By KYLE HALL

Kyle is the factory representative for Skeeter Brush Trucks.

Wildland fire apparatus design and production have changed drastically, as have all apparatus with the ever-advancing automobile industry. Over the span of the past few decades, the standard has moved from repurposed trucks to engineered, precision wildland fire apparatus. Today, members of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) are taking the lead to design and Continue reading

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By CORY HOHS

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.

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association’s (FAMA) core mission is to protect and advance the interests of the fire and emergency services community, a critical pillar of American safety and security. Every day in the United States firefighters, police officers, and other first responders navigate busy highways and roads to respond to car accidents, 911 calls, Continue reading

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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 a representative for FAMA on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, technical committee.

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving. The trucks of today are more powerful, more precise, and have more sophisticated electrical and mechanical systems than the trucks of years past. As trucks continue to evolve, the specification, purchasing, and maintenance processes do as well. It is important for agencies of any size to fully Continue reading

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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, 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 (FAMA) is committed to the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient fire apparatus and fire equipment. Its goal is to provide tools and information to promote fire apparatus safety. With that goal in mind, member companies have been learning about the process of creating a clean apparatus specification, also known Continue reading

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By JEFF VANMETER

Jeff is a product manager for pumps at Hale Products Inc. in Ocala, Florida. Van Meter has worked for Hale Products Inc. for 13 years where he started as a design engineer, moved to operations, and then sales before taking his position in product management.

Every year, thousands of fire department apparatus specifications are reviewed by Fire Apparatus Manufacturer’s Association (FAMA) member companies before they are used to produce fire apparatus. While items such as tire ratings, engine size, seating requirements, hose carrying capacities, etc., are often defined in minute detail, the working area of the apparatus (the pump operator’s Continue reading

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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 a representative for FAMA on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, technical committee.

Every fire department’s got one of them, or if they don’t, they know one of them: the person who knows every little model number and fact about every light fixture on the market.  They can state how many flashes per second, how many lumens, and what the year a specific fixture was released.  But, as Continue reading

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By ROGER LACKORE

Roger is the director of product development for REV Fire Group. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master of science degree in engineering management. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified safety professional with 34 years of experience designing heavy-duty military, commercial, and emergency response vehicles.

Growing up as a kid I suffered through several long vacation rides to Florida in the back of my father’s station wagon with all the windows rolled down. I was always jealous of the kids whose parents had the “fancy” cars with power windows and air conditioning. Air conditioning for fire trucks started when early Continue reading

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By ROGER LACKORE

Roger is the director of product development for REV Fire Group. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master of science degree in engineering management. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified safety professional with 34 years of experience designing heavy-duty military, commercial, and emergency response vehicles.

We at the Fire Apparatus Manufacturer’s Association (FAMA) stay intimately involved in the National Fire Protection (NFPA) standards process to make sure that new trends in NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, and NFPA 1906, Standard for Automotive Wildland Fire Apparatus, are both positive and practical. One of the current discussions involves complaints from Continue reading

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By DAVID DURSTINE

David is vice president of sales with IDEX Fire & Safety, whose brands include Akron Brass, Hale Products, and Class1 Electronics. He grew up in the fire service and has worked in the industry for more than 20 years. Durstine is a fourth-generation firefighter with the Apple Creek (OH) Volunteer Fire Department. He has served on the board of directors for the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) and has been actively involved with many National Fire Protection Association standards committees.

Has your department ever laid large-diameter hose down the freeway at 65 miles per hour (mph)? Have you ever dumped a crosslay onto the sidewalk while taking a corner? Well it happens, and it should be prevented! I can tell you first hand that it happens when you least expect it. My department, a small Continue reading

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By GREGG GESKE

Gregg is director, North American sales, at Waterous Company where he has worked for 29 years. He has been in the fire service for 32 years in Minnesota serving as a firefighter, engineer, and chief. He is involved in FAMA and is the co-chair of the membership committee and the co-chair of foam technical committee.

Members of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) are committed to enhancing the quality of the fire apparatus industry and emergency service community through the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient fire apparatus and equipment. As part of this goal, we are here to help fire departments select the apparatus and capabilities that will work Continue reading

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