Thousands of firefighters arrive in Indy for convention

A sign hangs near downtown Indianapolis for the Fire Department Instructors Conference in 2014. (WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thousands of firefighters have converged on Indianapolis for one of the city’s largest conventions—the Fire Department Instructors Conference.

Over the course of the week, 30,000 people are expected to attend from 53 nations. The week is about safety and learning how to best handle situations any of us could find ourselves in at any given time.

6,800 students are working their way through Hands on Training, or “HOT” classes, at different sites. One benefit for the Indianapolis community is the easy access local firefighters have to the hands-on experience.

IFD alone has 40—50 members taking part. They’re learning techniques for everything from how cut a ring jammed on a finger to treating someone impaled in a work place or traffic accident.

“I have 28 years in the fire service and what’s nice about it is we teach this program, but we also learn from the other instructors and also from the students that are here,” instructor Mark Gregory said. “We like to take some of the case studies that our students have had and we try to add their situations into our programs so every year we try to change it up and throw some new things at people.”

This is the 20th year FDIC is taking place in Indianapolis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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