Ckemtp goes to FDIC – 2010

So last weekend I went to the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, IN and just had me a bona fide blast. What a good time. I met so many new people, spoke with some amazing personalities, kissed a Canadian (Hey! So did Happy! It was not intentional! We were ambushed!) (and also got kissed by a well known male fire blogger who shall remain anonymous… creepy but anonymous), and learned so much about what it is we all are trying to do here. It was amazing.

First off, I didn’t get to take any classes. Our handlers here at the www.FireEMSblogs.com network were extremely nice to provide me with a free pass to the convention center floor and expo. I would have loved to have learned from the excellent fire service leaders that were teaching there, but my finances didn’t allow me to. Nonetheless, I learned a great deal by just walking around and talking to new people. I met hundreds of new faces, saw some of my blogger buddies, and had a great time. I consider the time I spent talking to the passionate people I met and hung out with to be some of the most valuable time I could have spent. If one wants to be passionate and positive, it is always a good policy to spend time with people who are passionate and positive. I needed a boost and I got it by going to this conference. Big thanks to Dave Iaonne (@coolDaveJ), Chris Hebert (@CHebert13), and Bill Carey http://www.twitter.com/ffbehavior from the www.FireEMSblogs.com network for getting me the pass and setting up an awesome event. It just plain rocked.

Speaking of the event, we held the FireEMSBlogs.com Meetup at the Rock Bottom Brewery in beautiful Down Town Indianapolis, IN. I had me a few of their famous Rescue Captain Ales and hung out with a great group of cool people. I’m sure that I’ll miss some, so please leave me a comment if I missed you and I’ll add ya, but here’s a list of some of the people I hung out with:

Justin “The Happy Medic” Schorr

Rhett “Fire Critic” Fleitz

John “Fire Daily” Mitchell

Tiger “Yes, that’s the name he really uses” Schmittendorf

Art “Chief Reason” (last name redacted because I can’t remember it… Sorry Chief)

April “Epi Junky” Saling

John “Not Trained but We Try Hard” Smith (@firecap5 – Anonymous Blogger)

Christopher “Command Safety” Naum

Mike “Fossilmedic” Ward

Shelly “@Shell1972” Wilcoxen

@KentOKC

@Fire_Captain

I’d also like to thank the people I met from EMS Magazine and from Fire Rescue Magazine as well as from www.EMS1.com. I look forward to working with you all and I’m excited about what we discussed. 

Look for lots of posts coming up about what was discussed and what I saw at the conference.  I’m refreshed, motivated, and ready to kick some EMS 2.0 butt in the coming weeks. There’s a LOT of heavy lifting ahead, and I’m rolling up my sleeves. If you ever have a chance to go to a Big National Conference, you need to do so. I’m going to EMS Expo in Dallas next, and I hope to see you all there. I am sure there’ll be a meetup there and you should 100% go, that’s an order.

Oh, and while at that conference, if The Happy Medic asks you to sit shotgun in your car to navigate you anywhere, make sure your tank is full of gas and that you have a pillow handy for him to drool into. Good thing the guy’s not an Engineer. :)

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  • http://twitter.com/shell1972 Shelly Wilcoxson

    It was my first meertup and am absolutely amazing experience for me. Thanks for helping to make it so wonderful *hugs*

  • http://twitter.com/shell1972 Shelly Wilcoxson

    It was my first meertup and am absolutely amazing experience for me. Thanks for helping to make it so wonderful *hugs*

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  • Comments
    Ckemtp
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    I somewhat agree, though I assure you I didn't set out to waste your time. I probably should have broken this down into two separate points as the second point was the one I most wanted to emphasize. My bad on this one, I'll do better next time. Thanks for the feedback. If you'd like,…
    2014-12-16 20:25:00
    hawk4080
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    Wow. That was a total waste to read.
    2014-12-16 19:20:00
    retired ems medic
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    The radios should have had a trouble button to eliminate the need to key the Mike and talk. Maybe the dispatchers need to be rotated out to the streets to get out of the mode of just getting the calls out and only half listening to the radio.
    2014-12-16 14:50:00
    HybridMedic
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    We use "Signal C" as a code to relay a crew in distress. Takes a second for the dispatchers to confirm it, but it sends the nearest engine, battalion chief, fire investigator (who are sworn LEO's) and makes an officer in distress call to Memphis Police. The arrival of all those resources is quite... Dramatic.
    2014-12-15 14:29:00
    exmedic
    Welcome to the Club
    Not me anymore
    2014-12-15 09:17:00

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