2015 Special Events Schedule

Below are just a few of the many Special Events at FDIC.  More will be posted as details become finalized, so be certain to check back soon!


Location: Special Event Stage - Lucas Oil Stadium

Thursday, April 23 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 24th 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25th 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“Johnny Gage” from the 1970s NBC series EMERGENCY!
Meet Randy in person when he hosts a fundraising autograph session on the Special Events Stage.
Emergency! photographs and other show memorabilia will be available for purchase and personalization.
Proceeds are donated to the LA County Fire Museum. Listen for announcements on site for additional
opportunities to meet Randy. For more information visit his web site at www.RandolphMantooth.com or
follow him on Facebook.com/RandolphMantooth
*Celebrity appearance subject to change

Eighth Annual FDIC Courage and Valor Fun Run

Location:  White River State Park 
Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:00 pm


The eighth annual FDIC Courage and Valor Fun Run will take place at the White River State Park located just a short walk from the Indianapolis Convention Center. The scenic, flat, fast course winds around the canal and provides runners with an absolutely safe (no traffic crossings) opportunity to enjoy a brisk fun run with their fellow firefighters. Timing and management of the run will be handled by Tuxedo Brothers for the more serious runners. It's a chance for everyone to get out and show a commitment to good health and well-being. All proceeds go to help sponsor the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Medal and Award presented each year at FDIC. All are welcome to participate. Registration is $20.00 at the convention center Monday and Tuesday of FDIC (in Hoosier Hallway) or online at www.tuxbro.com and $25 on site at the race. All preregistered participants will receive T-shirts. 

FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
Time: Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:30 pm


Fire service members from across the United States are invited to participate in the FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.  This is not a race but an opportunity to honor and remember the 343 FDNY members who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live.  For more information about the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb, visit: www.9-11stairclimb.com or the Special Events booth in Hoosier Hallway at the show.

The Heat

Location: SouthStreet Lot

Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Saturday, April 25, 2015


Can your training take the HEAT?

Do you have what it takes to be one of 200 firefighters at FDIC to complete the most intense firefighter training evolution this conference has ever seen?

The biggest names in the fire service industry will come together to offer a fast-paced training evolution that will put your firefighting skills to the test. Join BullEx, LION, MSA, PBI Performance Products, Rosenbauer and Task Force. Tips in the outdoor event area as they offer conference attendees the chance to show off their real world skills in an event unlike any other. Experience first-hand the latest products from the most trusted fire service suppliers in situations that emergency responders are faced with every day.

Visit http://theheatatfdic.eventbrite.com now to register to take part in this can’t miss event and stay tuned for more details about the HEAT



Operations Chief for the Clearwater (FL) Fire & Rescue, Ricky Riley, will speak about the Clearwater experience of spec’ing out two rigs recently and the trends he has identified regarding apparatus options, features, and technology as he has gone through the process. Then FAMA member companies will provide information on new apparatus options, features, and technology to help attendees plan their journey on the show floor as the FDIC International 2015 Exhibition begins. This is a “can’t miss” event taking you right up to the opening of the FDIC International exhibit halls.

Comedy Night: FCSN’s Comedy vs. Cancer 2015 at FDIC!

Location: Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland Street
Time: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

After two days of H.O.T. evolutions, relax and enjoy an evening of great standup comedy and $3 drafts! Our headliner this year is Travis Howze, former firefighter, Marine Corps veteran, and star of the national “Funny Under Fire” tour. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network. FCSN helps fire/EMS members and their families cope with cancer and delivers line-of-duty cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Your $20 donation incudes food and beverages with a cash bar and $3 draft beer. Don’t wait – get your tickets now! Tickets available at www.firefightercancersupport.org.


International Networking Event

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
5pm - 6:30pm
Indiana Convention Center - Room 111/112

All International Attendees Welcome.

Join fellow international attendees for an evening of cocktails & appetizers.



