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


By John Schultz

John is the business unit director, pumper products, for Pierce Manufacturing. He has been a part of the Pierce organization for 16 years and a contributor to the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association for nine years.

Like many industries, technology has made a significant impact on fire truck design and manufacturing, including the selection of apparatus color and graphics. The advancements and resources developed by the dedicated members of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) have helped put the most technologically advanced, functional, and safe fire apparatus and equipment into service Continue reading



Cory is the CEO of HAAS Alert, a company that delivers awareness of responding emergency vehicles and other municipal fleets to connected and autonomous cars, so motorists and vehicles make safer, smarter driving decisions. He is a principal on National Fire Protection Association 950, Standard for Data Development and Exchange for the Fire Service, a Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association member representative, and presents on the topics of connected vehicle communications and safety solutions across the country.

Emergency responders and public safety agencies are uniquely impacted by the advent of new technologies and trends in transportation, communication, and city management. While other industries and markets can transform or disappear as new technologies emerge, emergency responders must continuously adapt their practices, tools, and protocols to remain effective to the communities they serve. The Continue reading