The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has announced that it will be merging with FIRESA, the Fire and Rescue Suppliers Association, on 2 April 2013. FIRESA has grown in its standing and influence year-on-year since its formal inception in April 2005. However, it has been seeking new ways to develop itself to benefit its fire fighting sector members. Recent discussions, followed by a formal vote by the membership, have resulted in the decision to integrate FIRESA into the FIA. FIRESA Chairman, Derek Gotts, described the move as ‘a natural progression’ for both parties. He added, ‘The FIA provides a robust mature trade body with structured additional resources and capabilities, while FIRESA brings a strong and credible reputation that complements the FIA and will allow us to have a stronger joint voice to represent our members’ best interests. It is my belief that this will deliver better value, structure, and clarity of message for the FIRESA members’. Although it has remained a separate trade association representing suppliers to the Fire and Rescue sector, FIRESA’s secretariat services have been provided by the FIA for the last eight years. This relationship means that the planned merger will be fairly straightforward. FIA CEO, Graham Ellicott, stated, ‘The FIA welcomes the integration of FIRESA and sees this coming together as a really positive move for both associations. The weight that the FIRESA brand brings to the FIA can only add credibility and strength of voice when representing our members to other stakeholders. We have seen in recent joint projects that we are both working with the same stakeholders, and it is logical to join forces and take advantage of the greater critical mass’. The existing FIRESA Council will sit alongside the five FIA Councils and will continue to operate as the driving force behind fire fighting sector activities. The FIRESA Chairman will sit on the FIA Board. FIRESA members will become FIA members with access to all FIA membership benefits and subject to the FIA Memorandum and Articles of Association.