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Thousands of firefighters gathered in Indianapolis for the 2009 Fire Department Instructors Conference. FireRescue1 was there to deliver extensive coverage from the show, including photos, speeches, highlights from some of the best educational sessions and news updates on the hottest products.

Photo Slideshow

'American Chopper' reality TV star Paul Teutul Sr. makes a dramatic entrance at FDIC's exhibition hall Friday. He was at the show to promote the 'Fire-Dex Challenge,' which saw attendees taking part in a firefighter-inspired obstacle course. View Slideshow (Photo Jamie Thompson)
More Exclusive Coverage
FDIC keynote urges firefighters to 'never give up'

Wednesday's FDIC keynote speaker Denver District Chief Dave McGrail Chief McGrail requested attendees to go on a "rescue mission" to bring disenchanted brothers back into the fold, and to feel pride once again in the fire service. Full Story
IAFF president confident funding will increase

IAFF President Harold Schaitberger says he is confident of increased fire service funding this year, criticizing the stimulus package for not sufficiently supporting firefighters. Full Story
NY chief reflects on Continental crash response at FDIC

As chief of a small volunteer fire department, Chief David Case never imagined he'd be leading the response to plane crash in a peaceful suburban street near his fire hall. Full Story
FDNY Lt. says fire service needs culture of 'extinguishment not safety'

FDNY Lt. Ray McCormack claimed the fire service needed a "culture of extinguishment not safety" during a keynote speech to FDIC on Thursday. Full Story
Wis. firefighter awarded at FDIC for rescuing captain in floor collapse

A Milwaukee firefighter who fought against his own pain to drag his unconscious captain to safety after they fell through a floor was awarded one of the fire service's highest honors Wednesday. Full Story
FDIC speaker: Get ready for more wildland-urban calls

Fire departments in the wildland-urban interface need to be more proactive in combating the risks of wildfires, a session at FDIC was told Thursday. Full Story
Goldfeder makes plea for LODD reduction at FDIC

Recent LODDs and close calls came under Billy Goldfeder's microscope at FDIC Thursday — and he urged the fire service to reduce the number of unnecessary LODDs. Full Story
NC department wins new pumper in FDIC contest

Chief David Powell will always fondly remember the day he forgot to take out the trash — it led to his department winning a brand new fire truck. Full Story
FDIC session highlights dangers of common fireground operations

Confronting poor safety practices when they happen on the fireground is key to reducing firefighter line-of-duty deaths, a session at FDIC was told Wednesday. Full Story
Company officer safety, survival outlined at FDIC

BC Reeder's session outlined fireground safety and survival for the company officer, and attendees were told they should always expect the worst at incidents. Full Story
Video Coverage

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Product Showcases

New low-cost, personal-issue thermal imager touted at FDIC
'Personal Rescue System' debuts at FDIC, stows in pants pocket
Cooling vest inspired by racing technology showcased at FDIC
Firefighters climb exhibit tower to test new harness at FDIC
'Cot Cap' launched at FDIC keeps contents dry
Press Releases from the Show

Firecom Introduces New Belt Pack at FDIC for the Total Wireless Solution

EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. Highlights New Products at Fire Department Instructors Conference

The Last Chance Rescue Filter Available for Sale at FDIC

Thorogood Partners with Vibram® to Offer the Ultimate in Slip Resistance for Fireboots

FLAME-SIM to offer Classes at FDIC 2009

Thales's Liberty Multiband Radio Receives FCC Approval

LifeGuard Technologies Partners with Horton to Unveil Ambulance Equipped with Side Roll Protection

Sperian Fire Announces $100,000 Donation Campaign for Fallen Firefighters at FDIC

Pierce Unveils Innovative 100-Foot Aluminum Aerial Platform

3M introduces cost effective enhanced visibility solution

Cummins products and technology are on display at FDIC
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