By Kaoma Massa & Bert McCutcheon

Kaoma Massa is the director of culture and customer service at HiViz Lighting, Inc., a lighting manufacturer and FAMA member company.

Bert McCutcheon is vice president / general manager of Ferrara Fire Apparatus. He began his fire service career in 1985 as a junior firefighter with the Central Fire Department outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he is the district chief and has served as a paid and a volunteer firefighter throughout his career. At the age of 17, he began his fire industry career working on the production floor for Ferrara Fire Apparatus.

The COVID pandemic has transitioned the multistep process of purchasing and building a firetruck and an ambulance–from preconstruction and factory visits, all the way through to final inspection and training–to a predominantly “live” and party-to-party experience to one that is almost completely virtual. This has been a challenge since most customers feel a need to Continue reading


By Cory Hohs

Cory is the CEO of HAAS Alert. In addition, Cory 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.

As new technologies continue to expand apparatus safety features, Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) member companies must stay informed and constantly adapt. Part of FAMA’s work is to ensure that new technologies are shared and explored with member companies so they can understand the opportunities, considerations, and potential value of new options as they emerge. Continue reading


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