FDIC International 2015

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…”


In a few hours, I’ll be leaving for Indianapolis to participate in this week’s FDIC​ International 2015. Without question, this is among the premier training events for the fire service, and I am proud to once again be teaching. This is my fifth year being invited to the conference, and I continue to feel very honored and humbled to be listed among such an elite group of fire service greats.

Tomorrow (Monday) morning at 8 AM, I will be presenting a 4-hour pre-conference workshop on “Pre-Emergency Planning and Inspection of Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities”. I hope those of you attending the conference will consider joining me for a few hours, as I discuss a wide variety of aspects that must be taken into consideration when reviewing and responding to these types of properties.

Pre-Emergency Planning and Inspection of Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities

Senior Loss Prevention Specialist Benjamin Peetz, Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance

Investigations following fires and explosions in manufacturing or industrial facilities often point to areas that might never have been considered a real threat by fire personnel. Additionally, catastrophic losses can be compounded by a fire department’s lack of proactive prevention efforts and a poorly planned response when an event occurs. From combustible dust explosions to high-voltage electrical fires, firefighters must understand what makes these properties very different from a typical single-family dwelling. To be effective at reducing and preventing personnel and property losses before and after a fire has broken out at a manufacturing or industrial facility, we must know and understand what goes on inside. This workshop will hone firefighters’ abilities to consider a fire or an incident that extends well beyond the scope of a room-and-contents or other “bread-and-butter” type response, focusing on those high-risk, low-frequency events that everyone will encounter at some point. ALL LEVELS

Many other events will be take place through the week, ranging from workshops and classes to fundraisers and social events that the entire brother- (and sister) hood can enjoy.

I plan to attend a number of these, so watch for me and say hello! Here’s a quick list of some of these, but this list certainly does not catch everything.

Tuesday —
ISFSI Membership and FDIC Instructor Social

Wednesday —
Opening Ceremony, Indiana Convention Center
Indy Metro FOOLS Brotherhood Bash (Jackson Street area)

Thursday —
Exhibit Hall Opens
Stop, Drop, and Rock n Roll (National Fallen Firefighters Foundation event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom)

Friday —
Exhibit Hall
FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb (Lucas Oil Stadium, 1:30 PM)

I will also be wandering the exhibits all 3 days, and I’ll attend some other social events being held during the week.


Perhaps not every aspect is for everyone, but there’s certainly something for everyone. Whether you attend the event to sit in on the conference / classes , look at the latest in technology and equipment, or just to share in the comradery — if you are able to enjoy some of this great event, I would certainly encourage you to do so.



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