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


By Peter Darley

Peter has been involved in the fire industry and worked at the Darley Company since 1978. He helps oversee business operations, business development, and innovation at Darley. He serves as a voting technical committee member on various committees of the National Fire Protection Association. Darley has served as the president and as the chairman of the Technical Committee of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association and has been a speaker/presenter expert at many fire and emergency service industry schools and events.

The first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, for use in the fire service was introduced at the 2011 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International in Indianapolis. Thousands of drones have been sold to first responder agencies since then. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), “Public safety agencies’ (PSAs) use of UAVs has grown Continue reading


By Roger Lackore, Eric Linsmeier, and Brad Weisz


Roger Lackore, PE, CSP, is the director of product development for REV Fire Group Engineering.


Eric Linsmeier is business unit director–Electrical & Software Technology for Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation Company.


Brad Weisz is the lead developer for Idle Reduction Technologies at Rosenbauer South Dakota, LLC.

Those of us who have been around for a while remember the days when a semi-tractor would idle all night long at the truck stop, keeping the cab warm for the driver as he slept. Fuel was cheap, and the diesel engine could idle happily forever. All this changed in 2007 with the introduction of Continue reading


By Sam Massa

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 representative of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association. He is a member of the NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus Technical Committee.

Calling all firefighters, industry experts, and apparatus manufacturers! Have you ever worked on the spec for a fire truck and bumped up against something in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that limited or expanded the scope of your project? Have you ever wished there were some way you could “change the rules” to allow Continue reading


By Scott Beecher, Sam Massa, Jeremy Tucker, Jason Witmier


Scott Beecher is president and owner of Ward Diesel Filter Systems, a manufacturer of vehicle-mounted exhaust removal solutions. He is involved with several committees with the IAFC- VCOS; Lavender Ribbon Report; NFPA; the ARFF Working Group; and several other organizations. He is a member of the FAMA Tech Committee, ARFF Committee, and Government Affairs Committee.

Sam Massa is the president of, and chief technologist for, HiViz LED Lighting, a manufacturer of specialty lighting equipment with a primary focus on the fire and emergency services market. He is a North Carolina firefighter and an emergency medical technician. He is the electrical task group chairman for and represents FAMA on the National Fire Protection Association 1900 technical committee.

Jeremy Tucker is an engineer with Code 3 and has been with ECCO Safety Group (ESG) for 17 years. He leads the testing team at ESG and is active with SAE committees, the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute, the National Fire Protection Association, and FAMA.

Jason Witmier is director of Valor Sales for United Safety & Survivability Corporation, a manufacturer of emergency vehicle seating, air-treatment systems, and other safety devices. He is a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania and a Pennsylvania State Fire Instructor. He has been working in the emergency vehicle industry for more than 25 years, in positions in apparatus design as well as various component sales.


The buzz in the industry has been “clean cab initiatives” and ways to reduce carcinogens and contaminants that promote bacteriological and virological disease in fire apparatus and ambulances. As more fire departments have been called to assist on medical responses during the raging COVID-19 virus pandemic, biosafety in emergency vehicles has become as serious a Continue reading


By Doug Miller

Doug is the co-chair of the FAMA Technical Committee. He also served many years as chair of the FAMA Pump and Plumbing Technical Subcommittee. He joined the fire service in 1975 and is a life member of Center Township (IN) Fire Rescue, after serving 35plus years as an active member from probie to chief positions. He is on the apparatus specification committee. Miller works for Task Force Tips LLC in Valparaiso, Indiana, and has served in many capacities over his 30-year career.

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) is comprised of fire apparatus manufacturers and apparatus component manufacturers continually striving to build safer apparatus for our mutual customers, the fire and emergency services heroes. FAMA promotes safety and education for our first responders through many avenues. As technology continues to evolve and new threats to the safety Continue reading


By Kaoma Massa & Bert McCutcheon

Kaoma Massa is the director of culture and customer service at HiViz Lighting, Inc., a lighting manufacturer and FAMA member company.

Bert McCutcheon is vice president / general manager of Ferrara Fire Apparatus. He began his fire service career in 1985 as a junior firefighter with the Central Fire Department outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he is the district chief and has served as a paid and a volunteer firefighter throughout his career. At the age of 17, he began his fire industry career working on the production floor for Ferrara Fire Apparatus.

The COVID pandemic has transitioned the multistep process of purchasing and building a firetruck and an ambulance–from preconstruction and factory visits, all the way through to final inspection and training–to a predominantly “live” and party-to-party experience to one that is almost completely virtual. This has been a challenge since most customers feel a need to Continue reading


By Cory Hohs

Cory is the CEO of HAAS Alert. In addition, Cory is a principal on NFPA 950, NFPA 951, and NFPA 414 and an active contributor to NFPA 1901. He is on FAMA and IAFC technical committees and presents on connected vehicle communications and public safety.

As new technologies continue to expand apparatus safety features, Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) member companies must stay informed and constantly adapt. Part of FAMA’s work is to ensure that new technologies are shared and explored with member companies so they can understand the opportunities, considerations, and potential value of new options as they emerge. Continue reading


By Andrew Lingel

Andrew is president at United Plastic Fabricating and was the president of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association in 2020.

Each year, along with Fall comes the cold and flu season and for 2020 specifically a second wave of COVID-19. It is always difficult to project the future for the fire service, but we can reflect on the past to help give us some clues. The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) has been collecting data Continue reading


By Sam Massa

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 the current electrical task group chairman and represents FAMA on the NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, technical committee.

There’s a whole lot more to marker lights than you might think! Here are some key points to consider. The topic may seem trivial, but those five little amber lights on the front of your apparatus cab are extremely important. Coupled with the other marker lights on your apparatus, they’re designed to keep you and Continue reading