FDIC 2023 preview: Education, exhibit hall, keynotes and special events

Presenters offer insights into critical topics impacting firefighters

INDIANAPOLIS — FDIC is returning to the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis April 24-29.

Over 800 vendors are expected to exhibit their apparatus, products and services, and attendees will have the opportunity to attend events like the Women in Fire Conference, JEMS Innovation Summit, Metro Officers Innovation Briefing, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) member social, the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and the Stop, Drop, Rock 'n' Roll bash.

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Fire and EMS attendees from around the world will partake in classroom sessions and hands-on training (HOT) evolutions on subjects like active shooter response for first-due companies, advanced vehicle extrication, and search and rescue techniques.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store for FDIC 2023 attendees.

Education sessions

Education sessions span three days, April 26-April 28. Sessions cover a variety of topics:

  • Fireground training and tactics
  • Fire dynamics
  • Leadership
  • Technical rescue
  • Fire-based EMS
  • Health and wellness
  • Fire department culture
  • Hazmat response
  • Active shooter events
  • Cancer awareness, risks and prevention

Find the full list of educational sessions here.

Exhibit hall

The 800-plus exhibitors at the show will be showcasing a variety of fire-focused products, apparatus and services. Additionally, FDIC’s MATCH! program is an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with exhibitors. Learn more about the program.

Keynote events

There will be three keynote events over two days at FDIC:

‘The Invisible Hand on the Fireground’: During the Opening Ceremony Keynote on Wednesday, April 26, FDNY Battalion Chief Daniel Sheridan will highlight a fire that occurred on Christmas Eve in 1990, in which many firefighters would have surely been crushed when a five-story building collapsed where they had just been standing, were it not for the actions of a firefighter who was detailed for the night to the 17 truck. 

‘Three-Sided Success’: Assistant Chief Brian Zaitz of the Kirkwood (Missouri) Fire Department will speak to the key to balance, focusing on what is important for success: physical skills, mental fortitude and emotional wellbeing. On Thursday, April 27, Zaitz will share how these three keys, in balance, provide the foundation for a long, impactful career and a healthy home life. 

‘An Unquenchable Faith’: Brian Brush, chief of training for the Midwest City (Okla.) Fire Department, will discuss the unquenchable faith in mission and each other that builds trust and belief inside and outside of the fire and emergency services on Thursday, April 27. Chief Brush, a 26-year veteran of the fire service, will share how engaging, empowering and challenging the mission driven among responders is critical to survival in service to the communities and one another.

Remembering Chief Bobby Halton

Chief (ret.) David Rhodes, education director, FDIC/editor-in-chief, Fire Engineering; Captain Bill Gustin, Miami-Dade (Florida) Fire Rescue; Chief (ret.) Rick Lasky, Lewisville (Texas) Fire Department; Deputy Assistant Chief (ret.) John Norman, FDNY; and Battalion Chief (ret.) John Salka, FDNY, will lead a session on Wednesday, April 26, honoring Chief (ret.) Bobby Halton, education director of FDIC and editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering, who passed unexpectedly on Dec. 19, 2022. Attendees are encouraged to bring their stories and reminiscences about Halton to pay tribute to him.

The 2023 5 ALARM 5k Run to Remember is also dedicated to Chief Halton, a supporter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

Chief Halton will be posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at FDIC 2023.


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