FDIC International Sparks Record Attendance in Indianapolis

May 16, 2024

Offering world-class education, innovative firefighting apparatus and fire industry technology, products and services for fire and rescue professionals from across the globe, the 2024 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International achieved a blazing success with its most highly attended event in its 89-year history. Organized by Clarion Events, the annual trade show and conference is also one of Indianapolis’s largest conventions.

Who, When & Where: FDIC International 2024, April 15-20, Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 

Show size: The event attracted 36,537 fire industry professionals and 811 exhibitors across 495,749 square feet.

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Looking back: Attendance grew by 6% with 34,357 attendees in 2023. Contributing to this growth was the 8% uptick in conference and training attendance, which welcomed 15,663 attendees in 2024 compared to 14,450 in 2023.  

New features & products: In addition to the latest electric firetrucks and apparatus on display, the show also featured the latest in technology for personal protection equipment, rescue tools, drones, robotics and thermal imaging. FDIC’s new Lucas Oil Stadium Experience featured experiential activations dedicated to firefighter health and wellness, command and control technology, emergency services and a drill yard and rescue zone featuring on-the-show floor training using advanced simulation technology. 

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Beyond the show floor: The event kicked off at the beginning of the week with Hands-On Training, where participants were shuttled to 14 different locations throughout greater Indianapolis and Illinois for live fire training classes. The conference program also includes more than 255 classes and workshops that take place Monday-Friday, with the exhibit hall open Thursday–Saturday.  

Additionally, FDIC hosts and produces several co-located and niche events at the beginning of the week, including Women in Fire, The Tall Buildings Summit, Metro Officers Innovation Briefing and JEMS Innovation Summit, which bring together specialized audiences and high-ranking officers for peer-to-peer learning and sharing. 

What they are saying: “We are thrilled to continue to see growth year over year for FDIC International, in its 89th year!” said Eric Schlett, executive vice president, Clarion Events Fire Rescue Portfolio. “It is not lost on us that FDIC comes to life because of the continued support of the fire service, sponsors, exhibitors and partners. Their profound sense of purpose and dedication inspire us to bring together content and activations that push boundaries and redefine industry standards. Our unwavering commitment is to bring together the best and most trusted minds in the field to train, innovate and provide tools to keep those on the job safe.” 

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Looking ahead: FDIC International will return April 7-12, 2025, to the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium. Exhibit space is already sold out, fueling expectations for another robustly attended trade show and conference.







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