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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: May 24, 2018

New London (NC) VFD Greets New Fire Apparatus

New London Fire Chief Derrick Starnes gave multiple firsthand examples of the upgraded features on the truck. Previously, trucks consisted of radio systems, but not a more sophisticated phone system like this new one. The phone system will allow firefighters, as well as the fire station, faster ways of contact, something that is vital when time is a precious commodity, he said.
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Posted: May 24, 2018

Reelcraft’s New NEMA 4 Weather-Resistant Cord Reels

Reelcraft’s new Series L NM400 cord reels are NEMA 4 rated and designed for indoor and outdoor use. The reels include a guide arm that is adjustable every 5 degrees over a 270-degree arc, allowing for the exact configuration to suit a wide range of applications. The containerized drive spring allows for safer, easier handling during maintenance. The heavy duty cast aluminum design and yellow powder coat finish combine to produce a rugged, corrosion-resistant product.

For more information, visit www.reelcraft.com.

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Posted: May 24, 2018

Reyco Granning to Launch New ComfortMaster Line of IFS Suspensions

MT. VERNON, MO—Reyco Granning introduces the next generation IFS suspension family proudly branded ComfortMaster. The first two platform variants will be based on 17,000-pound GAWR and 20,000-pound GAWR systems available for shipment November 26, 2018. Additional capacities are in development and new configurations will follow.

ComfortMaster is the latest generation IFS and will be the direct replacement for the popular IFS17S3, IFS18S3, and IFS20S3 product families. After a brief overlap period these existing Transit Bus and Motorhome IFS products will be phased out to make way for production of the new ComfortMaster series.

The system comes as a complete module without any loose parts. It includes subframe/cradle, power steering gear, steering linkage, and all components to make it a unitized bolt-in system.

ComfortMaster features a Nitrogen charged and sealed McPherson-style strut architecture. The Nitrogen strut integrates the functions of: spring, shock absorber, king-pin, and upper control arm into one component making the unique construction light weight and efficient. “The tidy packaging of the strut affords the highest possible wheel-cut angle allowed by today’s tire manufacturers; at a true 60-degree vehicle maneuverability is simply unprecedented” said John Stuart, President.

Reyco Granning completed subjective and instrumented performance evaluation comparing the ComfortMaster to both legacy Reyco Granning products and the leading competitor product. The on-vehicle evaluation clearly demonstrated a best-in-class ride and handling performance. For example on a key handling metric the lane change lateral acceleration was improved by 29 percent. On a key ride metric, the vertical acceleration was improved by 32 percent. “With some iterative tuning we were able to achieve the holy grail, improving handling without compromising ride” said Raoul Steenekamp, VP Engineering.

The ComfortMaster is ready for your application and is Reyco Granning’s most thoroughly validated product to date including on-vehicle testing, lab testing, and field testing.

For more information, visit www.reycogranning.com.

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Posted: May 24, 2018

International Fire Relief Mission Visits Ukraine, Lays Groundwork for Firefighter Aid

The International Fire Relief Mission (IFRM) recently completed a week-long visit to several cities and communities in Ukraine as a lead-up to a humanitarian-aid effort to assist firefighters protecting those areas. The aid effort will outfit more than 200 firefighters with tools and protective gear; it is set to take place later this year. IFRM will send a larger team at that time to provide firefighters with classroom and hands-on training.

During their preliminary visit, IFRM’s leadership team met with Ukrainian government officials and national and regional fire service leaders. The team also toured several fire stations, inspected existing equipment, and assessed response capabilities as well as potential fire and life-safety threats facing the targeted jurisdiction.

“Throughout the world, there are always obstacles and opportunities,” said IFRM President Brian Abbott. “IFRM requires a strong commitment from those requesting its help to increase their fire service’s transparency, sustainability and success. This visit allows us to remove or minimize the obstacles while ensuring we are maximizing the opportunities. We want to make sure they are getting the equipment and education they need to stay safe and protect their communities.”

In addition to best helping those international firefighters, preliminary visits like the one just completed assures our vested supporters that IFRM is carrying out its prime objective of helping firefighters with effectiveness and efficiency.

“Since we started this work in 2007, IFRM has promised its donors that we would put equipment in the hands of firefighters where there is a clear and immediate need, and where that equipment will make a lasting improvement,” said Ron Gruening, IFRM’s co-founder and past president. “It doesn’t matter if it is a small volunteer department donating used gear or a major partner like Lion Products, they want to know their gifts are helping firefighters in the best possible way.”

“At Lion, we have grown the company into one of the leading firefighter personal protective clothing and training equipment manufacturers in the world,” said Steve Schwartz, Lion Inc.’s chief executive officer and co-owner. “With that success comes a responsibility to give back to the firefighting community. We are pleased to help IFRM bring protective equipment and education to firefighters who would otherwise go without.”

The region IFRM will be working with has a sound fire service foundation with committed firefighters. That region is experiencing both permanent and temporary population growth and increased wildland fire risk. Those factors, coupled with major funding challenges, make that area a good candidate for a long-term partnership with IFRM.

Prior to the team’s preliminary visit, IFRM provided Ukrainian fire service officials with tools for improving fire service funding and for tracking and predicting calls for service.

“We won’t solve all of the problems with one visit,” Abbott said. “We’ll begin by addressing the most basic and fixable needs. Then, build upon the trust and those successes to address their deeper needs in the future.

“We came away encouraged by their officials’ understanding of the issues they face and their desire to improve the fire service. That’s a critical component

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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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