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FAMA - Answering the Call

Summer 2010 Issue

A Publication of Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association, Inc.


President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Welcome New Members . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2010 Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 “Come Together”/”Building Partnerships” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Member Participation/   Membership Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Key West “Key Notes” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fall Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 FAMA Technical Committee . . . . . . . . . 8 FDIC Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 NFFF Vulnerability Assessment   Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 GAC and CGC News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 CFSI Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Member News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . Back Cover

Stoking the Fire Together

|| President’s Message – by Peter Darley

“Stoking the Fire”


hink of the fire and emergency market as a fire that needs constant stoking. While FAMA members are in the business of providing equipment that put out fires, we are also responsible to do our best to keep the right things stirred up and fed in our industry with the right amount and type of fuel. Those of you who attended our spring FAMA meeting may remember the opening night at the pier when out of nowhere, a bad storm came in and it started raining like there was no tomorrow. I was talking with Jeff Resch at the time and he said to me – “Hey Peter, just remember, anyone can be president when the sun is shining.” Certainly these were words of wisdom coming from a wise guy. We all know that 2010 is a tough year as our customers are struggling more than ever with budgets and resources. The bad weather won’t last forever. Our markets will improve but also some things will change. We all need to remember that while keeping a fire stoked in lousy weather can be difficult, that it is also the most important time to keep the fire going. March through May were busy times for FAMA. We jumped from the spring meeting into our tech meeting at the FDIC and then off to Washington for Hill Day and the CFSI event. This year’s CFSI theme was “Making the Right Decisions.” FAMA members attended in force and were there to reinforce this same message because as stated by Bill Webb, “We have to work together to make the right decisions……decisions that will enhance the readiness and response capabilities of our nation’s firefighters and rescue personnel.” Our message on the Hill in support of making the right decisions was pretty simple. First responders are doing more than ever with less than ever. Things are getting worse and the time is now to restore funding for the firefighter grants equipment programs. It is a tough time to be asking for more and our GAC leaders are not sure now what will happen. But we know that if we don’t do anything, there is a good chance that funding and attention for the fire service will get worse before it gets better. FAMA has a lot of irons in the fire. We do a lot and we have a lot ahead of us to do. Our work is respected. I want to thank everyone who has made and are making decisions and taking action to help with keeping the fire going. So my hat is off to: • The FAMA Board, our Committee Chairs and our Administrative Assistant • All those who helped with the Spring Meeting • Our Technical Sub-Committee Chairs and those who made the spring technical meeting a success • All those who attended our Hill Day event in Washington and to our GAC leadership who made our work out there pretty easy • Those Companies and Individuals who are sponsoring or involved in Home Day Events at the state level • Our friends at Fire Engineering for a recent check in the amount of $20,000 to support further GAC and public relations efforts • Our alliance and other constituent partners Thanks, and see you in Chicago for the FAMA Technical Committee meeting and the Fire-Rescue International.


Paul Carpenter, VP of Sales 43 Summer Street South Walpole, MA 02071 (508) 850-5260 Assembler of permanently attached apparatus components (adapters, foam educators, nozzles, LDH appliances)

Hansen International, Inc.

John Seehof, President 130 Zenker Road Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 695-1500 Manufacturer of flush-mounted handles, door latching systems, roll-up doors, grab handles, trim hardware, sun visors, and interior components for fire apparatus and ambulances

Levasseur Fire Equipments

Jean Levasseur, Pesident 38 Ste-Anne Street St-Francois du Lac, GA J0G1M0 Canada (450) 568-2505 Manufacturer of fire apparatus, rescue vehicles, and permanently attached components

Warn Industries

Steve Stein, Director/Industrial Sales 12900 S.E. Capps Road Clackamas, OR 97015 (503) 7232-1200 Manufacturer of winches for fire apparatus

FAMA’s New Look Previewed at the FDIC was FAMA’s booth display featuring new graphics and slogan designed by our ever-talented FAMA Marketing Committee – Phil Gerace (Chair), John Lund (Vice Chair), Steve Cole, Dave Durstine, Drew Sutphen, and John Weber. The same graphic was illustrated on 8’ banners that lined the Maryland Street lobby throughout the FDIC show. “Great Job!”


Summer 2010

|| “COME TOGETHER, RIGHT NOW …” – by Jennifer Altfield-Schlett


n President Darley’s message, he talked about “stoking the fire.” Building on that theme, what better way to accomplish this than by coming together. And what does that mean for FAMA? In today’s times, it is vital to keep things fresh. Businesses are constantly changing, and a great way of keeping things fresh is by building and expanding upon relationships, and working with other organizations. As in personal relationships, communication is key; that holds true for organizations as well. The sharing of ideas and networking are crucial elements of making an organization, like FAMA, stronger. The FAMA/FEMSA Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) and its sister group Canadian Governmental Committee (CGC), have worked tirelessly over the last several years on outreach programs. Through their efforts, and with the help of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), FAMA and FEMSA have built strong ties with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), International Code Council (ICC), National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC),

among others. Together these organizations have a respected and united voice for the fire and emergency services industry on Capitol Hill and other venues of significance, representing the interests of first responders. Through good exchange and open communications, FAMA continues to develop great relationships with trade show managers and industry media groups. FAMA has a unique partnership with Fire Engineering and the FDIC. Sponsorship of spring meetings, governmental affairs/public relations support, and publication of the “Flyer”, are just a few ways in which Fire Engineering/FDIC is engaged with FAMA, ultimately to better serve our nation’s first responders. Likewise, organizers of Fire Chief, Firehouse, FireRescue and Fire-Rescue International have openly offered their assistance to FAMA through their print or electronic media and expositions in appreciation to FAMA members and others who support their efforts. FAMA’s standing committees and those who serve them are the backbone of this organization. FAMA members continue to stoke the fire and help FAMA grow through participation at spring and fall membership and technical meetings. Leaders of the bylaws, education, GAC, internet, long range planning, marketing, meeting planning, membership, nominating, statistics, technical, and trade shows advisory committees, along with members who serve on those committees, share great wisdom and expertise with fellow members who combined advance the mission and objectives of the association. A surefire way of stoking the fire is to continue internal and external networking. Let us not forget our mission: To enhance the quality of the emergency service community.


