Fire Apparatus Manufacturers' Association

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Buyer's Guide Aerial Apparatus Aerial devices come in many configurations. Read this guide to help determine the best configuration for your department. TC031 118
Buyer's Guide Auxiliary Braking Systems Auxiliary Brake System are required on every fire apparatus over 33,000 lbs gross vehicle weight. This guide describes the four basis types of brake and the advantages of each. TC033 37
Buyer's Guide Fire Apparatus Foam and Water Additive Proportioning Systems This presentation covers the three basic steps for specifying a foam system on your next apparatus. TC030 45
Buyer's Guide Water Pumps Water pumps types and capacities are described in this guide to help determine the right specifications for new apparatus. TC024 38
Buyer's Guide FAMA Apparatus Improvement White Paper This report details the history of safety features on fire apparatus. It can be used as a tool for determining and justifying funding requirements, and can assist the forward-thinking fire service administrator in analyzing the department's future equipment needs. TC005 - 2016 44
Buyer's Guide Scene Lighting The NFPA 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus does not specifically require the use of scene lighting on fire apparatus and makes minimal specific reference to requirements for apparatus that do incorporate the technology. Even though not required, Scene lighting is an extremely popular choice for fire apparatus today, and is explained a bit further in this buyers guide. TC037 41
Buyer's Guide Electronic Pressure Governors Describes the history, use, and function of the fire apparatus electronic pressure governor. TC052 23
Buyer's Guide Hose Restraints This guide will look at various types of hose restraints and some advantages and disadvantages of each. TC041 22
Buyer's Guide Crew Compartment Storage There are three areas to consider when planning the safe outfitting of your crew cab – SCBAs, tools, and helmets. All should abide by the NFPA standard, and tools should be limited to the absolute necessities. Proper SCBA brackets should be installed as well as enough helmet holders to match the capacity of the cab. TC051 30
Buyer's Guide Reels Reels on fire and rescue apparatus allow convenient storage, and quick payout and retrieval of electrical cords, air, water, and hydraulic hoses. Some of the key considerations when choosing a fire truck hose reel are contained here. TC055 22
Buyer's Guide Occupant Protection Occupant protections systems are described in this guide to help determine the right specifications for new apparatus. TC057 22
Buyer's Guide Vehicle Camera Systems This guide is intended to provide fire service personnel with information about the various types of camera systems and recorders used on fire apparatus. TC061 23
Buyer's Guide Wheels The decision for aluminum or steel wheels for fire apparatus is typically a matter of load, dollars and aesthetics. When specifying a fire apparatus, wheel choice does have an impact on overall cost of the unit. TC063 22
Buyer's Guide Apparatus Mounted Winches This Buyers Guide provides general information that will help you select a winch for your fire rescue apparatus. TC034 17
Buyer's Guide Light Towers This guide will describe many different things that you should consider before you choose the tower that will work best for your department. The different features and options discussed may not be available from every manufacturer. TC060 24
Buyer's Guide Multiplex Electrical Systems This guide is intended to provide fire service personnel with information about the various types of multiplex systems and vehicle data recorders used on fire apparatus. TC045 34
Buyer's Guide Fire Apparatus Sirens The end user has many options when it comes to selecting the Siren system for their apparatus. The purpose of this guide is to help the user select a certified system consisting of an amplifier and a speaker. TC050 22
Buyer's Guide Warning Lights There are many choices to be made for Fire Truck Warning Lights when purchasing your new apparatus. The goal of this buyer’s guide is to help with those choices and make that decision-making process much easier. TC044 35
Buyer's Guide Batteries, Alternators, and Chargers The charging system is one of the most vital parts of any vehicle. The three main components of a Fire Apparatus charging system are the batteries, alternator, and charger. All three work in conjunction to keep the vehicle and its many systems operating correctly. When choosing a charging system all three components should be selected to insure that they will support each other properly. TC035 21
Buyer's Guide Apparatus Seating In a modern fire apparatus, seats provide an interface between the human firefighter and the mechanical vehicle. The seats need to provide support and positioning for the human body and must allow the firefighter to perform the required work, whether that is driving or some other task. Positioning must locate the human body in a place of safety with respect to any restraint system and the rest of the internal cab environment. TC036 21
Buyer's Guide Water Tanks This guide is intended to provide fire service personnel with information about the various types of mobile water and foam tanks, and the options that are available for fire apparatus. TC039 41
Buyer's Guide Specifying for Maintenance This guide is intended to provide fire service personal with information about various options that are available for fire apparatus and will assist in making good judgment selections with your apparatus. TC047 34
Buyer's Guide Rear Suspension Vehicle suspension systems are an important factor in the ride quality, stability, and ongoing maintenance of an apparatus. When developing specifications for the rear suspension on a fire apparatus, consideration should be given to handling, ride quality, chassis/equipment protection, initial cost, and total cost of ownership. TC049 25
Buyer's Guide Mobile Breathing Air Systems This guide will provide fire service personnel with information about the various types of Mobile Breathing Air Systems that are available for fire apparatus. TC053 14
