FDSOA 2017 Keynote – A story of tragedy and community heroes
“Everyone can be a hero” is the title of Steve Pegram’s keynote presentation at the Fire Department Safety Officers Association’s 29th Annual Apparatus Symposium, January 16-18, 2017, in Orlando, FL. Pegram’s message is one of personal experience and the individuals who are part of the industry that support the brotherhood and sisterhood of firefighters.
Pegram, fire chief in Goshen Ohio and President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) said, “As firefighters and as vendors who provide items to the fire service, we all have an oath to help improve the safety, health and wellness of the communities we live, work and provide services to,” Pegram said.
“For some individuals it’s the role of firefighter, safety officer or chief and for others it could be selling those firefighters’ equipment and apparatus to make their community and their family safer,” he said. Pegram added, “Often we become so involved in our own lives that we forget how blessed we are versus the needs of our friends and family.” Chief Pegram will share his story of “When tragedy struck and a community and the fire service came together to become heroes to save lives.”
In addition to his keynote address and as part of the Safety Forum Conference on Wednesday, January 18th, Pegram will present the program, “Safety Officer on the Training Ground.” The role of the safety officer on the scene of emergencies is critical, but often, in many smaller communities, this is a difficult task on a major fire let alone on some more routine incidents but what about in training?
Pegram said, “Firefighters should never be injured or killed while training, yet every year we report thousands of training related injuries and even some fatalities.” Pegram will exam the safety officers’ role in training, common standards that address safety, and the need for a safety officer to be involved in training plans, as well as case studies where training wasn’t done safely. Chief Pegram will offer suggestions how to effectively provide and use a safety officer in your training programs and why it is so important in your department.
The 29th Annual Apparatus Symposium will also include topics on:
- “Building maintenance into apparatus specs” Mike Bowman, Smeal Fire Apparatus
- “Fleet Replacement challenges” Brian Brown, South Metro Fire Rescue
- “Scene Lighting Best Practices” Sam Massa, Firetech & Peter Lauffenburger, Akron Brass
Details and registration are available at www.FDSOA.org