INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One of the largest conventions hosted yearly in Indianapolis has welcomed a larger crowd than in most recent years.
Starting on Monday, 30,000 fire service workers arrived in the city for the annual Firefighter Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) from around the world. The firefighters and instructors represented 53 nations.
FDIC is the fourth most attended convention organized in Indianapolis. The overall economic impact expected for the city grew to an estimated $27 million according to information provided by the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Of the attendees, 6,800 were scheduled to participate in hands on training classes at sites across the greater metro area. Instructors were guiding firefighters through a wide variety of extrication exercises.
Instructor Mark Gregory has traveled from New York with his 28 years of experience in fire service to teach during the conference for the past seven years.
“We teach this program but we also learn from the other instructors and also from the students that are here. We like to take some of the case studies that our students have had and we try to add their situations into our programs. Every year we try to change it up and throw some new things at people,” Gregory said.
Dozens of Indianapolis firefighters participated in the training free of charge in exchange for the volunteer work IFD provides to help coordinate the week of FDIC.