FDSOA announces keynote for January 2019

Apparatus Maintenance & Specification Symposium


The Fire Department Safety Officer Association announced Janine Driver, bestselling author of You Can’t Lie to Me and former lie detection expert for the FBI, CIA and Scotland Yard, will be the keynote speaker, Janet Driver – Keynote, for the 2019 Apparatus Maintenance & Specification Symposium and the 2019 Safety Forum to be held January 20th to 24th in Orlando, Florida.

Driver certainly can relate to the fire service as the daughter of Charlie Driver, recently retired EVT for Brookline, MA. Last year, she also presented to the Fire Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association and Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association’s annual meetings and got rave reviews.

“If you’re a fleet supervisor or EVT and dealing with apparatus manufacturers or vendors on bids or a safety officer trying to convince your fire chief to invest in better safety gear or with firefighters to wear their turn out gear or SCBAs, listen, you say more than you think,” said Driver. “Imagine if you knew in your life what you were saying without saying a word!”

Janine Driver has demonstrated her world-renowned expertise on programs including the NBC Today Show, Dr. Oz, Nancy Grace and CNN. Her presentation is fast-paced, interactive and will make you rethink interactions within the fire department, colleagues and in your community. A former hostage negotiator, Driver will also teach you how position yourself for success in negotiations with manufacturers and vendors—even family and friends--and get people to cooperate.

Regardless of your occupation, the ability to ‘read’ people is extremely important,” said Rich Marinucci, executive director, FDSOA. “Fire officers, fire apparatus manufactures, suppliers and virtually everyone else, can benefit from this session. Driver’s message is helpful for safety officers who must not only monitor firefighter activities, but also anticipate what may occur in the near future.” 

The FDSOA Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium will be held Monday, January 20th to Wednesday, January 23rd. Concurrently the FDSOA Safety Forum will be hold the two-day Incident Safety Officer Academy and the Health & Safety Officer Academy on January 21-22.  

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The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) was established in 1989 as a non-profit association, incorporated in Massachusetts. In 2013, the offices moved to Michigan. 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. FDSOA works to helps fire departments achieve proficiency and promote the recognition of training, skills and a secure future. In May 2016, FDSOA won the Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award for its work over 28 years, “as an organization fully dedicated to the health and safety of the nation’s firefighters.”



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