Sr. Director-at-Large

Bruce Whitehouse AMDOR, Inc. Tel: (905) 333-6745 Email: Board Liaison to: Membership


Peter Darley W.S. Darley & Company Tel: (708) 345-8050 Email: Board Liaison to: Technical, Trade Show Advisory

Jr. Director-at-Large

Jan Polka Realwheels Corporation Inc. Tel: (847) 662-7722 Email: Board Liaison to: Education

Vice President

Grady North Crash Rescue Equipment Service, Inc. Tel: (469) 484-4321 Email: Board Liaison to: Bylaws, Meeting Planning

FAMA Professional Resources:


Greg Kozey Kochek Company, Inc. Tel: (860) 963-3377 Email: Board Liaison to: GAC, Statistics



David Gatton Tel: (202) 957-6530 Email:

Karen Burnham Tel: (781) 334-2911 Email:

Governmental Affairs Consultant

Harold Boer Rosenbauer America, LLC Tel: (605) 543-5591 Email: Board Liaison to: Internet, Marketing

Legal Counsel

Past President

John E. Sztykiel Spartan Motors, Inc. Tel: (517) 543-6400 Email: Board Liaison to: Long Range Planning, Nominating

Summer 2010

Jim Juneau Tel: (972) 523-1011 Email:

Travel Planner

Bob Grimaldi Tel: (904) 495-5055 Email:

Website Services

Simon & Gabe Steinbach Tel: (314) 504-0945 Email: simon@windmillhill and gabe@


|| 10 GREAT REASONS TO JOIN FAMA 1. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS FAMA member companies total over 115 strong. On issues that are important to the fire service and its suppliers, the organization is able to provide a strong voice within the industry that a single supplier might not be able to accomplish independently.

involvement with NFPA, FAMA members also integrate with and support the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), the Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA), and other fire service-related organizations.



The GAC helps both FAMA and FEMSA (Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association) establish and maintain our reputations as leaders and strategic partners with governmental entities as it relates to Emergency Services, Fire Apparatus, and Homeland Security. Through the GAC, member companies receive regular communications about important legislation that relates to them.

As a member of FAMA, you will get a chance to add your input to the release of the “Fire Apparatus Improvement White Paper.” This report is intended to serve as a resource for fire service administrators who are considering replacement of outdated or obsolete fire protection equipment, or who are in the process of purchasing new equipment.

About FAMA

3. INDUSTRY STATISTICS FAMA is the ONLY source for accurate fire service statistics provided quarterly and summarized at year end. Only FAMA members are privy to these reports since they are not released to the public. Members find this research invaluable for their internal business purposes regarding apparatus purchases by state, by product category, pump type and more!

4. TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Through subcommittees, members work with numerous industry experts in recommending safe, practical solutions that assist the NFPA in the formation of standards. In addition, members receive the latest information about new products, technologies and standards.

5. NETWORKING FAMA’s spring and fall meetings provide a great environment to meet with key members of the fire industry. The meetings also keep members up to date with new information, allow for group formulation of organizational goals, and provide a forum to share information important to the membership.

6. COMPREHENSIVE WEBSITE The FAMA website has become a central hub for members providing a full member listing with contact information, a full resource library, the FAMA calendar, and a Members’ Only section.

7. COMMUNICATIONS FAMA communicates with its members on a regular basis via emails, its website and an extensive FAMA newsletter that covers topics important to the fire service industry.

8. COMMUNITY SERVICE FAMA gives back to individuals in the fire industry in the form of scholarships and grants. FAMA also makes grant money available to fire administrators, emergency service personnel, high school or college students, industry personnel, and association members for funding in support of industry enrichment projects.

9. INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS As well as serving North American fire service communities through its


The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) is committed to enhancing the quality of the emergency service community through the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient emergency response vehicles and equipment. FAMA is a not-for-profit trade association. Its overall goal is to improve business conditions and to advance and protect the interests of the fire and emergency services industry through the use of effective, open communication. To accomplish this, FAMA members work closely with national and international organizations within the fire service and fire industry. Members assist in the development of objectives for improving fire apparatus and equipment as well as fostering the highest possible industry standards. FAMA also supports realistic and attainable standards in industry-related legislation and regulations. By networking within and outside the industry, FAMA has established an excellent working relationship with many government agencies. Members speak at seminars across the nation and have provided information at congressional and government hearings to support improved regulations related to the fire service and the safety of fire fighters. While FAMA does not directly determine any standards, members serve on many committees of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and actively participate in the development of NFPA standards that apply to fire apparatus and equipment. By working with the NFPA, FAMA members assist in the research and development of performance-based standards related to the manufacture of fire apparatus and equipment. Guided by member-approved bylaws, Membership in FAMA shall be open to those otherwise qualified business entities that, during the preceding 12 month period, using its own employees at its facilities located in the United States or Canada, have manufactured for commercial resale any of the following products (A) fire fighting or fire protection apparatus, including rescue (Special Service) vehicles that could complement said apparatus; (B) components or products which are later incorporated by the fire apparatus manufacturer as a permanent part of the completed fire apparatus; or (C) products specifically designed for fire service applications that are affixed to, or carried upon, the fire apparatus for use in conjunction with the fire apparatus in performing its fire fighting function. Examples of such products would include, without limitation, chassis, fire pumps, fire hoses, hose reels, ladders, aerial devices, apparatus valves and other water control appliances. For purposes of this section, the term “manufacture” means the construction or fabrication of a qualifying product from raw materials, or the assembly of a qualifying product using parts, components or sub-assemblies that are supplied by others.

