Engine Company, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

FDIC Award Recipents Recognized for Service, Training Achievements

“Don” Manno Fire Engineering 2003 Lifetime Achievement award choice Anthony “Don” Manno was awarded the Fire Engineering 2003 Lifetime Achievement award posthumously at FDIC 2003.

Manno’s widow, Eilene, and son, Damien DeVille accepted the award.

Manno, who referred to himself as “the Danny DeVito of the fire service,” was honored for his many contributions to the fire service, especially in the areas of fire prevention and training. “For Manno, it was always about training,” said Editor in Chief/Associate Publisher Bill Manning. “He carried it in his heart wherever he went. He was an impassioned, dynamic, and wonderful man. He left his mark on the fire service and is sorely missed.”

DeVille urged the audience “to carry on my father’s legacy and continue to make a difference in your communities.”

Fire Engineering 2003 Training Achievement award to Scott Millsap
The late Scott Millsap was named as the recipient of the 2003 Fire Engineering Training Achievement award at FDIC 2003. His wife, Dixcee, accepted the award.

Millsap, president of ESE Training Associates, a global emergency response training firm in Dalton, Georgia, was cited for “the innovation and energy he brought to fire service education and training worldwide.”

He and several ESE instructors developed the “Axioms of Leadership” program, which combined “servant leadership” methodology and Marine Corps Warrior Stations. Each obstacle course-like station represents fire service heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty. Students must work cooperatively, using management skills, strength, ingenuity, common sense, leadership, and sometimes self-sacrifice, to overcome the obstacles.

Millsap’s fire service career included more than 25 years of service as a firefighter-paramedic. He was training officer for the Dalton (GA) Fire Department for more than 13 years. He was the incident commander in memoriam for the 2003 FDIC and FDIC West H.O.T. programs and was an editorial advisory board member of Fire Engineering.

Indianapolis firefighters cited for service at FDIC
Battalion Chief Steve Auch and Captain Gregory Harris of the Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department (IFD) were awarded Service awards at FDIC 2003.

Auch, a 25-year veteran of IFD, who also serves as emergency medical services manager, has assisted at the FDIC for the past eight years. His dedication to serving the needs of FDIC attendees and staff has earned him the title of “King of Procurement.” His duties, associated with the classroom, main program, and hospitality areas, often involve much work behind the scenes.

Harris, a 16-year veteran of the IFD, also serves as the department’s public information officer and is a member of the CISD team. He has been part of the FDIC since 1995. His first assignment was as FDIC’s EMS officer. For the past two years, he has served as the FDIC Operations Director. Operations (considered the “Nerve Center” of FDIC) entails distributing and maintaining all radios used at the show, tracking all radio communications, locating personnel, and the like: It is the “problem-solving” component of the FDIC.