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    Default Firehouse Expo 7/15 - 7/17

    Alright - it's coming down to the wire and no one had started the thread yet (that I could find).

    So . . . . . .
    Who's going ??
    When/Where do we want to have a FH.com gathering to hoist a few ??
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    Just like any other fire expo. Too crowded and the proces are too high where thay are selling stuff. Besides, if you go about every other year or two, things change that you can see. Going every year is like going to church every Christmas, not a lot of change.

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    Default 1st Time

    I have to admit I am looking forward to the expo, my first.

    I'll be there on Tuesday for the Engine/Trucks Ops, Wednesday for the mask confidence.

    Any advice for a first timer.

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    I've been to the Expo several times and I tend to agree with allineedisu that if you go every year it gets stale, but I haven't been since 01 so I'm looking forward to going back myself.

    Besides I usaully end up taking at least 1 person who's never been to a big expo so I have a blast trying to keep up with them for the weekend.

    Any advice for a first timer.
    Know what you might want to buy and roughly what it cost ahead of time. Some things are about the same as you can buy online, some stuff is cheaper. You have to shop around.

    Cash is king if you want to dicker on prices (if you can still find a vendor that will dicker).

    Dickering is best done on stuff during the last part of the show - anything a vendor sells they don't have to pack back up.

    Anything you buy you have to carry so save the heavy/bulky stuff for late in the day if possible.

    Don't spend all your $$ the first day

    Hope you have a blast.
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    N2DFire - Thanks, Not really planning on spending much money. Maybe some t's, about it. I more interested in teh training and PIPs.

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    Any advice for a first timer.
    more interested in teh training and PIPs
    Good start. All the rest of the stuff can be bought anywhere, anytime. The training is not always available other times.

    Be ready to work.
    Be ready to learn.
    Be ready to listen.
    Eat breakfast (not a big one)
    Get rest at night and during any breaks.
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    im going for the first time...new to FF's so im not doing any of the class things but wondering what you get for the 10$ ticket to the floor.
    Bucks County, PA.

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    You'll get to drool over a lot of shiny new apparatus and look at lots of shirts and gagets for sale. There are usually a few of the girls from the "Female Firefighters" calendar in the exhibit hall to sell and autograph the calendars. It's fairly typical of any trade show/exhibit in that regard. The first time I went that's all I took in. Now I go for the PIP's (Friday this year). One of these days I'll do a HOT session or two when I can get the time off of work.

    N2D, we're trying to organize a crusty get together, probably on Saturday night. Check out the IACOJ site for more information. Living right outside of Baltimore, I get spoiled. I don't have to pay for a hotel!
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    Originally posted by CJMinick390
    N2D, we're trying to organize a crusty get together, probably on Saturday night. Check out the IACOJ site for more information. Living right outside of Baltimore, I get spoiled. I don't have to pay for a hotel!
    Will DO.
    Most days I am lucky to read/post here let alone get over to IACOJ like I should - but I'll make a trip over and see what's brewing.

    Thanks for the heads up.
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    I'll be making my annual pilgrimage. I don't do the hands on but I do the PIPs. At night check out the Baja Beach Club, Bar Baltimore, Bohagers in Fells Point, and Have A Nice Day Cafe just to name a few. AVOID THE STRIP CLUBS!!!!!
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    Thinking about going, wife wants me to go and get out of her hair for a week, she is working.Are the seminars worth the time to make a trip up there? Have relatives in the DC area and the Dover is that to far to drive what about mass transit from Dc or Dover? Not even sure I can get the days off from work. Am I trying to plan this too late????

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    kjohn23 - My first time so take this for what it's worth! From what I understand the most "challenging" thing to worry about is the room and board.
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    Not so challanging. More like expensive if you want to stay right by the Harbor. Especially after the othet hotels right there are booked.
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    Sorry, for this year I cannot be there.
    It looked to be very interesting.
    Can you tell me when there will be next expo, or something of same level?

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    Talking Flying solo

    Wife backed out, one of my buddies backed out, so? - I'm flying SOLO!!! First time down there as well.

    Any thoughts as to where to go for dinner/beers?

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    Right around the Convention Center and Inner Harbor are a number of "chain" restraunts such as ESPN Zone, Hooters, Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood (I think it's still open) and the like. The Wharf Rat, a restraunt and brew pub (where I'll be Saturday night) is pretty good and is very convenient to the Convention Center.

    If you're adventurous, there are some great bars with interesting "atmosphere" in Fells Point which can be reached pretty easily by the infamous water taxi.
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    Let's not forget the whole Power Plant Live enclave if you want to stay downtown. Federal Hill has loads of places. on Cross Street you have, No Way Jose, McGerk's. then on Charles St. you have Ropewalk or Mother's. And those are just a few of the many fine drinking establishments. Oh, there is also James Joyce at the foot of President St. by the Marriott, a neat Irish pub.
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    what are the hours for the floor of the convention fri,sat?
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    nm, i found it fri till 5 and sat 10-3
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