Apply for FAMA membership on-line at, or request a membership packet through the association office at

Summer 2010


|| 2010 FAMA Awards

Highlights of Spring Business Meeting

The spring meeting awards banquet acknowledges members who have given of their time and talents in extraordinary fashion. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients:

- by Grady North and John Swanson

Good Egg: Mike Power


he 2010 Spring Meeting was well attended with over 50 member companies represented by 77 members and over 50 guests. Here are some highlights from the business meeting:

• Recognition of spring meeting corporate sponsor – Fire Engineering Magazine. Eric Schlett provided some insight to the upcoming FDIC show and a new survey the magazine is sponsoring. FAMA and Fire Engineering announced a new 3-year contract for the continued sponsorship of the spring meeting. • Committee reports included ➢ a new demographic survey by the GAC of member companies and employees ➢ a new spring meeting date for 2011 (March 11-16) in San Juan, Puerto Rico – due to date changes for the 2011 FDIC ➢ slides of the new FAMA web site from the Internet Committee ➢ Statistics provided complementary historical reports to all member companies present and noted that they will be collecting selling price information for future reports ➢ a report on the new NFPA 1917 ambulance committee ➢ an in depth review by the Membership Committee on potential new members and their impact on FAMA ➢ Long Range Planning provided some talking points for the “open mic” session ➢ Dave Durstine provided a review of the 2010 initiatives of the Technical Committee including a new ambulance sub-committee ➢ Dave Reid of the Education Committee presented the results of the 2009/2010 FAMA Survey of Fire Chiefs along with analysis of the data followed by a discussion of a “to do” list for members and suggestions to improve the 2010/2011 survey. • The keynote speaker, Bruce Carter, presented “Customers for Life”. The program provided useful strategies for keeping customers coming back year-after-year by sharing the 15 characteristics and qualities today’s buyers demand from their customer service providers. A handout outlined crucial concepts and service attitude tips. • Time was set aside for Table-to-Table breakout session with FAMA committee chairs moderating topics such as GAC/Hill Day, Trade show, Technical, Membership, Meeting Planning and Education as well as Legal with Jim Juneau and FDIC 2011 update with Eric Schlett. This was an excellent way for members to get involved with committee activity. • An “open mic” session provided a lively discussion of the Long Range Planning topics and provided the committee with valuable feed-back for the future direction of FAMA.

Best Dressed: Sherri Polka

Tube Steak: David Reid Goodwill Ambassador: Marty Suche (center) with past recipients Marty Albright (l) and Diane Resch (r)

Star Achiever: Paul Darley (3rd from left) with past recipients Phil Schwab, Jerry Halpin, John Sztykiel, Dan Peters, and Al Burnham

There is not enough room in this article or this newsletter to mention all exchanges of information that took place at the spring meeting – you had to be there. If you missed the spring meeting, be sure to register for the fall meeting in San Antonio to benefit from the networking and information you can’t get anywhere else.

|| 4th Annual “Old Timers” Lunch Acknowledging “seasoned” members of FAMA, past and present, Phil and Ann Schwab hosted the 4th annual “Old Timers” lunch in Key West on Sunday, March 21st. Attendance was a bit lighter than in past years due to some health issues, but it was wonderful to reunite with several “retirees” who traveled to enjoy an afternoon of reunion and re-acquaintance. “Old Timers” were invited back to the host hotel by President Darley to enjoy the afternoon hospitality as well as the Ann & Phil Schwab evening reception.

Summer 2010



Please enjoy this fine collection of photos from the Key West spring meeting thanks to FAMA memberphotographers Larry Dodson, Sandra Vandersee, and Joe Lingel.

The success of the Key West meeting is credited in large part to meeting sponsors.

Their generosity reduces meeting fees for all and enhances events that bring FAMA members together for an educational and enjoyable networking experience. Sincere thanks to ... Corporate Meeting Sponsor ... Fire Engineering/FDIC Coffee Break Sponsors ... Cummins and W.S. Darley & Co. Business Speaker Sponsor ... Spartan Motors & Chassis Banquet Open Bar & Souvenir Cups Sponsor ... United Plastic Fabricating


Tech Group Studying Graphical Symbols Volume 1 z Number 2

Roger Lackore (Pierce Manufacturing) is working on a project for controls and gauges using graphical symbols instead of text to communicate function and purpose. Lackore held a task-group meeting on May 20 at Harrisburg, PA to launch the initiative. The key points of the initiative include quicker recognition of function with symbols, standardization of control labeling between apparatus builders, relevance to the current generation who have grown up with icons and symbols, user-friendliness for those where English is a second language and advancement of export sales and product globalization. This initiative intends to propose graphical symbols for re

apparatus controls for pumpers and then aerials. While this initiative will not push symbol use as mandatory, the idea is simply to offer a series of ideas for builders that choose to go in that direction. If the initiative proves successful, the symbols can be promoted further as SAE symbols and/ or proposed in the annex of NPFA 1901. Eventual promotion as ISO standard symbols is the long-term goal. The anticipated end-result will be the development of a FAMA White Paper which advocates national graphical standards into international standards. A draft of the White Paper is anticipated to be released during the Fall 2010 Technical Committee meeting in August at Chicago.



Jim Salmi, left, (Crimson Fire) holds the Technical Committee Chairman’s Award during the Technical Committee Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis on April 23. Salmi was bestowed the award by committee co-chairs David Durstine, center, (Akron Brass) and Sean Duffy (Rosenbauer America) for his tireless service to the FAMA organization and his dedication to the advancement of aerial safety and design through his Aerial/Quint sub-committee chairmanship.

Ambulance Sub-Committee Formed



Fifteen members signed on at the Spring 2010 Technical Committee meeting in Indianapolis to be part of the newly-formed Ambulance Sub-Committee. Steve Cole (Horton Emergency Vehicles) will serve as the sub-committee chairman with Steve Rowland (Akron Brass) as vice-chairman. The committee now awaits the August release of the initial draft of proposed NFPA 1917 (Standard on Ambulances). Members will study and comment on the standard, according to their specic area of expertise.

