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


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.


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


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


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