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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: Sep 18, 2018

New Freeport (PA) VFD buys SUV As Ambulance

But New Freeport Volunteer Fire Department EMS director Tommy Coss doesn’t want people to be confused or alarmed if that happens. In fact, their new EMS vehicle can do everything an ambulance can do, except transport a patient.  

“When people call 911, it surprises the dickens out of them when our medical truck shows up. We carry everything in that medical truck and we’re allowed to do everything that your most equipped ambulances, advanced life support ambulances right here in Waynesburg, can do except load you up and drag you away,” Coss said.

Coss said the department noticed in 2016 it could take 45 minutes to an hour and a half for an ambulance to get to its coverage area. EMS Southwest can get tied up on other calls. 

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Posted: Sep 18, 2018

Maywood (IL) Could Spend $1M To Buy New Fire Apparatus, Ambulance

Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh proposed the vehicle acquisitions during a regular board meeting on Sept. 4.  

Bronaugh approached the board in 2013 about vehicle maintenance issues the department was dealing with back then. As a result, the board approved the emergency purchase of an ambulance before allowing the purchase of a new ambulance several months later. Currently, Bronaugh said, the department has three ambulances. 

“The decision was made to keep the ambulance fleet on a rotation basis,” he said, adding that in 2013 the board planned to decommission, auction and replace each reserve ambulance in the fleet every five years. The vehicle that is scheduled to be replaced has 81,000 miles on it, the chief said. 

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Posted: Sep 18, 2018

Devon (England) Fire Authorities Claim Smaller Fire Apparatus Don't Pose Risk

Tony Morris, a retired firefighter based in Devon, has claimed that the changes could put people at risk, with the vehicles’ ladders being unable to reach second-floor windows and not carrying all the vital equipment that could be needed.  

The fire service has responded that additional resources will be deployed to fires as needed, and that the public will be consulted over any plans to close stations or reduce the number of firefighters in their area.  

The smaller fire engines – known as Rapid Intervention Vehicles or RIVs – are initially being rolled out to Dartmouth, Porlock, Princetown and Tiverton.

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Posted: Sep 18, 2018

Nichols (IA) VFD Gets Grant to Buy Tanker Fire Apparatus

The truck will replace the department’s current 1971 tanker and give the department a more versatile vehicle for fighting fires.
Fire Chief Kevin Flynn says that getting the money for the tanker presented no easy task for the NVFD. For many years, the department applied for federal grants to replace their tanker, but because the federal government has limited funds, its grants always went to larger districts where the fire department would serve a greater number of people. This did not stop Flynn from continuing to look for ways to find money for a new truck. “The folks that live in my district are just as important as people living in Muscatine or Burlington and deserve good equipment,” he said.
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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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