It is hoped that copies of the draft standard will be made available prior to the next Technical Committee meeting at Fire-Rescue International at Chicago in August. Sub-committee members will summit ROPs to the NFPA 1917 committee, as well as encourage other interested parties to do the same. The sub-committee understands that the rst version of the new standard will be primarily a compilation of the AMD and KKK standards into a single NFPA standard with an effective date sometime in 2012.

Member Help Sought For Steering Group A steering committee is being assembled by the Technical Committee co-chairs to examine the possibility of holding the spring and fall Technical Committee meetings at dates and times other than the early morning hours before trade shows. Two-to-three volunteers are being sought to discuss options. If you are interested, please reach out to Dave Durstine or Sean Duffy. Summer 2010

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“The FuTure oF The Fire Service” San Antonio, Texas • October 7-8, 2010 You will noT wanT To miSS: • FEMSA and FAMA business meetings • A great line-up of speakers and events based on feedback from our members • Networking, networking, networking!

conFerence locaTion Marriott Plaza 555 South Alamo Street San Antonio, TX

To RegisTeR: or Want to register, but you aren’t a member? Contact us to find out how! Karen Burnham at or

FeMsA & FAMA ANNuAl/FAll MeetiNgs Please note: schedule and speakers subject to change.

WednesdAy - ocTobeR 6, 2010: ARRivAl 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

FEMSA Board Lunch FEMSA Board Meeting

ThuRsdAy - ocTobeR 7, 2010 6:30 am 7:00 am - 9:00 am 7:30 am - 8:45 am 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

FAMA Board Breakfast FAMA Board Meeting FEMSA Member Breakfast FEMSA Annual Business Meeting Lunch Break (on own) FemSa/Fama Joint Session Keynote - Future Direction of the Fire Service in North America Dr. Denis Onieal –Superintendent, U.S. Fire Training Academy

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Economy Insight Mark Light - Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Break (FEMSA and FAMA) Fire Chiefs Roundtable Moderator: Chief Dennis Compton (ret.) Panelists: Mack Borchardt, Fire Chief, Frisco Fire Dept. Charles Hood, Fire Chief, San Antonio Fire Dept. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, U.S. Fire Training Academy Shane Ray, Fire Chief, Pleasant View Vol. Fire Dept. Jay Reardon, Fire Chief, MABAS-Il

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reception: All members and guests

& CoNFeReNCe PRogRAMs FRidAy - ocTobeR 8, 2010 7:30 am 8:00 am - 9:45 am 7:30 am 8:30 am - 9:45 am 8:30 am - 9:45 am 9:45 am - 10:00 am 10:00 am - 10:45 am 10:45 am - 11:30 am 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

FAMA Member Breakfast FAMA Business Meeting FEMSA Member Breakfast Spouse Program: Breakfast “Off the Menu” FEMSA Meeting and Caucus Groups Statistical Data gathering for FEMSA Break (FEMSA and FAMA) Fire Grant Administration Ross Ashley - Assistant Administrator, Grant Programs Directorate, FEMA Vulnerability Assessment Project Chief Ron Siarnicki - NFFF Lunch (FEMSA and FAMA Members) Fire Drill • Social Media Marketing • Blogging for Manufacturers • Online Surveys • How To Coordinate a “Home Day” • Trade Show Effectiveness • New “Hands Only” CPR Demo + AED Demo • Smart Phone Apps for Business • Legal Issues • Mutual Aid Purchasing • Insurance • Fire Chiefs and Salespeople: Improving the Connection • Break (FEMSA and FAMA) • Member’s Open Mic Presentation (awaiting confirmation) Reception: All members and guests Banquet & Speaker: All members and guests

sATuRdAy - ocTobeR 9, 2010: depARTuRe sAn AnTonio ATTRAcTions

There are many things to do. Here is just a sampling to help you plan your visit. • The Alamo: The old mission where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against the centralist army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Just a short walk from the River Walk. • Riverwalk San Antonio: Shops, restaurants and bars along the banks of the San Antonio River. • Fort Sam Houston: The post is known as the birthplace of military aviation; now known as the home of Army medicine. • San Antonio Botanical Garden • Market Square (El Mercado): Shopping area patterned after an authentic Mexican market. • San Antonio Zoological Gardens And Aquarium: Ranked as one of the top zoos in the nation. • Spanish Governor’s Palace: A national historic landmark • Sea World of San Antonio

