INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The annual Fire Department Instructor Conference convention that brings 5,000 firefighters from around the world is now in full swing in Indianapolis.
Those firefighters are getting hands-on training at 19 different spots around central Indiana.
FDIC Education Director Bobby Halton says firefighters will go through training on how to respond to a situation like last week's explosion in Texas. Fifteen people were killed and homes and businesses were flattened in the explosion at a fertilizer plant.
"The search is just as dangerous as the collapse sometimes," Halton said. "So one of the things that we're training on is how to go into voids and collapsed areas and look for survivors or recover bodies. It's also important for tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters.
The convention runs through Saturday.
3 P.M. UPDATE: Snow began picking up a little bit in areas west of Indianapolis. Recent snowfall amounts indicate 10 inches in Vincennes, 6 1/2 inches in Martinsville, 7 1/2 inches in Bloomington and 5 inches in Seymour.
The cold weather and overnight snow created some extra work for crews on Georgia Street on Friday.
An era is ending. With buildings that in some cases date back nearly a century, the campus of Wishard Memorial Hospital will shut its doors Saturday morning.