Ckemtp goes to FDIC – 2010

So last weekend I went to the Fire Department Instructorís 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 anonymousÖ creepy but anonymous), and learned so much about what it is we all are trying to do here. It was amazing.

First off, I didnít 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 didnít 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. Iím sure that Iíll miss some, so please leave me a comment if I missed you and Iíll add ya, but hereís a list of some of the people I hung out with:

Justin ďThe Happy MedicĒ Schorr

Rhett ďFire CriticĒ Fleitz

John ďFire DailyĒ Mitchell

Tiger ďYes, thatís the name he really usesĒ Schmittendorf

Art ďChief ReasonĒ (last name redacted because I canít remember itÖ Sorry Chief)

April ďEpi JunkyĒ Saling

John ďNot Trained but We Try HardĒ Smith (@firecap5 Ė Anonymous Blogger)

Christopher ďCommand SafetyĒ Naum

Mike ďFossilmedicĒ Ward

Shelly ď@Shell1972Ē Wilcoxen

@KentOKC

@Fire_Captain

Iíd 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 Iím excited about what we discussed.†

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