The week that most have us have been waiting for ever since dreadfully piling in our vehicles or on a place last year! No joke! The biggest fire conference in the United States and where everyone goes to refuel. The best of the best instructors are teaching classes all week long, the latest and greatest products are showcased on the convention floor, and some of the best fellowship you will every experience in the fire service!
Each and every year, it seems that our schedules get busier and busier…but we are perfectly okay with that. This year, The Fire Critic, Cpt. Wines (IronFiremen.com), myself, as well as the rest of the Entourage will be rolling into Indy on Wednesday afternoon! I have compiled the current schedule in this post of where I will be during FDIC and some of the events you shouldn’t miss!
Wednesday, April 20th
You better believe that each year on Wednesday night, you can find us at the INDY Metro F.O.O.L.S. 2016 Brotherhood Bash. This is huge event in downtown Indy where all of the F.O.O.L.S. chapters from across the country set-up their booths to sell t-shirts, challenge coins, etc. There is always LIVE MUSIC, plenty of cold beverages, and it’s a great way to kick off our first night in Indy!
Location: 201 S. Capitol
Notes: The gates will open at 1700 hours. There is a $5.00 donation entry fee; you must be 21 to enter.
Thursday, April 21st
Thursday morning, I will be joining the 555 Fitness Crew at Crossfit Naptown for the HERO WOD, Kevin Prior (Squad 252). The HERO WOD will be going on all day long, but the 555 crew and myself will be throwing down at 10:30AM. Wake up, get some coffee, and sweat it out! For their normal drop-in rate of $20, you’ll get to workout and also take home a sweet 555Fitness shirt. There will also be a number of vendors set-up and raffling off prizes. Click here for more info…
Also on Thursday, the exhibit hall is officially open and most of you will be roaming the floor of the Convention Center and the Lucas Oil Stadium. Stop by the following booths and say “Hey!”:
1-3 pm in Black Diamond (Booth 801)
3-4 pm in Viking Life-Saving Equipment (Booth 1101)
4-6 pm in Holmatro (Booth 3637) (The Fire Critic/Cpt. Wines)
Following the exhibit hall, we will be out and can most likely be found at:
7-11pm – Stop, Drop, Rock n Roll The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Stop, Drop, Rock n Roll. This event features a live auction and proceeds benefit the NFFF. 7-11 pm.
7-10pm MSA Blockparty Intersection of South Capital Ave. and West Georgia St. Free Food and Drinks for all FDIC attendees (just wear your ID badge to get in!) Win an EVOLUTION® 6000 TIC for your department and a Cairns® Fire Helmet for yourself! More information available by clicking here…
Friday, April 22nd
Friday is our biggest day in Indy! We will be starting off the day in the following booths:
10am – 12pm in WATERAX (Booth 4048)
12 – 1pm in MSA (Booth 2111)(The Fire Critic/ Cpt. Wines)
1 – 3pm in Black Diamond (Booth 801)
Other Friday Events
The FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is held at 1:30pm in the Lucas Oil Stadium! This is an event by the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation that everyone should experience! You can climb in your street clothes, gym clothes, or turnout gear! Registration is now open here, and also opens at 12pm the day of the climb on-site. Photos of the Stair Climb finishers will be uploaded to the Pierce Facebook page, and each “like” or “share” will result in a $1 donation to the NFFF up to $10,000. Visit Pierce social media outlets for more details.
2016 Firefighter Throwdown: This is the 5th Firefighter Throwdown and it’s the largest ever! FDIC folks, otherwise known as the biggest baddest fire tradeshow the country has to offer held on April 22 & 23, at the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN.
Friday night…Indy on Fire 2016
We are throwing another HUGE party in Indianapolis during FDIC this year! Last years party was attended by 1000+ people and we had a blast! The party is FREE to attend and everyone is invited!
This year’s party will feature food and drink music, raffle prizes, casino night, Fun and Fellowship!
Grab your friends and head down to the Crane Bay Event Center! This is within walking distance of the Lucas Oil Stadium, and we extended the hours from 6PM-Midnight! We have a large assortment of prizes to give away! Click here for more info…
This years event will benefit 24-7 Commitment Fire Family Life! (Suggested $5 donation at the door)
We are excited to offer exclusive Indy on Fire T-shirts this year!
This tri-blend red soft-style shirt will be on sale at the Indy on Fire event or the 24-7 Commitment Booth 8227 in Lucas Oil Stadium at FDIC for $20 each.
However, we’ve been offering the shirt through pre-sales and there are limited quantities! If you would like to secure one of these shirts now be sure to go online to order. Your shirt will be ready for pick-up at the 24-7 Commitment Booth 8227 at FDIC or at Indy on Fire (exclusively available in Indianapolis).
Here is the link to order your shirt now: http://247commitment.org/indyonfire.
All proceeds will benefit firefighter families via the non-profit organization 24-7 Commitment!
Saturday, April 23rd
You can find us in the following booths on Saturday:
10 – 11 am in AWOGS (Booth 1305)
11am – 1pm in Black Diamond (Booth 801)
1-2 pm in Viking Life-Saving Equipment (Booth 1101)
As always, we look forward to catching up with everyone! It really brings us joy meeting the one or two people who follow the websites! If you see us, be sure to stop and say Hello! Take a picture with us! Tag us! This is truly one of the best weeks of the year, and each one of you make it possible! We will be in town Saturday night, and usually try to take it easy with the crew to reflect back on the busy week.
Follow along on our social media sites to keep up to date as where we are, as schedules always change (links above)!