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!

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.

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Nominations Sought for 2017 Emergency Vehicle Tech of Year

The job of an emergency vehicle technician (EVT) today is technical, complicated and dangerous. Walk through the apparatus maintenance shop today and you’ll find an assortment of digital gadgets, electronic readers and a computer alongside traditional maintenance tools that EVTs use on emergency vehicles.

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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

Join us for our

30th Annual Apparatus Specifications
& Maintenance Symposium

In cooperation with

January 15-17(ends at 10am), 2018

Pre-conference – Sunday, January 14

Scottsdale, AZ

FDSOA’s Annual Apparatus Symposium is the only conference dedicated to providing a better understanding of fire apparatus and ambulances to the emergency services industry.  Presentations from leading industry figures, as well as apparatus and equipment manufacturers, provide the attendee with a wide range of factual data.  Breakout sessions and networking events provide a forum for sharing personal experiences with your peers.  Last year’s event had 350+ attendees.  We expect even more this time!

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Monday and Tuesday. Breakfast only for those attending Wednesday morning session.

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Current Agenda

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Join us for the

FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Forum



Join safety officers from across North America for a week full of education, awareness and networking! All are welcome!

January 17-18, 2018

Pre-conferences – Monday and Tuesday, January 15-16

 Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Monday and Tuesday for Academy PreCons, and Wednesday and Thursday for Conference.


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Current Agenda

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Emergency Service Vendors

2018 Events Tabletop Information

30th Annual Apparatus Specifications
& Maintenance Symposium


January 15-16, 2018

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 Join us for the

FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Forum


January 17-18, 2018

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The FDSOA appreciates our event sponsors!

2018 Apparatus Symposium

General Session Sponsor

2018 Health & Safety Forum

Afternoon Break Sponsor


Latest News and Information from FDSOA

Technological Advances

Technological Advances 10/09/2017 Richard Marinucci The mission of the fire service has grown significantly with the addition of more responsibilities and expectations, but the basis of delivery is to get the resources to the emergency in the moments that matter. If...

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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