Menu

Welcome

The Finest Supporting the Bravest!

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: 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
Read more
Posted: Apr 24, 2018

RapidSOS Raises $16M to Provide Life-Saving Data to First Responders

Highland Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and CSAA lead funding to link data from connected devices to first responders.

RapidSOS, an advanced emergency technology company, today announced an additional $16 million in funding led by Highland Capital Partners with participation from Microsoft Ventures and CSAA Insurance Group. Microsoft Ventures and CSAA Insurance Group's funding accelerates the work of nearly every major public safety company, technology companies powering millions of devices, and three former FCC chairmen in working with RapidSOS to upgrade America's public safety infrastructure.

"It's been a privilege working with the public safety community to develop this technology and see the impact it can have on emergency outcomes," said Michael Martin, CEO of RapidSOS. "9-1-1 telecommunicators manage over 200 million emergencies a year with little more than a voice connection. This funding will allow us to send life-saving data directly into the hands of first responders nationwide."

Founded in 2013, RapidSOS has raised over $30 million and spent the past five years working in partnership with the public safety community to develop an advanced Emergency Platform to link Internet of Things (IoT) devices directly to 9-1-1 and first responders in an emergency. Data from connected devices – such as real-time health data from wearables, telematics from connected cars, smoke density from smart homes, precise location from mobile devices, etc. – can provide unprecedented situational awareness for first responders, speeding response and saving lives.

"We're excited to back RapidSOS as they work to transform emergency response globally," said Leo de Luna, managing director at Microsoft Ventures. "RapidSOS' NG911 Clearinghouse provides life-saving data from any connected device to 9-1-1 and first responders."

Sanjiv Parikh, managing partner of corporate venture capital for CSAA Insurance Group said, "Investing in RapidSOS reflects our commitment to safety and security by enabling people to receive faster emergency response when they need it."

The additional funding follows an exciting year for RapidSOS, with public safety agencies across the country integrating with the RapidSOS NG911 Clearinghouse, industry experts joining the team and Advisory Board, and dozens of new partnerships with public safety vendors and IoT companies.

"Over the past fifty years we have seen unprecedented technology advancements, except when it comes to our nation's 9-1-1 system," said Dan Nova, Partner at Highland Capital Partners and RapidSOS Board Member. "RapidSOS is bridging the gap between IoT and public safety – enabling a life-saving data link that has never been possible before."

"Internet of Things devices have created enormous potential for keeping people safer and better connected to first responders in emergencies. The challenge is communicating valuable data between connected devices and antiquated 9-1-1 public infrastructure," said Dave Nagel, former CTO of AT&T and SVP at Apple and current partner at Forté Ventures, which also invested in the round. "RapidSOS provides that direct connection between IoT devices and 9-1-1, making people around the world safer through modern technology."

About RapidSOS 
Partnering with Internet of Things companies and the public safety community, RapidSOS provides a rich data link to public safety – sending lifesaving data to aid in emergency response. By analyzing data around when and where emergencies are occu

Read more
Posted: Apr 24, 2018

Trusted Voices: Live from FDIC International 2018, Day Two

All this week at FDIC International 2018, Monday through Friday, we will be featuring live radio and hangouts from the show, sponsored by 3M Scott Fire & Safety. More at www.scottsafety.com.

Watch the Tuesday hangout above.

For more, go HERE.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  Chris Naum

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Steve Hamilton NFPA Panel

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Rick Lasky

Podcast: Listen on FE Talk Radio 

Read more
Posted: Apr 24, 2018

True North Gear® VELOCITY™ BRIEFCASE

Seattle, WA - True North Gear® to re-release the Velocity Briefcase, back by popular demand and redesigned to meet the most current standards in efficiency and storage.

VELOCITY™ BRIEFCASE

The Velocity™ Briefcase swallows up your papers, laptop and charger, making you instantly more efficient. Designed for the safety specialist that is on the move, the Velocity™ provides organization and versatility with its multiple interior and exterior pockets and 3-way carry options of briefcase, messenger bag or daypack. Stow up to a 17” laptop in the briefcase’s separate foam-padded compartment, plus keep your important papers handy in the large drop pocket designed for documents, a tablet, or any other oversized items. The two 32oz water bottle pockets offer convenient storage for your hydration on the go, while the additional organizer pockets include a mesh organizer, 3 pen pockets and a mini triangle clip for key FOB. The Velocity’s 20L volume and 18” length means you really can take it all with you when you go.

ABOUT THE COMPANY:

For more than 25 years, True North® has been a trusted source for quality packs, bags and FR clothing. We design and manufacture gear and accessories for structure fire, wildland fire, and search & rescue markets. From our extensive line of RIT bags and turnout duffels for structure – to a full line of packs, bags, radio harnesses and clothing for wildland fire and search & rescue – every True North® product is built for demanding, everyday use. Product innovation and intentional design practices are just starting points; what truly distinguishes True North® is superior customer service backed up by a lifetime materials warranty. In more than two decades, our passion for creating and improving upon ways to help people be as comfortable and safe as possible in their gear has not changed, and the proof is in our products.

For more information, please visit our True North® website at www.truenorthgear.com. We’d love to hear from you: 800-873-5725 + info@truenorthgear.com.

 

Read more
RSS
12345678910Last

Upcoming Events

Fire Mechanics Section Board

Chair

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Chair

Elliot Courage
North Whatcom Fire & Rescue
Read more

Vice Chair

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Vice Chair

Mike Smith 
Pierce County Fire District #5
Read more

Secretary

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Secretary

Justin Claibourn
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue 
Read more

Director #1

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #1

Loren Angiono 
City of Lynnwood
Read more

Director #2

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #2

Paul Spencer 
Fire Fleet Maintenance LLC
Read more

Director #3

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #3

Larry Elliott
Olympia Fire Department
Read more

Director #4

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #4

Doug Jones
City of Redmond
Read more

Director #6

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #6

Brett Annear
Kitsap County Fire District 18
Read more

Director #5

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #5

Jay Jacks
Camano Island Fire & Rescue
Read more

Legislative Representative

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Legislative Representative

TBD
TBD
Read more

Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

Read more
RSS

2016 Sponsors