Another FDIC in the books and it was a huge success, as always. For those out there that have heard about FDIC and haven’t had the opportunity to make the trip over to Indianapolis, make sure to pencil it in for next year.
FDIC International hosts over 35,000 Fire Rescue professionals from over 65 countries. The expert instructors present classroom lectures, workshops, Hands On Training Evolutions, and all of the most innovative products and services now available in the industry. Everything is on exhibit and demonstrated in the 5 star Indianapolis Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.
If you are new on the job and looking to hone your skills, there are HOT classes that will immerse you in the scenarios and give you the opportunity to test your knowledge through experiences you may not have had on the job just yet. From newly promoted officers to those at the chief level, and every specialty in between, the diversity of the conference leaves everyone feeling fulfilled.
As for the town itself, you will find the streets downtown engulfed with your brother and sister firefighters from all across the world. I really loved seeing everyone displaying their department logos and patches with pride. The life long relationships developed and the passion displayed will recharge your passion for the job and allow you to bring that same passion back to the stations at home. This is also a perfect time to trade coins. Be sure to bring as many as possible for trade, this year I must have come back with 12 new coins to add to the collection. The city really catered to us and rolled out the red carpet. From the Uber drivers all the way up, Indy made all those in attendance feel right at home.
If you love the tradition of the fire service, a big shout out goes to the Public Safety Pipes and Drums, comprised of the Local Indianapolis firefighters and the massed band that attends every year to be a part of the conference. These individuals had their schedule packed solid from opening ceremonies, private parties, 911 memorial stair climb and the nightly festivities where those in attendance were able to unwind, and knock back a few pints. The sound of the band along with the camaraderie you feel while raising a pint in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice will give you chills down your spine.
More than your typical trade show or conference, the FDIC is a week of learning and sharing knowledge and stories with your brothers and sisters in the service. The content of this conference makes the trip well worth it and the people make this event worth coming back for. For firefighters, EMS and all first responders, FDIC is a one of a kind conference and to see what all fuss is about, you simply must attend. Hope to see you there next year!
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