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 Programs@fdsoa.org!

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Now you can.

Introducing a new tool to FOCUS your department on a safer culture

Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Director of the Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) at Drexel University, is proud to announce the availability of FOCUS: the Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety survey. The FOCUS survey was developed through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and in response to National Life Safety Initiative #1 on fire service safety culture. Over 130 fire departments helped develop the tool. Now through a partnership with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), and an AFG FP&S grant, FIRST will administer the validated FOCUS survey on a first-come, first-served basis to 500 fire departments — career and volunteer. Additional fire departments will be placed on a waitlist and served as resources allow.

Read full article 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) 

 

The FDSOA appreciates our event sponsors!

2018 Apparatus Symposium

General Session Sponsor

2018 Health & Safety Forum

Afternoon Break Sponsor

 

2018 Apparatus Symposium
Afternoon Break Sponsor

2018 Health & Safety Forum
General Sponsor

 

2018 Apparatus Symposium
Afternoon Break
Sponsor


2018 Health & Safety Forum
General Sponsor

 

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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.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DepartmentPhysicalsv2

Thanks!

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 <abest@columbus.rr.com> 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