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 that it was felt that needed better performance and standards than were in effect at the time, and where years of effort have had a major impact on the apparatus, equipment, safety, and standards in effect today. 

S.A.F.E.R. Membership now exceeds 270 individuals representing more than 100 private, city, county, state, and federal fire agencies, and over 90 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. 

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. Annual two-day meetings are held in Clark County, Nevada, usually every Spring.

 

SAFER Executives & Contacts

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Ellsworth Fortman
SAFER President
LAFD
(661) 645-1810
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Steve Lloyd
Treasurer
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Josh Augustine
Webmaster
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Dick Weise
SAFER VP
LACo FD
(951) 807-1914
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Joe Sposato
Vendor Liason
Allstar Fire Equipment
(626) 652-0900
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Vacant
Communications

Chuck Seely
Secretary
Downey FD (Ret.)
(562) 824-3225
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Keith Gurrola
Member at Large
VCFD (Ret.)
(805) 377-1491
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Tony Duran
IPP
LACo FD
(626) 590-2991
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Board Members

Mike Weisenberg
VCFD
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Rick Griggs
CAL Fire
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Shaun Malone
Cathedral City FD
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Scott Quinn
LAFD
(213) 434-1380
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Jeff Wilkerson
Camp Pendleton FD
(760) 390-2702
Email

Scott Hudson
HFD (Ret.)
(951) 694-2591
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Russ Snider
OCFA
(714) 308-4338
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Lucas Spellman
CAL Fire

 

Ed Carey
SBFD (Ret.)
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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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Bruce Vanderhorst
RFD
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