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FDIC 2014!!!!!!

Registration is OPEN for the greatest fire service conference on the PLANET!!!!!! There looks to be a ton of great classes this year (as usual) and a lot of good events as well.

It all kicks off on Monday April 7th with Preconference Workshops and HOT (Hands On Training) Classes. These continue on Tuesday and then Wednesday is opening ceremonies and the beginning of the classroom sessions, that continue on until Friday.

During that time there are great learning chances but SO MUCH MORE!

They have the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge (Wednesday-Saturday), Courage and Valor 5K Fun Run (Thursday), NFFF 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb (Friday), IFD Local 416 Open House (Friday), and more to come. A lot of groups and bloggers have meet ups, and the FOOLS usually always have a throw down on Wednesday night. Plus just the nightly hanging out with fellow firefighters is some of the best stuff. Last year one of the best nights was watching hockey with Chief Rubin (www.chiefrubin.com) and Ben Peetz (www.notjustanotherfire.net).

On top of all that my wife Karen (Author of ICS for EMS) is teaching a 4 hour preconference workshop Tuesday April 8th 0800-1200

The Role of the EMS Provider in Large-Scale Incidents
Emergency Operations Acting Manager Karen Owens, Virginia Office of EMS
Many training classes in incident command are focused on the role of the firefighter in the incident command system (ICS) staffing. Yet, there are many roles that focus specifically on patient care and EMS responsibilities. This workshop  focuses on these EMS-specific roles in the incident command structure. They include Medical Branch, Triage, Treatment, and Rehab (among others). It also discusses the need for EMS providers to preplan, much as firefighters do, and the benefits of preplans in EMS response. Also, the various forms of ICS structure, including local, regional, and statewide, are covered. The program is based on the book Incident Command for EMS (Fire Engineering, 2011). ALL LEVELS

My Father in law Frank is also teaching a classroom session this year date and time TBD

Electricity and You
HMERT Coordinator
Frank Cheatham, Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services
Students gain information and insights that will assist them in making decisions when faced with electrical hazards. Various scenarios are used to illustrate the dangers of these hazards and their potential results if precautionary measures are not implemented. ALL LEVELS

Frank has not only been involved in Fire and EMS for around 40 years he also spent 30 years working for Dominion Virginia Power, so in short this man knows electricity and how to properly interact with it. He may also have yelled at me a few times when I did something dumb with electrical utility equipment, so again he knows what emergency service providers need to know about electricity and how to interact with it.

I will not be teaching this year but I will be there as usual taking classes, live tweeting, blogging, and getting some of the best brotherhood and education the fire service has to offer. If you have never been WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Sign up today it will be the best investment you will ever make in yourself, it is a years worth of training in 1 week, and a lifetime worth of brotherhood!

So do not delay get signed up, get your flight, your hotel room, and get to INDY in April, you will not be disappointed! Sign up here http://www.fdic.com/index.html

As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!

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