FeMsA & FAMA ANNuAl/FAll MeetiNgs & CoNFeReNCe PRogRAMs

speAKeR bios Dennis Compton, Chief (ret.) is a well-known speaker and the author of several books. Compton was the Fire Chief in Mesa, Arizona for five years and Assistant Fire Chief in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served for twenty-seven years. He has served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s National Advisory Committee. He is currently Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors and Chairman of the Home Safety Council Board of Directors. Mack Borchardt, Chief, Frisco Volunteer Fire Department, joined the Frisco Volunteer Fire Department in the summer of 1973. Frisco’s then-Mayor appointed him Fire Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department in February 1979. His volunteer status evolved into a paid position with the City of Frisco in 1981. When Frisco’s first and only City Manager, George Purefoy, came to Frisco in 1987, Chief Borchardt moved to the fire department on a full time basis. He continues to wear the hat of ‘Fire Chief’ today. Charles N. Hood, Chief, San Antonio Fire Department, became fire chief in April 2007. Prior to his current appointment, Hood served more than 23 years in the Phoenix Fire Department, including progressively responsible positions as Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief and Division Chief. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University in the national Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center. Additionally, Hood is a member of the Red Incident Support Team, a national incident management team on call to respond to natural and manmade disasters. Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, National Fire Academy, was appointed in 1995. He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1976, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh (Fair-Lee) Dickinson University in 1978 and a Doctor of Education degree from New York University in 1990. He taught in the Master and Doctorate programs in Education at NYU for five years and has over 30 publications in the fire field. Onieal joined the Jersey City Fire Department in 1971, rising through the ranks from firefighter to Deputy Chief, and then acting chief in 1995, leading a uniformed force of over 600 firefighters and officers. Shane Ray, Chief, Pleasant View (Tenn.) Volunteer Fire Department, began his fire service career in 1984 and worked through the ranks of career and volunteer organizations serving from firefighter to chief. Ray is also Director of Public Fire Protection for the National Fire Sprinkler Association. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the University of Maryland’s Leadership Development Program, and the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He is currently an adjunct instructor at the Tenn. Fire Service and Codes Academy as well as the National Fire Academy. Jay Reardon, Chief, MABAS-II, has served in Fire and Emergency Services since 1967. He has served as Fire Chief in three different states and recently retired from the Village of Northbrook, Illinois. Chief Reardon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University, a Masters of Public Administration from Western Michigan University, and a Postgraduate Fellowship from Harvard’s JFK School of Government. Chief Reardon currently serves as instructional staff for Southern Illinois University and Northwestern University. He is the previous President (1999-2010) and current Chief Executive Officer for the MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System)-Illinois, coordinating 1,100 member agencies in support of large scale incidents, disaster responses and terrorist attacks. Mark W. Light, chief executive officer and executive director, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), is also the chief executive officer of Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI), a for-profit subsidiary of the IAFC. Before being appointed as the executive director, he served for five and a half years as the Deputy Executive Director. Prior to coming to the IAFC, Light was the Fire Chief in Henrico County, Virginia, and the Deputy Chief of the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department. He has a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Mary Baldwin College.

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n Saturday, April 24th, Eric Schlett, Executive Director of FDIC presented to FAMA President Peter Darley and Director-at-Large Bruce Whitehouse, a generous $15,000 – correct that -$20,000 check! This represents a significant donation that assists FAMA in its governmental affairs and public relations efforts on behalf of the fire and emergency services industry, and is greatly appreciated. FDIC 2010 marked the second anniversary of exhibits being held in both the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Nearly 900 exhibitors unveiled new products and services for the first time at FDIC. On display at the exhibition, attendees had the opportunity to see the latest in innovation of products and services for the fire service. This includes products ranging from large aerial apparatus to bunker gear and extrication equipment. The exhibition ran Thursday through Saturday. Overall attendance was 27,471 including exhibitors - 22,801 were purely attendees. There were attendees from 4,563 cities/towns around the world represented. In addition, the following information should be of interest:

Demographics Report (FDIC 2010) Rank/Title Code 22 23 31 32 33 34 35 36 TOTAL

Description Chief of Department Staff Chief Other Officer Firefighter Training Officer Firefighter/Paramedic Firefighter/EMT Other (please specify)

Type of Department Code Description 57 Volunteer 58 Career 59 Combination Career/Vol 60 Industrial 61 Military 62 Other (please specify) TOTAL

Counts 2,323 2,606 5,502 3,871 1,747 1,399 1,950 3,403 22,801

10.2% 11.4% 24.1% 17.0% 7.7% 6.1% 8.6% 14.9% 100.0%

Counts 7,525 7,022 5,792 649 357 1,455 22,801

33.0% 30.8% 25.4% 2.8% 1.6% 6.4% 100.0%

Additional statistics will be included in the FEMSA/FAMA Trade Show Report Card for the FDIC.

ver the course of his career, first as a fire chief and now as United States Fire Administrator, Kelvin Cochran has been committed to reducing firefighter injuries and preventable line-of-dutydeaths. This dedication led him to be a leader in his own departments regarding safety practices, and as US Fire Administrator to begin a rigorous intellectual study of why and how firefighters are injured and killed on the job. Early on in his tenure at USFA, Chief Cochran asked the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to oversee the development of a new method of reducing line-of- duty injuries and deaths—the Vulnerability Assessment Tool. The NFFF was a natural fit for this partnership as its mission of serving the families of fallen firefighters had recently expanded to lead the fire service in reducing preventable line-of-duty injuries and deaths. The vulnerability assessment project seeks to reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities by aligning capacity with expectations. At present, most fire departments do not have a systematic way to measure and describe their capacity to deliver emergency services. In addition, most communities do not have explicit expectations about the level and quality of services their citizens expect from the fire department; nor do most citizens understand the types of risks firefighters are exposed to. The gap between service capacity and service expectations creates vulnerability for firefighter injuries and fatalities. This occurs because firefighters are inherently action oriented, and will attempt to fill the gap between capacity and expectations by taking higher levels of risk. As the gap between capacity and expectations increases, firefighters take higher levels of risk, which results in greater vulnerability for firefighter injuries and fatalities. The vulnerability assessment will be interactive and available on-line, and will provide fire chiefs and fire officers with a systematic process to evaluate their community risks and resource capabilities, including health and safety programs, and identify areas of vulnerability to historically predictable and preventable risk. At the end of the process, a department will have a customized report identifying areas of vulnerability linked to firefighter injuries and deaths. Each report will contain suggestions for “risk reduction alternatives” specific to each identified vulnerability as appropriate, and will transmit to the department industry standards and suggestions to address identified problems. Consequently, fire departments will have results based on scientific analysis to develop operational and strategic plans to implement the risk reduction recommendations necessary to minimize or eliminate predictable causes of line of duty deaths and injuries. With this data-driven material, fire chiefs will have a completely rationalized manner in which to approach city managers, mayors and financial analysts regarding the most important issues of staffing and equipment purchases. No more will fire chiefs have to make appeals based on emotion or hunches. They will have data in hand to make prudent appeals for precious resources. Fire departments will be able to use this process to improve their capacity to provide service, change the service level expectations in their communities if necessary, and explore creative and innovative strategies for achieving the same or better levels of service with their current capacity. The vulnerability assessment project is expected to be completed and beta tested within three years. Chief Ron Siarnicki is the Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation based in Emmitsburg (MD) on the campus of the National Fire Academy/USFA.

