Indiana and Kentucky 811 Celebrate with Nearly 600 Damage Prevention ‘Lifesavers’ at 2019 MWDPTC

In early November, nearly 600 facility operators, locators, excavators, regulators, emergency responders and more traveled to French Lick, Ind., to attend the largest-ever Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference (MWDPTC). The record-breaking 2019 MWDPTC included a sold-out exhibit hall of 47 exhibitors, two distinguished featured speakers, a roster of cutting-edge educational training sessions featuring speakers from the Midwest and beyond, and multiple networking opportunities, including the annual golf tournament, horseback ride through the idyllic hills of southern Indiana and the turkey shoot at Lost River Game Farm.

With the theme, “Be a Damage Prevention Lifesaver,” the 2019 MWDPTC emphasized the industry’s commitment to safety and honored the lifesaving work performed by damage prevention professionals every day. In accordance with the theme, the conference kicked off with a festive, tropical Welcome Reception Luau. 

Attendees also heard from two renowned featured speakers – Richard Picciotto, former New York City Fire Department Battalion Chief and the highest-ranked firefighter to survive the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and certified safety professional and speaker, David Sarkus. Both moving and motivational speeches reinforced the importance of safety and leadership in damage prevention and incident response.

Click here to download presentations from the impressive 2019 lineup of training sessions from industry experts that explored cross bore prevention, unlocatable gas facility repair, incident response planning, water main breaks and more. 

Be sure to save the date for the 2020 MWDPTC, which will return to the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., on November 11-13, 2020. Photographs from the 2019 MWDPTC will be posted soon.

Visit the Sponsors & Exhibitors tab to find out how you can be a part of the 2020 MWDPTC. To sign up for email updates about the conference, please email


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