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Monday, April 26, 2010

We’re back – a little worse for wear but happy to have gone to FDIC-Indy and come back with a slew of new contacts and story idea for our magazine.

Saturday was a long day with the Air Canada flight to Toronto (on a 26-seater jet) from Indianapolis delayed due to thunder storms. We were enjoying snacks and a beverage at restaurant near our gate and were eventually joined by folks from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal, Bullard, Paratech and MSA, so at least the company was good!

April 26, 2010 
By Laura King

I finally
made it to the Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday, where the majority of the apparatus
was set up. It was an impressive sight.

Apparatus fill the Lucas Oil Stadium at FDIC  
Dozens of apparatus fill the Lucas Oil Stadium at FDIC, Indianapolis, which wrapped up Saturday.

Photo by Laura King.


Stay tuned to FFIC for stories about some of the
amazing new products (check out Hamilton, Ont.-based One-Power) and features on
some of the cool stuff we learned last week in Indy, including air management, some
neat volunteer recruitment and retention strategies and a slew of public
education ideas.

If you
were at FDIC send us your thoughts on the show and the conference. Tell us
about the workshop sessions you attended or what you saw at the show that
impressed you – you can do so using the comment space below.

The folks
from The Fire Within left Indy earlier Saturday after a productive week of hands-on
training, education workshops, networking and some socializing on the size. Warning
– shameless plug: If your department hasn’t yet explored the benefits of The
Fire Within check out the website and get in touch with Chad or Jodi and find
out how this unique, forward-thinking Canadian entity can help you raise money for,
and awareness of, your volunteer fire department.

So, a few
days of catch up and follow up from FDIC this week before the Ontario
Association of Fire Chiefs
show and conference, which starts Saturday with the
always popular and outspoken Billy Goldfeder and the pilot of Beyond Helmets
and Hoses
, a national leadership training program being launched by the CAFC in
partnership with the OAFC and other provincial chiefs associations.

I have
four passes for the trade show – if you live near Toronto, be the first to e-mail
me and tell me one of the five components of the program (hint: check out the links above) to win a pass.


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