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It's coming up sooner than you think...FDIC 2012 in Indianapolis. It runs April 16-21 in downtown Indy and features a vast assortment of HOT, classrooms, and workshops.


More info:


Also, we're looking for nominations for two of the prestigious awards handed out at FDIC: The Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award and the George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award. The latter obviously goes to a fire instructor who has gone above and beyond for his students; the former is for a firefighter who demonstrated exemplary courage in the line-of-duty (everyone is humble on the job, yet there are still heroes who have gone that extra mile that deserve this recognition, which comes with a substantial cash award.)

Here are links to the nomination forms for each...

Ray Downey Award:

George D. Post Award:


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Ric Jorge will be teaching "Ventilating Impact-Resistant Covering" at FDIC 2012, and he was kind enough to put together a short piece on this important subject:

For more on Ric's class or to register for FDIC 2012, go to

Fire Engineering has a new and improved events calendar:

The "Tap the Box" Fire Engineering radio show guys, Billy Greenwood of FETC Services will be back to teach at FDIC 2012 on Thursday April 19th, 2012. We had some really great reviews on the class last year and look forward to meeting you all at FDIC 2012.  Here is a quick overview and the link to Fire Engineering Training Blog Network.


INTERIOR BENCHMARKING - Any interior firefighter who spends enough time in an immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) atmosphere will eventually encounter some type of bad situation. Unfortunately, interior firefighters can become overwhelmed under these conditions and be unable to escape the hazard. Part of the reason for these problems may be our ever-increasing budget cuts and the resulting lack of personnel on arrival, which leave officers no choice but to ask the responding firefighters to multi-task. There are too many “bad situations” to list. The focus here is on lost and disoriented firefighters and identifying severe thermal insult conditions.

"Interior Benchmarking" for greater firefighter situational awareness can assist us when we are caught in a bad situation. Over my fire service career, I have expounded on this subject dramatically. I have found that if firefighters can adopt this behavioral modification and acknowledge interior benchmarks, they can be safer interior firefighters or fire officers. FETC will introduce a systematic "mindset" of performing a rapid situational assessment at key interior benchmarks to better inform the interior firefighter about, what do I see, what do I hear, what do I feel, and how much air did it take to get here. Using our benchmarking mindset will provide the user with valuable information to make good decisions and ultimately operate safer. 


To read more about this class and other material released by FETC Services go to FE Training Blog Network at

Remember to sign up early to catch the best deals, and we will see you at the best show in the world.  Billy 


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