FDSOA Announces Keynote Speakers for Combined Event

The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) will offer three popular keynote speakers during its annual Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium and its concurrent Safety Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 18-22, 2016.

The week will feature three of the fire services’ most popular straight-talkers. The three keynote speakers are: James (Jim) Juneau, Gordon Graham and Chief Billy Goldfeder.

James J. Juneau, of Juneau, Boll, Stacy & Ucherek in Dallas, Texas, will kick off the Apparatus Symposium on Monday, January 18. Juneau, a nationally recognized legal authority on issues relating to fire apparatus and emergency vehicle design and operational safety, is a straight-talking attorney on emergency vehicles and firefighter safety training across the United States and Canada. “We’re going to talk about fire apparatus and the law,” says Juneau. “We’ll deal with safety issues, we’ll deal with the kind of things that matter when you go to the court room, and we’ll talk about some of the things that can get you in trouble, like crazy driving, ignoring right-of-way intersections, railroad crossings, and intoxication on the job.” 

Gordon Graham, of Graham Research Consultants in Long Beach, California, will wrap up the Apparatus Symposium and kick off the Safety Forum conference with his comprehensive program: “What real risk management is all about.”.

Graham, a former California motorcycle police officer, is a police/fire service risk management expert and attorney, dividing his time between study, research, writing, speaking, and consulting in the discipline of risk management. “The focus is going to be on all the things that an informed fire department, informed firefighters, mechanics, and safety officers need to know about risk management and what they can do to reduce the injuries and the deaths through the specifying, acquisition, bidding, transport, and the training process,” says Graham. 


Billy Goldfeder, deputy chief with the Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department, has been a firefighter since 1973, has served on several IAFC and NFPA committees, and is a prolific writer and outspoken critic of unsafe practices and stupid decisions. Goldfeder’s passion for firefighter safety and “Everyone Goes Home” program has made him the conscience for the North American fire service. Goldfeder, along with Graham, host and sponsor the Web site FireFighterCloseCalls.com. Goldfeder will wrap-up the Safety Forum conference on January 22 with his powerful presentation, “Why Things Go Wrong—And What Safety Officers Can Do About It.”

“There has been no greater time for fire department safety officers to arm themselves with the best information than now!” says Goldfeder. “Never has the fire service and it’s leadership been so aware of the issues related to firefighter safety, health, and survival—and it’s the fire department safety officer who can make the connection between their ‘awareness’ and the ‘reality’ and importance of leadership related to firefighter survival. Truly, the fire chief’s ‘right hand person’ when it comes to keeping fire and EMS personnel out of the hospital and leadership out of the media and the courtroom, the fire department safety officer can assure the unnecessary risks are minimal.” He adds, “What is the one conference focused exclusively on the fire department safety officer? This one—the only one!”

The FDSOA 28th Annual Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium will be held January 18-20 while the 2016 Annual Safety Forum will start concurrently with two Safety Officer Academies and continue with the Safety Forum January 20-22. The IAFC’s Safety Health & Survival Section is partnering with the FDSOA to host the Safety Forum and bring safety education to as many fire chiefs and safety officers as possible.

For a complete conference agendas and registration information, visit www.fdsoa.org or contact Rich Marinucci, Executive Director, 248-880-1864.

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