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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 www.fdic.com.

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

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Jeremy Hurd      

FDIC: A Chaplain's View

Jeremy Hurd recounts his experience at FDIC International.


Buster Cooper: Forcible Exiting “The Fortified Rear Door”

Buster Cooper talks about the knowledge and skills needed for this situation and emphasizes rotary saw and chain saw applications.

Justin McCarthy: Down and Dirty Mayday

Justin McCarthy discusses the meaning of a Mayday.

Harry Carter: Mentoring: Sharing Is Caring

Harry Carter discusses the importance of sharing all information that is learned by each and every firefighter. 

Raul A. Angulo: Drills You’re Not Going to Find in the Books

Raul Angulo discusses that training and company drills should always be viewed as an opportunity to learn something new and a chance to raise the level of expertise.

Patrick J. Kenny: “Mayday” for Mental Health

Patrick J. Kenney discusses the awareness of mental health in the fire service.

Isaac Frazier: Efficiency Breeds Speed

Isaac Frazier discusses the importance of efficiency and speed in the fire service.

Pedro Caceres: Common Principles of Firefighting

Pedro Caceres discusses that physical fitness, training, teamwork, command presence, and situational awareness are all factors that can improve the fire service regardless of its location.

Tim Hyden: Fire Service Risk Management

Tim Hyden discusses the importance that the risk management thought process that is key to making a difference.  

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)