Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

2020 FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference

January 13-15 (ends at 10am), 2020

Pre-conference – Sunday, January 12 (full day off site or half day on-site)

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale, AZ

FDSOA’s Annual Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference 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  full day pre-con.

Click here for current event schedule

Click here to REGISTER NOW

In cooperation with

Fire Dept Safety Officers Association – Firefighter Safety and Cancer Support Fundraising Event
Pipes and Drums Play-off

Tuesday January 14th at 6:30p

Join us in Downtown Scottsdale!
Kelly’s at Southbridge
7117 E. Sixth Ave Scottsdale AZ 85251

Funding to Support , Firefighter Cancer Support Network, Everyone Goes Home, & The FDSOA

Sponsored by Hughes Fire Equipment and Pierce Manufacturing

Click here for all the great details.

Sunday Evening Reception Sponsor


Afternoon Break Sponsor

Morning General Session Sponsor

FDSOA Canadian EVT Scholarship

If you work in Canada,and you would you like to attend the 2020 FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference – but your department doesn’t have the funds to send you???

Then check out the opportunity to receive a scholarship award to attend.
FDSOA Canadian EVT Scholarship sponsored by Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd.

Deadline for submission is December 2, 2019

Click here to see full details and to apply

Pre-Conference Options
Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Mike Wilbur

Tom Shand


PreCon – 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.


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

Sunday, January 12, 2020
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.

Click here for Current Schedule

Brian Brown

Terry Stewart

Click here to hear why you should attend!

PreCon – Fire Pump and Accessories with Hands-On Pump Tear Down (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 – Retired -South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR), CO, Fleet Services Bureau

Terry Stewart – Retired Mississauga FD, FDSOA International Director

The Pump PreCon is held offsite.

Class Location

Mesa Fire  Mechanical Division
708 W. Baseline Rd,
Mesa   AZ 85210
Building #3

If you need transportation to the location – please meet in the lobby of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort hotel at 7am. We will shuttle you over to the location.

Class will be run 8am – 5pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be included.

Click here for class details and itinerary

A Sample of what’s to come……….

Some of the Breakout Topics:

  Clean Cabs    Telematics   Aerials; Mid-mount vs Rear-mount    Future Driving Technology Applied to Emergency Vehicles    Emergency Warning Device Automation   Electrical System Maintenance   Wildland Apparatus   Urban Apparatus    Clean Cab  Ambulance Maximize Tool and Equipment Layouts   Pump Control Layouts  Aerial Needs Assessment    Developing Apparatus Specifications  Fire Apparatus Weight Management    Apparatus Crashes and Close Calls 

FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference

General Attendee Registration Fees

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

Conference Location and Hotel Information

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

Booking Link

This link is the direct for the group – anyone who follows it can book within the FDSOA Event group.
Anyone is also welcome to call if they’d like. The reservations number is 800-832-2025.

Phone  (480)948-5000

Guest rooms start at $179

Be sure to say you are with the FDSOA Conference!


The McCormick Scottsdale
7421 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ  85253

Registration LINK


Deadline to reserve a room there is Dec 20th.
Group Block available January 12-16, 2020

The FDSOA appreciates our event sponsors!

Sunday Evening Reception Sponsor


Afternoon Break Sponsor

Morning General Session Sponsor

2021 Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference

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TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel

TradeWinds Island Grand
5500 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706

January 18-20(ends at noon)
, 2021
Precons on Sunday, Jan 17, 2021