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|| GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CORNER 2010 “Hill Day” a Success, But the Work Only Begins

The AFG program helps meet this essential public service that is at the heart of each citizen’s sense of safety. It is a public purpose worth advocating for and one that we must not shrink from. Thanks to all FAMA and FEMSA members who are a part of this effort.

– by David Gatton, GAC Consultant


n April 28-29 the FAMA/FEMSA Government Affairs Committee held its 2010 “Hill Day” in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) National Fire & Emergency Services dinner and seminar programs. By all measures, Hill Day was a tremendous success, thanks to the 30-plus FAMA and FEMSA members who arrived early to make almost 70 separate visits to Congressional offices. Our message to Congress was clear and straightforward. In Fiscal Year 2011, fund the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program at $565 million, its Fiscal Year 2009 level. If budget constraints require cutbacks, provide at least $420 million for the program. This message was delivered officially earlier in the week in the form of a letter to the key House appropriators from FEMSA President Dan Reese and FAMA President Peter Darley. Writing to Representative David Price, Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security, and Representative Harold Rogers, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, the Presidents told leaders that local government budgets were under severe strain from the recession and that further cuts to the AFG program would compound an already difficult situation to meet the equipment and training needs of the nation’s first responders. A Very Difficult Federal Budget Year Along with the entire Fire Service, it is extremely important for members of FAMA and FEMSA to write and call their Congressional delegations to express support for FY 2011 AFG funding for $565 level. President Obama’s $300 million budget request for AFG was better than last year’s request of $185 million, but still falls far short of the $390 million the program received for the current fiscal year. Now the Congressional appropriators must do their work. It is extremely important that we stop the trend of funding cuts for the AFG program. We can call this year’s 30 percent cut an aberration, but two consecutive years of cuts would be a dangerous precedent. That is why it is important to fund the program at the $420 million level at a minimum, if Congress can not restore the program to the $565 million level. In the meantime, the President has called for a freeze in over all domestic discretionary spending to help address the federal budget deficit. He has also created an independent deficit reduction commission to make recommendations by the end of the year on how to get a handle on the nation’s debt—a laudable objective. These two facts will continue to put severe strain on the nation’s pocket book. But one thing is clear: with an increasing American population whose baby boomers are retiring, and with continued terrorism threats as most recently experienced in the Times Square bombing attempt, the nation’s first responders will continue to see the need for their services increase, and dramatically so.


FAMA / FEMSA Canadian Governmental Committee (CGC) – by Bruce Whitehouse


he following comment, taken from the Executive Summary prepared for The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, is a testament to the depth of the challenges facing the fire service in Canada. The 2008 report being referenced is the follow-up to a study first done in 2004. The study surveyed 100 municipalities.

The People on the Front Lines Speak … Fully 92 of them responded, and their responses reflect growing frustration with (a) an overall lack of funding; and (b) inflexible funding mechanisms, both of which are preventing Canadian communities from improving their capacity to deal with the kind of emergencies that, sooner or later, we will likely have to face. The Executive summary goes on to state “Discouraging is too kind a word” to describe the progress (or lack thereof) that has been achieved. Among others, the summary references the following critical areas: • Lack of funding for municipalities for maintenance, training and more appropriate equipment once local vulnerabilities have been identified • Failure of senior governments to consult municipal first responders to determine their actual needs • Lack of inoperability among regional first responders It is easy to spot the common ground between the needs of the fire service across North America. Just a quick read of the 10 Important Facts brochures prepared for the Canadian and US fire services will clearly show the consistent challenges being faced by our first responders. The CGC has embarked on a new approach to help the fire service in helping to bring awareness of these needs to the municipalities, the municipal managers and, hopefully, the politicians as the provincial and federal levels. This “grass roots” campaign got underway earlier this year with the first of several ad insertions in Forum – the publication of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities. The new CGC website is in the final stages of completion so that when administrators across Canada ask the question – “why does my Fire Department need more money”, or “why do fire trucks cost so much”, there will a website that can help answer their questions. Stay tuned for word that the site is up and running .… with facts that clearly show the true state of the fire service in Canada. At the recent Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs conference and trade show in Toronto, Fire Chief Richard Boyes, President of the Ontario Association of

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|| GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CORNER Fire Chiefs presented John Granby and Steve Lawrence (GAC Chair and Past Chair respectively) with the OAFC President’s Award in recognition of their support and mentorship in getting the CGC up and running. Last, but certainly not least, the CGC is pleased to announce that Richard Boyes, Fire Chief of Oakville, Ontario and Past President of the OAFC, has accepted the role of Vice Chair on the CGC. Richard’s experience and talents will go a long way to building the necessary relationships and to ensuring that the voice of the fire service is heard loud and clear across the various levels of government.

Over the last several years, members of the GAC, including award presenter Steve Lawrence, developed a personal and professional relationship with Brian and his team that allowed for productive conversations, “out of the limelight”, about the many issues that came out of the crafting of the AFG program. Through Brian’s support, the FAMA/FEMSA GAC has established a relationship with AFG leadership and staff as a resource for the program going forward. Please join us in congratulating Brian Cowan as this year’s Spirit of Excellence Award recipient.

