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


By John Witt

John is president of the Safetek Profire group, which is Canada’s largest fire apparatus and emergency response vehicles sales organization and has been in the industry for more than 40 years.

Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) has been promoting firefighter ergonomics for decades through its own firefighter survey and in cooperation with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). One application of ergonomics in apparatus design involves the configuration of hose storage Continue reading


By John Wolf

John is a senior sales manager in Meritor’s Industrial Products business unit, serving specialty, off highway and defense markets.

A previous FAMA Forum article focused on air disc brake maintenance and the industry trend towards converting conventional drums to disc brake systems. This article will focus on the vehicles with conventional drum brake systems in service today and stress the importance of regular maintenance on these brake systems to ensure long-term safety and performance. Continue reading


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FAMA is committed to the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient emergency response vehicles and equipment. FAMA urges fire departments to evaluate the full range of safety features offered by its member companies.


By Scott Beecher

Scott is the 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, NFPA, THE ARFF Working Group, and several other organizations. He is a member of the FAMA Tech Committee, ARFF Committee, and Government Affairs Committee.

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association’s (FAMA) goal is to provide tools and information to promote fire apparatus safety. Safety begins at the firehouse and must extend to every fireground and emergency medical services call. Clean cab design and enhanced field decontamination procedures are two examples of how the fire service is evolving to reduce the Continue reading


By Doug Kelley

Doug is an engineer with the REV Fire Group. He has been involved with FAMA for almost 25 years.

Of the thousands of fire apparatus purchased in North America each year, about 30 to 40 percent are mounted on a commercial chassis. “Commercial chassis” is simply the U.S. fire apparatus industry’s—and the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association’s (FAMA’s)—term to describe any truck chassis not specifically designed for emergency service use, e.g. Ford, Navistar, Freightliner, Mack, Continue reading


By Danny Ascencio-Hall

Danny is the business manager for the emergency and specialty vehicle division of Power Products, a global supplier of electrical parts and systems to the marine and transportation industries and an active member of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association.

Lithium ion batteries have entrenched themselves in our everyday lives. From cell phones to laptops to cameras to passenger vehicles, lithium ion batteries have transitioned from “future technology” to technology of today. Lithium ion technology has significantly evolved in the last decade and is now a viable option on fire apparatus. Before we get into Continue reading


By James Stopa

James works in product management for Whelen Engineering Company, Inc., where he has been employed since 1975. He managed the electronic design team creating emergency warning products and is credited with 18 patents. He is now responsible for safety products for the fire and EMS markets at Whelen.

Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) member companies are dedicated to producing safety products that automate processes used in the industry that truly simplify and create a safer working environment. FAMA, the Fire Department Safety Officers Association, and other safety associations have been promoting more and more seminars at their conferences, teaching the science of automation Continue reading


By Jason Darley

Jason Darley is the North American Sales Manager for the Darley company and has been with the Darley company for 13 years. Throughout Jason’s career at Darley he has participated in FAMA Technical committees’ Pumps and Plumbing subcommittee, is a member of the NFPA 1901, 1906, 1911, & 1912 committees, and current Chair of FAMA’s Marketing Committee.

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) is a safety-driven organization. FAMA companies and their members make end-user-driven contributions through multiple industry channels. Development of complimentary FAMA Buyer’s Guides, participation of its members on the FAMA technical committees, which make recommendations to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards councils; educational outreach of FAMA member companies partnering Continue reading