Articles by Month: August 2014
Al Fowler of Har-Rob is our August Sales Representative of the month. Al is new to sales and new to Har-Rob. Al is a longtime member of the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department in his hometown of Lincoln, NY. As Chief for many years, he was dealing with Har-Rob as a customer.
Al has been a strong user of the paid wear trial program to create tremendous future opportunity for him in his market. Har-Rob came to Fire-Dex from another PPE manufacturer. Al has been successful creating raving fans of our best-in-market delivery and pin-point order accuracy.
He and his wife Jennifer are parents of four. Recently Al stepped down as Chief of Lincoln, still remaining an active member of the department.
All at Fire-Dex thank Al for his efforts and wish him the best as he celebrates his recognition as Fire-Dex Sales Representative of the month.
Believe it or not, the fire helmet was first introduced in 1739 as a leather hat. Jacob Turk, a gunsmith who would later become the head of the New York Fire Department, was the man to champion the invention.
Almost 100 years later, luggage maker Henry Gratacap would retool the design into something similar to the helmets we have today. The iconic design, inspired by jockeys who wore their hats backwards, featured a special durable type of leather, and a design that would protect firefighters from debris. The hat’s hard crown could even be used as a tool for breaking windows!
The traditional fire helmet is certainly one of the most significant tools of the trade. To learn more about the transformation of the fire helmet, see our blog post The Evolution of the Fire Helmet.
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The Cleveland Clinic is consistently rated one of the top hospitals in the nation. However, just eight years after first opening their doors the clinic was faced with a disaster that would change firefighting forever.
In the early 1900s one of the most popular ways to store medial information was on a medium called “Nitrocellulose Film.” Developed by Kodak, this type of film was lightweight and inexpensive. It was also extremely flammable. On May 15, 1929, staff at the Cleveland Clinic noticed a leak in a steam pipe in the basement where their records were kept. They contacted the repairman, but he was unable to find the source of the leak. Several hours later, the steam became serious enough to begin melting the film. This caused several explosions that would send highly toxic gas through the hospital.
Firefighters arrived immediately on the scene, but were unable to enter the building due to the poisonous fumes. Some of the staff and patients were able to escape via raised ladders and spread life nets, however the 123 that breathed the gas would instantly perish.
The disaster at the Cleveland Clinic was unprecedented in its time, and led officials to establish a number of safeguards to prevent such a disaster in the future such as hazardous material storage standards, and standard-issue gas masks.
Congratulations to our August FDXL-5o Grey Leather Boot winner, Chris Sturgeon. We will give another pair of FDXL-50 Grey Leather Boots away on September 19th. Be watching for the entry to that contest.
Chris, you will receive an email with more instructions about sizing and delivery. Have a great weekend, everyone!