Making the Pilgrimage

Tomorrow evening I’ll be making my semi-regular trip to Indianapolis for our profession’s greatest educational gathering. It used to be an annual thing but, since becoming a husband and father, well, you know, sometimes things come up. But this year I’m there and I’m excited. Hopefully many of you who read this rag are going to be attending as well. If you are, and you happen to recognize me, please feel free to come up and say hi, shoot the bull and exchange info. You’ll have to rely on that great pick to the right though, I won’t be wearing any fancy BAS gear or anything as a walking billboard. A) Because such gear doesn’t exist, and B) I don’t roll that way anyway. But if you do happen to recognize me somehow or other please feel free to come up and say hey. To that end here are the classes I’m planning on attending while in Indy. These are just some of the awesome opportunities to further your job knowledge this coming week. And believe me, it was hard to select these because there are so many others I would love to take if I could clone myself (my Chief just had a stroke) and be in more than one place at the same time. Hope to meet some of you there!

Monday, April 16th

H.O.T. Class- Urban Essentials

Tuesday, April 17th

H.O.T. Class- Aerial and Tower Operations

Wednesday, April 18th

10:30 – 12:15  Tactical Safety

1:30 – 3:15      Commissioner’s Roundtable

3:30 – 5:15     The Art of Reading Smoke

Thursday, April 19th

10:30 – 12:15  Through the Windshield: Through the Truck Officer’s Eyes

1:30 – 3:15      10 Reasons Engine Companies Fail

3:30 – 5:15      Tactics Using Quint Apparatus

5:30 – 7:30     Fire EMS Blogger Meet-up, Rock Bottom Brewery

Friday, April 20th

8:30 – 10:15   Rapid Intervention Basics

10;30 – 12:15  Drills You Will Not Find in the Books

This week is also going to offer me the chance to meet two people I’ve gotten to know over the ‘net and the phone over the last couple years. Captain Jeff Schwering from Saint Louis County, Missouri is presenting the Rapid Intervention Basics class on Friday morning. Jeff also writes for Firefighter and has worked really hard on putting this class together. He will not disappoint in its presentation.

Another guy I’ve gotten to know, Jason Jefferies, from Working the fame and I will be in the Urban Essentials class together on Monday. We’re both really looking forward to the class but we’re both really looking forward to getting together and chewing the fat over things too. It should prove to be quite entertaining.

Everyone that is going I pray for safe travels to and from for you and all your members. For those that are not going, try and get there next year and when this year’s conference is over hit up anyone you know that did go for their knowledge and experiences they gained. It’s well worth it.

Be safe!


One comment on “Making the Pilgrimage

  1. Shannon Kobe says:

    Chris: have fun and learn learn learn. Go gumby and keep an open mind. We are following your blog over at I always enjoy reading your posts as they are up to date modern and show how active the front line is in getting to the seat of the fire regarding the vast knowledge that is out there. Keep up the good work. Shannon Pennington


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