FDIC events take over downtown Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 22, 2016) – The world’s largest firefighter conference left its mark on downtown Indianapolis. Several events were open to the public during the week.

The Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC) provided workshops and special training for firefighters from 53 countries. There were 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 were 80 workshops, 200 classrooms and more than 800 exhibitors available for attendees to check out.

Saturday, families got to check out the display of fire trucks on South Street in front of Lucas Oil Stadium. Exhibitors were also doing live fire demonstrations in the adjacent lot. The exhibit hall inside Lucas Oil Stadium featured even more firefighter vehicles and gear.

One hundred firefighters competed in the “Firefighter Throwdown,” which is a crossfit event. The participants battled it out for the title of “fittest firefighter” Friday.  Later, the 9/11 Stair Climb honored New York firefighters who served on that tragic day in 2001. The people who took part in the event climbed the equivalent to 110 flights of stairs to represent the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

For a full schedule of the events, click here .