Industrial Fire Familiarization: FDIC 2017


Industrial fire

Ryan Henry training with municipal departments, on industrial emergencies.

Industrial Fire Familiarization: FDIC 2017

This year, I have been given the amazing opportunity to attend FDIC 2017 in Indianapolis. It will be my first time experiencing the event, and I’m looking forward to it greatly. As both an industrial, and municipal responder, I want to try and get in as much as possible to help me in both aspects. I have made a “Top 3” of sessions that I do not want to miss.

1. Routine Rescue Becomes HAZMAT. Taught by Captain Phil Ambrose

2. Inside the Fenceline: Response To Industrial Emergencies. Taught by Chief (Fmr.) Keith Silverman

3. Natural Gas and High-Pressure Steam Emergencies: What you need to know. Taught by Batt. Chief (Ret.) Frank Montagna

Of Course, these classes are just a small sampling of what is to be learned at FDIC. To be someone who has kept up with social media updates each year from FDIC, to actually stepping on a plane and heading out there this year, I feel very fortunate to be able to be in the audience of ALL the sessions I will attend. Let us know in the comments what sessions you are looking forward to.  The listings are on

While at FDIC this year, I want to hear from you guys. Catch up with me at any of these sessions, shoot me an e-mail ( , or flag me down in a hallway. I want to hear about your industrial facility, the emergencies you respond to, and ways we can help each other train to become better at what we do.



About The Author

Ryan Henry currently serves as the training officer for two volunteer fire departments in Calcasieu Parish Louisiana. Ryan also works in operations at a major gulf coast oil refinery, and serves as an ERT firefighter, as well as their Hazardous Material Response Team Training Coordinator. Ryan holds an AAS degree in Process Plant Technology and currently serves as a LSU/FETI Lead Evaluator for Louisiana.

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