Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

FDSOA and Firehouse partner to offer Incident Safety Officer Academies


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

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!

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.

Learn more about program and how to participate here

2019 Event Information

31st Apparatus Symposium
and the
FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Forum

Together again!

2019 events will be held in Orlando, FL, January 20th – 24th.

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


Latest News and Information from FDSOA

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Investing in safety pays dividends

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Apparatus Accident Investigation Plans Stressed

Apparatus Accident Investigation Plans Stressed at Conference Gordon Routley and Kevin Roche told FDSOA attendees about the importance of accident investigation guidlines. Janet A. Wilmoth January 19, 2018 News Where do you start when a fire apparatus or...

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Attorney Offers Frank Advice on Apparatus Safety, Purchasing

Attorney Offers Frank Advice on Apparatus Safety, Purchasing Brad Pinsky spoke to firefighters and manufacturers about laws involving fire apparatus design and safety. Janet A. Wilmoth March 15, 2018 “Who is going to hold you accountable if not the lawyers?” Brad...

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2018 Apparatus Symposium


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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.



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