The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA), is the association of choice most committed to enhancing the quality of the emergency service community through the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient emergency response vehicles and equipment.
ANSWERING THE CALL
At the end of World War II, the war-time ban on manufacturing non-military vehicles had left the fire service with a well-worn, inadequate fleet. Industry standards and apparatus designs reflected pre-war thinking and technology. Standing on the threshold of a new era in design, production and equipment technology, fire industry manufacturers realized that individual company resources were often not sufficient to improve the standards as well as solve industry-wide concerns. Manufacturers were anxious to produce new equipment utilizing this post-war technology while working collectively to improve safety standards within the fire service. It was their desire to pool these ideas, experiences and efforts that led to the creation of the Fire Truck Manufacturers’ Association — the predecessor of today’s Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association.
FAMA is a non-profit trade association. Its overall goal is to improve business conditions and to advance and protect the interests of the fire and emergency services industry through the use of effective open communication. To accomplish this, FAMA members work closely with national and international organizations within the fire service and fire industry. Members assist in the development of safety and performance standards, programs and objectives for improving fire apparatus and equipment as well as fostering the highest possible industry standards.
FAMA also supports realistic and attainable standards in industry-related legislation and regulations. By networking within and outside the industry, FAMA has established an excellent working relationship with many government agencies. Members speak at seminars across the nation and have provided information at congressional and government hearings to support improved regulations related to the fire service and the safety of fire fighters.
While FAMA does not directly determine any standards, members serve on many committees of the National Fire Protection Association, or (NFPA), and actively participate in the development of NFPA standards that apply to fire apparatus and equipment. By working with the NFPA, FAMA members assist in the research and development of performance-based minimum standards related to the manufacture of fire apparatus and equipment. Throughout its history, FAMA has supported the research required for the development of safer, better products.
From the small group of manufacturers who established the organization in 1946, FAMA has grown to include hundreds of representatives from over 110 member companies throughout North America. Members meet as a group twice a year to promote the advancement of technology and safety in fire fighting equipment. FAMA is unique in that members honestly share information and are willing to openly discuss common issues to determine what can be accomplished, collectively, that best meet the needs of the fire service. This type of communication has allowed manufacturers and end users alike to enjoy the benefits of highly improved, more efficient, and safer equipment.
FAMA’s Technical Committee, formed in 1952, also meets twice a year. Members choose a subcommittee of interest that work with numerous industry experts in recommending safe, practical solutions that assist the NFPA in the formation of minimum performance standards.
Input from industry users is crucial to the continuing improvement of fire equipment. At regular roundtable discussions, FAMA members and forward-thinking fire chiefs share concerns and offer ideas about current equipment – how it is being used as well as what manufacturers could do to meet future needs of the fire and emergency response services.
Together we build safe fire and rescue apparatus that save lives.
RELATIONSHIPSThe exemplary standards of the fire industry are a result of the combined efforts of its member associations. FAMA’s Governmental Affairs Committee or GAC has developed an effective liaison with key people in Washington, and a good working relationship with the fire service. In 2005, FAMA partnered with the GAC of the Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA) to form a joint GAC for matters of common interest. The FAMA/FEMSA GAC has been extremely active, and hosts annual "Hill Day" events for members of both associations in Washington, DC.
ADDED BENEFITSAmong the most powerful benefits of FAMA membership are the statistical reports provided quarterly and encapsulated for every year-end. Only those companies that participate in the statistical studies and members are privy to these reports. FAMA does not release this information to the public. Members find this research invaluable for their internal business purposes.
MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITYMembership in FAMA shall be open to (A) those otherwise qualified individuals, partnerships and corporations engaged in the manufacture of fire fighting or fire protection apparatus, including rescue vehicles that could complement said apparatus, and (B) those otherwise qualified individuals, partnerships and corporations that manufacture components or products which are incorporated by the manufacturer as a permanent part of the completed fire apparatus, or products specifically designed for fire service applications that are affixed to, or carried upon, the fire apparatus for use in conjunction with the fire apparatus in performing its fire fighting function, such as chassis, fire pumps, fire hoses, hose reels, ladders, aerial devices, apparatus valves and other water control appliances, provided that the prospective member engages in manufacturing in North America.
An application for membership may be downloaded from the Membership Committee page of this site. For additional information, contact FAMA at 781–334–2911 or email us at email@example.com.