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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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9/12/2017 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2017 Fire Mechanics - VENDOR SHOW

September 12, 3pm-6pm

Wenatchee Convention Center

RESERVE SPACE/LEARN MORE

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9/11/2017 - 9/15/2017

2017 Fire Mechanics Fall Conference

Wenatchee Convention Center
September 11-15, 2017
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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: Aug 18, 2017

Out of My Mind—Getting Through the Ups and Downs of the Job

By Richard Marrinucci

Staying current in one’s profession is a hallmark of true professionals. To do that, an individual must study his/her profession in a variety of ways to learn of the latest developments that can improve performance. This would include trade journals and participation in trade shows, meetings, workshops, and seminars. I have been fortunate for most of my career to have worked for progressive thinkers (though I did work for one Neanderthal but that is another story for another time!) who have supported my professional development in many ways. I like to believe that this has improved my performance. Having just completed a round of attendance at various national, regional, and local shows, I look at the relatively small percentage of departments represented at almost all of these events, whether national, state or local. I wonder how those not in attendance get vital information regarding national and state programs as well as learning the latest developments across the spectrum of the service. I realize the challenges facing many as they struggle to find the time and resources to participate, but I do think participation must be part of the job description. 

This would apply to all members of a fire department who have specialized responsibilities and those wishing to advance in rank. Anyone involved in apparatus procurement and maintenance must learn as much as possible about the current state of the industry to obtain and maintain the quality apparatus that firefighters deserve. This also applies to training officers, safety officers, command staff, prevention personnel, and virtually everyone else. The industry is changing, and keeping up is not easy. There is a benefit to research, trade journals, and Internet searches. Add to this the networking and face-to-face benefits of participation, and you get strong performers throughout the organization. Again, I understand budget constraints and myopic bosses, but there are also cases where those in leadership positions are not willing to commit the time and effort needed to convince others of the benefits.

Another topic that comes up in discussions is that of fire department members who give the impression that their most important actions when they get to work is determining the menu and when will their next day off be. Again, I think I have been very fortunate in that most who I have worked with have been dedicated and committed to providing service. But, there are always those who seem to slip through the cracks. They begin their careers with the best of intentions and are as gung ho as the rest of the gang. Somewhere along the line they fall into some bad habits. They then either are fortunate to have good supervisors who can snap them out of it or get in with other like-minded folks who now join forces to do the bare minimum. How sad!! This is such a great profession with much opportunity to do good and get great job satisfaction. I don’t know what it is like to not want to go to work. There is responsibility on everyone to do what they can to get everyone through the ups and downs of the job so they don’t develop a negative attitude. It certainly starts with the chief of department, but every supervisor and chief officer has a part to play. Of course, some of these malcontents were bad hires and should never have made it on the job let alone off probation. Usually everyone on the department knows it but no one would make the tough decision.

Many people have said that firefighters are the most valuable resource, and organizations should practice what they preach. They need to start by selecting the right individuals through a fair and appropriate process. This proce

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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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