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) 

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.

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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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!

Education Opportunities

ISFSI  2018

This premiere conference rotates around North America annually with a dedicated focus on INSTRUCTOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. It provides instructors a quality experience in a small intimate conference setting. Attendees are challenged academically and are provided a chance to network amongst their peers. No attention to details is left unturned. Each attendee goes home with all the resources and tools they need to be the best instructor possible.

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

Latest News and Information from FDSOA

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CHIEF CONCERNS | RICHARD MARINUCCI Wildland Urban Interface It seems that the only types of fire incidents that are increasing are those involving wildland areas and the urban interface. Certainly, those who regularly and routinely respond to those calls have received...

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Reducing Firefighter Injuries & Preventing Fatalities

Reducing Firefighter Injuries & Preventing Fatalities Bill Pessemier underscores the need for the fire service to adopt a culture of operational risk management. William Pessemier June 18, 2018 Firefighters take too much risk for too little benefit. For...

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2018 Firefighter Safety Stand Down Bulletin

2018 Firefighter Safety Stand Down Bulletin Developed and Supported by: The Valley Safety Officers and ROCC   2018 Safety Stand Down program – Focus on Rehab. Scottsdale Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief and FDSOA Western Director Eric Valliere has worked within...

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Leave Your Phone Alone – Public Service Announcement

Leave Your Phone Alone - Public Service Announcement Jack Sullivan, safety trainer, shares, "The goal of this PSA, 'Leave Your Phone Alone', is to reduce struck-by-vehicle LODDs & injuries to firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers, tow ops & others who respond...

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So Many Services to Provide

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...

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FirstNet Basics for First Responders

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...

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Blocking Techniques for Roadway Incidents

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...

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Evolving Truck Company Operations

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...

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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