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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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Jeremy Hurd      

FDIC: A Chaplain's View

Jeremy Hurd recounts his experience at FDIC International.


Mike Wilbur: Aerial Apparatus Operational Footprint and Scrub Area

Mike Wilbur discusses what the aerial apparatus footprint and scrub area is needed for each fire house.

Jonathan Hall: The Hazards of Knee Walls

Jonathan Hall discusses that a knee wall can have a large void space behind it which conceals a tremendous volume of fire.  

Jeff Johnson: Making Critical Fireground Decisions

Jeff Johnson discusses the importance of making critical fireground decisions in the fire service.

Adam St. John: Ventilation Flow Paths and Fire Growth

Adam St. John will cover in detail several recent fire dynamic studies with a focus on the efects of ventilation.

Brian P. Kazmierzak: Flipping the Fire Service Classroom

Brian Kazmierzak discusses that flipped learning is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home. What used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing.

Mark Emery: How to Nail Your First-Due Strategic Responsibility

Mark Emery discusses in his article a fly-over perspective of the nation’s structural fireground landscape that reveals perpetual problems and often ignored consensus recommendations.

Chris Pepler: Modern Fire Attack Principles: Strategic and Tactical Perspectives

Chris Pepler discusses the Fire behavior, building construction, ventilation techniques, and tactics in the fire service.

Les Stephens: Commercial Building Fires: When to Go Defensive

Les Stephens discusses the background of decision making at a fire.

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)