Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

Join us for our

30th Annual Apparatus Specifications
& Maintenance Symposium


  FDSOA Annual Safety Forum, January 15 – 18,  Info Page

In cooperation with        and         The Official Magazine of the FDSOA Apparatus Symposium!

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 on Wednesday.


Current Agenda

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Pre-Conference Options
Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Mike Wilbur

Tom Shand


Basics of Specifications Writing (4hrs) 


 Buying a new fire apparatus can be overwhelming, expensive and compounded by evolving national standards. Tom Shand and Mike Wilbur are industry experts when it comes to helping you understand and write a fire apparatus specification for your department.

“Purchasing a piece of fire apparatus today can become a complex process of determining your department’s needs, meeting with manufacturers’ representatives, specification development and securing adequate financial support from your community’s purchasing authority,” said Shand.

The duo will also cover a host of purchasing options: using a nationally-recognized consortium, tagging on to a neighboring department’s contract or writing your own specification. Which is best, which is most cost effective and how do you make sure you actually get what you asked for? These and many other topics, issues and concepts will be covered in the fast paced, four-hour class.


Brian Brown

Fire Pump and Accessories with Proper Pump Testing (8hrs)

A sound vehicle and maintenance and testing program is important to government agencies of all sizes. Be it a volunteer, combination or career department, reliable vehicles and equipment in appropriate working order are essential to providing public services to the communities served in a professional and timely manner.

That’s why understanding proper fire pump maintenance and pump testing are so important.

The instructors will cover fire pump and accessories theory and operation along with a dynamic hands-on experience to understand the current 1901 and 1911 testing standards. This is a great opportunity to learn about different brands and types of fire pumps, how to properly perform multiple tests along with hands on training!

This Precon will be held off-site from the hotel at Mesa Fire Department.
Transportation, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.



Attendees must provide their own PPE.

Brian Brown – South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR), CO, Fleet Services Bureau

Chris Dennis – Chief Mechanical officer for Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service in Ontario.

A Sample of what’s to come……….

Legal Issues regarding Apparatus Design

BRAD PINSKY – Attorney and Fire Chief

“Our Fire Department’s New Motto:  Good Enough is Good Enough”

GARRY BRIESE – Executive Director of Colorado State Fire Chiefs


Apparatus Safety


Investigating Apparatus Crashes

GORDON ROUTLEY – Chief, Montreal Fire Department

Some of the Breakout Topics:

  • Investigating Apparatus Crashes
  • Design and Performance of Fire Apparatus
  • Equipment Storage and Mounting
  • Design and Operate the Perfect Quint…or do you really need one?


30th Annual Apparatus Symposium

General Attendee Registration Fees

Fire Pump and Accessories with Proper Pump Testing
Full Day – Hands on Training
Attendee MUST have all of their own PPE as outlined
$175 FDSOA member / $275 non-member
No Walk In Registrations allowed
Included: Continental breakfast and lunch

Basics of Apparatus Specifications Writing

Half Day – Classroom Training

$75 FDSOA member / $95 non-member
Walk In Registration – $125

30th Annual Apparatus Symposium Conference

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday til 10am.

$475 FDSOA member / $575 non-member
Walk In Registrations – $650
Included: Breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. Breakfast only for those attending Wednesday morning session

Conference Location and Hotel Information

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., AZ  85253

Phone  (480)948-5000

Guest rooms start at $179

Be sure to say you are with the FDSOA Conference!

The FDSOA appreciates our sponsors!


Sunday Evening Vendor Reception Available
Breakfast Available
Lunch Available
Afternoon Break (multiple available) Power Products
Morning General Session Speaker (multiple available) Safe Fleet
Breakout Session Available
General Support Available


2018 Apparatus Symposium

General Session Sponsor

2018 Apparatus Symposium  Afternoon Break Sponsor

2019  Annual Apparatus Symposium

Planning ahead or working on your 2019 budget? 2019 Apparatus Symposium will be held in Orlando, Florida, January 13–15 (half day), 2019.
(PreCons Sunday, January 12, 2019). Same hotel as 2017

Wyndham Orlando Resort I-Drive

Orlando, Florida