and cited other used ladder trucks on the market as ranging from $42,000 for a slightly older vehicle to $240,000 for a newer model. A new custom ladder truck can cost a fire department up to $900,000.

Gallagher said he talked to the apparatus company that serviced the vehicle and confirmed it has been regularly maintained and in good condition.

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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
TBD
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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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