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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 14, 2022

Memphis (TN) Fire Truck Involved in Fatal Crash, Again

For the second time in less than a week, a Memphis (TN) fire truck was involved in a fatal wreck – this time a motorcyclist died when the two vehicles collided, according to a report published by Local Memphis ABC 24.

According to the report, the crash happened in front of Station 43 as an engine pulled out of the station responding to a call.

The motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead, according to the report.

Just days before a Memphis fire engine collided with a pickup truck and killed a firefighter, injured three other firefighters and the pickup driver, according to the report.

On July 25, a Memphis fire truck was involved in another crash that left one person seriously injured, according to the report.

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Posted: Aug 13, 2022

Baltimore Fire Truck Burns While on Duty

A Baltimore (MD) City Fire Department reserve truck caught fire while it was on duty Saturday in Harbor East, according to a report published by WBFF Fox News 45.

According to the report, the 2006 Seagrave haz-mat truck was being used while the regular duty apparatus was being repaired.

The fire started at about 6 pm at South Eden and Fleet street, according to the report and another unit was moved up in rotation to replace the unit that burned.

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Posted: Aug 13, 2022

Wayland (MA) Puts New Pumper in Service

Chief Neil McPherson is pleased to share that the Wayland (MA) Fire Department unveiled its brand-new truck, Engine 2, at a “wet-down” commissioning ceremony on Wednesday, according to a news release from the department.

In accordance with a long-standing fire service tradition in the United States, the Wayland Fire Department welcomed its newest engine into service with a ceremonial wet-down at Wayland Fire Headquarters, 38 Cochituate Road, on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The new engine, a 2021 Pierce pumper, replaces a 1997 pumper.

The new engine features modern and updated technology, including airbag and rollover protection, reduced emissions, emergency LED lighting, and an onboard foam system to aid in fire suppression. Funding for the apparatus was allocated from the Town’s FY 2021 capital budget.

Chief McPherson and members of the Wayland Fire Department were joined by Select Board Chairman Cherry Karlson and Department Chaplain Rev. David O’Leary to see Engine 2 officially put into service.

A symbolic passing of the torch commenced at the ceremony when Lt. Ken McGuire used the now-out-of-service engine’s hose to spray the new Engine 2.

Firefighters then placed their hands on Engine 2 and helped to push it into the apparatus bay while Lt. Dean Casali reversed it into place. Once in the bay, members of the department and ceremony attendees used towels to dry the truck.

Chief McPherson, Select Board Chair Karlson, Assistant Chief Rich Ripley and Captain Robert Dorey also spoke at the ceremony. The ceremony concluded with a prayer by Chaplain Rev. O’Leary.

The Wayland Fire Department wishes to thank the Truck Selection committee for their critical role in acquiring this apparatus. Their duties included developing initial specifications for the truck prior to purchase, as well as mounting and installing equipment to prepare the vehicle for service.

“I want to extend a sincere thanks to the Town for their support in helping us to acquire this engine. Without the Town’s support and the diligence of the Truck Selection Committee, adding this state-of-the-art engine to our fleet would not have been possible,” Chief McPherson said. “Having this new pumper increases the safety of our personnel and allows us to potentially operate more effectively at emergency calls, which makes all of their hard work worth it.”

The wet-down ritual dates back to the late 1800s, when horse-drawn pumpers were used throughout the fire service. Back then, newly commissioned horses would be washed alongside their pumpers at the fire house before being pushed back into the fire house bay by firefighters. While horse-drawn pumpers are now a relic of the past, the tradition continues today as fire departments welcome their new apparatus and officially induct them into service.

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Posted: Aug 12, 2022

Fire Truck Nearly Goes Through Floor at Brookside (OH) Fire Station

The floor of the Brookside Fire Department firehouse gave way on Wednesday evening, nearly damaging a truck, according to a report published by WTRF 7.

Assistant Fire Chief Allan Ketzell II was backing the department’s engine into the firehouse when he felt a jolt.

Fearing that he had hit something, Ketzell pulled forward out of the station and then saw a hole had opened up under the truck.

The town has already approved funding for a new firehouse, so for now the challenge is finding a building to temporarily house the apparatus and gear.

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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

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Immediate Past Chair

Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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