Apparatus & Equipment

Brunacini to Keynote at FDSOA Safety Forum

Alan Brunacini

The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) announced that the legendary Alan Brunacini will be the new keynote speaker for the Safety Forum. Brunacini will present No Brainer Management on Friday, January 22nd, 2016, replacing Billy Goldfeder who is unable to participate because of a family illness.

Alan Brunacini is one of the most highly respected figures in the fire industry. For 28 years he served as fire chief of the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department. He was original chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health program and the first active fire service member to hold the position of chairman of the Board of Directors of the NFPA. He writes a monthly column, “Bruno ‘Unplugged'”, for Fire Engineering magazine, and his impact on the fire industry is widespread. Brunacini has authored or co-authored a total of nine books, including Fire Command, which explains precise procedures for approaching and diminishing a hazardous situation.

Well-known for his laid-back, commonsense approach to fire service operations, management and customer service, Brunacini believes in a gentle-hearted approach that takes into account the trauma of victims. In five words, his guiding principles are: “Prevent harm. Survive. Be nice.”

Brunacini joins two other popular fire service presenters, James (Jim) Juneau and Gordon Graham, who will be featured keynotes during the Apparatus Maintenance Symposium and the Safety Forum, being held concurrently January 18-22, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

James J. Juneau, Juneau, Boll, Stacy & Ucherek, Dallas, Texas, will kick off the Apparatus Symposium on Monday, January 18th.  Juneau, a nationally recognized legal authority on issues relating to fire apparatus and emergency vehicle design and operational safety, will talk about fire apparatus and the law.

Gordon Graham, Graham Research Consultants, 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 police/fire service risk management expert and attorney, divides his time between study, research, writing, speaking, and consulting in the discipline of risk management. He will focus on what informed fire departments, informed firefighters, mechanics, and safety officers need to know about risk management and how to reduce the injuries and deaths through the specification, acquisition, bidding, transport, and the training process.

Alan Brunacini’s presentation, No Brainer Management, will wrap-up the Safety Forum conference on Friday, January 22, 2016.

The IAFC’s Safety Health & Survival Section is partnering with the FDSOA to host the Safety Forum and bring safety education to fire chiefs, chief officers, safety officers, and fire personnel across North America.

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 Wednesday thru Friday, January 22nd.

For a complete conference agendas and registration information: or contact: Rich Marinucci, Executive Director, Ph: 248.880.1864.

The Fire Department Safety Officers Association 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. It is the Association dedicated to the issues that affect the critical role of 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, promote the recognition of training, and skills and a secure future.