Articles by Month: February 2014
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…THANK YOU!
We greatly appreciate the supportive and engaging social communities we have grown since we actively began participating in these virtual spaces in early 2011. Each of you inspires us to keep challenging our team to develop the safest most innovative gear to protect you as you protect your communities.
We recently did just that!
We engineered a new fire glove and we want you (YES, YOU) to help name these gloves.
Highlights about these re-designed gloves:
• “Out-of-the-Bag” Broken in Feel.
• Maximum Dexterity.
• Extreme Durability.
• 60+ TPP.
The materials include:
• Durable, silicone tanned cow hide which does not get dry or brittle after wet/dry cycles;
• New Nomex thermal liner (used in U.S. military gloves today);
• Thermal urethane moisture barrier.
We look forward to reading each of your entries and selecting the Top 5 for voting. On March 7th, we will open the voting to our Facebook community to vote on the final name! So, make it memorable and unique. Enter your name today, as the entry deadline is March 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.
Also, be sure to visit Booth 1810 at FDIC to check out these new gloves in person.
Thank you, stay safe and good luck!
Military General, President, and Firefighter? Not many people associate George Washington’s name with firefighting, but our nation’s first president was fighting fires several years before he was elected into office.
In 1774, two years before the American colonies declared independence, George Washington joined the Alexandria Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. In 1775 Washington purchased the town’s very first fire engine.
According to the FASNY Fire Museum, after Washington was elected president he would reportedly visit various local fire companies to inquire about developments in apparatus and speak with firemen.
Not much information remains about Washington’s involvement with the Alexandria Fire Department; however, we do have the following graphics. The image on the left depicts a young Washington pulling a fire pumper, while the image on the right belongs to a mural in Cambridge, depicting the firefighters of Engine Company No. 5. George Washington is pictured holding a pail to commemorate the time he spent in Cambridge during the revolution, and in recognition of his service as a volunteer firefighter in Virginia.
The number one cause of death for firefighters on the scene is heart and blood vessel disease, causing an average of one death per week. Even more cases occur away from work. Take a look at these alarming statistics, according to a Harvard University Study:
- Firefighters are 12 to 136 times more likely to die of heart disease when putting out a fire.
- Firefighters are 3 to 14 times more likely to die of heart disease while responding to an alarm.
- Firefighters are 2 to 10.5 times more likely to die of heart disease while returning from an alarm.
- Firefighters are 3 to 7 times more likely to die of heart disease during physical training
These numbers caused the NVFC to launch their Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program in 2003 to combat this alarming trend through education, awareness, and resources. The NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is a national program dedicated to saving America’s firefighters and EMS personnel. Their Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program promotes fitness, nutrition, and health awareness for all members of the fire and emergency services, both volunteer and career. The program offers multiple resources including cookbooks, workshops and fitness challenges.
On the scene, firefighters deal with extreme heat and exertion and are exposed to toxic substances and psychological stress. These all can have severe repercussions on an already weakened heart. It is important to take the necessary steps to improve the health of your heart. The longer you can live healthy, the longer you can do the job that you love.
What steps are you taking to improve your heart health?