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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: Aug 28, 2019

1948 Westville (Nova Scotia) Fire Apparatus Returns Home

Over 70 years after it first hit the streets, Westville's first custom-made fire truck has returned home, reports Halifax Today.

The Westville Fire Chief got an email notifying him of the ad, which said the truck was for sale out of Ontario.

Eventually, the post made its way to social media, where local restaurateur Rhonda Cougias spotted the 1948 GMC LaFrance Pumper. She and her husband felt that buying the truck would be a great opportunity to give back to the local fire department.

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Posted: Aug 28, 2019

Canberra (Australia) to Trial Hybrid Electric Fire Apparatus

The ACT government has agreed to trial a plug-in hybrid electric fire truck in Canberra, reports The Driven.

The deal marks another step toward the push to reduce transport emissions. The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) work with Rosenbauer to engineer the “Concept Fire Truck” (CFT) for Australian conditions, according to ACT emergency services minister Mick Gentleman.

Just one of the PHEV firetrucks, which is capable of carrying current ACT fire services equipment, uses a diesel “range extender” but would see a reduction of diesel fuel used to the order of 185,000 litres a year, and 400 litres less engine oil a year.

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Posted: Aug 28, 2019

National Fire Academy Seeks Deputy Superintendent

The United State Fire Administration's National Fire Academy has posted the vacancy announcement for a Deputy Superintendent GS-1712-15 (Supervisory Training Specialist).

This position is located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), September 6, 2019, or after receipt of the 200th application.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a proven leader experienced working with the American fire service and institutions of higher education who is a highly effective communicator. This position starts at a salary of $137,849 (GS-15).

In this position, you will be managing and directing day to day work of the Academy. Typical assignments include:

  • Coordinating program efforts with other United States Fire Administration Divisions, internal activities, and/or with other agencies including firefighter recruits to higher-level officials including Cabinet-level appointees, Senators and Representatives.
  • Developing Academy programs and procedures; with primary responsibility for ensuring intra-agency program coordination.
  • Participating actively in both the short- and long-range planning activities of the National Fire Academy. 
  • Overseeing organizational personnel matters, such as position reviews, staffing reassignments, employee performance system and other actions.
  • Working with other Federal, state, local and tribal governments and international partners to leverage resources, minimize duplication of efforts, and maximize the impact of the Academy’s programs.

Learn more HERE.

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Posted: Aug 28, 2019

Save the Date for the 2020 NVFC Training Summit

NVFC summit

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce that the next NVFC Training Summit will take place June 26-27, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. Pre-register here to save your spot and get updates as event information becomes available.

Launched in 2014, the Training Summit provides an opportunity for first responders from across the country to participate in valuable classroom training as well as exchange ideas and best practices with their peers. The NVFC’s signature annual conference is open to all volunteer firefighters, EMS providers, department leadership, and other fire department personnel. General and breakout sessions will address critical issues in first responder health and safety, recruitment and retention, and fire prevention.

More details, including a call for presentations, stipend program, travel information, and registration, will be available in the coming weeks. Pre-register for the Training Summit to stay informed of new event details.

Get a glimpse of the Summit by reading about the 2019 event, held in Portland, Oregon, here. Questions? Contact Rachel Buczynski, conference planner, at Rachel@nvfc.org or 202-887-5700.

About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, education, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Find out more at www.nvfc.org.

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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

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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