Marinucci Named Head of FD Safety Officers Assoc.

Northville Township (Mich.) Fire Chief Richard Marinucci has been named Chief Executive of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA).He replaces Bob Finley, who retired on Sept. 30.

This decision was reached by the Board of Directors after a nationwide search for the new executive. Marinucci said he is looking forward to working with the FDSOA Board of Directors and membership to promote the role of safety officers and “make sure the firefighters go home at the end of the day.”

Marinucci’s wife, Linda Stone, will serve as administrative assistant. Together Marinucci and Stone will oversee the FDSOA’s membership benefits and certification programs and two conferences, including the 26th annual Apparatus Symposium to be held in January.

Marinucci and Stone previously worked together managing the Everyone Goes Home program for three years. Previously, Marinucci served for 24 years as chief of the the Farmington Hills (Mich.) Fire Department.

He was a nominee for the 2013 Fire Chief of the Year award. In nominating Marinucci for the award, the president of the Southeastern Michigan Fire Chiefs Association cited Marinucci for his “visionary leadership” and for encouraging “change in the fire service.”

Marinucci also is an adjunct instructor at the Eastern Michigan University Fire Staff and Command program and has served as the chairman of the Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training.

He is a past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, serving 1997-98. The FDSOA was established in 1989 as a non-profit association. Its mission is to promote safety standards and practices in the fire, rescue and emergency services community.

The FDSOA is dedicated to the issues that affect Safety Officers in protecting and promoting the safety and health responsibilities in fire departments across North America.