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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: Aug 29, 2019

Pittsburgh Public Safety Warns Drivers About Yielding to Fire Apparatus

Pittsburgh Public Safety warned drivers about yielding to emergency vehicles by sharing dash camera video, reports Pittsburgh's Action News 4.

The video shows a truck behind a stopped car at the intersection going around the car, which put the truck in the path of a firetruck crossing the intersection while it had its lights and sirens on.
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Posted: Aug 29, 2019

Protective Gear Stolen from Billings (MT) Fire Apparatus at Garage Fire

Protective gear was stolen from a fire truck on the scene of a garage fire, reports KTVQ Billings.

The protective equipment was valued at $350. An adapter, some eye protection and some structural firefighter's gloves were taken.

 Billings Fire Battalion Chief Jason Lyon said there likely will be a discussion of beter securing fire equipment in the future.

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Posted: Aug 29, 2019

Man Crashes Into Fire Apparatus on San Diego Freeway

A car crashed into the back of a fire truck on a San Diego freeway and the driver admitted he was texting while driving, reports News 10 San Diego.

The driver said he was texting his friend to inform him that he was on the way home. The car caught on fire, but firefighters were able to put out the fire and checked the driver for any injuries.

The crash left a large dent on the fire truck’s rear bumper.

 

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Posted: Aug 29, 2019

Two More Departments Awarded Free Turnout Gear in MSA's 2019 Globe Gear Giveaway

MSA, DuPont, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have awarded new turnout gear to two additional departments through MSA’s Globe Gear Giveaway. A total of 13 departments will each receive four new sets of state-of-the-art turnouts in 2019 to help them increase the safety of their firefighters.

First Recipients Announced for MSA’s 2019 Globe Gear Giveaway

To be eligible to apply, departments had to be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized in the U.S. or Canada, demonstrate a need for the gear, and be a member of the NVFC. To help departments meet this last requirement, MSA sponsored NVFC memberships for the first 500 applicants. 

The latest recipients to receive the gear are Salcha (AK) Fire & Rescue and Kenduskeag (ME) Fire Rescue.

Salcha (AK) Fire & Rescue

Salcha Fire & Rescue is located about 40 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska, next to the Salcha and Tanana Rivers. The department prides itself in being “professionally staffed by volunteers since 1982.” Volunteers are trained at both Firefighter I and Emergency Medical Technician II, protecting 2,400 people over 350 square miles. A tight budget, along with care and maintenance costs of hand-me-down equipment and gear, leaves no room to purchase new turnouts for its crew.

While all 35 of the department’s responders have gear, it has been donated from other departments, most of which are over 15 years old. Gear that is over 10 years old is considered noncompliant with recommended safety standards. The department uses this gear for primary response.

“Our goal is to provide safe gear for our volunteer responders,” said Chief Ernest Misewicz. This donation will help them to achieve that goal.

Kenduskeag (ME) Fire Rescue

Kenduskeag Fire Rescue protects a population of 1,338 over nearly 17 miles in Penobscot County, Maine. Its 11 active volunteers are trained at First Aid/CPR and Basic Firefighter and respond to an estimated 160 calls each year. The department has been striving to improve its operations, ensuring its fleet is equipped properly and operating safely, which leaves no funding to outfit their firefighters with compliant and efficient gear. Only three sets of their gear are less than 10 years old and meet national safety standards. The department strives to ensure the safety of its responders, particularly mitigating cancer risks by properly cleaning gear after each call. However, this often leaves the department out of service after a fire until the gear is again ready for response. Additionally, the department has had to turn potential recruits away because of the lack of gear and the inability to purchase new gear that will keep them safe on a call.

“These four sets of gear [will] go a long way to cement morale and make the best use of all who apply to our department, ergo creating a more safe and efficient public service,” said Deputy Chief Matthew Nadeau.

Additional awards in MSA’s 2019 Globe Gear Giveaway will be made monthly through December. Stay tuned to the NVFC web siteDispatch newsletter, and Facebook page, as well as the Globe Facebook page, for announcements. The program began in 2012 and to-date has donated much-needed turnout gear to nearly 100 fir

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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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