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RECENT FIRE MECHANIC NEWS

Posted: Nov 20, 2017

Sauk City Fire Department gets grant to fund breathing apparatus

Granted through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, the apparatus is a device worn by firefighters and others to provide breathable air in an immediately dangerous to life or health atmosphere, according to Mike Breunig, assistant fire chief.

 

The grant will allow the department to replace its current SCBAs, which are 14 years old. Since then, there have been three National Fire Protection Standards revisions in those devices.

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Posted: Nov 20, 2017

Mud Bonds, FEMA Funds, A Second Fire Station And New Firefighting Equipment

A contract for $3,650,828 to build Fire Station 2 for the Katy Fire Department was approved. Bass Construction Company out of Rosenberg, Texas, was awarded the contract to build the station, which was designed by Slattery Tackett Architects, LLC. Fire Chief Russell Wilson expects the station to open in late 2018, he said.

The purchase of a portable skid unit to improve KFD’s ability to respond to small outdoor fires was approved for $22,343. The skid unit will consist of a portable water tank that can be mounted to the department’s new high water vehicle, which will diversify the vehicle’s use. The vehicle itself cost about $5,000. Wilson said that buying the rig will save the city money because a skid truck can cost $80,000 or more.

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Posted: Nov 20, 2017

At Least 3 Dead After Air Ambulance Crashes In Arkansas

The air ambulance was not transporting patients at the time of the crash, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The helicopter belonged to Pafford EMS, according to a statement posted on the company's Facebook page.

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Posted: Nov 20, 2017

Rosenbauer Completes Delivery of Large Order With Two Rescues to Boone County (MO) Fire Protection District


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By Alan M. Petrillo

Rosenbauer has fulfilled a 12-vehicle order for the Boone County (MO) Fire Protection District with the delivery of two heavy walk-around rescue trucks. The heavy rescues complete the Rosenbauer order that previously included seven rear-mount pumpers on Rosenbauer Commander chassis with Waterous S100 1,250-gpm pumps, 750-gallon water tanks, and compressed air foam systems (CAFS) and three 1,500-gallon tankers (tenders) on Freightliner chassis.

Josh Creamer, Boone County's assistant chief, says the voters of the district approved a 2014 bond issue to get the 12 vehicles. "We first bought the pumpers and tankers, and ended up with two possible vendors," Creamer says. "Rosenbauer got the contract and ultimately delivered all 10 vehicles. For the two rescues, the committee reopened the bidding and set up meetings with a variety of vendors."

Creamer notes that the committee wanted to keep things simple on the rescues, standardize where equipment was located, and make functional improvements in the equipment layout compared with their previous squads. "We tried to accommodate a similar squad style in keeping with that which our volunteers already were qualified on," Creamer says. "We wanted the design and handling of the equipment to be the same.

Boone County Fire Protection District is the largest fire district in square mile size in the state of Missouri at 500 square miles, running out of 15 stations, staffed by approximately 200 volunteer firefighters. The district has 15 engines, 10 tankers, 14 brush trucks, and light response units for EMS. "Our department surrounds the city of Columbia, which is the county seat and the home of the University of Missouri," Creamer points out. "The city runs an all-quint concept on its own and mutual aids with us for aerials, while we provide them with tanker shuttles and support. Our department runs an average of 4,500 calls a year."



Brian Franz, vice president and owner of Sentinel Emergency Solutions, which sold all the rigs to Boone County, says the heavy rescue units are on Freightliner M2 chassis and extended cabs and are powered by Cummins 350-horsepower ISL 9 diesel engines and Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmissions. "They have 20-foot walk-around rescue bodies," Franz notes, "and two exterior cabinets in the extended cab, accessible from inside and outside, hold turnout gear for the driver and officer."

Franz says that each of the rescues has a Will-Burt Night Scan NS4.5-9000 OPT light tower, an Onan 25-kW generator and a FanAir PTO-driven 85-cfm air compressor. "They have room for a lot of cribbing and plywood storage on the rescues, four coffin compartments on top of each one, two hydraulic reels, two air reels with 200 feet of hose, and two electric cord reels," he adds. "Price per vehicle without equipment was $376,507."

In terms of the Will-Burt light tower, Creamer says that the department wanted quartz

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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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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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