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Since 1928 America's serious firefighters have gathered under the banner of the fire department instructors conference. We are now 70 days away from the 84th FDIC conference. Starting on March 21 three days after St. Patrick's Day will be our annual pilgrimage to Indianapolis where we show our dedication, our resolve and our unrelenting pursuit of mastery of this the worlds most complicated profession.

Some might question my use of the word complicated but they would be wrong they are be confused by how simple the professional firefighters make the successful completion of our work look. But make no mistake about it is only simple in its pieces in its entirety it is one of the most complex achievements in today's incredibly complex society.

If you want be part of the solution to some of the problems facing society today you need to be a competent firefighter so you should be planning on attending FDIC. If you are attending FDIC and you're serious about being a well-rounded, complete firefighter and you need to the participating in the annual FDIC Courage and Valor Fun Run,


This run is dedicated to the memory of the 343 who fell on 9/11. This run supports the Ray Downey courage and valor medal awarded every year along with a check for $35,000 at FDIC to a person whose bravery reminded us of the late chief Ray Downey.


If you're not attending FDIC for whatever legitimate reason we completely understand but we are asking for your support of the Courage and Valor Foundation and the Ray Downey award please follow that link and register to run. Please be part of the solution. Please share this link with every firefighter you know, please run with us we are anticipating around 1000 runners but we would be much happier with 5000 runners! I'll see you at FDIC I'll see you Wednesday night 6 PM at the Park for the greatest run in the fire service The Courage and Valor 5K!

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