FAMA/FEMSA DC Reception & Award Presentation

Illinois Hosts 5th Annual Home Day - Huge Success


n Thursday, April 29th, FAMA and FEMSA hosted a reception at the Hilton Washington that provided a “home” for members to gather and network prior to the CFSI annual dinner that evening. The reception also served as the perfect setting to honor Brian Cowan as the recipient of the FAMA/FEMSA GAC’s prestigious Edward H. McCormack, Jr. Spirit of Excellence Award for 2010. Brian recently retired from DHS as the Branch Chief of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. He was one of the architects of the AFG as we know it today. The award ceremony was attended by many of Brian’s colleagues at DHS along with past award recipients. In the spirit of the award, Brian worked quietly within the system to develop the grant programs, yet made his voice heard when needed, just like Ed McCormack did throughout his life. Brian’s vision and ability to work with the system at the federal level has made a huge impact on our businesses and the emergency services industry as a whole.


n June 3, FAMA and FEMSA companies held the 5th annual Illinois Fire Service Home Day. The program included a one hour presentation by the Regional Director of FEMA, Janet Wilmoth and Paul Darley. This was followed by “The Firefighter Experience” where staffers dressed up in bunker gear and went through a firefighter exercise at the Carol Stream Fire Protection District’s state-of-the-art fire training facility. Approximately 150 people attended the day’s events including 11 Congressional staffers from 9 Congressional officers. They represented Senator Burris, Congressmen Roskam, Quigley, Bean, Lipinski, Schakowsky, Halvorson, Jackson, and Biggert. W.S. Darley & Co. and Fire Chief Magazine were active in organizing another Home Day in 2010. The purpose of Home Day is to engage and educate local Congressional offices on issues facing the fire service. According to co-chairman Paul Darley, “The event was made easy by using the downloaded information from the GAC website. We used all the handouts and were able to get our message across very professionally.” The event was co-sponsored by FAMA, FEMSA and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association of Illinois. FAMA/FEMSA members in attendance represented Alexis Fire Apparatus, RocketFire, CE Niehoff, Paratech, Federal Signal, Akron Brass, Groves, Air One, Hendrickson USA, Fire Chief Magazine, and W.S. Darley & Co.

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|| CFSI EVENTS … PAST AND FUTURE Annual Dinner & Seminars


n April 28th and 29th the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) hosted the 22nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars. The two day event, located at the Washington Hilton, featured educational seminars conducted by leading fire service and administrative officials. The event culminated with the Annual Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. Over 2,000 fire service leaders were present to hear Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano deliver the keynote address. The attendees also heard remarks from Congressional Fire Service Caucus Co-Chairs, including Senator Tom Carper, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Congressman Peter King (Chairman of the Fire Caucus) and Congressman Rob Andrews. In addition to the speeches, the program included award presentations. The CFSI Board of Directors selected Mr. Kevin O’Connor of the International Association of Fire Fighters as the recipient of the 2010 CFSI/Motorola Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. Established in 1998, the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have been proactive at the local, state, or federal level to improve fire/emergency services and life safety issues.

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of DHS, keynote speaker The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) selected the National Volunteer Fire Council, Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and the City of New York Fire Department for the 2010 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award. Named after retired-Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland, a strong advocate




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Cong. Peter King, CFSI Chairman of our nation’s firefighters and rescue personnel during his 36-year career in Congress, the award recognizes organizations for their outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety. The last presentation was the Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. Sponsored by The FAMA/FEMSAGAC served as sponsor the Home Safety Council, the award of the dinner music was presented to Sharon Gamache of the National Fire Protection Association. “We take great pride in hosting this event,” said CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb. “It provides a unique opportunity for fire service leaders, including industry officials, to learn how the federal government is addressing fire service issues and to engage in the legislative process.”

Peter Darley, Karen Darley, and Sen. John McCain at the VIP reception

Silent Auction On July 24, 2010, the Congressional Fire Services Institute will hold its annual Silent Auction at the Firehouse Expo. A popular event among trade show attendees, the auction takes place at the entrance to the exhibit hall and offers a wide variety of exciting items on which to bid, including NASCAR tickets, fire helmets, autographed sports merchandise, and many other great items. CFSI’s success in past years is due in large part to the donations it receives from organizations that have benefited from CFSI’s work on Capitol Hill. CFSI is not federally funded and derives all its income through various fundraising activities – like the Silent Auction. In this spirit, CFSI is asking for support through contributions having a retail value greater than $75. Typically, entertainment items such as tickets to events and vacation packages, as well as sports and fire service memorabilia, are popular items among bidders. In addition, equipment for individual usage – including helmets, flashlights and rescue tools – are popular. In return for donations, CFSI will

FAMA and FEMSA members are joined by former Congressman Curt Weldon (now a FEMSA member). Mr. Weldon was the founder of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Pictured left to right are: Sean Duffy, Dan Reese, Peter Darley, John Granby, Curt Weldon, Grady North, Jerry Halpin, and Gabe Steinbach display a poster with your company’s logo next to the item you have donated, and provide a Certificate of Recognition for your generous donations. If your organization would like to make a contribution to the Silent Auction, please contact Mike Alderfer at (202) 371-1277. All donations must be received by July 16, 2010.

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|| MEMBER NEWS Crimson Fire May 10, 2010 — Crimson Fire’s recent announcements: Congratulations to Jim Salmi, President of Crimson Fire, recipient of the FAMA Technical Committee Chairman’s Award for 2009. Jim was presented the award on April 23rd, recognizing him for his service and tireless dedication to the FAMA Technical Committee. EVI – Emergency Vehicles Inc.- is now Crimson Fire’s Authorized Sales and Service Center for the state of Florida. Crimson Fire held its 2010 Sales and Training Conference on March 15-16, 2010. Notable award winners included: Dealer of the Year – Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. Rookie of the Year – Campbell Supply Co., LLC

Ferrara Fire Apparatus June 4, 2010 - Holden, LA — Chris Ferrara, founder and President/CEO of Ferrara Fire Apparatus, recently was presented the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fire and Life Safety Council of the Louisiana Fire Service. The award was presented by Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning during ceremonies at the state capitol in Baton Rouge, at which time Browning recognized Ferrara with these words: “This award is in recognition of you and your corporation’s careerlong dedication, exceptional leadership and steadfast commitment to the Louisiana Fire Service and to the significant positive impact you have had on the lives of the thousands of firefighters and first responders throughout the great state of Louisiana. You are a shining example of and epitomize the true ‘Spirit of Louisiana!’”

