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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: Sep 19, 2017

Watertown (NY) City Council Agrees on Fire Station Work

City Council members learned Monday night why the entire heating and air conditioning system at the Massey Street Fire Station must be replaced at a cost of $450,000. Council members wanted to know why the budgeted $200,000 project turned into a $450,000 complete overhaul.
City Engineer Justin L. Wood explained it was better to replace the entire HVAC system rather than just the 50-year-old air handlers that were still used before the fire station was converted from an old city pool back 25 years ago.

The city had planned just replacing the air handlers — blowers that move air around the building — at a cost of $200,000 until an engineering firm evaluated the system and recommended a complete redo, Mr. Wood said.

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Posted: Sep 19, 2017

Report: Houston Fire Department Has Inadequate Fire Equipment to Handle Floods

A City of Houston Hurricane Harvey Preparation Plan, obtained by Channel 2 Investigates, shows the Houston Fire Department has shockingly little flood rescue equipment, and it appears to have contributed to millions of dollars in losses for the city in totaled fire trucks.
The Houston Fire Department lost 28 pieces of equipment during the storm, including six engines, which cost about $500,000 each to replace. Four “boosters," smaller trucks with on-board water supplies, are also total losses.

In a city of 2.3 million people that floods regularly, the Houston Fire Department only owns one high-water vehicle.

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Posted: Sep 19, 2017

494,000 Ram Trucks Recalled for Fire Hazard

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling almost half a million medium- and heavy-duty Ram trucks over a water pump issue that could potentially cause a fire. The company said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue, which affects 2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs.
"Customer feedback prompted an FCA US investigation that discovered certain trucks are equipped with a water-pump bearing that, after exposure to certain conditions, may overheat and potentially cause an engine-compartment fire," the release said. "Compromised water-pump function may activate a warning light in an affected vehicle’s instrument cluster. Customers are urged to consult their dealers whenever they observe warning lights."
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Posted: Sep 19, 2017

Morehead (KY) Fire to Replace 34-Year-Old Fire Apparatus

The Morehead Fire Department has officially been approved to replace their ladder truck that has serviced Morehead and Rowan County for the last 34 years. Morehead City Council voted unanimously last Monday during its monthly meeting for MFD Chief Jeff Anderson to begin the paperwork to buy the $1.1 million engine from Sutphen Corporation of Dublin, Ohio.
"When we talk about our role as government leaders, safety is always the main priority. This new engine will help provide our businesses and citizens with just that," said Mayor Jim Tom Trent. "The use of this new engine and all its features and updated technology, along with the hard work and dedication of our fire department, will go a long way in helping preserve the safety and property of the community."
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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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