2019 Event Information
FDSOA Apparatus Specifications & Maintenance Symposium
FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Forum
January 20 – 24, 2019 – Orlando, FL
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive (8001 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819)
We are excited to announce that Janine Driver will be speaking Wednesday morning for a combination of both events.
Janine Driver – The NBC Today Show’s Leading Body Language Contributor
Janine Driver, aka ”The Lyin’ Tamer,” is ready to take you on an exhilarating journey.Janine is a NY Times Bestselling author, speaker and body language expert. Her innate ability to read between the lines and detect deception is transferable—she will utilize cutting–edge scientific discoveries and the secrets of body language to help any company or individual get what they desire in almost any situation. Janine’s style is simultaneously engaging, humorous, and interactive. She instinctively combines education with motivation and comedy. She consistently brings high energy, laughter, and boatloads of easily mastered content everywhere she goes. Use Janine’s knowledge to help you gain the edge you need to influence employees, clients, or business associates with ease.
Pre-conference – Sunday, January 20th (full day off site or half day on-site)
Post-conference – Wednesday, January 23rd (full day off site)
The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) and Firehouse, with the support of VFIS, are partnering to present five Incident Safety Officer Academies across the country.
Look for: This Incident Safety Officer Academy is sponsored by: when previewing the upcoming Academies
Get the new tool to FOCUS your department on a safer culture.
The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) and the Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) at Drexel University have partnered to help you FOCUS on your safety culture. FOCUS- the Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety survey- was developed through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant R&D Program specifically for the fire service and is a tool that will provide your fire department with objective data to assess your safety culture. A validation study showed for every 10-point increase in FOCUS score, there is on average a…
• 6% decrease in Firefighter Injury Rate.
• 2.5-point decrease in Burnout.
• 8-point increase in Job Satisfaction/Morale.
• 7-point increase in Work Engagement.
Latest News and Information from FDSOA
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Fire Apparatus Magazine So Many Services to Provide By Richard Marinucci Anyone who attends FDIC International must come away with a sense of awe as to the breadth of the show. There were more than 34,000 attendees who participated in various training programs and on...read more
FirstNet Basics for First Responders Martha Ellis explains the background of FirstNet and what the future holds for first responders. Martha Ellis June 11, 2018 When discussing FirstNet, it is helpful to understand the past in order to best prepare for the future. It...read more
Apparatus Components – Technology and electronics are essential when integrating components into apparatus.
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Blocking Techniques for Roadway Incidents Jack Sullivan illustrates blocking and parking tactics for roadway incidents to protect responders and increase scene safety. Jack Sullivan April 21, 2016 The highway is still one of the most dangerous work areas for...read more
Chief Concerns Evolving Truck Company Operations Truck company operations involve most activities on the fireground that support applying water on the fire. RICHARD MARINUCCI Truck companies do what they can to give engine companies the best opportunity to complete...read more
Safety Stand Down 2018 to Focus on Firefighter Medical/Physicals Agencies are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of June 17-23 April 3, 2018 Chantilly, Va. – Today the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National...read more
Submitted by Jeff Merryman, FDSOA Board member Investing in safety pays dividends Sam Reyes, Captain City of Alexandria, VA, Fire Department As a leader and trendsetter in the health and safety field, the City of Alexandria, VA, Fire Department (AFD) sent eight...read more
The FDSOA appreciates our event sponsors!
2018 Apparatus Symposium
General Session Sponsor
2018 Health & Safety Forum
Afternoon Break Sponsor
The IAFC and the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section working with the FSTAR program is looking for you to provide some quick insight into the needs firefighter medical physicals for career and volunteers.
If you have an interest, influence or have been involved in fire department physical discussions or programs, please take 2 minutes and tell them what you think.
TAKE THE SURVEY HERE:
- They are looking for samples of SOPs/Protocols/Best Practices that fire departments have concerning behavioral health. Things like EAP confidentiality, peer support team information, etc. They would not use anything in the guide without the fire department’s permission. And they may just adjust some of the language from the documents for use in the Guide.
- They are looking to include some first-hand accounts of experiences with behavioral health. These can be anonymous as far as coming from “a fire chief” or “a firefighter” or can be something more specific like “a volunteer fire chief.”
Please, send Rick Best <firstname.lastname@example.org> any documents or input you may have available to you.
The Fire Department Safety Officer Tribute
While firefighters strive to get the job done, the fire department safety officer ensures we’re #1.
While operating on a scene, from above or below, survival is our mission, starting centuries ago.
The fire department safety officer: that “tap on the shoulder”
Works hard in their job, to ensure we get older.
Operating to remind us, before conditions worsen,
The safety officers mission, albeit it a challenge….each and every person.
Often thankless and difficult, they may feel alone,
But we salute their efforts, to insure we all go home.
By: Billy Goldfeder