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2019 OPENING CEREMONIES

Celebrate the unique and time-honored tradition of the Opening Ceremony Day 1 and Day 2 at FDIC 2019. These dynamic morning sessions are always motivational and are not to be missed!

Opening Ceremonies - Celebrate the unique and time-honored tradition of the Opening Ceremony Day 1 and Day 2 at FDIC 2019. These dynamic morning sessions are always motivational and are not to be missed!

Opening Ceremony, Part 1
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sagamore Ballroom
Indiana Convention Center

Keynote Speaker
Paul Combs, Lieutenant, Bryan (OH) Fire Department

Opening Ceremony, Part 2
Thursday, April 11, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sagamore Ballroom
Indiana Convention Center

Keynote Speaker
Aaron Fields, Firefighter, Seattle (WA) Fire Department

This year’s moving presentations include the following:

  • Video highlights from the Hands-on Training (H.O.T.) Evolutions that took place the days before. 
  • Tribute to the 2018 U.S. and Canadian fallen firefighters. 
  • This year’s keynote speakers will jump-start your FDIC experience as you begin the classroom portion of the week. 
  • Presentation of the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award. Nominations for this award are accepted until January 7, 2019, for someone who performed a meritorious act at an incident that occurred between December 1, 2017, and November 30, 2018. The recipient receives a cash award of $35,000 and a medal.
  • Presentation of the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award to Captain Bill Gustin, Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue. This award is named for Fire Engineering Editor in Memoriam Tom Brennan, who embodied a lifetime of achievement in the fire service. 
  • Presentation of the George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award. This award, formerly the Fire Engineering Training Achievement Award, is given in conjunction with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI). It recognizes individuals for extraordinary accomplishments in fire service training. Nominations must be received by December 31, 2018.