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FDIC 2011

Tomorrow morning I am heading out to FDIC in Indianapolis Indiana. I’m lucky enough to have been selected to teach a classroom session on Wednesday. I am even luckier to have had the chance to attend FDIC about 7 times, it always is a great time and a great chance to learn, network, and recharge my fire service batteries.

Rhett over at Fire Critic (www.firecritic.com) posted his “guide” to FDIC here: http://firecritic.com/2011/03/the-fire-critics-guide-to-fdic-2011/# I was lucky enough to make the list and I hope my class lives up to the hype. Teaching at FDIC for me is like shooting hoops with Michael Jordan, catching a pass from Joe Theisman, or batting against Steven Strasburg. To even be in the same book listed as instructor next to great fire service names like Ray McCormack, John Salka, Mike Dugan, Mike Ciampo, Rick Lasky, John Norman, etc. is almost overwhelming. I’m nowhere close to the same caliber as those guys but they all started somewhere just like I am getting started.

So if you’re coming out to the conference come see my class, and to add to the list sign up for the Pre Conference Workshops and go see these two classes

4-Hour Workshops: Monday, March 21, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Emergency Response to Large Events
Frank Cheatham, Health and Medical Emergency Response Team Coordinator, Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services
Many departments have large events/gatherings in their response area. With each of these events come a unique set of issues that can quickly impact a department’s day-to-day operations. This workshop will examine several types of large-scale events and help the participants develop an understanding of the unique needs of such events and how to best plan for and meet those needs while also providing for the daily needs of the jurisdiction.

4-Hour Workshops: Monday, March 21, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

EMS and ICS: Where Do I Fit In?
Karen Owens, Emergency Operations Assistant Manager, Virginia Office of EMS
When listening to radio traffic in a jurisdiction, you will frequently hear, “Engine 7 on scene, Engine 7 establishing command.” However, how many times have you heard the following radio traffic? “Ambulance 2 on scene, Ambulance 2 establishing command.” While ICS is an all-hazards approach to incident management, the focus is normally the fire service’s involvement in the establishment and management of the incident command structure. Few, if any programs, offer scenarios and position specific information as they apply to EMS providers. This workshop will discuss the roles of the EMS provider in the incident command structure and present scenarios based on the information provided.
Or come out and see this class during the classroom sessions

Thursday, March 24, 2011
3:30 PM-5:15 PM

Rehab: Beyond the Water Cooler
Karen C. Owens, Emergency Operations Assistant Manager, Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services
A comprehensive look at a vital issue: how to establish an effective rehab sector that allows for expansion and contraction based on incident operations. Also, students will compare effective and ineffective standard operating procedures and explore methods for determining fitness-for-duty standards. The NFPA 1584 standard covering rehabilitation and the relationship between incident rehabilitation and ICS will also be discussed.
Room 127-128

I promise you will not be disappointed!

I will try to give some updates from FDIC while I am there but will definitely be giving you some pictures, and a full review when I return home. So again if you heading out to the conference stop by and say hey, and if you’re not follow the events on the FDIC coverage page here: http://www.fireengineering.com/index/fdic.html , FDIC facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/FDIC/139410512363 , Fire Engineering facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fire-Engineering/58419320350, Fire Critic facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/FireCritic , or the Firefighter Netcast facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/FirefighterNetcast

Most of those guys also have Twitter so you can follow along with the events as they go! Not as good as the real thing but its better than nothing.

So if you heading to Indy I will see you there, if not you will have a full report when I get back. Until then thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!


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