May 4, 2010 — Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. has finished expansion and renovation of its new fire apparatus delivery center. The new delivery center is over twice the size of the previous facility and has three conference rooms at the customers’ disposal. Architecturally appealing, the building is styled after a 19th century fire house with massive arched doorways, double bi-fold doors, copper downspouts and gas lights. The conference rooms are equipped with wireless internet access, printer and phones. Even though Ferrara’s customers may be away from the office, they are still able to stay connected and work from their temporary office. The delivery center is climate controlled for year round comfort and isolated from the noise that accompanies fire truck manufacturing. Customers are able to thoroughly inspect their apparatus in a quiet, focused atmosphere.

Kochek Company

As is widely known, Ferrara started out in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Central, Louisiana. While working as a pipefitter at a Baton Rouge petroleum refinery, he founded Ferrara Fire Equipment. From those small beginnings, the company expanded and evolved into one of the largest fire apparatus manufacturers in America. “Certainly, this is a humbling and gratifying experience,” noted Chris Ferrara. “I’ve always had a passion for the fire service and have had a personal goal of improving apparatus safety for our firefighters. To be recognized by the Fire and Life Safety Council and State Fire Marshal Browning is very special.”


February 19, 2010 — Kochek Company has appointed Jonathan (Jon) Larrabee to the position of Design Engineer. Larrabee will be responsible for designing new products and modifying existing components to incorporate new materials and technologies to meet the future needs of firefighters. Larrabee has 16 years’ experience in fluid flow dynamics – first, designing components for nuclear sub- Jon Larrabee marines, and then designing racing shells for Dirigo/Schoenbrod. For the last 10 years he designed pollution controls devices that use sound waves for cleaning at Putnam-based Controls Concepts, where he was V.P Engineering before moving to Kochek. Jon is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. His qualifying project at WPI was Fluid Flow Dynamics of a Displacement Boat Hull.

Oshkosh Corporation OSHKOSH, Wis., May 25, 2010 — Oshkosh Corporation has announced changes to its leadership teams in two of its business segments - Access Equipment and Fire & Emergency. Wilson Jones has been named executive vice president and president of the corporation’s Access Equipment segment, replacing Craig Paylor, who is

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|| MEMBER NEWS retiring. Wilson Jones will assume the position on July 1, 2010. Craig Paylor has been executive vice president and president of the Access Equipment segment since 2007. He also served as president of JLG Industries, which was acquired by Oshkosh in 2006. Under Craig Paylor’s leadership, JLG has grown internationally as the leader in the access equipment market with operations around the world. Prior to his new assignment, Wilson Jones served as executive vice president and president of the Fire & Emergency segment and president of Pierce Manufacturing, positions held since 2008. Wilson Jones has been a key contributor to the growth of the segment, especially in the fire apparatus marketplace. Jim Johnson has been promoted to executive vice president and president of the Fire & Emergency segment and president of Pierce Manufacturing, replacing Jones. Jim Johnson joined Pierce in 2007 and most recently served as senior vice president of sales and marketing prior to his new promotion. “We were very fortunate to have three talented executives with the leadership caliber of Craig Paylor, Wilson Jones and Jim Johnson in our organization,” said Charlie Szews, Oshkosh Corporation president and chief operating officer. “We expect to build upon the outstanding foundation set by Craig at JLG, and are pleased to bring Wilson’s skills to sustain and grow JLG’s global leadership position in the Access Equipment market. Wilson leaves the Fire & Emergency segment in an extremely strong position and Jim will bring his sales skills to continue this momentum. “We wish Craig the best in retirement and look forward to Wilson and Jim successfully leading their segments and expanding their businesses globally.”

POK of North America May 2010 — POK of North America has added two manufacture rep groups: Fleming’s Safety Group that will cover the Midwest states of ND, DS, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, and IN with its staff of seven salesmen; and CM Allen Co. that will cover the Southeast states of TX, OK, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, VA, WV, KY, and TN with its staff of five salesmen. POK looks forward to another growing year and thanks you for helping to make it possible.

W.S. Darley & Co. January 2010 — Bill Darley has stepped down as CEO of W.S. Darley & Co. after 60 years. He is succeeded by his son, Paul C. Darley, who now serves as President & CEO. Bill started his career at W.S. Darley & Co. in 1950 after graduating from Purdue University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Bill Darley He became President & CEO in 1976, serving Darley faithfully for 60 years. His leadership over the last 50 years has been remarkable. Bill will remain on as Chairman of the Board. “While I will never completely ‘retire,’ I am comfortable with the decision and look forward to spending time with my loving wife Fran, 20 grandchildren and other things outside of Darley that I enjoy doing,” noted Bill, maintaining his “nose in – fingers out” mantra. “While reflecting on the accomplishments of Bill Darley over his life and the contributions he has made, it is hard not to be amazed, stated Paul Darley. He has touched so many lives – not just here at Darley, but in almost everything he does and with everyone he meets – his family, friends, church, community, and the fire service industry. He has truly left his mark!” Paul further noted, “I am truly honored to accept this position and humbled by the support from our Board, management team, my siblings and cousins. No one person could ever fill Bill Darley’s shows, but by working together, I am confident that our executive team will continue to lead this company forward in a positive manner.” Paul Darley


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Pro Poly of America May 7, 2010 — Pro Poly is pleased to announce the first anniversary of Nick Dean as Vice President of Wisconsin Operations. Nick and his wife Maureen are settled into their new home in Altoona and are pleased to have survived their first winter! Pro Poly is also pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Dean Ryan Bertrand to the position of field technician for Wisconsin Operations. Said Steve Bloomstrand from Rocket Supply, “Ryan is a paramount professional; we appreciate his commitment to excellence.” Ryan Bertrand

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