April 17, 2014

I attended 2015 Hill Day on April 15-16. Coordinated by the Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) of Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA), this annual event draws an enthusiastic cross-section of member company representatives to the Capitol. Along with other industry participants, we represent over 100,000 workers in the fire apparatus and fire equipment manufacturing industries. The FAMA/FEMSA/GAC teams joined forces with Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) to meet with legislative staffers, representatives and senators. This annual, in-person meet-up helps connect industry and lawmakers in discussing issues important to the fire service.

Close to 50 percent of the nation's fire and emergency services fleet is more than 15 years old. Couple this fact with the significant demands placed upon our fire service—for firefighters to also be first responders to natural and man-made disasters—and you can quickly see the need for more federal dollars. Federal funding assists local, state, and regional governing authorities with fleet improvement strategies.

It's an honor to again participate in Hill Day. This annual effort is essential to maintaining interest in and understanding of our industry and the needs of fire departments across the country.

Tim Dean
PolyBilt CEO