Even though I always look forward to FDIC each year, it seems to always sneak right up on me. With just a few days to go, things are busy, busy, busy. The good news is that it seems that this years itinerary is filling up, and it’s going to be a busy week to say the least. On Tuesday night, I will be travelling up to Roanoke, VA to meet up with The Fire Critic and The Iron Firemen himself, Cpt. Wines. We will then be heading out for Indy early Wednesday morning, and hope to be there by early afternoon.
Wednesday, April 9th
Once we grab a bite to eat, I should be heading over to the F.O.O.L.’s Brotherhood Bash under the tent near Jackson and Meridian Streets. This is always a great event to attend for those of you who are already in town. Check out the Valley of the F.O.O.L.’s booth and pick up one of their new challenge coin’s that were made by NM-Coin, LLC.
Starting around 6PM, the Fire-Rescue 1/ American Military Institute will be hosting their 3rd Annual BASH at the Claddagh Irish Pub next door. You can find more info and RSVP by visiting the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/832956780051859
Thursday, April 10th
The exhibit hall opens up on Thursday, so this is a great time to get in to check out the booths. Many of the companies offer free items and specials to the first so many visitors of their booths. The Lucas Oil Stadium Exhibits are open from 12P-6P, and the Convention Center Exhibits run from 1P-6P.
TECGEN Xtreme Booth #13103: I will be hanging out with our friends over at the TECGEN booth from 3P-4P. Be sure to stop by and visit during those times. I believe they are giving away a few items, so be sure to stop by the booth to have your name tag scanned.
Starting at 6PM, I will be running in the Courage & Valor Fun Run (White River State Park). This will be my second time running in the event, and the course is very beautiful. I have hopes of running in my TECGEN gear, along with Paul from First Due Tackle. Throw on your running gear and cheer us on!
Afterwards, you can find me over at the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation’s Stop Drop Rock ‘n’ Roll. Over the past twelve years, Stop, Drop, Rock ‘n’ Roll has played an important part in helping us honor America’s fallen firefighters. It is a chance for firefighters to give back to the fire service and have fun at the same time. Through a small donation at the door you have all helped the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation honor and support the families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The evening, held in association with the Safety Components First Responders 911 Foundation, includes music, fun, food and refreshments, and the highlight of the event – the live auction. Firefighters from around the country bid on a variety of items ranging from a full set of turn out gear to a pearl necklace. I have attended this event every year since I have been attending FDIC, and if you haven’t made it before…ADD IT TO YOUR LIST!
Friday, April 11th
9am – 5pm – Lucas Oil Stadium & South Street Exhibits
10am – 5pm – Indiana Convention Center Exhibits
I will be on the floor looking at the exhibits most of the morning.
Starting around 130PM, I will be at the NFFF 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb! If you have never participated in the climb, DO IT! I will climb right beside of you the entire way! Gear, Airpack, Gym Clothes…It doesn’t matter. Climb in memory of our brothers who were killed on 9/11/01! This event has been growing in the year’s past, and I am sure it will be another great turnout. Click here to read about the climb last year!
2014 Firefighter Turnout
The event that will be the one that everyone is talking about will be this one! I have teamed up with several other bloggers and some great companies out there for this event! There will be drinks, games, food, and GIVEAWAYS!
Go to the Facebook Event page and RSVP! There are already over 600 people who have RSVP’d!
Come join us Friday night, April 11th in Indy for the 2014 Firefighter Turnout, an evening of camaraderie, food, drink, music, giveaways, contests, thousands of dollars in fire service prizes, meet popular fire bloggers & personalities & more.
LOCATION: It will be held at The Crane Bay at 551 West Merrill Street in Indy!
Saturday, April 12th
Once again, I will be roaming around the exhibits on Saturday, and possibly recovering from the night before. If you’re in town, be sure to shoot me a message on Facebook and we can figure out a good place to meet-up.
That is a quick run-down of my schedule this coming week. If there is anything I missed, feel free to comment and let me know. I am really looking forward to meeting many of our fans, and I’ll be bringing along a few t-shirts and coins. See you in INDY!