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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 14, 2016

Boston Fire Department's Fleet Overhaul Called into Question

A deadly fire truck accident seven years ago triggered what was thought to be a major overhaul of the Boston Fire Department's fleet maintenance division, but 5 Investigates has learned that promised overhaul has been an "abject failure," according to a key safety expert.
The city made changes to the fleet maintenance division after the tragic crash in 2009 that killed Lt. Kevin Kelley. At that time the engines and ladders were not being maintained and were in very poor condition.

In January 2009, Ladder 26 barreled down a hill, plowing through a major intersection with no brakes. The truck slammed into a building, killing Kelley and injuring two firefighters.

Investigators found brake failure caused by improper maintenance was partly to blame, and the accident exposed major flaws in the department's vehicle maintenance program, flaws that put the safety of firefighters and the public at risk.

The city overhauled the Fleet Maintenance Division, replacing firefighters who were performing maintenance with licensed mechanics.

But a report obtained by 5 investigates calls that move an abject failure, suggesting the hard lessons from Kelley's death have not been learned.

According to the report, daily inspections have been abandoned and preventative maintenance is in disarray, with some trucks more than 200 days past due on inspections.

In addition, the report found no one in the department knows how to use the computerized fleet management system and tests on engines to make sure they pump out enough water at the right pressure were not properly done.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2016

Vintage Fire Equipment Featured at Charlotte AutoFair

A hot-rodded 1944 Mack fire truck street rod known as the Black Mack will be featured in a special display of firefighting vehicles April 7-10 at the Pennzoil AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.
The firefighting display, presented by Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment magazine, includes a 1922 Ford that has served the Farmland (Indiana) Fire Department since it was new; a tiny Scat emergency truck designed to reach fires in crowded buildings; specialized fire units built on an International Harvester Scout and a Ford Bronco; and two trucks that served Kings Mountain, North Carolina, in the 1930s.

The AutoFair also will feature various interactive displays, including the Fire Safety House hosted by the local Concord Fire Department.

The "Black Mack" went from fighting fires in North Riverside, Illinois, to smoking rubber after Precision Designs of Denver, Colorado, did a custom steel frame, heavily modifying the all-steel body and installed a V10 engine from a Dodge Viper. The engine, souped-up to produce 600 horsepower, is linked to a Dodge four-speed automatic taken from a Ram SRT-10 sport truck.

The Mack B rides on an airbagged suspension and a unique set of 24-inch polished aluminum American Force Wheels. The Dodge rear-axle assembly had to be narrowed by 14 inches to fit between the wide rear tires. Dodge truck disc brakes also were installed.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2016

Makati City gets Modern Firefighting Equipment

To boost firefighting capability and rescue response in Makati City Central Business District, acting Mayor Kid Peña on Monday led the turn over of state-of-the-art equipment to disaster response agencies in the city. Peña spearheaded the turn over of two modern fire trucks to the local Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
The acting Makati City Mayor said the procurement of such equipment is part of his administration’s continuing commitment to modernize and enhance the capability of BFP and other public safety services.

He said other disaster preparedness and response equipment and tools in the pipeline would bolster the city’s capabilities in fighting the common hazards.

The city has many high rise buildings and the challenge if fighting fires at heights could now be addressed by the ladder fire truck capable of reaching 20-storey building and this is first in the country, Peña said.

”With the ladder fire truck, Makati would be able to respond to high fires not only in the city, but also in other areas in the metropolis,” he explained.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2016

Fire Apparatus Dedicated to Lincoln High (CA) Program

Part of San Diego Unified School District's College, Career and Technical Education Program, Lincoln High School is designed to give kids hands-on experience. Teachers don’t rely on textbooks – they have the real deal.
A fire truck was dedicated Wednesday to the only program in the district and one of few in the country that teaches students about the career of firefighting.

"We have the self-contained breathing apparatus, the backpack with cylinders, we have in-service hoses, we have an out-of-service rig but we use it...it's better to have out-of-service rig than no rig at all because it teaches us what's it's like to be a real firefighter," said student Lindsey Latson.

It took the school a year and a half to get the money to buy the used but fully functional 1987-vintage pumper truck. It's fully outfitted, with a 1,500 gallons-per-minute pump, a 500-gallon tank, lights and siren.

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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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