Firefighters Get Hands-On at FDIC 2010

Before dawn, more than one thousand firefighters from around the nation lined the streets outside the Indianapolis Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, ready to load onto buses leading out the FDIC 2010 hands-on training (HOT) evolutions. At these evolutions, located at sites around the Indianapolis area and surrounding communities, students would learn life-saving techniques to bring back to their departments. This year, several new HOT evolutions are available to impart critical firefighting knowledge and skills.

On of the new training evolutions is “Truck Company: Essentials.” Lieutenant Mike Ciampo of the Fire Department of New York is the lead instructor. The evolutions were designed to teach basic and intermediate students the various roles and responsibilities of the truck company, as well as specific skills, such as improved leg lock and overhaul techniques.

Another new training evolution this year is “Engine Company: Essentials,” lead by Engineer Anthony Piontek of the Green Bay (WI) Fire Department. This training offers an overview of engine company operations, and is designed to give students practical hands-on training in water supply and hose load options, among other areas.

And so began another year of FDIC HOT evolutions: Numerous lessons for firefighters to learn and take home to departments and opportunities to observe and network with instructors across the country so they can make the fireground safer for responders and better protect the people in their jurisdictions.

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