The SAFER Story

 

In February 1976, the Southern Area Fire Equipment Research organization was founded by a group of individuals who felt that many areas of fire service needed coordinated attention. The original S.A.F.E.R. logo shows the words: SCBA, ROPES, PASS, OSHA, CLOTHING, HELMETS, APPARATUS, and BOOTS. These were the original areas it was felt that needed better performance and standards than were in effect at the time. Years of effort have had a major impact on the apparatus, equipment, safety, and standards in effect today. 

S.A.F.E.R. Membership includes individuals representing more than 100 private, city, county, state, and federal fire agencies, as well as manufacturers and vendors of fire service related equipment. Founded in Southern California, membership has expanded to include representatives from many other states and countries. In 1996, S.A.F.E.R. became a Californian Non-Profit Corporation and is recognized as a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity in accordance with IRC.

S.A.F.E.R. was organized as a forum to exchange information, and to coordinate fire equipment research via meeting attendance and publication of meeting minutes. We provide our member departments with input to state and national agencies such as CAL/OSHA, N.I.O.S.H., and NFPA in the development of standards for firefighter safety, protective clothing and equipment. S.A.F.E.R. members also work with manufacturers in product research and development of equipment for the fire service. 

We invite active participation by all persons, agencies, and companies interested in joining our organization. Meetings are usually held on the third Friday of each month at various locations throughout Southern California. 

 

SAFER Executives & Contacts

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                        Scott Quinn                            SAFER President
   BC, LAFD
   (213) 434-1380
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Tony Durán
Treasurer/Webmaster
Ammonia Safety & Training Institute
(626) 590-2991
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Dick Weise
SAFER VP
Capt., LACoFD
(951) 807-1914
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Joe Sposato
Vendor Liason
Allstar Fire Equipment
(626) 652-0900
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Tracy Rabe
FaceBook/Twitter Editor
LineGear Fire & Rescue Equipment
(949) 230-5610
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Chuck Seely
Secretary
Downey FD (Ret.)
(562) 824-3225
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   Keith Gurrola
IPP
Fire Chief, City of Fillmore
(805) 377-1491
Email

Board Members

Rob Szczpanek
VCFD
(805) 914-4021
Email

Jeff Wilkerson
1-800-BoardUp, CPFD (Ret.)
(949) 445-9512
Email

Scott Hudson
HFD (Ret.)
(951) 694-2591
Email

                Mike Weisenberg                                             VCFD                                              (805) 990-4326                       Email 

    

 

Russ Snider
OCFA
(714) 308-4338
Email

     Lucas Spellman
CAL Fire
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       Adam Grandos
                          LAFD                              (XXX) XXX-XXXX
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   Paul Alvarado
LBFD
(951) 795-2571
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Scott Schuster
North Las Vegas FD
(702) 278-4580
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Ed Shabro
                     LN Curtis & Sons                                           (760) 250-1180                        Email