By Tom Mettler

Tom is Director of Engineering for Waterous Company and is a member of the FAMA Tech Committee and the Pump and Plumbing Subcommittee. He is also a member of the NFPA Fire Department Apparatus Committee and served as the Pump Task Group Chair for the 2016 revision of NFPA 1901 and 1906 standards.

While the name Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) might imply the membership is limited to fire truck builders, a majority of the membership consists of companies who make the wide variety of components that are attached to the firetrucks. All the major fire pump manufacturers are members, and we participate significantly in FAMA’s work with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees. In this article, we will describe recent changes in pump testing and how they impact fire apparatus performance.