Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

2020 – Save the Date

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

Together again!

January 12-16, 2020   –    Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Plaza Resort


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

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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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