FDIC International 2019 Show News


    Halton: We Owe You a Ticker Tape Parade


    On Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Opening Ceremony Day 2 at FDIC International 2019, FDIC Education Director Chief (Ret.) Bobby Halton addressed the crowd of more than 2,500 attendees.

    Aaron Fields: Comfort Is the Enemy of Growth


    "Work fixes everything," said Aaron Fields of the Seattle (WA) Fire Department as he addressed the crowd at FDIC International 2019's second day of Opening Ceremonies.

    Doherty: 'The Art of the Possible'


    As a featured speaker on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Opening Ceremony Day 2 at FDIC International, Paul Doherty, president and CEO of The Digit Group, Inc., spoke on “Firefighting in the Age of Smart Cities.” 

    FDIC International 2019: A Look at the 2019 Awardees


    On Thursday at FDIC International 2019, Captain Bill Gustin of the Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Department received the 2019 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award and Anthony “Andoni” Kastros received the 2019 Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award.

    National Fire Heritage Center Inducts Hall Members at FDIC International 2019


    On Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Opening Ceremony Day 2 of FDIC International 2019, the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC), which serves as a research facility for fire departments, collectors, fire service professionals, and others who need detailed specifications, base information, and general history relative to the fire service, inducted six members to its Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders (HLLL). 

    Courage and Valor Award: Bradford T. Clark


    Lieutenant Bradford T. Clark, of Hanover County (VA) Fire-EMS, was honored with the 2019 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award at the FDIC International 2019 Opening Ceremony Day 1 on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 3,000 attendees.

    Keynoter Paul Combs: 'Build It!'


    Lieutenant Paul Combs from the Bryan (OH) Fire Department addressed the assembled crows at Wednesday's FDIC International 2019 Opening Ceremony.

    Halton: The Best Damn Job We've Ever Had


    On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Opening Ceremony Day 1 of FDIC International 2019, FDIC Education Director Chief (Ret.) Bobby Halton fired up the standing-room only crowd of more than 3,500 attendees with his Welcome Remarks.

    At the HOT Sites


    This year, FDIC International 2019 offered 27 hands-on training evolutions and taught thousands of students over two days. Here are a few of the new evolutions offered, as well as a list of exhibitors and manufacturers and a list of local departments that donated equipment, rigs, and staffing to help make the evolutions a logistical success.  



    NC Drone Company Launches Real Time Video Streaming System For Emergency Response, Search & Rescue, and Infrastructure Inspections

    Triangle UAS LLC, a provider of innovative unmanned aircraft system services and technology, has launched a real-time drone video streaming system to enhance situational awareness during disaster/accident response, search & rescue, and fire de...

    Live from FDIC International 2019: Friday

    Join your hosts live from FDIC International 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana! The Friday show has Danny Sheridan, Dennis Rubin, Rich Gasaway, and members of Sons of the Flag!

    Ferrara Debut First 107-Foot MVP Rescue-Ladder At FDIC International

    The new 107-foot Rescue Ladder is the first aerial over 100’ on Ferrara’s custom MVP cab and body.


    NIOSH LODD Report: Iowa Firefighter Ejected from Department Pickup Truck

    The vehicle was traveling in adverse road and driving conditions due to a wintery mix of rain, snow, and ice. 

    When Plan C Doesn't Work

    Build relationships with your local tow operators and train together so that you know what resources are available to you when the call comes in.

    Rekindle vs. Due Diligence

    In this column, I’m going to discuss rekindle and due diligence and what steps the fire department could have taken to prevent this lawsuit from happening.


    March 2019 Apparatus Showcase

    This month’s collection of recent fire apparatus deliveries.

    Eight Streamlined and Compact Pumpers Delivered to the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department

    Ferrara Fire Apparatus recently supplied eight custom pumpers to the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department on Igniter chassis with 169-inch wheelbases and 96-inch-wide flat-roof cabs with seating for six firefighters.

    Rekindle vs. Due Diligence

    When the fire department responded, the firefighters quickly grabbed the TIC to scan the structure and knocked down the fire. Once they knocked down the fire, they performed overhaul using the TIC and declared the fire out.