By Zac Soderberg

Zac has been involved with the emergency rescue markets for over 20 years. Having started his career with Spartan Motors in 1991, he has gone on to hold leadership positions within the Customer Service and Sales groups – working on both ends of the customer spectrum during that duration. Today Zac is part of the Spartan Motors Product Development Team acting as the Director of ER Chassis Product Management.

Zac is married with two adult sons in college and in his spare time enjoys entrepreneur activates and is an avid boater. Zac is excited get more involved within the fire service supporting organizations and looks forward to assisting in advancing products to better serve our industry.

Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) members have been working to lessen the impact of corrosion on apparatus, and we are not alone! The costs and impacts of corrosion are felt in all vocations. A joint report issued by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and NACE (a leading authority on education and training on corrosion) estimates the cost of corrosion to be a staggering $276 billion issue, and upward of $29 billion of that is in the transportation segments. So, are we alone in the fire service? That answer is no! However, we are special as it relates to the use and expectation of long service life expectancy. We have a long road ahead us, and the risks are high if we don’t manage and work toward preventive measures as they relate to corrosion and its negative effects on our equipment.