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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 4, 2019

NTSB: Tesla On Autopilot When Crashed into California Fire Apparatus

A government report says the driver of a Tesla that crashed into a fire truck near Los Angeles was using the car's Autopilot system, reports USA Today.

The driver did not see the parked fire truck and did not brake.

The Culver City fire truck had stopped in the northbound high occupancy vehicle lane with its emergency lights flashing as it responded to another crash. The firefighters were uninjured.

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Posted: Sep 4, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Toyne Tanker

Mellenville (NY) Fire District tanker. Kenworth T800 2-door 6x4 cab and chassis; Cummins X12 450-hp engine; Hale Qmax XS 1,500-gpm pump; UPF Poly 3,000-gallon water tank.

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Posted: Sep 3, 2019

Long Beach (CA) Considers Re-Opening Fire Station

Long Beach City Council vote on the city’s annual budget will determine whether a fire station will have the funds to re-open, reports Long Beach Post.

Two council members asked the City Council to approve $1.56 million to fund a temporary fire station while the city looks to build a permanent one to replace the aging building that became unusable because of mold problems.

The council members are also requesting $6.2 million in future Measure A revenue to go toward a new permanent station. The cost of building one is estimated to run between $13 million and $20 million.

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Posted: Sep 3, 2019

Shawnee (KS) Puts $1.2 Million Aerial Fire Apparatus Into Service

Shawnee Fire Department has put a $1.2 million aerial ladder truck into service, reports Shawnee Mission Post.

The truck, a custom-built 2019 Pierce Velocity tractor-drawn aerial, will be known as Ladder 71. A tractor-drawn aerial which is often called a tiller in the fire service has an articulating center which allows it to bend, much like a tractor-trailer.

Fire Chief John Mattox says the new tiller is 64 feet in overall length and carries an aerial ladder which fully extends to 107 feet.

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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

Greg Bach
South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue
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Director #1

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #1

Doug Jones
South Kitsap Fire & Rescue
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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

Jim Morris
Mountain View Fire Department
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Director #4

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #4

Arnie Kuchta

Clark County Fire District 6

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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

TBD
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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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