Kickin' Back with Stacy Reynolds

We continue our Kickin’ Back Employee Series, with Stacey Reynolds.

Stacy Reynolds is the self-proclaimed Queen of Fire-Dex. That’s because, over her 13 years with the company, she has grown in her knowledge of the Fire-Dex products.

Stacy began at Fire-Dex as a sewer and through training over the years and “a tremendous amount of support,” she is now a Design Technician.

“I get to work on creating new products or options from start to finish through the NPOR process,” said Stacy. “I never get bored! My favorite part of my job is working on the new designs and improvements to our gear.”

How Fire-Dex Is Better Than Its Competitors

“Aside from the simple fact that it’s better because I work here, it’s the best because we listen to our customers and we give them what they ask for. I know this because that is my job!”

Advice To Fire-Dex Clients

“Don’t be afraid to ask. If we don’t offer a pocket or option, ask us.”

Four Things You Didn’t Know About Stacy

  • “I love fishing! I even bait my own hook and take the fish off, unless it’s a catfish or has teeth.”
  • “I used to want to be a model but I have given that dream up to be a fashion designer.”
  • “I didn’t know how to sew before I started working at Fire-Dex.”
  • She’s a scrapbooker. “I love taking pictures and putting them in an album with lots of details and creativity.”

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Early Fire Apparatus: The Hand-Drawn Era

For years bucket brigades served as the best method for transporting water to extinguish a fire—at least until hand pumpers came on the scene. These were actually more like hand tubs with long, parallel handles, and they required many volunteers to pump up and down rapidly in an effort to continuously transport water from the tub. Although they were a giant step up from the old bucket brigades, the hand pumpers were limited as people quickly grew tired from the pumping. Nevertheless, they were widely used throughout the 1700s.

Enter the steam pumper, a major advancement that first appeared in the United States in 1840. The steam pumper, with its ability to supply continuous water, did so without using human muscle. As steam pumpers became more widespread, fewer volunteer firefighters were needed in major cities. Instead, the first paid fire departments emerged. Beginning in Cincinnati in 1853, paid firefighters ushered in an era of firefighting that included new concepts and inventions and widespread technological advances. These included the telegraph alarm system, alarm box running assignment cards, sliding fire poles—and horses. The entire landscape of firefighting was changing.

Photo from the FASNY Museum of a hand drawn apparatus that was later converted to a horse drawn apparatus.

Watch & Enter Your Best Caption to Win Leather Fire Boots!

The “Kickin’ It…Summer 2011” Fire-Dex leather fire boot promotion continues.  Take 33 seconds, enjoy the music, check out our boots and see the question at the end.  We want to know “where your fire boots went today!”

Have fun and keep it clean. Good luck!