The 27th annual event will take place January 18-20, 2015, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This is the first such arrangement between these two groups and promises to be beneficial to both organizations and to the fire service.
The Symposium offers a unique opportunity for attendees as it focuses solely on apparatus. It is this uniqueness that makes the partnership with Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment natural and logical. Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment is the only trade journal committed to just apparatus and equipment and maintains its focus in this important area. It has a great circulation and reaches those with a specific interest. Those that subscribe to and read Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment are the same individuals who will benefit from attending the Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium.
In today’s world, partnerships and joint ventures are very common. They take place when two organizations come to the realization that by joining forces they can accomplish more-a true synergistic approach. In this case, the FDSOA’s Symposium will benefit from more promotion of the event that comes from the reach and penetration of Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment. With the resources available, there should be more people in attendance, which will be good for more members of the fire service.
Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment believes that the FDSOA Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium is a good program with great potential to expand its influence. It desires a partnership with a show that demonstrates a commitment to improving the fire service and recognizes the uniqueness of this specific Symposium. Jointly, both organizations can contribute to the success of the program, which is good for not only the fire service but also Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment and the FDSOA.
As many people know, Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment is owned by PennWell Corporation, which is also the parent organization of Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue, and JEMS, among many others. They have a wealth of knowledge that offers tremendous information to members of the fire service in many areas of the job.
The FDSOA has had a very good product for the past 26 years that has offered training and information to a niche market. There is nothing else like the Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium. It fills a void on a national and international level with regard to educating those within the fire service to do a better job. This is an opportunity for manufacturers, vendors, and end users to meet in a relatively intimate setting to gain valuable information regarding apparatus. The networking that takes place proves to be beneficial to all attendees. Those who choose to attend should obtain knowledge that allows them to make better decisions regarding all of their apparatus needs. By partnering with Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment and PennWell, the FDSOA will have the chance to reach more fire service members so they can take advantage of this great opportunity. For more information and to register, go to www.fdsoa.org.
MICHAEL PETROFF is the chairman of the board of directors of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Everyone Goes Home program Region VII Regional Advocate. A retired battalion chief with the Ferguson (MO) Fire Department, he started his fire service career as a volunteer in 1971. He has a bachelor of science degree in industrial education and an associate degree in fire protection technology and is a State of Missouri Certified Instructor III, Fire Officer II, and ProBoard Certified Incident Safety Officer-Fire Suppression.