Eric Valliere to Maintain Chairman Position for Second Term

The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) is pleased to announce that Eric Valliere will remain in office as chairman of the Board of Directors of FDSOA for a second three-year term. Valliere’s first term started when previous chairman, Jeff Merryman, had to step down early in his tenure. Prior to becoming chairman, Valliere served two terms as a western director and began his term as vice chairman before taking over for Merryman.

Valliere is an assistant chief with the Scottsdale Fire Department, where he has been since 2005. He oversees Operations, EMS, and Safety.

So far, his time as chairman has been busy. Valliere’s biggest accomplishments have been to expand the Apparatus Symposium to a full conference, add additional certifications and expand classes so the ISO certification can be a hybrid online course.

He’s also looking to the future and has big plans for his second term. The board is currently working on a strategic plan. Valliere would like to see more membership focus with CEUs, expanded outreach and increased member benefits. “I could totally do this full-time. I love the relationships I’ve made through FDSOA,” said Valliere.

His passion and enthusiasm will certainly help him during his second term. We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments.


The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) was established in 1989 as a non-profit association. 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 the day-to-day operations. The association is dedicated to the issues that affect the critical role of the safety officer in protecting and promoting the safety and health responsibilities of fire departments, communities and first responders.

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