IBJNews

Firefighter convention expecting record attendance

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The world's largest firefighters convention keeps getting bigger.

A record-breaking 32,000 firefighters are expected at the annual event, which started Monday and runs through Saturday at the Indiana Convention Center, said Eric Schlett, executive director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference.

"The draw is training," Schlett told The Indianapolis Star. "Firefighters continue to need the training to train themselves and so they can become better educators in the responsibilities they have in their departments. They want to be up on the latest techniques."

Last year, the conference attracted more than 30,000 participants. Indianapolis Downtown Inc. has estimated the weeklong event brings in as much as $37 million in direct visitor spending each year.

Iraq War veteran and actor J.R. Martinez, a recent winner on "Dancing With the Stars," is listed as one of the speakers. Martinez, who suffered severe burns when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb in Iraq, plays a firefighter in the television series "SAF3."

The firefighters convention holds 200 classroom sessions. Many sessions, of course, are on fighting fires: ones in basements, attics, houses on hills, strip malls, vacant buildings, aircraft, apartment buildings.

Other classes — "Knowing when it is time to go" and "Making yourself hard to kill" — focus on survival techniques.

Firefighters will study smoke behavior, learn how to drive trucks better and brush up on proper extinguishing agents. They also will talk about teamwork and leadership.

The convention features hands-on training exercises throughout Indianapolis, with firefighters practicing tactics such as forcing entry, ventilating fires and extricating victims from school buses or trucks.

Most of the conference-goers are returning attendees, Schlett said, though about a third are new. The convention brings in out-of-state as well as international visitors.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. I am also a "vet" of several Cirque shows and this one left me flat. It didn't have the amount of acrobatic stunts as the others that I have seen. I am still glad that I went to it and look forward to the next one but I put Varekai as my least favorite.

  2. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  3. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  4. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  5. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

ADVERTISEMENT