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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 19, 2017

Plans Drawn Up for Police and Fire Service to Share Stations in Leicester (UK)

Emergency services bosses are drawing up plans for a major overhaul of police and fire stations in Leicester which could see them sharing premises to save money. Senior officers from both 999 services are looking at proposals to work out of the same buildings in move that could save hundreds of thousands of pounds.
In 2015 there was a public outcry when the fire service proposed to close Central Fire Station and re-deploy its engines and aerial ladder platform to other stations outside the city centre.

Those plans were dropped after 13,000 people signed a petition concerned that the city centre was being stripped of a potentially life-saving emergency service.

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Posted: Jul 19, 2017

Naked Woman Found on Battle Creek (MI) Fire Apparatus

Battle Creek police are trying to determine how a naked woman ended up on a fire truck parked in the fire station. It happened at Battle Creek Fire Station No. 6, located at 2401 Capital Ave. SW, according to the Battle Creek Fire Department.
The agency confirmed crews found the naked woman on a fire truck when they woke up around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Her condition is unclear.
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Posted: Jul 19, 2017

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Pierce Pumper

Tippecanoe Township Volunteer Fire Department, Battle Ground, IN, top-mount pumper. Saber FR cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 400-hp engine; Hale DSD 1,500-gpm pump.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2017

IAFC, PulsePoint Foundation Announce Global Strategic Partnership to Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the PulsePoint Foundation (PulsePoint) today announced a strategic partnership to reinforce the use of mobile phones and apps to connect nearby CPR-trained citizens and off-duty professional rescuers with people in cardiac arrest. The collaboration also endeavors to develop strategies for utilizing public safety data in new and innovative ways. The alliance will be highlighted at Fire-Rescue International, the annual conference and expo of the IAFC being held in Charlotte, NC, July 26-29, 2017.

The PulsePoint app connects directly to local emergency communication centers. When an incident requiring CPR and an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is reported, nearby citizens and off-duty responders who carry the app receive a notification of the emergency simultaneously with traditional first responders. PulsePoint reduces collapse-to-CPR times by increasing awareness of cardiac arrest events beyond a traditional "witnessed" area. The system also aims to reduce collapse-to-defibrillation times through augmented awareness of AED locations.

"As a past fire chief and longtime member of the IAFC, I'm very familiar with the leadership this organization provides the industry," said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. "PulsePoint is using mobile technology to save lives and is pioneering uses of public safety data that until recently were unimaginable. This partnership will explore future data uses and develop strategies to help make public safety agencies more effective and impactful in their communities."

Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of these events prove fatal, and the chance of survival decreases by ten percent with every passing minute without CPR.

"The IAFC considers the deployment of PulsePoint to be a best practice in fire and EMS and we look forward to helping our member agencies implement the technology. Recognizing the excruciatingly short window of opportunity to intervene during cardiac arrest, we need to reinforce the importance of improving the utilization of CPR-trained community members and off-duty personnel," said John Sinclair, President of the IAFC and Fire Chief of Kittitas Valley (Wash.) Fire and Rescue.

Thomas Jenkins, IAFC First Vice President and Fire Chief of Rogers (Ark.) Fire Department, emphasized the importance of PulsePoint to his community: "In Rogers, we have seen PulsePoint bring together the best of citizenship, technology, and medical care to save lives from cardiac arrest."

"In addition to its flagship capability of summoning CPR assistance, the PulsePoint app displays other emergency activity occurring in the community. For on duty crews this can significantly improve situational awareness and confirm the real-time communication center connection to the public," said Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder, International Director of the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section. "This makes the app much more interesting and engaging for citizens and off-duty personnel--ultimately increasing the size of the network available for cardiac arrest response."

As part of the IAFC collaboration, PulsePoint has also partnered with the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) to increase awareness of the application and its lifesaving benefits. According to Mike Duyck, WFCA Director and Fire Chief of Tualatin Valley (Ore.) Fire & Rescue. "TVF&R was the first fire department in Oregon to launch the PulsePoint app for citizen responders and over the past four years we have witnessed firsthand its ability to save lives. We are now the first agency to pilot the professional version of the app, Verified Responder, which based on res

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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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