Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

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)

Orlando, FL

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.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Monday and Tuesday. Breakfast only on Wednesday.
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for both full day pre and post-cons.

Click here for current event schedule

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Early Bird Pricing thru October 1st!!          Early Bird Pricing thru October 1st!!

Coming to the 2019 FDSOA Apparatus Specification and Maintenence Symposium

Closing Speaker

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Janine DriverThe NBC Today Show’s Leading Body Language Contributor

Closing Session titled – You Say More Than You Think

In cooperation with

Official Magazine of the FDSOA Apparatus Symposium

Pre-Conference Options
Sunday, January 20th, 2019

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.
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.

FDSOA has partnered with EVT Certification Commission to host a test site as part of the Annual FDSOA Apparatus Symposium

Sunday, January 20th, 2019
EVT testing will be held 1pm – 5pm

You must register for the test on the website.
Registration must occur 16 days in advance of the test. So register soon!

Contact the EVT office (847-426-4075) if you have any questions regarding testing.

A Sample of what’s to come……….

Some of the Breakout Topics:

♦  Apparatus Weight  ♦  Design and Performance of Fire Apparatus  ♦  Equipment Storage and Mounting  ♦  Tires  ♦  Communications ♦  Apparatus Fluids  ♦  Water Monitors  ♦  New Tech

Post-Conference Options
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Aerial Maintenance Class (8hrs)

The Eight Hour Aerial Maintenance Class is an EVT F5 Aerial Fire Apparatus Condensed Crash Course (no pun intended). The first four hours is in class review of the currently accepted NFPA and Manufacturer maintenance practices along with the different types of design and construction. The last four hours is hands-on getting dirty and delving into the most current NFPA maintenance and testing standards as they pertain to aerial design and maintenance.




Attendees must provide their own PPE.


Michael Adams : Fleet Operations Manager,  South Metro Fire Rescue

Annual Apparatus Symposium

General Attendee Registration Fees

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 Early Bird Pricing thru October 1st!!   Save $50

Basics of Apparatus Specifications Writing

Half Day – Classroom Training

$100 FDSOA member / $200 non-member
Walk In Registration – $250
Fire Pump and Accessories with Proper Pump Testing
Full Day – Hands on Training
Attendee MUST have all of their own PPE as outlined
$225 FDSOA member / $325 non-member
No Walk In Registrations allowed
Included: Continental breakfast and lunch
Annual Apparatus Symposium Conference

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday til 10am.

$545 FDSOA member / $645 non-member
Walk In Registrations – $745
Included: Breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. Breakfast only for those attending Wednesday morning session
Aerial Maintenance Class
Full Day – Hands on Training
Attendee MUST have all of their own PPE as outlined
$225 FDSOA member / $325 non-member
No Walk In Registrations allowed
Included: Continental breakfast and lunch

Conference Location and Hotel Information

Wyndham Orlando Resort I-Drive

8001 International Drive

Orlando, FL  32819

Guest Rooms starting at $153. Resort Fee has been waived as part of the FDSOA room block agreement.

A dedicated website is now available for attendees to book their hotel rooms online.

Click Here for Reservations

Additional option:
Phone: 407-351-2420 / 1-800-421-8001 – Be sure to say you are with the FDSOA Conference!

To purchase specially priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, please call 407-566-5600 or CLICK HEREPlease note the cut-off date for advance purchase savings is January 19, 2019

Disney currently provides exclusive After 1PM and After 5PM Twilight Tickets and special discounted multi-day tickets to meeting & convention groups that are not available at our Ticket Windows. The multi-day tickets include an additional complimentary admission to an additional Disney experience like a day at a Water Park, or game of Mini Golf.


The FDSOA appreciates our event sponsors!

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

Monday Afternoon Break Sponsor

2020 Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium

Planning ahead or working on your 2020 budget? 2020 Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium will be held in Scottsdale, AZ.
Monday-Wednesday, January 13-15, 2020 .
(PreCons Sunday, January 12, 2020). Same hotel as 2018


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

Phone  (480)948-5000