FDIC EDUCATION LETTER
FDIC INTERNATIONAL 2018 FDIC.COM #FDIC2018 5
At last, here is the preliminary show guide for the 91th FDIC International! In the pages that follow, you
will see how every element of consequence that impacts frefghting has been assembled to ensure you
have the most incredible experience ever at FDIC International 2018. The work behind this represents
literally everyone you could imagine in the fre service, from the most experienced frefghters from every
type of frefghting to folks who provide insurance services that keep us up and running when things
Being part of FDIC, you understand your show is an experience, a celebration, a commitment. Everyone
is welcome, and everyone has something to share. The number of folks to thank for putting this together
would go on for pages—and includes you—so I won’t try to go there. But please accept my deepest
gratitude for your input and support.
There will be many new faces at FDIC International 2018—new instructors, new concepts, new products,
new thoughts, and new approaches. This is wonderful and welcome; it proves that only someone who
has lived under a rock for his whole life would buy into the ludicrous saying about tradition impeding
progress. Without tradition, you have no connections; without connections, you cannot understand
the past or the present, and you certainly can’t build a future. Our traditions are our foundation. The
uninitiated think everything is new but insiders, those with skin in the game, the FDIC people, know we
are building on the foundations laid by millions who came before us and to whom we are grateful.
We will participate in dozens of hands-on training classes, many new and all delivered by the most
respected and talented frefghters in the world. The workshops will provide the opportunity to get
deeper into our personal development and professional expertise and allow for extensive one-on-one
with thought leaders.
The Main Program speakers—Dan DeGryse, Gavin Horn, Ted Nee, and special guest FEMA Director
Brock Long—represent perhaps the greatest collection of intellect on the main stage at one time,
perhaps apart from when Chief Alan Brunacini graced the stage alone. The classes will again create the
direction, the intellectual drive, the controversies, and the debates for the coming year.
We will miss those we lost this year—Chief B., Mr. B. (Bob Biolchini), and our fallen sisters and brothers
from around the world—but in true FDIC tradition, we will honor their legacies, their lives, and their
memories. We will, to quote the chief, “keeping going,” better for having known them and grateful for
Please enjoy the preliminary program, and know we are excited and anxious to see you and once
again participate in the world’s largest celebration of kindness, honor, devotion, and advancement of the
world’s most respected profession.