List of 2008 FDIC Special Events
ARFF Working Group Information Exchange Program
The Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Working Group will host an Information Exchange Program (IEP) in addition to its classroom sessions at the Convention Center (Wednesday-Friday). The ARFF Working Group's Information Exchange Program is designed to provide an opportunity for airport firefighters to participate in an exchange of information and ideas on aviation firefighting protection and safety. As in the past, aviation-related industry experts will be exhibiting new products and new developments in technology and training. Light food and beverage will be served.
The National Fire Academy Alumni Association* will hold its annual membership meeting. There is a lot to discuss regarding the NFA and USFA, and 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 main sponsors, Pennwell/Fire Engineering and Delmar Publishers. Bring a fellow alumnus! Refreshments will be served.
FAMA Presentation: "Modern Fire Apparatus and Emerging Technology"
According to the US Fire Administration, more than half of America's fire apparatus are now more than 15 years old. This discussion, led by Jim Juneau, FAMA Legal Counsel, will review the significant advantages of function, durability, and safety designed into modern fire apparatus; will evaluate the emerging technologies that will be available on tomorrow's fire trucks; and will take a peek at the upcoming changes to the NFPA 1901 apparatus standard.
Command Center Roundtable
This is a true roundtable of Command Training Center users and administrators. Participants will share best practices, exchange ideas, and collaborate on the future of Command Training Centers. Chief (Ret.) Alan Brunacini, Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department, will moderate. All firefighters interested in learning how the use of simulations can enhance the tactical integration and improve the coordination of companies on the fireground should attend.
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FDIC Courage and Valor Fun Run
Whether you are a runner, walker, or both, this 5K event is for all firefighters, families, and friends. Proceeds go to help fund the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award/The Courage and Valor Foundation. This is a fun and healthy way to end your week at FDIC. The fast and flat course is on the beautiful White River State Park Canal; it is firefighter friendly?and no worries about traffic. Mile splits will be marked and called, and one water stop will be on the course. Your support will show that firefighters mean it when they say "We will never forget." Run or walk together to keep all our fallen brothers' and sisters' memories alive. Collectable Inaugural Courage and Valor T-shirts for all preregistrations (entry fee: $15) received before noon on Monday, April 7. To preregister online, go to Ken Long & Associates' Web site www.kenlongassoc.com. On-site registration is available at FDIC on Thursday, April 10, for $20, but shirts are not guaranteed. You can also register on race day until 7:45 am at the White River State Park Visitors Center. Awards will be presented to the first three male and female finishers.
Health and Safety Officer Certification Exam
You must preregister 30 days in advance. Contact Bob Finley at (618) 344-2595.
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. The meeting will be open to members only until 2:00 p.m., and Dr. Denis Onieal, superintendent of the National Fire Academy, has been invited to 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 training program. After 2:00 p.m., fire service publishers usually provide a quick update of their products.
ISFSI Membership Meeting
THE INSTRUCTORS ARE BACK! The Board and members of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors proudly invite you to attend the 2007 spring membership meeting. Come join the only international membership organization representing the interest of fire service instructors. This meeting is open to all firefighters, instructors, fire officers, and those aspiring to be. Networking social immediately following.
Pumper Pull Team Challenge
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.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Firefighters' Open House
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.
Harley Davidson FDIC 2008 Giveaway
One Harley-Davidson motorcycle will be awarded to an entrant randomly selected by a drawing to be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Fire Engineering/PennWell booth. Drawing entries will be accepted during the Fire Department Instructors Conference beginning April 10, 2008. See official entry form for complete rules.
Fellowship of Christian Firefighters' Service
Continental breakfast at 7:00 am, followed by Praise and Worship at 7:30 am. Everyone is invited to attend.
Masses at St. John's Church
National Fire Department Honor Guard Competition
Each year, fire department honor guard teams from across the country compete in a national event that has become a regular part of the Saturday program at FDIC. Teams are judged on neatness, uniformity, cleanliness, and military bearing. Past teams have come from Birmingham, AL; Howard County, MD; Kokomo, IN; Lexington, KY; Columbia, MO; and St. Paul, NM; as well as teams from Indiana. Why not have your team represented this year? For more information, contact Mary McCormack at (508) 881-3543 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
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