Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

2019 Event Information

FDSOA Apparatus Specifications & Maintenance Symposium
and the
FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Forum

Together again!

January 20 – 24, 2019   –    Orlando, FL

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive (8001 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819) 


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FDSOA Apparatus Specification & Maintenance Symposium 2019
Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Editor Chris Mc Loone runs through some highlights …

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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.

Stop and Listen to what Janine has to say…..

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.


See what Gordon Graham has to say about the importance of the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) and the Health and Safety Officer (HSO)!

2019 FDSOA Annual Apparatus Specifications
& Maintenance Symposium
January 21-23, 2019

Pre-conference – Sunday, January 20th (full day off site or half day on-site)
Post-conference – Wednesday, January 23rd (full day off site)

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2019 FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Forum

January 23-24, 2019

Pre-conferences – Monday and Tuesday, January 21-22

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Looking to get certified as a Incident Safety Officer and/or a Heath and Safety Officer?

Check out the upcoming Academies

Interested in hosting an Academy at your department or area – contact us at!

Departments can apply for training grants from the FEMA  Assistance to Firefighters Grants program to receive ISO and HSO certification courses. More information here.



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Latest News and Information from FDSOA

Protecting Body and Mind

Fire Apparatus Magazine chief concerns | Richard Marinucci Protecting Body and Mind Being a firefighter can be harmful to one’s health, and this comes as no surprise to anyone. Firefighters are asked to work in hazardous environments that are never exactly alike and...

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WV Fire Chief: Opioid Epidemic Far from Over

WV Fire Chief: Opioid Epidemic Far from Over Huntington Chief Jan Rader says first responders have redefined their jobs to do more than save a person's life. They're trying to help rebuild that life thanks to her Quick Response Team. Mark Shaffer January 3, 2019-The...

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FDSOA participates in team reviewing NFA safety curriculum

During the summer of 2018, the FDSOA and several other diverse and passionate fire service professionals, were invited to participate in a safety curriculum review at the National Fire Academy. The team of subject matter experts in areas of mental health, physical...

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Firehouse Announces 2018 EVT of the Year Award Winners

Firehouse Announces 2018 EVT of the Year Award Winners Firehouse announces the top five winners of the 2018 Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding efforts to promote a high standard of excellence in quality and safety in emergency...

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EMS and the Added Responsibilities

EMS and the Added Responsibilities 11/01/2018 Richard Marinucci The overwhelming number of fire departments provide some level of emergency medical services (EMS) and have been doing so for quite some time. The increase in job responsibilities has changed many aspects...

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‘Clean’ practices gaining ground among fire crews

LINE OF DUTY FIREFIGHTERS AND CANCER ‘Clean’ practices gaining ground among fire crews Departments trying to change rugged culture to protect long-term health By Karen Ann Cullotta Pioneer Press When a massive, five-alarm fire engulfed an apartment complex in Prospect...

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FDSOA introduces The 5 Reads class in Orlando

FDSOA introduces The 5 Reads class in Orlando  The Fire Department Safety Officer Association will introduce a new class on five critical fireground “reads” for chief officers, company officers and incident safety officers at the 2019 Safety Forum, to be held January...

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Merryman new FDSOA Chairman

Merryman new FDSOA Chairman  The Fire Department Safety Officer Association (FDSOA) announced Jeffery Merryman, deputy chief, Alexandria (VA) Fire Department, was elected the new Chairman of the FDSOA Board of Directors. Merryman has served as Eastern Regional...

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FirefighterCloseCalls – Aerial Near Miss

 All, An extreme close call yesterday when South Portland (Maine) Firefighters were training with a their new $1.1 million ladder truck and they hit a power line with the truck's aerial device. The contact with the electrical line caused a fire to the new truck's...

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The NFFF is working on our Fire Service Behavioral Health Management Guide, and they are hoping that you can help them with collecting of some resources.

  1. 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.
  1. 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 <> 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