Fire Chief Jake Rhoades was a presenter and other Edmond Fire Department personnel attended a recent international fire service conference.
Chief Training Officer Jon Neely said himself, Rhoades and a total of nine agency members attended FDIC, the world’s largest firefighter training conference and exhibition April 6-12 in Indianapolis, Ind. Neely said five other members assisted as trainers during live fire training evolutions.
Neely said all 15 Fire Department members there spent three days of the conference attending educational courses on topics including leadership, management, fire behavior, strategy and tactics, fire ground operations, mental and physical health and safety.
“The reinforcement of or attainment of new knowledge skills and abilities that are offered here, of course, is the largest reason to attend,” Neely said. “We are able to learn from professionals from all over the world from many different professions who are considered subject matter experts in their fields.”
Neely said the City of Edmond paid for the expenses of the nine who attended the conference. This included hotels, transportation, meals, registration and overtime. The Fire Department paid transportation and lodging for the five who assisted with training. They were not allotted time off so had to use their own personal leave time. Rhoades’ costs were picked up by conference host Fire Engineering.