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Video: Welcome to FDIC International 2015

Conference Education Director Bobby Halton welcomes you back to Indianapolis for this year's FDIC International. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at setup for this year's show.

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First Responders Offered Autism Awareness Training

Center for Autism and Related Disorders and Institute for Behavioral Training partner to present trainings nationwide...

BullEx Unveils New RACE Station at 2015 FDIC International

Visitors to this year’s Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana from Ap...

Shift Day: a 24-Hour Extended Training Day

April 24, 2012, started out just like any other shift. We prepared our gear, checked off our trucks, and contemplated...

Knowledge and Experience: Becoming the Senior Firefighter

Every day on fire apparatus across this country, senior firefighters are relied on for decision making during inciden...


On-the-Job Training

With AN influx of probationary firefighters on the job, remember that these "probies" might not have all th...

UL Fire Safety Journal 1

In Underwriter Laboratories' Fire Safety Journal series you can learn more about the impact that new materials, construction techniqes and emerging technologies have on Fire Safety today.


Education and Career Resources will help you determine whether a career in fire science is right for you, which of the many fire science or public service career paths to pursue, and what kind of training you’ll need to be successful. They'll also help you sort through the many training and education options to find ones that that best fit your needs.


Frank Ricci and P.J. Norwood on bunker gear.

See videos on inspecting and testing your bunker gear, including one above featuring Frank Ricci and P.J. Norwood.

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Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Bloomfield (NJ) House Fire

Firefighters responded today to a working house fire in Bloomfield, New Jersey, that went to two alarms.


Roundtable: Officer Development

What preparation for promotion does your department formally provide once the testing is complete and the list is established? Share your experience and knowledge with other firefighters from around the nation and world.


Drill: Roof Report

Prince George’s County (MD) Fire Department Captain Donald Fletcher Jr. offers this Traditions Training drill that requires companies to go out to structures in their first due, ladder the roof, and practice giving what their statement would be.


New Guardian Collapsed Building Simulator at FDIC International

Those interested in seeing the industry's most advanced mobile collapsed-building simulator in action will have the opportunity to do so during the 2015 FDIC International Expo (Fire Department Instructors Conference), April 23 – 25, in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Last year’s event drew nearly 32,000 attendees from over 54 countries.

Fire Instructor Development

Training Minutes: Blind Forcible Entry

How do you force entry on a door when your vision is obscured by smoke? Walt Lewis and company on how firefighters can perform forcible entry blind on both inward- and outward-opening doors.

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Investigators Examining Training Issues in Hartford (CT)

Investigators are digging into training reports that show Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell, who died in a fire last October, had not participated in live fire training in more than a year and a half. The state requires every firefighter to participate in a drill or be called out to at least one live fire every year


Spike the Jamb

Practice at and become efficient in the “Spike the Jamb” forcible entry technique, and I can guarantee it will be your go-to move when forcing an inward swinging door with a wooden jamb, writes Carl Meyer.


High-Rise Firefighting: Reassessing Our Methods

Most cities' high-rise standard operating procedures/guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) were written decades ago when these buildings were much different than they are today and the understanding of the involved firefighting dynamics was limited.


Humpday Hangout: The ISFSI and Firefighter Training

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talks firefighter training with Steve Pegram and Chad Hoefle of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).

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