Buyer's Guide Roll-Up Compartment Doors Compartment doors are an important part of each fire apparatus and there are many factors to consider when deciding the type of doors and the features that would be best for a department and a given application. TC054 25
Buyer's Guide Ladder & Equipment Racks As fire apparatus continue to increase in size, ladder and equipment mounts have increased in popularity, mounting to the side or roof of an apparatus and lowering equipment to a convenient height for safe retrieval. TC056 18
Buyer's Guide Equipment Mounting – Body This buyer’s guide looks at enhancing the performance of your department, while protecting tools and equipment by properly mounting them. This can be achieved by making tool mounting decisions earlier in the budget and truck planning processes. TC058 25
Buyer's Guide Body Access This buyer’s guide explains the various types of access options that are available for fire apparatus. TC059 20
Buyer's Guide HVAC This guide is intended to provide general information for fire service personnel on the topic of HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning) systems in an emergency vehicle. There are many types of HVAC systems available commercially and custom made for apparatus manufacturers. This guide will focus on systems with a main engine driven refrigerant compressor. TC064 9
FAMA Standards Fire Apparatus Common Safety Signs This catalog of safety signs addresses common fire apparatus hazards. While no manufacturer is required to use these signs, this resource can be used by those fire departments who wish to specify industry standard safety signs on their apparatus. TC010 14
FAMA Standards Graphical Symbols This document gives the fire and rescue community an option for labeling common controls with a graphical representation of their function. While FAMA apparatus and equipment manufacturers are not required to use these symbols, this resource can be used by those fire departments who wish to specify industry standard text-free control symbols on their apparatus. TC008 13
Fire Service Statistics NFPA Fire Service Needs Assessment This third Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey was conducted by NFPA in 2010 and follows two earlier surveys in 2001 and 2005. Needs are identified by comparing what departments have with what existing consensus standards, government regulations, and other nationally recognized guidance documents say they need to have in order to be safe and effective in conducting their many responsibilities. TC020 21
Fire Service Statistics Changes in Fire Apparatus – Now and in the future This presentation given to the Metro Chiefs conference in 2010 gives an overview of changes in the fire service and how apparatus are changing in response. TC019 29
Fire Service Statistics NFPA Fire Service Needs Assessment Overview This presentation provides an overview of the NFPA Third Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey Report. TC021 19
Legal Emergency Vehicle Size and Weight Regulation Guideline Fire apparatus are often larger and heavier than other trucks of their same class. This white paper explores the reasons behind the weight, and offers guidelines for truck size and weight regulating authorities. TC009 35
Legal Importance of Fire Apparatus New Technology -Gimme What you Got There are tens of thousands of out-dated fire apparatus on the road. This presentation is an informative discussion by trial lawyer Jim Juneau on the role of new technology in fire apparatus, and why it is important for departments to consider embracing the latest apparatus technology. TC017 26
Legal Safety Standards and Fire Apparatus – Selling the Standard This presentation can be used to educate fire department personnel, purchasing authorities, and government officials on the importance of NFPA standard compliance. TC015 21
NFPA NFPA Standards New Process Presentation NFPA has created an on-line system for submission of comments on standards. This presentation was given to FAMA members in April of 2013 to educate on the standards process and how to submit comments using the new system. TC022 15
Research Fire Fighter Size and Weight Study This study provides measurements of fire fighters in bunker gear. Primarily used by apparatus designers, this information may also be useful to fire departments planning for facilities that must be designed around the smallest and the largest fire fighter shapes, sizes, and weights. TC002 19
Research Fire Apparatus Duty Cycle Survey This report uses the results from fire chief surveys as well as actual fire apparatus engine data to estimate the average fire apparatus duty cycles in terms of road miles, engine hours, pump hours, and aerial hours. Results are subdivided by demographics and apparatus type. TC001 38
Research NIOSH Anthropometric Study These documents provide the results of a study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on firefighter size and weight measurements. TC032 14
Service Guide Diesel Engine DPF SCR Guidance Document This guide is intended to help fire service personnel understand the emissions systems on fire apparatus and to provide specific guidance on how to address emissions related concerns. The issues addressed will cover CUSTOM CHASSIS apparatus equipped with either Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) or Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) after treatment devices. TC011 22
Service Guide Diesel Engine Emissions Impact on Indoor Air Quality – 2007 As new diesel engines burn cleaner every year, some Chiefs wonder what impact the exhaust emissions have on air quality inside the station garage. This analytical study looks at the various tailpipe pollutants and suggests a method of answering this question. TC004 18
Specification Tools Fire Apparatus Equipment Weight and Cube Calculator Use this spreadsheet to track the equipment that you plan to store on your fire apparatus. Estimated weights and volumes are provided for typical pieces of equipment so that you can calculate the total weight of your equipment and determine the total compartment volume needed to store it all. Provide this information to your apparatus manufacturer so that you will be sure to purchase a truck that will hold all your equipment. TC018 59