With all of the things happening in the world today, specifically the LODD’s in West Texas, and the Boston Marathon bombing it can be easy to dwell on the negative things in life. I was even discussing with my wife how I am glad we are done having children because I don’t know if I would want to bring another child into this world full of hate, and danger.
However there is light at the end of the tunnel. Some will look for religion, some will look to family and friends, or even a combination of things. Me? This couldn’t come at a better time because I get to go to the greatest fire service conference in the world FDIC!
FDIC always recharges my fire service batteries and ignites my passion for the fire service. It is a breath of fresh air to be around like-minded fire service brothers for a week. No one goes to FDIC that doesn’t LOVE the fire service. Words can not describe just how awesome FDIC is, but in my attempt here is the 3 part review I posted from last years FDIC
Here is also some videos from FDIC past and previews for this year[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VSFJc4-Aa4] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfmD53yO8-8] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5p13Gj9wnc] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeVAV0AXpE4]
If that does not bring a smile to your face then I do not know what else can. Also do not forget the FOOLS party on Wednesday, Courage and Valor 5k on Thursday, Stop Drop and Rock and Roll on Thursday, 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Friday afternoon, Local 416 Union Party, and several other meet ups (Fire Service Warrior,ISFSI, etc.) during the week.
I will be heading out to Indy early Sunday morning, and will be there in early afternoon. Monday I will present my 4 hour pre conference workshop “The Medical Mayday” at 8am. Unfortunately I will have to leave before the end of the conference very early Friday morning, so again I will miss out on the Stair Climb, and since my class time will be limited I will for go running this year in the 5k so that I can maximize the classroom session time.
I will be live tweeting the conference on twitter @averagejakeff using the hash tag #FDIC13 (unless FDIC comes up with something different).
So if you are coming out to Indy come on over and see me, if not follow along on twitter, FDIC.com, fireengineering.com, blogs, etc.
As usual thanks for reading spread the word, and STAY SAFE!