Our First FDIC Indianapolis

FDIC Indianapolis is simply amazing…

FDIC 2014 Indiana Convention Center This post is about our first visit to FDIC Indianapolis. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is a week long firefighter convention and training show in Indianapolis. I was told by plenty of other firefighters that you have to see it to believe it. I have attended some other smaller shows including Toronto so I get what it is about. You bring a bunch of firefighters to a big room and try to sell them some new trucks, gear or gizmos. This is where FDIC Indianapolis is completely different. First, it’s a week long and its big, real big, with attendance in the 32,000+ area. In fact I heard people come to visit FDIC from more than 55 countries. It’s more than a sales blitz. There is live hands on training, seminars, book signings, demonstrations and many famous people there too. When I say this I mean they are famous in the North American fire service mostly but also many are well known around the world too. You will see fire service icons like retired chiefs Alan Brunacini, Billy Goldfeder, Rick Lasky, John Salka, Bobby Halton and many others. [Read more...]

Special Event – Firefighters Speak Up!

Firefighters Speak Up!

May 24-25, 2014

Chief Rick Lasky featured speaker at Firefighters Speak Up!Middlesex County Mutual Aid Association, Ilderton Firefighters and Firefighters Speak Up! are pleased to present this year’s keynote speaker Chief Rick Lasky. He is a 34-year veteran of the fire service, served as chief of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department for 12 years.  Rick began his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and has been a line firefighter, firefighter-paramedic, company grade officer, training officer and command-level officer. Rick has received many awards and accolades throughout his career. Well respected in the fire service, he has written over 250 technical articles that have been published in national fire-rescue journals.  Rick is the author of the best-selling books “Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” and “Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground” published by PennWell Books. As well he’s the co-host for the radio show “The Command Post” heard on Fire Engineering Talk Radio. Rick holds an AAS Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and was selected as the CSU 2012 Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Outstanding Graduate.

Speaking at 2 Venues – tickets $15 available at door:
Saturday, May 24th 2014 0900-1600

Ilderton Community Bible Church

100 Meadowcreek Dr. Ilderton, Ontario Hosted by Middlesex County Mutual Aid Assn.

Sunday, May 25th 2014 0900-1600

Stratford Rotary Complex

353 McCarthy Rd. Stratford, Ontario Hosted By Perth County Mutual Aid Assn.

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