By Roger Lackore

Roger is senior director, product development, for the REV Fire Group.

On January 1, 2024, a new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard will go into effect for fire apparatus contracted from that date forward. The new standard will combine NFPA Continue reading


By Mary Jane Dittmar

Mary is a consultant and freelance author, previously was senior assistant editor of Fire Engineering and editor of Health Foods Business. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in communications.

The global supply chain has taken a strong hit from the Covid 19 pandemic, and it is undergoing what may be termed “The Long COVID Syndrome.” Some economists are suggesting Continue reading


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Continue reading