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.  



    FDIC International 2019: Intense, Invaluable, and Unique

    Jerry Knapp reviews some of the highlights from this year's FDIC International and describes why the conference keeps drawing him back year after year.

    FDIC Int'l Postscript: True North Gear Unveils its Decon Laundry Bag

    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...


    NIOSH LODD Report: Ohio Firefighter Dies after Being Struck by SCUBA Cylinder

    The unsecured cylinder began to spin, rotate and bounce off the engine bay floor until it became an airborne projectile.

    Using Thermal Imaging in Volunteer Departments

    I know of a volunteer fire department where an elderly lady walked into the fire station and asked the firefighters what they could use.

    USFA: Emerging Health and Safety Issues Among Women in the Fire Service

    Resources and recommendations that address long-term and emerging health and safety issues faced by female firefighters and EMS responders.


    Using Thermal Imaging in Volunteer Departments

    Every volunteer firefighter needs thermal imaging training because in volunteer departments you don’t know who will respond to the call.


    Recent Fire Apparatus Deliveries-April 2019

    Here is a collection of recent fire apparatus deliveries from across the country.

    Pierce Ascendant Tiller Quint for the Santa Maria City (CA) Fire Department

    Pierce Manufacturing Inc. built a 107-foot Ascendant® heavy-duty tiller quint for the Santa Maria City (CA) Fire Department on an Arrow XT™ chassis with an aluminum body powered by a Cummins 565-hp X15 engine and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic...