FDIC International 2015 Delivers on All Fronts
BY CHRIS MC LOONE
When it comes to
you won’t find a better
combination of training,
education, and product
Through hands-on training (HOT),
classroom education, and the largest
North American fire service exhibition,
FDIC International provides attendees
with a unique opportunity to see the newest products, to learn about the newest
products, and to use the newest products
from fire service suppliers.
The week begins with HOT evolutions,
and the full breadth of FDIC International’s
resources quickly becomes apparent. At the
Heavy Vehicle Extrication class, for exam-
ple, students use extrication equipment from
various manufacturers ranging from stabi-
lization tools to hydraulic extrication tools.
FDIC International is about bringing home
the lessons learned to use at your own department. In this example, students learned techniques and about what tools are available to
Another example comes from the Aerial
Ladder and Tower Ladder Placement and
Operations class. Lead instructor Mike
Wilbur began the class by explaining to the
students that between the apparatus from
local departments and brand new apparatus
being made available to them, there was more
than $6 million in equipment.
After HOT, FDIC International attendees enjoy access to 200 classroom sessions.
Don’t think that just because it takes place
in the classroom that there is nothing to
learn about apparatus and equipment.
This year’s classrooms included education
on quint fire apparatus, apparatus walk-arounds, foam systems, and apparatus
safety. FDIC International is well known
for its tactical classes, but perhaps the
best little-known secret is that there is
plenty for apparatus operators and equipment specifiers to find.
Before the exhibits open on Thursday,
FDIC International and the Fire Apparatus
Manufacturers’ Association host a product
showcase. This year’s speaker was Ricky
Riley, operations chief for the Clearwater
(FL) Fire Department. Riley discussed his
recent experiences in spec’ing fire apparatus and shared his lessons learned.
Following his presentation was a sneak
peak at the newest innovations in apparatus and apparatus components to help
attendees plan their trip to the exhibit floor.
Pipes and drums help open the exhibits,
followed by a huge influx of attendees anxious to see the newest products and innovations available. FDIC International is
the annual springboard for new products.
Along those lines, it is also an opportunity for exhibitors to gain valuable feedback
about their products. They gather the feedback both at the HOT sites as well as on the
show floor with face-to-face meetings.
What follows here are reports from the
Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment
team regarding their impressions of this
year’s event, as well as reports on various
announcements made by industry suppliers at the show. Also
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AT FDIC INTERNATIONAL 2015’s Heavy Vehicle Extrication hands-on training evolution, instructors were given the opportunity to use
a retired apparatus to demonstrate extrication techniques involving fire apparatus. The plan for the evolution was to force the door,
remove the door, clam shell the roof, and roll the dash. (Photo by Tim Olk.)
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