Well I am back home from the annual fire service meeting of the minds known as FDIC, and I can honestly say this year was AWESOME! It was definitely a different view of the conference as in the past I have worked it as a volunteer, and have just been a regular attendee. This year however I taught a classroom session on Wednesday and I have definitely seen the different side of the conference coin so to speak.
I will be honest I thought I had a good handle on it, because my wife, and father in law had taught before, but teaching is completely different from just going to the conference. Here is a picture of my poster, overall the class went very well, especially considering the competition I was up against, I had a great turnout, and really liked the interactiveness of the discussion the class created. I also got several ideas on how to improve the program, and other programs that I feel I can bring to the conference in the future.
Here is a picture of the Challenge Coin all instructors at the conference received. This is just one of the many little things that FDIC does to ensure anyone who is teaching is well taken care of. From way to nice hotel rooms, speaker rooms, gifts, and a real brotherhood atmosphere no matter how big or small your name is, if your teaching at FDIC you and your needs are important.
Of all of the times I have been to FDIC and all of the classes, and events I have been to I rarely have any regrets when I leave. This year I left with a HUGE regret. The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, was probably one of the best displays of brotherhood, I have ever witnessed. I regret not participating, I watched and was moved by the imagery of the brothers and sisters with pictures of the 343 making the long walk up the Lucas Oil Stadium steps, and I immediately regretted not doing it. I kind of felt like a scum bag. I use FDIC for a lot of things, learning, teaching, and relaxing. I felt selfish for not giving up one night of drinking, or a day of taking it easy to memorialize our fallen brothers. I hear there is one coming to DC, and I hear they may be one coming to other locations close to me. I will definitely be participating in one of them, and I hope FDIC does one again next year so that I can participate.
While I do not want to compete for longest blog post of the year I do not want to end on a sad note, now everyone knows that FDIC has some of the largest assembly of apparatus anywhere in the world. However I never expected to see this The DeLorean from Back to the Future! This is a classic movie car and it was very cool to see.
Well all in all FDIC was a success on multiple levels for me, and I am looking forward to going back next year, I have got a few more pictures to post once I finish downloading them, and I will post them in a subsequent post. I can say if you have never gone to FDIC you are missing out! You do not want to let your Fire Service career go without going. I do warn you though, if you go once you will want to go EVERY YEAR! I also posted the FDIC keynote speech in the post as well if this does not get you fired up then, perhaps you should become a COP….ha ha ha.
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