Safety Officers Active Shooter/Hostile Event Program
The IAFC’s Safety Health & Survival Section (IAFC SHS), in partnership with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), announced the addition of The Safety Officer’s Role in Active Shooter/Hostile Events program to the annual Safety Forum to be held January 20-22, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
According to Chief Scott Kerwood, chair of the IAFC SHS, “We have been talking for several years about doing our own conference. This is an opportunity to partner with the FDSOA since we cater to a lot of the same folks.”
The IAFC SHS and FDSOA met last January to discuss the partnership. “We realized we have a lot of the same members and several members of the SHS are presenting at the Safety Forum,” said Kerwood.
The Active Shooter/Hostile Events program is a timely response for fire chiefs and safety officers to the events that continue to occur across the nation and is just one of the programs featured in the 2016 Safety Forum. Other featured topics include: NFPA safety standards, safety leadership, performance management and rules of engagement. [https://www.fdsoa.org/events/2016-annual-safety-forum/]
The Active Shooter/Hostile Event program will be presented by Brent Siegel, EMS coordinator, Northville Township Fire Department, Mich. A certified Incident Safety Officer and a Health & Safety Officer, Siegel is also a tactical paramedic on the Western Wayne County Special Operations Team. His 90-minute program is scheduled for Thursday, January 21st.
Siegel will stress the importance that agencies integrate fire, law enforcement and EMS into their training. “Because this whole concept does not work if everybody is not on the same page. It’s all about communication,” he said.
Understanding the role of the fire department safety officer is critical in an all-agency hostile event. According to Siegel, an active shooter or hostile event is a more chaotic event to manage because the safety officer will not be able to walk around or have free access.
For more information regarding the FDSOA Safety Forum, contact: Rich Marinucci, Executive Director, Ph: 248.880.1864 or visit: www.fdsoa.org.
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 safety officers in protecting and promoting the safety and health responsibilities of fire departments, communities and first responders. FDSOA works to help fire departments achieve proficiency, promote the recognition of training, skills and a secure future.