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FDIC 2011 Opening Ceremony: Remarks from Local and State Dignitaries

Wed, 23 Mar 2011|

The governor of Indiana and mayor of Indianapolis speak before FDIC 2011.



The governor of the state of Indiana, Mitch Daniels. [MUSIC] >> Well, thank you for letting me come by and tell you how much Indiana appreciates you as individuals. As members of your departments and particular as guests in our state. I, love catching Bobby Halton's show every year too. That is one of the great performances that comes through our town, but what I love most is just the chance to tell you on behalf of 6 and a half million Hoosiers as we call ourselves. that, you're not going to come to a place in this country more patriotic or a place that reveres and respects people who serve in the capacities you do. And we are so proud you come here. And so, so glad, I hope that you like our new facility, which we have built just for you. To to make sure that you never leave us. You know each year when I get this brief opportunity to say hello, I, I just love to look out at this incredible assemblage and I see courage. I see dedication. I see dollar signs. >> [LAUGH]. You're among the biggest meetings that comes here on a regular basis, I think you may, or on at least a multi year basis you maybe the biggest and I'm happy to tell you are one that brings as many dollars into our economy as any. So spend freely. Enjoy yourselves thoroughly. But do know, as I hope you already do, that we in Indiana revere very, very much the fire service. We do all we can to support it, promote it, enhance it. We don't have to do much to. Remind our fellow citizens of the life and death risks that you run for us. They pretty much know that, but we'll make sure that they never lose sight of it and I hope you never lose sight of Indiana and Indianapolis as the home for this greatest meeting of the year. Thank you so much for being with us. [CLAPPING]. The mayor of the City of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard. [MUSIC] Morning. Morning, everybody, it's good to be here once again today. I see so many good faces. I, I see everybody up and early today. That's really good. I know what sometimes what you do at night doesn't lend itself to getting up. Really? So I do appreciate it very much. I also want to welcome our guest from India. It's very nice to have him here today. Just a few months actually ago we were in India going to Hyderabad and to Mumbai and Delhi. Wonderful country and I'm just so happy that we have guests from that great country over here. As it is every year when I come here, it's really my privilege to welcome all of you to the city of Indianapolis where public safety is always job one. I do hope you're enjoying your visit here and take some time to explore the downtown as I know some of you do. I have to apologize a little bit for all of the construction going on. There's a lot going on downtown, as you can see. We repaired these roads and sidewalks. We are working really create a unique convention and pedestrian an events venue along Georgia Street which connects Conceco Field House to the convention center and that's going, that will be done next November. So next time you come up here you'll see that what that will, look like it will be more of a boulevard more than anything else and really will have a dramatic effect. Downtown. So we'll have even more space for the tourism and the entertainment, which is really big draw for our convention business. I, I apologise for the construction, but it should be squared away for next year. You know in your job, you have one of the toughest jobs imaginable. You put yourself in harm's, harm's way everyday. To protect and to serve others. And the training and the instruction provided at this conference, which is so important for you, I'm sure you know that, this conference is so important, and it's absolutely critical to making sure that you and those who you teach make it home safely to your loved ones. So please take this conference very seriously. And because of the importance of the conference to your discipline we are very proud to host this every year. We love having you in the city of Indianapolis to keeping our Indianapolis firefighters safe and well trained. We are really happy to be home to one of the most progressive fire departments in the nation when it comes to the issues of health. And safety and equipment and standards. We are very proud of our fire department. We have achieved this recognition and support of the efforts of the fire service even during these tough economic times. By keeping talks between the city and the fire department and our local very open and very productive. And we have a great relationship. So I urge you. To take full advantage of all of the opportunities presented over the next few days, both in the classroom and at the hot sites, and I understand that the hot sites have been going very well for you. So I appreciate that fact. Please learn all that you possibly can to go home and make your community safer. That is very important to us. Your citizens will be very grateful, obviously, for that also. I need to echo what the governor said. Spend freely. It's all good. >> [LAUGH] >> but, be safe also. And we do appreciate you being here today. I, I love coming to this conference. I, I love, seeing so many firefighters, from across the nation and across the world here. It speaks well, I think, for the City of Indianapolis, but it speaks even better. About how much you care about what you do on a daily basis. It is so important to you communities, and I don't want you to ever forget that. I know some times, in these sorts of public safety arenas, these disciplines, that can be very difficult times. On a day to day basis you can kind of. Around making a difference. You are making a difference. You're making a huge difference in your communities all the time. Don't ever forget that. Please take away from here what you can. Spread it around. Make sure that your communities continue to be as safe as possible. Thank you so much for coming in Annapolis. Please enjoy the week. [NOISE] The Chief of the Indianapolis Fir Department, Brian Sanford. [MUSIC] >> Well, good morning. And on behalf of the over 1,250 men and women of the Indianapolis fire department, it's my pleasure to welcome you to Indianapolis. We're honored to host the Fire Department Instructor's Conference here in Indianapolis again for the 17 time. FDIC, as you know, is a leader in advancing education and safety in the fire service. And we are proud to be a part of it. And we are honored to have so many America's bravest here with us this week. Indianapolis is an outstanding community with a world class fire department that has served this city's residents for over 150 years. The 2007 Superbowl Champion Colts, Indiana Pacers. Indianapolis Indians and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are just a few of the attractions that we have to offer. As you visit the downtown area, an abundance of restaurants, shopping, and cultural attractions await you. While you're here, please consider yourself a part of our fire fighting family. Those who bravely serve our great city are eager to assist you in any way possible. As we see you throughout the week, please feel free to introduce yourself and ask questions you might have. If we can be of service during your visit, please ask. Please, also, feel free to visit any of our 44 fire stations. And enjoy the hospitality of your fellow brothers and sisters. Make sure you stop by the museum at the firefighters local 416 union hall and experience a piece of our history and if you're here on Friday, don't miss out on the local's hospitility, hospitality at the pump or pull event. You will be well provided for and the fellowship with other firefighters is unsurpassed. I look forward to seeing you throughout the week and at the many events going on around the city, like the courage and valor 5K fun run, stop, drop, rock and roll, and the battle of the bands. Again, we're excited to have you here, and have a great time while you're in Indie.

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