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 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

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By PAUL C. DARLEY

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

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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

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By Wesley D. Chestnut

Wes is the product safety and compliance manager for Spartan Motors, Inc. He provides regulatory oversight for all of Spartan. He works closely with federal agencies and other associations to promote the safety of various types of motor vehicles.

Anyone involved in the emergency response service should be familiar with the standards that are promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Whether you are a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, a safety officer, a fire chief, or an emergency vehicle mechanic, NFPA standards have a significant effect on your job. What you may not realize is how simple it is for you to have an effect on the standards. Manufacturing representatives from the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) are involved in the development of relevant NFPA standards and encourage you to also get involved.

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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 an active participant to the NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, technical committee.

A seasoned executive from one of the leading fire apparatus manufacturers once said, “Fire apparatus are like snowflakes and fingerprints. They are all extremely unique, and even on sister trucks, no two are ever exactly identical.” These rigs often have more than 100,000 individual components on the trucks, and many of them are specifically called Continue reading

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By Steve Ward

Steve began his career with IMMI in 2008. He is an account manager specializing in emergency and utility vehicles with previous experience as a field sales and service representatives. Ward has 26 years of experience in account management and sales within commercial/emergency vehicle market.

Safety always starts with a simple click of the seat belt buckle. With the advent of active safety systems in passenger vehicles, such as collision warning, blind spot, and rollover technology and the transition of these new technologies into emergency vehicles, the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) continues to drive safety and new technology to Continue reading

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By Bob Albano

Bob is the Fire & Rescue Business Unit Sales Manager for Hendrickson. He has been in the industry for 11 years and focuses specifically on working with fire apparatus manufactures to ensure that Hendrickson products are designed to meet the demands of the Fire & Rescue market. He also has the responsibility of working with dealers, federal, state, and local departments nationwide to assure that the correct suspensions are specified to meet the unique needs of each department.

Air-ride suspensions have steadily increased in popularity in nearly all segments of the trucking industry. Approximately 75 percent of the trailers manufactured today and almost all highway tractors use air-ride suspensions.  Air has even proliferated into the specialty segments of the trucking industry. It is not uncommon to find air-ride suspensions on heavy-duty vehicles that Continue reading

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By Grady North

Grady has more than 40 years of experience in fire apparatus manufacturing. He served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years. He is a past president of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) and currently serves as chairman of the Meeting planning committee. Grady also serves as corporate director for the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA). He is currently a product manager at E-ONE.

It’s no secret that fire apparatus are becoming more multifunctional as budgets and personnel allocations decline—combining rescue trucks with pumpers (rescue-pumpers) or pumpers with aerials (quints). However, one area that is often overlooked is the increasing amount of equipment that is carried on the apparatus and the effect this has on vehicle weight. Additional Weight Continue reading

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By Roger Lackore

Roger is the vice president of product development for Smeal Fire Apparatus. 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.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) apparatus committee has published NFPA 1911, Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing,and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles (2017 ed.), which took effect in January. Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) member companies worked on the apparatus committee both as association members and as individual company representatives. While we all work Continue reading

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By Roger Lackore

Roger is the vice president of product Development for Smeal Fire Apparatus. He holds 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.

So many times in life we are forced to pick the “least of all evils.” So, it is nice when we at the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) can discuss a topic where you can choose the best from a list of “all goods.” This is the case when it comes to selecting an auxiliary Continue reading

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