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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.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2017

Firetruck Catches on Fire in Lexington Fire Station

A Lexington firetruck is out of service after it caught on fire early Monday morning. Engine 21 was at the fire station on Mapleleaf Drive when firefighters said they heard a loud pop. It turns out a firetruck's engine caught on fire. Firefighters were well equipped to put the fire out quickly.

The crew stripped what parts and pieces from the truck they could before it was towed away for further investigation.


To replace a fire truck like the one damaged would cost the department around $750,000.


The damaged truck is close to 17 years old.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2017

Rurally Speaking, It’s That Time of Year Again: Wildland or Structural?

By Carl J. Haddon

The 2017 wildland firefighting season seems to have arrived with a vengeance. Seems like most of the Western United States wildland is on fire with no real end in sight.

Here in the Rockies of Idaho, many rural firefighters are prepared to head out and spend countless hours on wildland fires that occur on United States Forest Service (USFS) or Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grounds. Many of us have mutual or cooperative agreements with the aforementioned agencies to provide an initial wildland attack response for a minimum of 24 hours, with many of us providing that response for free in exchange for reciprocal help from the Feds in the event we should need it should a fire come off of Federal or State land and threaten the fire district. The interesting side note to this, is (at least here in our forest) that our department provides first-due response to anything that happens on USFS land (within the fire district) during all of the “nonfire season” months of the year when the USFS doesn’t staff firefighters.

My question is this: If you are a rural fire department or rural (taxing) fire district, where do your loyalties and, more importantly, your liabilities lie?

Say you’re a small rural department, like many of us here are. If you roll out to a wildland incident that is not imminently threatening property and lives within the district (that you are sworn to protect), what happens when another call for service within the district comes in, and you’re delayed or unavailable because you’re up to your eyeballs in a wildland assignment?

Before you beat me up, know that I have nothing against wildland firefighters, the USFS, or the BLM. My youngest son is a wildland firefighter currently on extended fire assignment in the Great Basin region of Nevada.

I’ve had many a heated argument over this subject. If I work for a rural fire department, where I have taken an oath to protect lives and property within the department’s response area or within the fire district, then my PRIMARY duty is to be available to protect and serve the tax-paying residents of my fire district, no? Cooperative agreement or mutual aid agreement with the Feds or State agencies or not, I am a structural firefighter (not a wildland firefighter) whose mission is service within the district. I do believe that there is (or should be) language written into most cooperative and mutual aid agreements that stipulates you will respond if it doesn’t cause a hardship to your department/district or leave you unable to adequately respond to calls within the district or response area. But, we’re volunteers who love to fight fire just as much as the next person does. Tones drop…we don’t think—we just roll out to do what needs done.

Let’s look at this from another angle. You are a tax-paying homeowner within a small rural fire district. For whatever reason, YOU and YOUR FAMILY are suddenly in need of your fire department. That’s when you learn that it is on the far borders of the fire district, tied up with a wildland fire response on USFS ground. Does your department abandon that response and head across the district to you? Or, is it unavailable or delayed because of a lack of available resources or personnel? Do either one of these reasons for no response to your needs make you feel any better? By God, YOU are a tax-paying resident of that fire district, and you (and your home owner’s insurance company’s attorney) deserve better service than that! 

In this day and age, the question then becomes, “Who wins in court?” When this becomes the case, as it does more and more—even in rural America—the answer to the question is that nobody but the attorneys win. The homeowner loses

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Posted: Jul 17, 2017

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Rosenbauer Rescue-Pumper

Robertson Fire Protection District, Hazelwood, MO, Crossfire rescue-pumper. Commander 4000 cab and chassis; Cummins ISX12 500-hp engine; Waterous S100C20 1,500-gpm pump; Pro Poly 750-gallon polypropylene tank.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2017

Pierce Manufacturing to be Showcased at White House

On Monday, an Appleton manufacturer will be showcased at the White House. Pierce Manufacturing will represent Wisconsin at the White House for the Made in America Product Showcase. The event highlights and celebrates American-Made products and encourages other companies to manufacture their products in the United States.
Joining President Donald Trump at the event will be the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, members of Congress, and members of the President's staff.
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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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