Articles by Month: June 2013
On April 27, 1983, when stamps were .20 cents and gas was only $1.25/gallon, Fire-Dex opened in Cleveland Ohio, under the name National Safety Apparel. Thirty years later, Fire-Dex is serving the international firefighter community as a top provider of head-to-toe turnout gear with continued expansion in the industry, including the development of a boot line. Their real mark came with the design and development of the FX-R custom turnout gear, now proven to deliver best-in-class comfort and safety like no other in the industry.
In the beginning, according to founding member Charlie Grossman, Fire-Dex manufactured only gloves. According to Grossman, the most pivotal point in the growth of their business happened later in 1984, when current Chairman Bill Burke was hired. “Our growth in the glove market just took off”, said Grossman.
Below is a short timeline of the various Fire-Dex products that have been introduced to the market over the past 30 years.
1984: Introduction of NFPA 1971 firefighter glove
1988: Morgan Protective Apparel becomes Fire-Dex
FIREfighter Gloves with Good DEXterity = FIRE-DEX
Production begins on NFPA 1971 bunker gear, NFPA 1976 ARFF gear, and 1999 ParaDex™ EMS gear.
1994: World’s largest single order for firefighter apparel: 19,000 coats in Brazil
1997: Fire-Dex headquarters was relocated to Medina, Ohio
2001: NFPA 1977 Wildland, Extrication Coverall and 2-piece
2005: Tech lab built in Medina
2008: Bill Burke acquires Fire-Dex from Charlie Grossman with assistance of BBH
2009: Bill Burke and Fire-Dex decided to enter the fire footwear market.
2010: First Fire-Dex boot order ships in Dec.
2013: Gear Tracker; NPFA 1851 Gear Management System released to public.
Fire-Dex will be celebrating the past 30 years of history with related blog posts throughout 2013.
A seven-foot stone monument was constructed in 1981 in Emmitsburg, Maryland to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives to protect their community. The monument features a sculpted Maltese Cross, the traditional symbol of the fire service. There is an engraved plaque on the monument that bears a message from President Ronald W. Reagan. There is an eternal flame at the base of the monument to symbolize the spirit of all firefighters – past, present and future. The names of the men and women of the fire service who have died in service to their communities since 1981 encircle the monument, listed on plaques. Whenever a firefighter dies in the line-of-duty, fire officials post a notice of the death at the monument and lower flags at the site to half-staff.
Every October, the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation sponsors an official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. The ceremony includes the placing of a Presidential Wreath at the monument and dedication of a plaque honoring those who died in the line-of-duty. Thousands are expected to be in attendance at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend October 5-7, 2013.
The Memorial Weekend is a time for sharing and healing for the families of fallen firefighters. Representatives from Honor Guard and Pipe Band Units participate as part of this solemn tribute and commemoration of fallen loved ones. Families in attendance have expressed how much they appreciate the honor bestowed upon their loved ones at the national tribute.
Have you visited the memorial? Tell us!
Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department, located in Decatur County, Indiana, always relied on donations and second-hand uniforms from other departments for their Turn Out Gear. Due to a limited budget, they have never been able to purchase new gear for their team.
Here is a picture of the Adams Township VFD in their new Fire-Dex Assault Turn Out Gear. How do they look?