By Tom Reser

Tom is owner of Fire Lion Global and has been involved in the foam pump and foam industry since 1988.


As foam concentrate technology marches forward toward more environmentally friendly products, more and more discussions are taking place involving what to expect from an equipment and foam perspective related to changing over to new foams. While there are changes coming to improve our environmental responsibility, manufacturers are working hard to ensure that the best products are put in the hands of industry emergency response personnel worldwide. When we say “best products,” we mean systems that include both the foam concentrate AND the equipment components to mix the foam with the water and then add the air and agitation necessary to generate foam qualities suitable for extinguishment.


By Scott Beecher

Scott is president and owner of Ward Diesel Filter Systems.

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) is committed to the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient fire apparatus and fire equipment. Its goal is to provide tools and information to promote fire apparatus safety. With that goal in mind, member companies have been learning about the need to better protect firefighters from exposure to contaminants Continue reading


By Cory Haas

Cory is the CEO of HAAS Alert, a vehicle-to-vehicle communication service. He is a Principal on NFPA 950, Standard for Data Development and Exchange for the Fire Service, a Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) member representative and presents on the topics of connected vehicle communications and safety solutions across the country.

When the call for emergency responders rings, the women and men who jump into action know there may be danger at the scene. But, the highest potential for danger actually occurs on the way to the call through collisions with motorists on the road. In fact, collisions are a leading cause of injury and death to emergency personnel.

The topic of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), or Responder-to-Vehicle (R2V) communication for emergency responders, continues to rise. To advance and protect the interests of the fire and emergency services community, we look to the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) to help facilitate healthy dialogue of such important and emerging safety topics. This article provides a general overview of R2V technology, why it’s important, and why solutions today simply aren’t doing enough.


By Gregg Geske

Gregg is director, North American sales at Waterous Company where he has worked for 28 years. He has been in the fire service for 31 years in Minnesota, serving as a firefighter, engineer, and chief. He is involved in FAMA and is the chair of the membership committee and the foam technical committee.

Members of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) are experts at building big trucks with big horsepower and big water flow. These capabilities are exactly what the fire service needs for putting out big fires. It is not, however, what you either need or want for testing hose, nozzles, and couplings.


By Roger Lackore

Roger is the director of product development for Spartan Emergency Response. He has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master of science degree in engineering management. He is licensed as a professional engineer and a certified safety professional with 32 years of experience in the heavy vehicle industry.

While the primary focus of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) involves fire suppression and rescue products, several of our FAMA member companies also support the industry with emergency medical service (EMS) vehicles. FAMA members continue to be involved in ambulance standards committee work, and we all are interested in those safety technologies that can Continue reading


By Chris Crowel

Chris leads the emergency vehicle market for Cummins Inc. He has been involved in the global sales, service, and support of Cummins products for more than 30 years and currently serves on the FAMA technical and chassis committees.

Experience is a good teacher until technology changes. With recent advances in chemistry and engine technology, things can get pretty confusing. There are also some common misconceptions that can lead to expensive repairs. You invested in the latest technology for your apparatus—it might be time to review the more common engine maintenance oversights. Fire Apparatus Continue reading


By Grady North

GRADY  is a product manager for E-ONE responsible for product development of municipal pumpers, tankers, and industrial trucks. He has more than 40 years of experience in the firefighting industry, having served as a volunteer firefighter for the Boone County FPD, Columbia, Missouri, and the Freeburg (IL) Volunteer Fire Department where he joined the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Beginning with the 1991 edition of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, safety has been a focus for apparatus design. Over the years, the NFPA addressed many of the issues facing the industry. A number of Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) member companies sit on the NFPA 1901 committee and Continue reading



Sam is the president and chief technologist for HiViz LED Lighting, a manufacturer of specialty scene lighting equipment with a primary focus on the fire and emergency services market. He is a North Carolina firefighter, an emergency medical technician, and a community contributor/active participant who provided public comments from the scene lighting industry to the NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, technical committee during the 2016 revision process.

Not all firetrucks need a pump. Not all trucks need a ladder. But, one thing every fire apparatus needs is a set of headlights. In the United States, virtually every area of the fire apparatus has been enhanced, improved, and given significant funding by spec committees to improve the safety of the crews. In an Continue reading



Paul is chairman, CEO, and president of W.S. Darley & Co. He is a past president of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) and served on the board of directors of the Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA). He has visited fire services in more than 80 countries. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from Marquette University and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is the author of the book Sold!, which was released in November 2017.

For many years, numerous speakers at virtually every major fire service gathering have focused on data and data analytics. Interpreting and using data have become routine in fire service management. Decisions on a wide range of critical issues such as funding, apparatus purchases, station placement, and staffing are backed and validated using data obtained from Continue reading


By Eric Combs

Eric has 15 years of experience supplying product to the fire service worldwide. He has been a member of FAMA for five years. He began his career as a design engineer for Elkhart Brass where he was named on 11 issued patents. Currently, Combs is vice President of product management for Safe Fleet Emergency & Industrial Division, which includes FRC, Elkhart Brass, FoamPro, and R.O.M.

Fire departments worldwide are rapidly embracing the use of video on their fire apparatus to increase safety and security. Video and recording technology is quickly evolving from basic backup cameras to multicamera video systems that provide operators greater visibility and high-tech recording and that deliver much more than the video. Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) Continue reading