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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: Jan 31, 2017

Creeper Drags Sponsored by Whatcom Electric & Battery

The Washington Fire Mechanics are proud to announce that Whatcom Electric & Battery has become the sole sponsor of the popular creeper drag event held at the WFM annual conference. We are very excited that Whatcom Electric & Battery has elected to be the first exclusive multi year sponsor of this event. It will be unveiled next fall as the Whatcom Electric & Battery Creeper Drags. The event will be held at our new conference location for 2017 The Wenatchee Conference Center
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Posted: May 22, 2017

Koorsen Fire Museum

By Ron Heal

Each April brings thousands of fire service personnel to FDIC International to see and learn about the newest innovations in their industry. Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, is a gracious host for the better part of a week. Just a few miles to the northeast of downtown is one of the finest fire museums in the Midwest. Koorsen Fire & Security is one of the largest fire extinguishers, extinguisher systems, and fire security suppliers in the country. Located at 2820 N. Webster, off east 30th Street, the three-building complex includes the AHJ Training Center. The museum is a part of the state-of-the-art training facility.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stroup established the Indiana Fire Prevention and Service Company in 1946, servicing fire extinguishers out of a garage. Their daughter and son-in-law bought out the business in 1954. Their son, Randy Koorsen joined the company after graduating from college in 1969. Today, Koorsen is one of the largest and most respected life safety companies in the industry. They are 1,100 employees strong, serving six Midwest states from more than 30 locations. Indianapolis is the root of the business and corporate headquarters. Since 1984, third-generation family member Randy Koorsen has served as CEO, guiding the company to a position of leadership in the fire protection and security industry.

The three-building Koorsen campus is impressive. One of the buildings is the one-of-a kind AHJ Training Center. Seminars and meetings focused around fire protection training are held on a regular basis. Located in this same building is a museum containing an outstanding collection of fire extinguishers of all types, fire alarm boxes and systems, and fire apparatus. The collection goes back to the very early days of firefighting with leather buckets and continues up to current fire extinguishing devices.

How does such a museum get started? Randy Koorsen says that it all started when he was a youngster around his parent’s business. His dad came across an interesting vintage extinguisher that he thought Koorsen might want to hang onto. He did. The rest is a part of history. Koorsen has a passion for the fire extinguisher and security industry and has been very successful. This has allowed the collection to continue to grow. In the early days of the collection, soda-acid extinguishers were being phased out and became popular collectors’ items with their brass shells. Today there is a room-full of more than 870 bright and shiny fire extinguishers of every type ever produced. Koorsen also represents the Gamewell alarm product. There is a very nice selection of prized Gamewell products including gongs, indicators, and repeaters.

For fire apparatus enthusiasts, the best is yet to come as you enter a very well-presented selection of fire apparatus from hand-drawn to horse-drawn to early motorized firefighting equipment. The display area dazzles with the array of apparatus. There is not enough space to list all the apparatus on display. A few pieces of note in the more than 30 rigs and carts on display caught my attention. I admit that on the day I arrived for FDIC and made an early stop at the Koorsen Museum, I was like a kid in the candy store. I had the museum all to myself. There was ample time to take all the pictures I wanted. The staff was very courteous and helpful. I had learned about this fine collection from Getz Fire Equipment, a Peoria, Illinois, based fire extinguisher business that had att

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Posted: May 20, 2017

Volunteer Firefighter Killed Responding to Accident in Botetourt County (VA)

A volunteer firefighter died Thursday while responding to a crash on Route 220 in Botetourt County, according to Virginia State Police. The Eagle Rock Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 220 at Catawba Creek Road.
Around 3:10 p.m., a 55-year-old fire department employee was backing up a firetruck to block the roadway when the truck hit another fire department member.

Roger Johns, 63, of Eagle Rock was serving as a ground guide when the truck backed into him. Johns later died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Posted: May 19, 2017

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Ferrara Fire Apparatus Pumpers

The pumpers are built on Ferrara Cinder custom chassis and feature Cummins ISL9 450-hp engines.

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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 #5

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #5

Jay Jacks
Camano Island Fire & Rescue
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Director #6

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #6

Brett Annear
Kitsap County Fire District 18
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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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