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  • Reducing Firefighter Injuries & Preventing Fatalities
    Reducing Firefighter Injuries & Preventing Fatalities
  • 2018 Firefighter Safety Stand Down Bulletin
    2018 Firefighter Safety Stand Down Bulletin Developed and Supported by: The Valley Safety Officers and ROCC   2018 Safety Stand Down program – Focus on Rehab. Scottsdale Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief and FDSOA Western Director Eric Valliere has worked within the Valley Safety Officers association to create this program for his region and wants to share this with the ...
  • Leave Your Phone Alone – Public Service Announcement
    Leave Your Phone Alone – Public Service Announcement Jack Sullivan, safety trainer, shares, “The goal of this PSA, ‘Leave Your Phone Alone’, is to reduce struck-by-vehicle LODDs & injuries to firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers, tow ops & others who respond to emergency situations.” Responsder Safety – Video – Leave Your Phone Alone    
  • So Many Services to Provide
    Fire Apparatus Magazine So Many Services to Provide By Richard Marinucci Anyone who attends FDIC International must come away with a sense of awe as to the breadth of the show. There were more than 34,000 attendees who participated in various training programs and on the show floor. One of the most impressive aspects was the diversity of ...
  • FirstNet Basics for First Responders
    FirstNet Basics for First Responders Martha Ellis explains the background of FirstNet and what the future holds for first responders. Martha Ellis June 11, 2018 When discussing FirstNet, it is helpful to understand the past in order to best prepare for the future. It is important to recognize that this isn’t happening to us; it’s ...
  • Blocking Techniques for Roadway Incidents
    Blocking Techniques for Roadway Incidents Jack Sullivan illustrates blocking and parking tactics for roadway incidents to protect responders and increase scene safety. Jack Sullivan April 21, 2016 The highway is still one of the most dangerous work areas for firefighters and emergency medical personnel to work. Vehicle fires, motor vehicle crashes, medical assist calls, hazardous ...
  • Safety Stand Down 2018 to Focus on Firefighter Medical/Physicals
    Safety Stand Down 2018 to Focus on Firefighter Medical/Physicals Agencies are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of June 17-23 April 3, 2018 Chantilly, Va. – Today the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the theme for the 2018 Safety Stand Down, which takes place June ...
  • Investing in safety pays dividends
    Submitted by Jeff Merryman, FDSOA Board member   Investing in safety pays dividends Sam Reyes, Captain City of Alexandria, VA, Fire Department As a leader and trendsetter in the health and safety field, the City of Alexandria, VA, Fire Department (AFD) sent eight members to the 2018 FDSOA Safety Forum conference last January in Scottsdale, AZ. Sponsoring members to attend ...
  • Firefighter Near Miss Report of the Week – Alert Safety Officer moves crew from collapse zone at structure fire.
    NEAR MISS REPORT OF THE WEEK: 28 MARCH 2018 Published: 3/28/2018 SUMMARY Staffing the position of incident safety officer (ISO) has proven to be a lifesaving decision many times over. This week’s report profoundly illustrates that when firefighters are threatened by structural collapses, ISOs are paramount. EVENT DESCRIPTION The scene of this week’s report is one that occurs frequently. A ...
  • Apparatus Accident Investigation Plans Stressed
    Apparatus Accident Investigation Plans Stressed at Conference Gordon Routley and Kevin Roche told FDSOA attendees about the importance of accident investigation guidlines. Janet A. Wilmoth January 19, 2018 Firehouse.com News Where do you start when a fire apparatus or ambulance crashes? According to, Gordon Routely, division chief, Montreal Fire Department, and Kevin Roche, consultant, ...