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For the first time ever, the FDIC Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast live over the Web on the Fire Engineering homepage. Next week Wednesday, April 22, head to at 8:30 a.m. EST to watch the proceedings at home or at the fire station.You will hear the opening ceremonies, LODD tribute, renowned inspirational Chaplin Father Ed Byrne, the IFD Bagpipers, the voices of the IFD Keynoters Chief Dave McGrail and Ray McCormack, IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger, Chief Denny Compton, Chief John Norman and NIST Fire researcher Dan Madrzykowski. We know not everyone can make and the room only hold 5000, so the other 25000 or so attendees now can see the show online as well.

We will also have video and updates throughout the week from the show on, and if you're using Twitter, follow Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton at for constant updates on FDIC all week long.

It looks like great weather and another super turnout for America's largest training and social networking conference ever. If you are coming remember FOOLS BASH Wednesday, STOP DROP ROCK AND ROLL Thursday AND THE UNION PARTY Friday and the COURAGE AND VALOR FUN RUN Saturday!

If you cant make it this year, make sure you are here next year beacuse we are already getting a bigger more event filled line up ready. This is the 81st FDIC brought to by the 132 year old Firefighters training magazine Fire Engineering

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