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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: Apr 19, 2016

Why I Teach: Dane Carley

In this series, Fire Engineering Senior Editor Mary Jane Dittmar looks at the things that motivated and inspired instructors to present on their topics at FDIC International 2016. Segments will be posted on a regular basis up to and through the conference, April 18-23.

Dane Carley
Battalion Chief
Fargo (ND) Fire Department

Achieving Success Isn't an Accident: the Higher Reliability Organizing Path

Wednesday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

“Why do fire department members do what they do and make the decisions they do?” That’s a question I wanted to answer while studying fire service leadership. I kept encountering the concept of higher reliability organizations (HRO) and how they use their culture to increase reliability in decision making and to learn from mistakes made to prevent it from happening again. This reduces the chances for loss of life or property. The wildland fire community has identified specific ways to progress toward being an HRO for many years with positive results, so I applied that to structural fire departments. It would definitely benefit the fire service on a broad scale.

I found that structured fire departments have applied the HRO concepts in a general form; the incident command system is built on many HRO principles. I hope that by specifically identifying how structural departments can intentionally (not haphazardly) work toward higher reliability organizing and adopting HRO principles across the fire service, it will not only reduce the line-of-duty injuries and deaths but also help departments continue meeting the public’s expectations. Constant learning and adapting to changing needs as a department continues to learn is a basic HRO tenet.

 

Students recognize that many of the systems we already use in the fire service promote the HRO concepts, such as constantly learning for improvement. Members of the fire service, particularly those at FDIC, identify with constantly learning to improve themselves and enjoy learning about a system that formalizes and encourages this company-, department-, or service-wide.

Many students recognize that an HRO would be more conducive to younger members. It opens communication and participation from the bottom up while recognizing that a hierarchy is necessary to some extent or in certain situations.  An HRO finds a balance between encouraging communication while maintaining a functional organization. Since younger members of the department want to be involved in the direction the department is going and have input in decisions, they recognize that the HRO concepts encourage this involvement, which is beneficial to them. 

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016

Why I Teach: Richard Ray

 In this series, Fire Engineering Senior Editor Mary Jane Dittmar looks at the things that motivated and inspired instructors to present on their topics at FDIC International 2016. Segments will be posted on a regular basis up to and through the conference, April 18-23.

Richard Ray
Captain
Durham (NC) Fire Department

Prioritizing the Volunteer Fireground
Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

I want help volunteer fire departments improve their fireground safety and efficiency, especially when they are short on personnel. The objective is to give the students ideas and concepts for initial operations at a residential structure fire, the bread-and-butter call for volunteer fire departments. Students will carry these Ideas and concepts back to their respective departments, apply the concepts, and use what works. This will ideally increase the fire department’s ability to save more lives and property through knowledge and proficiency.

It is very humbling when students have contacted me indicating how they have applied what they learned in class and how it improved their fireground operations.  

 

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016

Why I Teach: Eddie Buchanan

In this series, Fire Engineering Senior Editor Mary Jane Dittmar looks at the things that motivated and inspired instructors to present on their topics at FDIC International 2016. Segments will be posted on a regular basis up to and through the conference, April 18-23.

FDIC Instructor Eddie Buchanan

Eddie Buchanan, Division Chief Hanover (VA) Fire-EMS

SLICE-RS from the Beginning
Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

The primary purpose for this program is to give firefighters information and examples that will help them implement the lessons from the fire dynamics research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Underwriters Laboratories in their fire departments. They have to overcome the challenges of resistance to change and finding a way to get consistent tactics from one shift to the next.  There is a lot of information online these days about SLICE-RS, but there is also a lot of misinformation. I wanted to give those interested in fire dynamics implementation an unfiltered overview on the origins of the concept and a chance to ask questions. The point isn’t to sell them on one method over another. They will have to decide what approach they want to use in their department.  

The feedback on SLICE-RS has been remarkable. The concept is the basis for the International Society of Fire Service Instructor’s Principle of Modern Fire Attack program, which has been delivered to more than 12,000 students. We’ve also see adoption of the concept at the state level in various locations around the country. It’s been great to see firefighters operating more efficiently and safer around the country.

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016

Video: HOT at FDIC International 2016, Day 1

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Check out some video from the hands-on training Monday at FDIC International 2016.

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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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