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!

Where is the FDSOA going?

Please stop by and visit us!!

2018 Event Information

30th Apparatus Symposium and the FDSOA Annual Safety Forum
Together again!


2018 events will be held in Scottsdale, AZ, January 15th – 19th, 2018.

Scottsdale Plaza Resort (7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., AZ  85253)
Guest rooms start at $179

Latest News and Information from FDSOA

Charleston mayor names interim fire chief

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Is the fire service getting soft?

Is the fire service getting soft? Published on February 24, 2017 Janet A. Wilmoth Journalist/Director, Project Management   Is the fire service getting soft? What’s happened to the macho, charge-in American firemen of bygone days? The traditional, work-hard,...

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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.

2017 Apparatus Symposium and 2017 Safety Forum

held in Orlando, Florida, are in the books.

It was an awesome week filled with exceptional speakers and awesome networking!!

2017 Safety Forum

Pre-Cons held on 16-17th, Conference January 18-20th, 2017

Attendance increased 20% over 2016

“For one to truly excel, he needs to work on continual learning and improvement,” Rich Marinucci, Exec. Dir., at FDSOA Orlando conferences.

Pre-Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda


2017 Apparatus Symposium

Pre-Cons held on 15th, Conference January 16-18th, 2017

Attendance increased 24% over 2016

Invest a little and gain a lot. The FDSOA Apparatus Symposium attendees invested time and money to learn how to save money on new apparatus, preventive maintenance and extending apparatus life expectancy.



2017 Apparatus Symposium


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2017 Safety Forum


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The FDSOA appreciates our event sponsors!

2017  PLATINUM Sponsors

2017  GOLD Sponsors

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