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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Feb
2019
By Chad Falls

Chad is the director of sales for APR Plastic Fabricating Inc. He has been with APR for 16 years. He has been a part of the FAMA organization for over six years.

More than 30 years ago, fire truck manufacturers started using plastic for their water tanks. With that being said, I am going to walk you through the history and evolution of plastic water tanks in fire apparatus from my perspective. Along the way, I’ll explain why it is important not only to buy trucks and Continue reading

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By Doug Miller

Doug is the co-chair of the FAMA Technical Committee and served as the Pump and Plumbing subcommittee chair for more than 10 years. He has more than 27 years with Task Force Tips, with more than 20 years as OEM Account Manager. He has served for more than 30 years as an active member of Center Township (IN) Fire Rescue. He has written articles for fire service magazines and presented various apparatus-related topics at national and international forums.

Member companies of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) have created many useful resources for the fire service in recent years relating to safe fire apparatus. Areas that have seen an influx of informative materials are the buyer’s guides created by members of the FAMA Technical Committee and its subcommittees. Technology integration has been at Continue reading

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By Zac Soderberg

Zac has been involved with the emergency rescue markets for over 20 years. Having started his career with Spartan Motors in 1991, he has gone on to hold leadership positions within the Customer Service and Sales groups – working on both ends of the customer spectrum during that duration. Today Zac is part of the Spartan Motors Product Development Team acting as the Director of ER Chassis Product Management.

Zac is married with two adult sons in college and in his spare time enjoys entrepreneur activates and is an avid boater. Zac is excited get more involved within the fire service supporting organizations and looks forward to assisting in advancing products to better serve our industry.

Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) members have been working to lessen the impact of corrosion on apparatus, and we are not alone! The costs and impacts of corrosion are felt in all vocations. A joint report issued by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and NACE (a leading authority on education and training on corrosion) estimates the cost of corrosion to be a staggering $276 billion issue, and upward of $29 billion of that is in the transportation segments. So, are we alone in the fire service? That answer is no! However, we are special as it relates to the use and expectation of long service life expectancy. We have a long road ahead us, and the risks are high if we don’t manage and work toward preventive measures as they relate to corrosion and its negative effects on our equipment.

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