JUST 53 DAYS UNTIL FDIC 2013!!!!!!!!
Thats right folks 53 days until the largest, greatest, and most comprehensive fire service conference in the WORLD! I really get geeked up for this time of year. I got to go to FDIC for the first time in college in the year 2001 and it was MIND BLOWING! It really opened my eyes to the entire fire service world. When they had FDIC East in Atlantic City I went, and for the past 5 or 6 years I havent missed one.
Also for the past three years I have had the honor and pleasure of being allowed to teach at FDIC. I have taught 2 classroom sessions, and this year I am honored to get to teach a 4 hour Pre Conference Workshop titled “The Medical Mayday”. Not to spoil it but the class focuses on the OTHER side of the MAYDAY. Often our RIT/RIC/Firefighter Rescue Training focuses on just the removal of the down firefighter and not the continuation of care. My class will go over why firefighters are unique victims, and how to recognize, prevent, and treat firefighter injuries and illness. There will also be some practical stations that should be real fun and make you think.
Thats the biggest thing I hope to do in my class is get people thinking, in fact I hope to do that in any class. I do not have all the answers, and especially with this class some of the answers have not even been invented yet! So I hope to get people to think about this topic, offer them some hints and then go home and apply this problem to there department and find a solution with their people, equipment, etc. Lets be honest every fire department is different and things that work for me, may not work for other departments, or fireman.
So I hope that in the MULTITUDE of choices you have for preconference and HOT training classes you pick my class.
However the other reason I am going and the reason EVERYONE should eb going to FDIC is to learn! I know I just spent about 3 paragraphs talking about my class, but to be honest I am still very star struck when I go to FDIC. I am a small time player in this game, and names like Norman, CIampo, Dugan, Lasky, Salka, Halton, Brunacini, etc. still get me amped up. I still have SO much to learn in this job even after 16 years of doing it, so I get excited to sit in classes and take home lessons to apply to my department, and for myself.
besides the classes there is a TON of other stuff to do!
The FOOLS BASH on Wednesday
The Courage and Valor 5k Fun Run on Thursday
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Friday
The Local 416 open house
The Fire Service Warrior Meetup
Firefighter Combat Challenge
AND MUCH MUCH MORE a lot of groups and organizations have hospitality rooms, meet ups, etc.
The point is folks this conference has ALOT to offer and that’s an extreme understatement! There is so much to do you will not be able to fit it all in. I am not gonna be able to do the Stair Climb because I will only be there from Sunday through Thursday. While I know this is an FDIC post if you do not have a Stair Climb in your location make sure you get in on the FDIC stair climb. Im lucky we have one here in my hometown EVERY YEAR! But others do not have that luxury so get involved in the climb!
If you want to come meet me, I will be live tweeting the entire event and checking in my location so follow @averagejakeff on twitter and we can hang out, talk, grab a beverage, etc. If this is not enough to entice you check out my review of last years FDIC
So sign up for FDIC TODAY!
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!