FDIC returns to Indy, brings more than 35,000 firefighters to downtown

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 20, 2016) - The world's largest firefighter conference is back in Indianapolis for the 22nd year. The event brings more than 35,000 people to the downtown area.

"You couldn’t do it in a place that better represents how to treat people well," said Bobby Halton, education director for the conference. "Dignity, civility, respect. When you think about that, you think about Indiana. It’s just been a natural fit."

The Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC) provides workshops and special training for firefighters from 53 countries. There are 21 hands-on training sites set up around the city to provide firefighters with realistic experience addressing issues like a home collapse, active fire or rescuing people from the aftermath of a storm.

The convention center is home base for conference-goers. There are 80 workshops, 200 classrooms and more than 800 exhibitors available for attendees to check out.

"We have men who are fifth and sixth generation coming to this show  now," Halton said. " They remember coming with their granddads and they are bringing their kids. It’s a family event, it's exciting."

FDIC includes many events that are open to the public.

The Courage and Valor Fun Run is Thursday at 6 p.m. at White River State Park.

The Firefighter Combat Challenge is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Another popular event is the 9/11 Stair Climb at Lucas Oil Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

For a full schedule for FDIC events, visit http://www.fdic.com/index.html.

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