On April 28, 2007, just before the close of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, officials from the FDIC presented to the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) an extremely generous gift.
For the third consecutive year, the FDIC has donated to FAMA $1.00 for every registered attendee of the show. These donations represent a commitment of support by the FDIC to help foster FAMA’s governmental affairs and public relations efforts.
“FDIC has been one of the greatest supporters FAMA could possibly have,” stated FAMA President Jerry Halpin. “Their commitment through dollars, creative marketing efforts, and just plain friendly support cannot be acknowledged enough. This check for $27,000 will go a long way to helping all FAMA members achieve critical safety-based objectives for the benefit of the fire service”, concluded Halpin.
One of FAMA’s objectives is to be a resource to legislators and staffers, educating them on the urgent needs and safety of our nation’s first responders. “FDIC’s generous contribution will help support FAMA’s governmental affairs and public relations objectives,” noted Robert Kreps, Governmental Affairs Committee Chair for FAMA. “Our GAC programs continue to build relationships with key leaders of fire and emergency-related associations who, together with FAMA, bring a unified message to Capitol Hill,” stated Kreps.
“FDIC considers itself quite fortunate to be part of an industry that has such great people and organizations. It is an honor for us to be able to participate, and we truly thank FAMA for the opportunity,” stated Lyle Hoyt, Sr. Vice President & Group Publisher, PennWell Corporation. In addition, Eric Schlett, FDIC Executive Director and Vice President, Fire Group commented, “We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to support this important initiative. We have enjoyed our working relationship with FAMA, and look forward to continuing to advance technology and education in the fire service.”
The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) is a non-profit trade association organized in 1946. Members of FAMA are committed to enhancing the quality of the emergency service community through the manufacture and sale of safe, emergency response vehicles and equipment. For more information, visit the organization’s web site at http://www.fama.org.