Record Attendance Achieved at FDIC International 2017 with nearly 34,000 attendees from 58 countries at its 90th annual training conference and expo.
The Fire Department Instructors Conference International (FDIC International) announced a record-breaking attendance of nearly 34,000 attendees from 58 countries at its 90th annual training conference and expo, held at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN April 24-29, 2017.
The world’s largest and most comprehensive annual firefighter training and exposition event, FDIC International includes Classroom Sessions, Pre-Conference Workshops, Hands-On Training Evolutions, networking events, a conference program with more than 300 speakers, and an exhibition showcasing cutting-edge products and services from nearly 800 companies.
“FDIC International 2017 was a huge achievement for PennWell and the fire service. Its continued growth reflects its reputation for delivering the most advanced training and education from the world’s finest instructors,” said Eric Schlett, Vice President/Executive Director, PennWell Corp. “And with 798 exhibitors demonstrating the latest apparatus and equipment advancements within the fire service, it is clear that firefighters will travel from all corners of the globe to attend this international event.”
FDIC International 2017 featured many special events and networking opportunities throughout the week. The NFFF 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, the Firefighter Throwdown Crossfit competition, the HEAT Competition, and the Real Time Outdoor Product Demonstrations provide firefighters with competition and educational opportunities. Many off-site industry association events also take place each year, as well as networking events such as the International Networking Event. As an official event of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyers Select Program, FDIC International also provides an International Lounge complete with local area information and translation services for attendees traveling overseas.
Recognizing that the FDIC Experience is hard to put into words, Chief (Ret.) Bobby Halton, FDIC International Education Director, maintains that “after nine decades, FDIC will stay true to our heritage and original commitment to train the fire service.”
FDIC International 2018 will be held April 23-28, 2018, at the Indianapolis Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, for more information visit www.fdic.com