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FDIC International brings firefighters to Indianapolis from all over the world



Indianapolis, Indiana – The 96th annual Fire Department International Conference is taking place in Indianapolis with participation from fire departments from all over the world.

The event, which starts on Monday and lasts through Saturday, is being held in Indianapolis for the 29th time. The largest firefighter conference in North America will feature the most recent innovations in fire tools and equipment as well as in safety practices.

In Marion County, more than 30,000 firemen are anticipated this week. International fire and rescue professionals will have access to 91 sessions and 250 top-notch, world-class teachers.

More than 800 businesses will present their goods and services. There will also be practical instruction.

The FDIC’s mission is to revitalize firefighters and rekindle their enthusiasm for the fire service.

The conference this year will mark the absence of the late Chief (Ret.) Bobby Halton, passed away in December, for the first time in many years. Halton, who was Fire & Rescue Media’s editor-in-chief at the time and worked there for 18 years, will be recognized during the convention on Thursday with a 5K. The opening ceremonies and a celebration of his life will be attended by his family on Wednesday.

In place of the late Chief Halton, Chief David Rhodes has been named editor-in-chief of Fire & Rescue Media.

“Everybody is getting ready for hands-on training,” Rhodes said Monday morning. “We have 20 sessions. They’ll be doing things like live fire training, search, and rescue, vehicle extrication, active shooter — you name it.”

Rhodes stresses the significance of participating in various forms of training for the conference’s firefighters.

“Hands-on training is a little difficult to get everywhere because it’s hard to find the facilities and all. And we’re very fortunate to have Indianapolis Fire Department and all the townships help us with this,” Rhodes said.

With the help of its business initiative, Clarion Cares, the FDIC is likewise attempting to give back. 2023’s objective is to support Ukrainian firemen. According to officials, they have gathered many tons of equipment and more than $300,000. Three Ukrainian firefighters will be flown in thanks in part to the funds.

For the purpose of raising awareness and gathering donations of cash, protective gear, and equipment to bring home, Ukrainian firefighters will talk about their experiences fighting the conflict in their country.

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