27,500 registered attendees. Like EMS Today, the Saturday afternoon traffic in the exhibit halls was sparse. Some challenge getting folks to the Lucas Oil Stadium, a gorgeous retro-style facility.
FDIC represents $35 to $40 million revenue to Indianapolis/Marion County community.
I have attended 21 FDICs, starting with the 1984 conference in Cincinnati.
FDIC history (at the request of a Facebook friend)
- 1928: Harry K. Rodgers, Western Actuarial Bureu, organizes a meeting of Mid-Western Insurance Rating personnel in Chicago. This meeting of eight is the start of the FDIC.
- 1968: Losses from King riots results in fire insurance companies de-funding fire patrols and running their last Fire Department Instructor’s Conference
- 1969: International Association of Fire Instructors (ISFSI) run conference in Memphis
- 1984: ISFSI move conference to Cincinnati
- 1995: ISFSI moves conference to Indianapolis
- 1996: Pennwell/Fire Engineering acquire FDIC from bankrupt ISFSI
WHAT WE WILL BE TALKING/BLOGGING ABOUT
The polarization of the “Safety Culture” and the Wednesday morning welcome message from Bobby Halton http://www.fdic.com/index/news/bobbywelcome_news.html and FDNY Lieutenant Ray McCormack’s Thursday keynote http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1842760318?bclid=1294526599&bctid=20858993001
The force-feeding of Fire-Based EMS from above.
The fight that is coming from the IAFF (and others) in response to the National League of Cities cancer study completed by Tri-Data http://americancityandcounty.com/pubsafe/firefighting-cancer-presumption-no-link-20090417/
The increased effort of Underwriters Labs and NIST to move the science of firefighting further along.
Mike “FossilMedic” Ward