Why Organizations Choose to Hold Their Annual Meetings at FDIC

What makes FDIC the premier attraction for organizations’ annual meetings?  Fire Engineering posed this question to some organization leaders, who provided the following responses:

• “It’s the largest gathering of fire service personnel in the country. The FDIC meeting enables members to enjoy visiting with board members and to vote on the business of the organization.”–Ron Kanterman, National Fire Academy Alumni Association
 • “It’s the greatest show on earth! FDIC is not like the other conferences. It is about our profession and the mission to inform while making us efficient, effective, and safer. You will meet some of the best instructors in our service who all realize that although you are there to learn from them, they, too, can benefit from your knowledge. While on-line is a great way to keep informed, it pales in comparison with having your boots on the ground.”– Lt. Frank Ricci of the New Haven (CT) Fire Department, Keynoter   

• “The FDIC is a great venue for firefighters to attend to increase their overall skills and knowledge. It is also a great place to network and develop relationships with other firefighters who seek to share in passing on the knowledge to others and assist each other in making the fire service a better place.”–Lt. Michael Ciampo, FDIC H.O.T. instructor

• “The FDIC is a must-attend conference and exhibit for anyone, and it is one that you will not want to miss in the future.”–Mary McCormack, executive director, FDSOA (She has been coming to the FDIC for 36 years; FDSOA has been affiliated with FDIC for 21 years.)

• “The FDIC is the largest fire service convention in the world. The Fraternal Order Of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS) and FDIC have a lot in common, and this venue allows us to answer questions and offer clarity. Each year, I look forward to the exchange of training ideas among departments and the brotherhood.”–Eric. C. DePoto, president, FOOLS

• “FDIC provides me with a chance to recharge my batteries each year. We’re out in the field teaching all year, and it’s refreshing to gather with fellow instructors and talk about the job. It’s also where you get the latest technical information and research on fire suppression operations and training. I leave every year with a renewed sense of purpose and focus, with new tools to make my presentations better.”–Eddie Buchanan, president, International Society of Fire Service Instructors

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