Coverage of FDIC International

The World's Largest Firefighter Training Conference and Exhibition

Fire Engineering is proud to offer this in-depth coverage of the sights, sounds, and news as it happens at FDIC--the world's most comprehensive training-based conference on firefighting. This year's show is April 20-25, 2015 and this page will update with the latest news, product reviews, videos, and more as it occurs during the exhibition. For more, go to

Firefighter Conference General Session, Classrooms and Exhibit Hall

University of Notre Dame Volunteer Firefighter Sean Killelea Receives The 2015 Courage and Valor Award Recipient

Photos: Live Burn at FDIC 2015

Hands-On-Training Day 2 at FDIC 2015

FDIC 2015 Drone Video: Live Fire: First Due

FDIC 2015: Time to Train

FDIC 2015: Firefighter Conference Preparation

FDIC 2015 setup photos


Columbia Southern University to Provide CEUs at FDIC International

Warren Township (IN) Sean Killelea Is 2015 Courage and Valor Award Recipient

UL Fire Dynamics Training

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John K. Murphy      

Attendance Mandatory

John K. Murphy is ready for FDIC International. Are you?



Jeremy Hurd      

FDIC: A Chaplain's View

Jeremy Hurd recounts his experience at FDIC International.


Steve White: Big Truck Extrication: A Different Animal

Steve White provides a basic overview of large truck extrication. Practical hands-on training reinforced by detailed classroom instruction is key components for preparing to respond and operate at a large truck accident. Rescuers must have a working knowledge of large truck weight, construction, hazards, and systems to stabilize, gain access, and perform extrication.

Jerry Knapp: Fire Envelopment at Private Dwelling Fires

Jerry Knapp discusses how much a house fire is at risk and the ways you can make matters better by the examination of the cause of the fire. This is a growing problem in the fire service.

FDIC 2015 Classrooms Up Close: "Boston Marathon Bombing: First-Due with the Boston Fire Department"

On April 24, 2015, at FDIC International 2015, Boston (MA) Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph "Jay" Fleming led the heavily attended classroom session which, for the first time at FDIC, gave students a first-hand account one of the darkest days in Boston's history.

CEUs for FDIC International 2015

Columbia Southern University is proud to announce the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) has been awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through CSU’s Department of Continuing Education.

Call for Presentations for FDIC 2016

We're looking for presentations for next year's FDIC International, which will take place April 18-23, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

FDIC 2015 Classrooms Up Close: "Are You Prepared to Respond to Emergencies Involving Special-Needs Populations?"

Fargo (ND) Fire Department Captain Craig Nelson led an informative discussion on this important topic which, with the rising levels of autism and other such disorders, shed some much-needed light on how the fire service should handle responses involving this group of people.

FDIC 2015 Instructor Profile: Benjamin Walker

Meet truly one of England's Finest and Most Inspiring, who presented "Positive-Pressure Ventilation in Domestic Fires: UK 20-Year Report" on Friday, April 24, at FDIC International 2015.

Hurst Jaws of Life® Launches New Vetter® Connectable Bags

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award has been given out during the General Session at FDIC since 1998. In 2009, the award was renamed for Tom Brennan, who was the editor of Fire Engineering for eight years and a technical editor until he passed away in 2006. 


Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

  • Frank Brannigan (1998)
  • Tom Brennan (1999)
  • Vince Dunn (2000)
  • Alan Brunacini (2001)
  • Don Manno (2002)
  • Ray Downey (2003)
  • John Eversole (2004)
  • James Page (2005)
  • Leo Stapleton (2006)
  • Dr. Denis Onieal (2007)
  • John Mittendorf (2008)

Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

  • John Norman (2009)
  • Ronald Jon Siarnicki (2010)
  • John F. “Skip” Coleman (2011)
  • Jack Murphy (2012)
  • Glenn Corbett (2013)
  • Ronny J. Coleman (2014)