Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

2019 Event Information

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

Together again!

January 20 – 24, 2019   –    Orlando, FL

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive (8001 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819) 

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We are excited to announce that Janine Driver will be speaking Wednesday morning for a combination of both events.

Janine Driver – The NBC Today Show’s Leading Body Language Contributor

Janine Driver, aka ”The Lyin’ Tamer,” is ready to take you on an exhilarating journey.Janine is a NY Times Bestselling author, speaker and body language expert. Her innate ability to read between the lines and detect deception is transferable—she will utilize cutting–edge scientific discoveries and the secrets of body language to help any company or individual get what they desire in almost any situation. Janine’s style is simultaneously engaging, humorous, and interactive. She instinctively combines education with motivation and comedy.

Stop and Listen to what Janine has to say…..

She consistently brings high energy, laughter, and boatloads of easily mastered content everywhere she goes. Use Janine’s knowledge to help you gain the edge you need to influence employees, clients, or business associates with ease.


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

2019 FDSOA Annual Apparatus Specifications
& Maintenance Symposium
January 21-23, 2019

Pre-conference – Sunday, January 20th (full day off site or half day on-site)
Post-conference – Wednesday, January 23rd (full day off site)

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2019 FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Forum

January 23-24, 2019

Pre-conferences – Monday and Tuesday, January 21-22

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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.

Education Opportunities

ISFSI  2018

This premiere conference rotates around North America annually with a dedicated focus on INSTRUCTOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. It provides instructors a quality experience in a small intimate conference setting. Attendees are challenged academically and are provided a chance to network amongst their peers. No attention to details is left unturned. Each attendee goes home with all the resources and tools they need to be the best instructor possible.

Latest News and Information from FDSOA

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Why Attend?

Why Attend? 10/01/2018 RICHARD MARINUCCI To paraphrase Rick from the classic movie “Casablanca,” of all the conferences in all the world, why should I...

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Out of My Mind—Taking Risks

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Cancer prevention, protection for fire service personnel

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Breast cancer in the fire service: Beyond pink tees

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Hazardous-Materials Incident Response

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FDSOA and FIRST receive second AFG for Safety Culture Study

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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