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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: Dec 10, 2018

T-Boned Fire Apparatus Headed to Scott County (IL) House Fire

The driver of the SUV suffered a minor injury and refused medical transport.

The truck’s lights and sirens were activated. No citations were issued.The fire in Scott County was near the intersection of 235th Street and 277 Avenue, in Rural Scott County, Iowa, and attracted several emergency response vehicles.

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Posted: Dec 10, 2018

Wilmington (NC) Fire Department to Roll Out New Fire Apparatus

The truck is “completely furnished with all new equipment, including a battery operated hydraulic cutter and spreader, better known as the ‘jaws-of-life,’ and complement of ground ladders totaling 167’,” according to a press release.  

The new fire vehicle also sets a record in New Hanover County as the tallest fire apparatus with a ladder designed to withstand 35 miles per hour sustained winds while fully extended at 107 feet vertically or 100 feet horizontally.

“The soon-to-be christened Truck 7 offers our firefighters increased hearing protection with a fully sealed passenger cab, in addition to front and side compartment airbags that will give our firefighters more protection in the event of a side roll over or frontal impact collision,” the press release reads. “The Hi-Viz LED light and siren package provides a greater visibility to public of our first responders as they are responding to emergencies.”

A budget of about $1.3 million was allotted for the purchase in July 2017.

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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

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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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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