By Chris Crowel

Chris has been the Cummins RV and emergency vehicle engine business leader for the past eight years. Previously, he served for 25 years as a Cummins customer support specialist. He also chairs the FAMA Chassis subcommittee.

Fire apparatus designers have been challenged with adapting to new engine emissions regulations every three to five years since 1991. These regulations took a major step in 2010 when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions regulations forced a reduction in oxides of nitrogen (NOx). To achieve these lower NOx levels, diesel engine manufacturers had to Continue reading


By Jason S. Darley, Mark Fusco, Gregg Geske, Jeff Van Meter

Jason S. Darley is sales manager for North America for W. S. Darley & Company.

Mark Fusco is vice president of sales & marketing for Rosenbauer America, LLC.

Gregg Geske is director of sales and marketing for WATEROUS – Pumps, Foam & CAFS.

Jeff Van Meter is director product management–NA Pumps and SAM, IDEX Fire Suppression Group, Hale / Godiva / Class 1 Brands.

The most significant alterations and modifications of the centrifugal water pumps used in the fire service in the past 10 to 15 years were implemented to accommodate the envelope size of the pump necessitated by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiatives. Other revisions were associated with automation and electrification. Fire departments, during this time, have continued Continue reading


By Roger Lackore

Roger is Senior Director of Product Development for E-ONE and other REV Fire Group brands.

The Advanced Clean Transportation Expo takes place in Long Beach California each year and is the main event highlighting emerging alternate fuels technology in medium and heavy trucks. It is an opportunity for truck builders like Paccar, Navistar, Volvo, Freightliner, and a host of specialty vehicle and component manufacturers to highlight progress in the clean Continue reading


By Steve Rowland and Cory Hohs

Steve Rowland is the electronics integration manager for IDEX Fire and Safety (parent company of FAMA members Hale Products and Akron Brass Company). Serving early in his career as a firefighter and EMT, he has worked with several top-tier OEMs and OEM suppliers over a 25-year career in public safety. He currently manages the ambulance OEMs for IDEX as well as contributing within the Captium and Multiplexing portfolios. Rowland chairs the FAMA Ambulance Technical Sub-committee and also serves as a principal member on both the NFPA 1917 Ambulance Standard and the NFPA 450 Fire-Based EMS Standard.

CORY HOHS is the CEO of HAAS Alert. He 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.


For those of us old enough to remember, in the mid-1970s the phrase “The Information Age” was coined. For the first time in our lives, because of the rolling out of cable television, the Telex machine (precursor to the fax machine), the mobile telephone, and eventually the internet and the affordable personal computer, society no Continue reading


By Jason Darley

Jason is North American sales manager for the Darley company. He has been with the Darley company since 2008 and represents Darley’s Pump Division products as well as its Fire Equipment Division, Odin Foam Division, and Technology Division products alongside a team of regionally based sales managers throughout North America and several divisional product experts within the Darley company’s Fire and Emergency focused Divisions. He also contributes to the industry through service on NFPA 1900 committees and the FAMA Board of Directors as a Director at Large–components and as a FAMA Technical Committee member.

Over the past four decades, natural disasters have been on a significant rise–wildland fires, including significant wildland urban interface (WUI) events; hurricanes; earthquakes; flooding; tornadoes; and other natural events such as mudslides (many resulting from past wildland fires). The trend here supported by data outlined in this article is a fact that has been apparent Continue reading


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