Brian Brush: First-Arriving Engine: A Progressive Fire Attack Plan

    Brian Brush discusses that there are hundreds of options and combinations for fire attack at the disposal of today’s firefighters and that the three-person engine can perform only one action at a time and this is one way to simplify and maximize the effectiveness of these first-due actions.

    Lisa Baker: The Assessment Center Process: How to Be Successful

    Lisa Baker discusses what an assessment center is and how it assesses your ability to be successful in the job classification for which you are testing.  

    Anthony Avillo: Shut the Door! Tips for VES, VEIS (or VESS)

    Anthony Avillo discusses the meaning of VEIS or VESS in the fire service.

    Annual Awards

    The Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award has been given out during the General Session at FDIC since 1998. In 2009, the award was renamed for Tom Brennan, who was the editor of Fire Engineering for eight years and a technical editor until he passed away in 2006. 

    Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

    • Frank Brannigan (1998)
    • Tom Brennan (1999)
    • Vince Dunn (2000)
    • Alan Brunacini (2001)
    • Don Manno (2002)
    • Ray Downey (2003)
    • John Eversole (2004
    • James Page (2005)
    • Leo Stapleton (2006)
    • Dr. Denis Onieal (2007)
    • John Mittendorf (2008)

    Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

    • John Norman (2009)
    • Ronald Jon Siarnicki (2010)
    • John F. “Skip” Coleman (2011)
    • Jack Murphy (2012)
    • Glenn Corbett (2013)
    • Ronny J. Coleman (2014)
    • Bill Peters (2015)
    • Jerry Tracy (2016)


    FDIC International 2017 Exhibitor Showcase: O2X


    Adam La Reau of O2X discusses how the company addresses the interrelated issues of firefighter readiness, physical fitness, and resiliency to improve fireground performance.

    FDIC International 2017 Exhibitor Showcase: Scott Safety


    Members of the Scott Safety team demonstrate some of the products the company had at this year's FDIC International 2017.

    FDIC International 2017 Exhibitor Showcase: Akron Brass


    Akron Brass launches UltraJet handline nozzle and more at FDIC 2017. Check out the latest from the most trusted brand of firefighting equipment.