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Tue, 12 Apr 2011|



[MUSIC] Hi I'm Mike Wieder. I'm with fire protection publications at Oklahoma State University and also the international fire service training association, which is based in our office at Oklahoma state university. We're the largest publisher of fire fighter training materials in North America. And I've been doing that since 1934. And we have a long tradition in training fire fighters and a long tradition with FDIC where we're filming this video today. IFSTA and FDP have been participants in FDIC for many, many years. And an interesting bit of trivia is that in the first three or four decades of FDIC it was strictly seminars and outside demonstration. In the late 1960's Brady Publishing and Fire Protection Publications in [UNKNOWN] asked if could put tables displaying our books. In the lobby of the Peabody motel in Memphis is where the conference is being held. That was actually the first exhibits the FDIC and the tremendous trade show you see today all started because of our two companies putting our books on the tables. We've grown way past that in, in the year since then. We're a large full-service publishing organization within a state government function at Oklahoma State University. We've published over 40 different validated manuals and many other manuals, electronic training products curriculum and other things that firefighters and fire service leaders need to train their firefighters. Of interesting note that happened in 2010, our largest selling book, Essentials of Firefighting, which is designed to prepare firefighters to meet ht requirements of the NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2, broke a major milestone, when it, we sold its 2 millionth copy, since the release of the first edition in 1978. It is by far the largest selling and most widely used fire training manual in the history of American fire service. >> That was Mike Weeder, and I've, I've known Mike Weeder since he was a student at Oklahoma State University. And, it's been so great to work with him as he's gone through, [INAUDIBLE] fire protection publications. My name's Dennis Compton. And and I serve on the board of directors of, of IFSTA. I have since 1982. And I've been a part of IFSTA and fire protection publications since 1978. I've written several books over the years for IFSTA. I've also chaired IFSTA committees for, for the manuals that have been written. And I can tell you that, that. In the entire fire service education industry, you are not going to find any better products than what you can find with IFSTA. So I encourage you to go online, become familiar with their products, there are, most, most firefighters are already are. There's hardly any that hasn't seen an IFSTA manual and I would hope that you would want to be among those that use them regularly. I want to thank you on behalf of the staff at Fire Protection Publications and the executive board membership of the International Fire Service Training Association for supporting and using IFSTA manuals for over 75 years. We continue to develop new manuals and improve the existing ones. All for the benefit of your education and safety. Thank you very much. [MUSIC]

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