Articles by Month: March 2013
Bolivia, a small country in South America, is mostly known for it’s rich natural resources and unique “Law of the Rights of Mother Earth”. The country can now be recognized as one that provides quality turnout gear to their firefighters.
The province of Santa Cruz, Bolivia recently made a large purchase of fire suits and helmets from Fire-Dex. A press conference was held to present the equipment. Calling the fire suits “state of the art with the latest technology”; the fire department proudly displayed their new Chieftain turnout gear.
We would like thank Robert Lostal of Safety Source International for facilitating this purchase.
Fire-Dex is a premiere fire protection gear company. Manufacturing firefighting equipment from fire helmet to fire boots and everything in between, Fire-Dex protects those who risk personal peril in service of others.
Monte Sims has been with Ten-8 Equipment since 2003. He has been in PPE sales for 30 years having spent 24 with AEC Fire Safety of Springfield, IL. Monte was a member of the Crash/Rescue at the 183 rd Fighter Wing, Air National Guard in Springfield, IL for ten years and was the Emergency Service Director in Chatham, IL for 14 years.
Although Ten-8 Fire Equipment is known as one of the countries’ largest Pierce Manufacturing apparatus dealers, Monte focuses on equipment. Monte’s 14 county territory starts in the Orlando-Lakeland area and stretches north to Jacksonville and the Georgia state line. Monte works closely with his inside sales partner, Fritz Leader. Periodically, Fritz will participate in sales calls in the field with Monte.
Monte has served on two committees for MSA, including the Advisory Council and Voice of the Dealer. Multiple times a year he meets with other council members and MSA staff in Pittsburgh, planning and reviewing future fire service products.
He and his wife Patricia, reside in Lakeland, Florida. They have a daughter, Danielle, and 3 sons, Derrick, Joshua and Joseph. Derrick and Joshua are both active members of the US Marines. His daughter, Danielle, is an active member of the US Air Force. And, his youngest son, Joseph, is a junior in high school.
Monte enjoys family time and hunting. He and his family also enjoy hosting foreign exchange students in their home.
Thank you for all your hard work, Monte.
When the Irish and Scottish immigrated to the United States hundreds of years ago, they brought more than just their belongings; they brought a culture rich in tradition. They introduced the United States to pubs, St. Patrick’s Day and bagpipes. The Great Highland Bagpipe was often played at weddings, funeral and dances.
In the 1800s, it was not uncommon for several firefighters to die each day while on duty. The Irish firefighter’s funeral was typical of all Irish funerals and bagpipes were played.
Soon, families of non-Irish firefighters began asking for the pipes to be played for all fallen heroes. The bagpipes added grandeur to the solemn service. The most requested song was “Amazing Grace.”
Today, bagpipe bands exemplify both firefighters and police officers and can have upwards of 60 members, formed with the common goal to honor those fallen heroes.