By Roger Lackore

Professional Engineer and
Certified Safety Professional

For the past 28 years, the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Apparatus Specification & Vehicle Maintenance Symposium has been educating fire service personnel on the latest in fire and emergency vehicle topics. The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) cosponsors this event and provides many of the speakers. Traditionally held in Orlando, Florida, this year’s event moves to Scottsdale, Arizona, and will take place just prior to the 2016 FDSOA Annual Safety Forum. The new location provides more convenient travel for West Coast participants and will allow attendees to stay the full week, taking in the Safety Forum if they so wish.