By Chris Mc Loone
With the conclusion of HOT training at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, attendees turn their attention to the opening ceremonies and the plethora of classroom sessions available.
The ceremony begins with bagpipers
Amid hundreds of uniformed personnel, Editor in Chief Bobby Halton formally welcomes FDIC attendees to the conference and congratulates those who attended HOT training, generally accepted as the most intense firefighter training available, and officially opens the show.
Shortly after, PennWell Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), joined by Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Battalion Chiefs Joe and Chuck Downey and Chief Ron Kanterman, National Fire Academy Alumni Association (NFAAA) presents the year’s Courage & Valor Award.
This year, keynote speaker Anthony Kastros, battalion chief, Sacramento (CA) Metropolitan Fire District discusses how fire service leaders must recognize the opportunity that lies at their feet to define who they are or it will be defined for them after they are gone.
Following the FDIC Opening Ceremonies, attendees adjourn to continue their education at various classroom sessions, looking forward to the Thursday general session and opening of the largest North American fire service trade show where leading fire service suppliers gather to introduce their newest products—many of which donated equipment for HOT evolutions.
As Jason Darley, pump division account manager states, “FDIC continues to be a must-attend for the fire industry, both from a manufacturer or supplier standpoint as well as from a firefighter’s. Both the trade show and the extensive training opportunities make this show unparalleled. No show in the North American market provides the supplier the opportunity to interface with the sheer number of attendees—approaching 30,000—or the quality of attendees and decision makers.
By Chris Mc Loone