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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, 2018

Giltner (NE) Resident Rebuilding Fire Apparatus

Shiny and red, the mostly bare frame, adorned with motor and basic truck head, rolls into the sunlight and just down the block to Hosier’s front yard. He parks the beast, lets the soft putter of the motor continue for a few more seconds and then turns off the engine to jump into describing just how this piece of Giltner history came to be.
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Posted: Sep 19, 2018

Yuneec International Expands Commercial UAV Payload Offerings with the All-New E10T

Yuneec Intl commercial UAV

Yuneec International, a world leader in electric aviation, today announced the expansion of its commercial UAV payload offering with the unveiling of the all-new E10T, an advanced thermal camera for commercial applications. The E10T is an all-in-one three-axis gimbal, dual thermal imaging and low light camera available in two versions: 320 by 256-pixel or 640 by 512-pixel thermal resolution, each with different lens options. The E10T will be sold separately and available later this year starting at $4,999.

The E10T builds off the original Yuneec CGO-ET dual thermal RGB camera, the industry's first thermal and residual light combination camera that was announced with the H520 at InterDrone 2017. The E10T camera takes high-quality pictures and detects more detail in dark scenes than the naked eye with the help of its large RGB sensor. Thanks to its dual video stream, users can transmit their thermal and video image simultaneously to the ground station and then view the image as an overlay or picture-in-picture.

“The E10T is the next evolution of the indusrty’s first thermal and low light RGB combination and will provide commercial users confidence in an array of situations,” said Michael Jiang, CEO, Yuneec International. “With its dual video stream on the 7-inch ST16s ground station coupled with the industry's only user-variable speed control, pilots can confidently approach critical structures without concern of impact.”

The H520 was specially developed for inspection, safety and search & rescue applications. With its multi-sensor compatibility, the H520 hexacopter offers emergency services, firefighters, police and inspectors reliable and efficient air support in combination with the E10T thermal imaging and video camera. When searching for people, the H520-E10T system enables users to search for people quickly from the air, and in the case of fire, hot spots can be immediately detected, allowing fast and efficient counter measure to help save lives. Moreover, all required object inspection details can be detected while mitigating risk of potential prop strikes. The H520’s live image can be transferred to a monitor during the flight, allowing team members to take part in the inspection and make critical assessments during flight.

The E10T will be available later this year in four lens configurations for the two resolution options. The 320-pixel thermal resolution will start at $4,999, while the 640-pixel thermal resolution will start at $7,999. For more information visit www.yuneec.com.

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Posted: Sep 19, 2018

Taking Fire Service Safety Culture Science to the Streets: FOCUS 2.0

Chief Richard Marinucci, Executive Director of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) and Dr. Jennifer Taylor of the Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) of the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University are proud to announce receipt of a $1.5 million grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Working together, Drexel University and the FDSOA have made great progress in improving the safety of firefighters,” said Marinucci. “We look forward to continuing this relationship so we can make a difference to improve the health and safety of firefighters.”

This continuing collaboration responds to FEMA’s national prevention priorities on firefighter safety projects “designed to measurably change firefighter behavior and decision-making”. The Firefighter Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS) survey developed by Dr. Taylor and her team in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health of the Dornsife School under a FEMA FP&S R&D grant, created the first fire service-specific safety culture assessment tool. Safety culture is a robust predictor of occupational injuries and organizational outcomes such as burnout, job satisfaction, and engagement.  

This partnership will take “science to the streets” by widely disseminating the FOCUS survey, which promotes the use of objective data to understand, maintain, or change the culture that creates safety. “Creating a FOCUS on Safety Culture through Fire Service Assessment and Training”, will serve 1,000 fire departments from across the country with FOCUS survey administration and customized analysis. Ms. Andrea Davis, MPH ’12, CPH of the Dornsife School will continue to serve as the Senior Project Manager.  She will be assisted by Ms. Lauren Shepler, MPH ’15, FIRST Outreach and Communications Manager.  Through this new funding, it is anticipated that as many as 120,000 firefighters will be included.

 “…In my heart, I believe that we promote a safe culture…, but it was gratifying to see that others in our organization believe this to be true also…I like the fact that I can now put actual numbers to what has previously been a ‘gut feeling’.” – Fire Chief 

“I’m looking forward to reassessing and I’m hopeful that all of the things we bragged about here are doing what we want them to do. It’s a very useful tool to see where our people are, what their perceptions of our department are like, what commitment to safety is. – Fire Department

The FSDOA/FIRST research-to-practice partnership will also train 200 fire department and IAFF union representatives through FOCUS Culture Camp trainings. The trainings will be offered in basic and advanced formats. The basic course will cover the theory of safety climate, how to gather safety culture data using FOCUS, and how to analyze and interpret the data. The advanced course will be open only to graduates of the basic course, focusing on enhanced data presentation competencies and designing evaluations for fire service-generated interventions. The advanced course will be available to departments and their unions that stand ready to effectuate change.  

 “This training takes you into the world of data and science. Learning to understand data and science allows departments to go deeper into the world of safety. In time, this will allow facts to be the rule in place of opinion or theory.” –Culture Camp Participant 

“I believe FOCUS has the potential to have a positive long-term effect within our organization. I believe it will provide the guidance needed to help prevent injuries and improve the work environment.” –Culture Camp Participant 

FDSOA and FIRST are honored to continue their collaboration with three renowned Occupational & Industrial/Organiza

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Posted: Sep 18, 2018

Fire Departments Split $426,000 Grant from Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

The $426,000 comes from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.  

The Hebron Fire Department in Licking County is getting $4,000 with an additional $800 from the village itself to purchase new gloves and hoods for their fire fighters.

The grant was necessary to make the purchases

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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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