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


The FDSOA is committed to providing our members and emergency responders with premier safety, and professional development training.

See what we can do for you……


A NEW program for Incident Safety Officers
who have completed FDSOA ISO Training

The 5 Reads is a class developed by the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) for Company Officers, Incident Safety Officers and Chief Officers where they can learn to take their ability to Read 5 Critical Factors at any emergency response to the next level.

 “A real world look at how to manage the fireground from people that have been there.”

Click here to learn more about this NEW offering by the FDSOA.

Onsite EVT Training Programs

NEW EVT program, the FDSOA will bring EVT Training Programs to your location—in the USA and Canada. Programs include the most current NFPA compliant, EVT preparatory training with FDSOA-approved EVT Instructors from across North America.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This EVT Training Program is designed specifically for Emergency Vehicle Technicians, but also provides unique criteria for Apparatus Committee Members, Engineers and management.

Click here to learn more about this NEW offering by the FDSOA

ISO and HSO Academies

Looking to get certified as a Incident Safety Officer and/or a Heath and Safety Officer?

Check out the upcoming Academies

Interested in bringing an Academy to your fire department, or to your 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.

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

The FDSOA appreciates our event sponsors!

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Breakout Session Sponsor

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Afternoon Break Sponsor

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2019 Health and Safety Forum
Keynote Speaker Sponsor

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Click image to view the full NFFF 2018 Report

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