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  • FDSOA Scholarship winners attend Safety Forum
      Three winners of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association’s (FDSOA) new Safety Forum Scholarship were introduced at the 2019 Safety Forum, January 20st, in Orlando, FL. The winners were Lindsay C. Judah, Orlando, FL; Jeanette Kehoe, Training and Safety Officer, Golden, CO, Fire Department; and Travis M. Williams, Safety Chief, Chattanooga, TN. The 2019 Safety Forum ...
  • We We Need an Incident Safety Officer More Today Than Ever Before
    We Need an Incident Safety Officer More Today Than Ever Before 03/07/2019 By Rich Marinucci The role of safety officer has grown in importance in recent years as our information base relative to the health and safety risks today’s firefighters face has increased. The sources of these increased hazards include, among various others, changes in construction materials and ...
  • IAFC Urging Immediate Action on Roadway Safety
    IAFC Urging Immediate Action on Roadway Safety The International Association of Fire Chiefs is urging all fire chiefs and officers to issue a safety and survival alert this week on roadway safety. February 4, 2019 Firehouse.com News IAFC The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute are urging all fire chiefs ...
  • WV Fire Chief: Opioid Epidemic Far from Over
    WV Fire Chief: Opioid Epidemic Far from Over Huntington Chief Jan Rader says first responders have redefined their jobs to do more than save a person’s life. They’re trying to help rebuild that life thanks to her Quick Response Team. Mark Shaffer January 3, 2019-The Ironton Tribune, Ohio   Jan Rader continues to be a spokesperson ...
  • ‘Clean’ practices gaining ground among fire crews
    LINE OF DUTY FIREFIGHTERS AND CANCER ‘Clean’ practices gaining ground among fire crews Departments trying to change rugged culture to protect long-term health By Karen Ann Cullotta Pioneer Press When a massive, five-alarm fire engulfed an apartment complex in Prospect Heights in July, swallowing swaths of synthetic materials in its wake, fire Chief Drew Smith said he was determined ...
  • FirefighterCloseCalls – Aerial Near Miss
     All, An extreme close call yesterday when South Portland (Maine) Firefighters were training with a their new $1.1 million ladder truck and they hit a power line with the truck’s aerial device. The contact with the electrical line caused a fire to the new truck’s front right tire and shorted the controls of the aerial, keeping ...
  • US Fire Admin – Firefighter Fatalities in 2017
    United States Fire Admin Publishes Firefighter Fatalities in 2017 Report 87 firefighters (48 volunteer, 33 career and 6 wildland agency) died while on duty. 50 firefighters died from heart attacks. 40 firefighters died from activities related to an emergency incident. 17 firefighters died from activities at a fire scene. 12 firefighters died while training. 12 firefighters died during non-fire emergency ...
  • Calling All Fire Apparatus Mechanics and Spec Writers!
    Calling All Fire Apparatus Mechanics and Spec Writers! 10/01/2018 BY SAM MASSA Fire apparatus are some of the most complicated, mission-critical vehicles manufactured today. The work mechanics and apparatus spec writers do in their shops or at their desks has the capacity to make a profound impact on the ability of the nation’s first responders to effectively do ...
  • Why Attend?
    Why Attend? https://www.fireapparatusmagazine.com/articles/print/volume-23/issue-10/departments/from-the-fdsoa/why-attend.html 10/01/2018 RICHARD MARINUCCI To paraphrase Rick from the classic movie “Casablanca,” of all the conferences in all the world, why should I attend the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium? The main reason is its uniqueness. Most, if not all, conferences focus on apparatus displays and opportunities to “kick tires.” This event ...
  • Cancer prevention, protection for fire service personnel
    Cancer prevention, protection for fire service personnel Chief fire officers are just beginning to understand the magnitude of cancer in the fire service and the challenges to more effectively apply risk control techniques May 23, 2017 By Dr. Bill Jenaway When emergency responders sign up to assist local fire and rescue services, often the last thing on their mind ...