June 4th- 6th 2021, Wolfville Nova Scotia
For Immediate Release - 2021-02-01
Re: Status of FDIC Atlantic Originally Scheduled for June 4-6, 2021
Due to the ever evolving climate around the COVID-19 Pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, The FDIC Atlantic Conference originally scheduled for June 4-6, 2021 in Wolfville, NS has been postponed.
This is a decision not taken lightly, however, like the Conference that was postponed in 2020, the directors all agree that the safety of delegates is always a top priority, This, along with uncertainty around the pandemic has led us to the decision that we are unable to move forward with planning for this year’s in-person conference.
Virtual opportunities are currently being explored which we may be able to offer until such a time where we can once again come together at FDIC Atlantic in Wolfville, NS with fellow first responders from all over Atlantic Canada, and beyond.
Thank you & Stay Safe,
-President, Stephen Fenner
FDIC Atlantic has become a focal point for educational seminars directed at emergency responders. Those attending, come from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador and beyond. FDIC Atlantic has been named one of the top 4 Firefighting Conferences in Canada by Firefighting in Canada Magazine.
Firefighting is a dangerous and increasingly complex endeavor. Firefighters in Atlantic Canada face new challenges every day! We must deal with changes to firefighting technologies, providing medical help to the public, hazardous materials response, water and ice rescue, rescues from high places, industrial rescue, terrorist threats and more. We also need education and training now more than ever to protect the public. But in today's world, the resources to do this are increasingly scarce. Financial constraints are tough and the personal time firefighters spend in training is time spent away from family and other obligations.
Our Mission Statement
The Nova Scotia Chapter of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors is committed to reducing the loss of life, property and damage to the environment by providing quality fire training and education for the fire service in Atlantic Canada through the FDIC Atlantic Conference.
The Nova Scotia Chapter of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors
The Nova Scotia Chapter of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors is a nonprofit, professional association, dedicated to providing training and education to the Fire Service. We introduced the Fire Department Information Conference (FDIC Atlantic) in 1995. The objective was to provide firefighters in Atlantic Canada with the type of learning experience that had previously required expensive travel, registration and accommodation in Ontario or the USA. Through the generosity of Corporate Sponsors and our instructors who volunteer their time to present topics, we are able to keep costs down and pass these savings along to our participants.
Message from the President
25 Years ago Joe Vidito conceived the idea for a conference in Atlantic Canada where firefighters could learn from experts and share knowledge by coming together in a larger group. Starting with a small groups of fellow firefighter, Mr Vidito recruited local instructors to conduct educational session. The first FDIC Atlantic conference drew approximately 25 attendees to the Truro Agricultural College. The Conference grew slowly in size, changing venues to accommodate its increasing size. Now the conference is held at Acadia University in Wolfville and attended by nearly 500 first responders. The executive continues to be fully volunteer but has grown from the initial 4 to 15 including representatives from all the Atlantic provinces. Joe Vidito finally retired after holding the helm for 23 years.
On behalf of myself and the board of directors, I would like to invite you to join us this year to celebrate the 25 anniversary. Without the support of you and our instructors we would not be able to contentious to present one of the top firefighter education events in Canada.
Thank you and see you in June
Stephen FennerFDIC Atlantic