The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) was established in 1989. Its mission is to promote safety standards and practices in the fire, rescue and emergency services community. The association is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and has a small staff to handle daily operations. It is dedicated to the issues that affect the critical role of safety officers in protecting and promoting the safety and health responsibilities in departments, communities and the safety officers themselves. FDSOA works to help individuals achieve proficiency and certification as a safety officer.
FDSOA’s goal is to expand its business model through greater outreach and to bring safety to the street, focusing on training, apparatus – a safe ride to and from the call –, and on training. FDSOA works to tie in tools and equipment from companies and product developers to its members and expand that connection through connectivity at its Fire Apparatus Safety and Maintenance and Health and Safety conferences.
FDSOA also offers certification programs in Incident Safety Officer; Health and Safety Officer; Emergency Vehicle Technician; Traffic Incident Management Technician; and The 5 Reads. All the certifications and training are living programs that are built upon real incidents with detailed information. In addition to the training FDSOA also offers information on safety resources and wellness.