FDIC International 2015: The Best of Workshops and Classrooms

By Derek Rosenfeld

FDIC International once again showcased the best and brightest in fire service education, offering students from more than 50 countries the chance to learn about some of the most important aspects of their profession while also discovering some vital topics that they may not have initially considered.

So, for those who may not have been able to attend FDIC and take advantage of the knowledge, here are just a few of the most informative, the most important, and the most enlightening workshops and classes that FDIC International 2015 had to offer:  



Are You Prepared to Respond to Emergencies Involving Special-Needs Populations?

Fargo (ND) Fire Department Captain Craig Nelson led an informative discussion on this important topic which, with the rising levels of autism and other such disorders, shed some much-needed light on how the fire service should handle responses involving this group of people.


Boston Marathon Bombing: First-Due with the Boston Fire Department

Boston (MA) Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph “Jay” Fleming led this heavily attended classroom session which, for the first time at FDIC, gave students a first-hand account one of the darkest days in that city’s history.


Fire Department of New York—Black Sunday

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Firefighter Eugene Stolowski offered this harrowing account of the events of January 23, 2005, the day six FDNY firefighters were forced to bail out of a fourth-story window during a Bronx, New York, tenement fire, leading to the deaths of three of them.


The Value-Driven Firefighter: a Parallel of NFL and Fire Service Leadership, Training, and Accountability

For the seventh time at FDIC, former Tennessee Titans Tight End and Mt. Juliet (TN) Fire Department Chief Erron Kinney blurred the lines of professional sports and professional firefighting with his class on the similarities they share.


Firefighter Mental Health and Suicide

In one of the most emotional and sobering of all FDIC 2015 classroom sessions, psychologist, CEO and president of M2 Resource Group, Inc., and former firefighter for the Bellevue (WA) Fire Department Beth Murphy presented this class on the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health, and suicide in firefighters.


Stress First Aid for Fire and EMS Personnel: Train the Trainer

Fire Department of New York Captain Frank Leto presented this informative yet sobering look at the potential mental and psychological issues that can afflict responders after working at particularly traumatic events. Leto’s main focus was Stress First Aid, a National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation program he has worked with since its inception that supports Firefighter Life Safety Initiatve #13.


Why Fire Prevention Education Isn’t Working for Today’s Fire Service

Eden Prairie (MN) Fire Department Assistant Chief of Training and Prevention Becki White brought a discerning eye to the topic of fire education in her workshop, going indepth on the importance of delivering effective presentations.


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