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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: Feb 13, 2018

Pierce Delivers the 2,000th Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) Pumper

APPLETON, WI—Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced the delivery of the 2,000th Pierce® Ultimate Configuration (PUC™) pumper. The PUC will be put into service in the same community where Pierce Manufacturing was established more than 100 years ago. The Appleton (WI) Fire Department’s new vehicle features a Velocity® custom chassis equipped with a Cummins L9 engine, TAK-4® Independent Front Suspension, a 750-gallon water tank, Husky 12 Foam System and 1,500-gpm PUC Pump. Additionally, a single-source agreement with Pierce Manufacturing was approved by the city of Appleton, Wisconsin, to secure a total of five new vehicles to be put into service with the Appleton Fire Department over the next four years.

Reaching the 2,000th PUC is a significant milestone for Pierce Manufacturing and represents the tremendous impact this apparatus has made on fire service capabilities across the country. Introduced in 2007, the PUC is an innovative solution to the many challenges shared by fire department leadership in regard to simplifying firefighters’ actions and reducing unnecessary risk.

“One of our most critical roles in the manufacturing of fire apparatus is to establish strong relationships with the men and women who perform life-saving fire service work each day,” said John Schultz, director of pumper and custom chassis products at Pierce Manufacturing. “The PUC was the outcome of listening and responding to an essential need, and we are proud to have led a dramatic change in the way apparatus can improve a firefighter’s ability to work safely and efficiently.”

By eliminating the pump house and moving the pump forward, the PUC reduces vehicular space used for fire suppression and maximizes space for equipment and access to preconnected hoses, without sacrificing firefighting capabilities. The technology is an ideal solution that allows fire departments the opportunity to design the vehicle around their unique needs, and not around the pump.

“Safety is our number one priority, and the new PUC brings the highest level of safety available for our firefighters, enabling them to concentrate on the emergency task at hand,” said Len Vander Wyst, fire chief for the city of Appleton Fire Department. “Thanks to the additional compartment space that is unique to the PUC, needed equipment will be available on the scene immediately, improving service capabilities and resulting in less down time and greater availability of our firefighting team.”

Additional benefits of the PUC include: a reduced wheelbase for increased maneuverability; as much as 500 cubic feet of storage space, which allows for more ergonomic and efficient placement of tools and supplies; and minimized downtime for servicing with easier access to valves, piping, and the pump from above the frame rails. The PUC is now available on Pierce Manufacturing pumpers, Read more

Posted: Feb 13, 2018

Fire Departments Rely On Federal Grants

In Salem Lakes, grants have helped replace breathing apparatuses, purchase a washer-extractor to clean the fire gear and offset the cost of a generator and alarm systems, for example. But not every request is awarded.

The Salem Lakes, Bristol and Somers departments are all submitting grant applications for breathing apparatuses this year, which costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Bristol is also seeking $95,000 for portable handheld radios and $670,000 for a new heavy rescue squad, described by Niederer as a “rolling toolbox” of technical equipment needed for extrication, HAZMAT and dive team calls. The existing squad is a 1991 model purchased used from Cedarburg in 2007.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018

Akron Fire Department Moves Forward In Replacing Old Equipment, Updating Safety Gear

Akron voters passed Issue 4 in November, levying an additional .25 percent income tax to improve roads and support police and fire services. The tax, which took effect Jan. 1., will bring in $13 million, or or 11 months' worth of taxes, in its first year. Going forward, the tax will generate an estimated $16 million over a full year. The city expects to break ground this year to replace Akron Fire Station #2 in theMiddlebury neighborhood.  The department's Engine #7 has the most miles and will be replaced at a cost of about $900,000. The department will is looking to purchase 275 sets of state-of-the-art gear so all firefighters have two sets. Some imagers will be replaced this year. With two allocated in the city's 2017 budget at about $7,000 each, the department is asking Akron City Council clearance to seek bids for three more, bringing the city's total to 14.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2018

OOB Fire Department purchases ballistic vests

Old Orchard Beach Fire Department is purchasing more than a dozen new vests, worth about $24,000.

The vests are being paid for through a grant provided by national restaurant chain, "Firehouse Subs."

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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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