By David Durstine and Lee Morris

David Durstine, vice president with IDEX Corporation’s Fire & Safety Division, the parent of FAMA member companies Akron Brass and Hale Products, grew up in the fire service and worked in the industry for more than 20 years. He is a fourth-generation firefighter with the Apple Creek (OH) Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as president and currently serves as Board of Directors secretary for FAMA and has been an active participant of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) committees on fire apparatus, including NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus; NFPA 1906, Standard for Wildland Fire Apparatus; NFPA 1912, Standard for Fire Apparatus Refurbishment; and NFPA 1911, Standard for Inspections, Maintenance, Testing and Retirement of In-Service Fire Apparatus.

Lee Morris,  senior director government operations for Oshkosh Corporation, has more than 25 years of experience working in Washington, DC, having served more than a decade as Senate staff in a leadership position, a senior administration official at DHS, a nonprofit lobbyist, and more than 10 years handling government affairs at Oshkosh Corporation (parent company to Pierce Manufacturing). Collectively, this experience has afforded him an in-depth and thorough working knowledge of the federal legislative, regulatory, and interagency process. He has also long served as the FAMA Government Affairs Committee co-chairman and sits on the Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee.

More than 15 years ago, the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) Governmental Affairs Committee launched “Hill Day” to support the fire service in its efforts to secure federal aid to address safety equipment shortfalls in fire departments nationwide. Held in conjunction with the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s annual fire dinner and symposium, member companies form Continue reading

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