Firefighter Eagle Scout Meeting

Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m., Room Wabash 1

Do you own an Eagle Scout medal? Only four percent of all Scouts ever reach the rank of Eagle. That four percent carries on a life of duty and honor that the Scout Oath and Law epitomize--once an Eagle, always an Eagle. Many Eagle Scouts grow up and enter the fire service; doing a good turn daily and being prepared are the backbone of scouting and the fire service. That is why the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), the group that represents all Eagle Scouts, young and old, is focusing on the fire service. NESA is starting to form professional groups of Eagle Scouts known as Affinity Groups. The first group formed is the Fire Service. The purpose of the Firefighter Affinity Group is to bring the Fire Service Eagles together to share the fellowship that is foundation of both scouting and the fire service. Fellow Fighter Eagles will be able to offer mentoring, leadership, and service through this group. The NESA Firefighter group will also be at the Indiana State Fire Chiefs booth on Friday, April 24. We hope every Fire Service Eagle will join NESA. For more information, e-mail Ryan.Larson@scouting.org.

ISFSI Membership Social

Location: Mo's A Place for Steaks, 15 East Maryland Street
Time: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) leads fire and EMS instructors in their efforts to reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries, increase firefighter safety, educate, and train. We support instructors through educational opportunities, networking, mentoring programs, leadership opportunities, instructional resources, and legislative advocacy. The ISFSI is hosting a social free of charge for all ISFSI members and FDIC instructors (FDIC instructors must present their FDIC badge for admittance). We will be giving away thousands of dollars in door prizes at this event. This social and the subsequent giveaways are the Society’s way of thanking its membership and welcoming new members. Not currently an ISFSI member? No problem. The Society is also welcoming those who wish to become a member to join at the door for an introductory membership fee. If you are an ISFSI member or part of the FDIC teaching staff or wish to join the Society that evening, make this a must for your Tuesday night. This is an excellent opportunity for instructors to network and relax in a great atmosphere with outstanding food, drinks, and amazing door prizes. Come by to see your friends and make new ones! Sponsored by Honeywell & Scott Safety.

INDYMETRO F.O.O.L.S. Brotherhood Bash 2015

Location: Corner of Jackson and S. Meridian St.
Time: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 TBA

The gates will open at 1700 hours. There is a $5.00 donation entry fee; you must be 21 to enter. Brought to you by INDYMETRO  F.O.O.L.S., along with Hooters and RAE Systems.

NFAAA Meeting

Location: Room Sagamore 1 & 2 
Time: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:15 pm

The National Fire Academy Alumni Association* will hold its annual membership meeting. There is a lot to discuss regarding the NFA and USFA, the changes on campus, changes in the curriculum, and more. The meeting will feature a guest speaker from the NFA/USFA, the financial secretary’s report, and the administrator’s report. Mingle with the NFAAA’s sponsors, including Pennwell/Fire Engineering. Bring a fellow alumnus! Refreshments will be served.

* The NFAAA has more than 30,000 members and is comprised of fire and emergency services personnel from all over the country and beyond. Its mission is to support the National Fire Academy and the U.S. Fire Administration in their efforts to protect people from the ravages of fire and other hazards.



Monday - Tuesday, April 20-21, 2015 @ 6:30a-7:30a - Room 111/112
Wednesday - Friday, April 22 -24, 2015 @6:30a-7:30a - Conference Room East

All are welcome!


Americas Female Firefighters

Location:Special Events Stage
Thursday, April 23rd

4pm - 5pm

Meet some of the 2016 featured firefighters, on the FDIC Special Events Stage located in the Lucas Oil Stadium.

You can also find them throughout the Exhbit Halls in the ICC and LOS during the event, including the Fire Engineering booths!

Visit americasfemalefirefighters.com for more information and ways you can help their cause!

Fire Engineering Bookstore

Location: Booth 6094

Stop by the Fire Engineering Bookstore and SAVE 15% off your purchase!  Check out our extensive selection of best-selling books and DVDs and meet some of your favorite authors during the “Meet the Author” times at the bookstore.  Be sure to look for our onsite schedule for details!

Stop, Drop, Rock 'n' Roll

Location: Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 West Washington Street 
Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7pm-11 pm

Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for a fun-filled night with friends. For a small donation at the door, you can help to support the NFFF’s mission to honor the fallen, assist their survivors, and work to reduce line-of-duty deaths. The evening includes music, food and refreshments, and the highlight of the night–the live auction! For more information, go to www.stopdroprocknroll.com.


Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge

Location: South Street
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

For the fourth year, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. will take place at FDIC 2015. Wearing “full bunker gear” and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim” as they race against themselves,their opponent andthe clock . The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession’s rigors to the public.

National Fire Department Honor Guard Competition

Location: Room 500 Ballroom
Time: Friday, April 24, 2015, 8:30 am

The National Fire Department Honor Guard Competition is brought to you by W. W. Grainger and will showcase the best fire department honor guard teams from around the country. The events are designed to test the units in details they are expected to perform as part of an Honor Guard unit.  The event is judged by instructors from the National Honor Guard Academy. New this year will be an individual competition event open to all conference attendees covering basic standing commands through advanced drill and ceremony maneuvers.  There will be two classes for individual competition participants--one for professional/advanced (open to everyone) and one for those who do not perform Honor Guard or drill maneuvers professionally.  The limited-edition challenge coin will again be available for purchase with all proceeds from the coin sales benefiting the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Foundation. Coins are $10 each while supplies last. The award ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. In addition to the trophies, the Commander’s sword, and prizes for the top winners will be awarded by Marlow White Uniforms.  For more information and to register for the competition, please visit the NHGA Web site (www.nationalhonorguardacademy.com ) or e-mail Captain Glen Busch at fdichonorguard@gmail.com.

National Honor Guard Competition

Location: Room 500 Ballroom
Time: April 24, 2015, 8:30 am

This event will showcase the very best honor guard units from around the country as they compete in a variety of honor guard functions used in the course of funerals or other fire service events.

Registration materials and more detailed information may be found at http://nationalhonorguardacademy.com/FDIC_Competition.html or e-mail Captain Glen Busch atfdichonorguard@gmail.com.

NAFTD Meeting

Location: Room 206-207
Time: Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:00 pm -5:00 pm

The North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD), comprised of the 50 states and the Canadian provinces and territorial training directors, will conduct its annual spring meeting. On an annual basis, the collective efforts of the members of NAFTD provide training to more than one million career and volunteer fire service personnel in the United States and Canada.  The meeting will be for members only and invited guests such as Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy, will provide an update on the federal fire programs and various committee reports. Typical agenda items include topics pertinent to the management of a state, provincial, or territorial fire service training and certification programs. 

ISFSI Membership Meeting

Location:  Room Sagamore 7 
Time: Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

HE INSTRUCTORS ARE BACK! The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) leads fire and EMS instructors in their efforts to reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries, increase firefighter safety, educate, and train. We support instructors through educational opportunities, networking, mentoring programs, leadership opportunities, instructional resources, and legislative advocacy. The Board and members of the ISFSI proudly invite you to attend the 2015 spring membership meeting and luncheon free of charge! Participate in the only international membership organization representing the interest of fire service instructors. This meeting is open to all current ISFSI members and those wishing to obtain membership in the Society at the door for an introductory membership rate. We will be giving away thousands of dollars in door prizes that all in attendance will be eligible for if you are a member. Come join us and wrap up FDIC International 2015 with ISFSI!

Indianapolis Firefighters’ Open House

Location:  Union Hall, 748 Massachusetts Ave.
Time: Friday, April 24, 2015

Come and renew acquaintances with the Indianapolis firefighters at the Union Hall. Plenty of great food and refreshments will be served. Transportation will be provided to and from the Convention Center beginning at 5:15 pm until 10:00 pm. 

Paul Combs - Illustrator

Location: Special Event Stage - Lucas Oil Stadium
Friday @ 1pm - 2pm
Saturday @ 10am - 11am

Get Paul’s signature on the limited edition 2015 FDIC Internatinoal Illustration, on the FDIC Special Events Stage located in the Lucas Oil Stadium.

Fellowship of Christian Firefighters’ Service

Location: Room 101-102
Time: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 am-8:00 am

Praise and Worship at 7:30 am. Everyone is invited to attend.

Masses at St. John’s Church

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 5:30 pm

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:00 am & 11:00 am

Pumper Pull Team Challenge

Time: Friday, April 24, 2015

Teams of firefighters compete in a test of brawn and teamwork. Teams interested in competing should call Local 416 at (317) 262-5161 for more information. After the competition, stay for the Union Hall Open House, immediately to follow.

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