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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!

A Common Sense Approach to Battle Firefighter Cancer and PPE Issues
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The Fire Department Safety Officers Association, its Board of Directors and members are greatly saddened by the sudden loss of Fire Chief Alan Brunacini. Chief Brunacini, among his many accomplishments, was instrumental in the establishment of NFPA 1500 and served as i

ts first Chair. The Standard began the process of establishing the Incident Safety Officer and Health and Safety Officer positions. There is no doubt that countless lives have been saved and injuries prevented due to Chief Brunacini’s work. Rest in peace, Chief.

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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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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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


Where is the FDSOA going?

Please stop by and visit us!!

Latest News and Information from FDSOA

Popular Keynotes announced for FDSOA 2018 Conference

Fire Department Safety Officers Association 33365 Raphael Road Farmington Hills, MI 48336 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Contact: Rich Marinucci, Exec. Dir. Ph:  248.880.1864 Email: Popular Keynotes announced for FDSOA 2018...

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Firehouse – Vote for a Deserving Volunteer FD

  Recognizing and Inspiring Local Fire Safety Volunteers   CAST YOUR VOTE! The video nominations are in! Your vote will determine the Five Finalists and Grand Prize Winner Be sure to cast your vote and get your fellow firefighters and community to vote for...

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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