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The fireboat is one of the most important fire apparatus for many waterfront cities. Their maneuverability and power, not to mention their supply of water, has proven invaluable in many emergency situations. But do you know how this craft came to be?
The first recorded use of a fireboat in U.S. emergency service dates back to 1809, when a group of New York City volunteer firefighters mounted a hand pump to a small watercraft. By the middle of the 19th century, the fireboat had become a recognized asset to the fire service, with many departments purchasing older tugboats to retrofit with firefighting equipment. Still, the cost and limitations of single-boiler tugs placed the boats out of reach for many cities.
This all changed around the turn of the century. With innovations such as multiple boilers, wide beams, and eventually the diesel engine, the fireboat became much more practical for many port cities. It is, in fact, these early designs that serve as the basis upon which many modern fireboats are created.
Today, the modern fireboat can be one of the most iconic apparatus for port cities in the U.S. One of our country’s most recognizable crafts is the historic Edward M. Cotter of the Buffalo Fire Department. Used for fighting early 20th century warehouse and factory fires across the city’s waterfront, the Cotter is recognized as the worlds’ oldest active fireboat, and was designated a National History Landmark in 1969. There is no question that the fireboat has played a critical part of firefighting history, and will continue to play a part for years to come.
After over 10 years of working devotedly as Fire-Dex’s Western Regional Sales Manager, Bob Tharp has announced that he will be retiring effective January 9th, 2015. “I have truly enjoyed working for Fire-Dex over the last 10 years. They have been like my second family. I plan to remain connected to all the wonderful people I have developed relationships with over the years. I have great faith that my customers are going to be in very competent hands with my successor, Peggy Curtis.” said Bob Tharp.
Fire-Dex will be bringing on Peggy Curtis as the new Regional Sales Manager for Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Nevada. The remaining states previously covered by Bob Tharp will temporarily be covered by Fire-Dex’s Director of Sales, Steve Allison, until a new Regional Sales Manager has been named.
Peggy brings with her almost 30 years of experience in sales in the fire industry. Peggy says she is “thrilled to be a part of the Fire-Dex team. I have admired Fire-Dex’s rapid growth for many years and plan to make a great impact on our presence in the Southwest states. I look forward to meeting my distributors and beginning work with the Fire-Dex team.”
Most recently Peggy was the Vice President of Sales for ISG Camera. Prior to ISG, she was the Vice President of Sales for another turnout gear manufacturer where she worked with our now Director of Sales, Steve Allison. Steve stated “She has a very strong end user network developed throughout the southwest market. She also has strong relationships with many of the potential dealer partners we are working to develop into stronger partnership. Peggy sold many metro accounts through the US and Canada where she and I worked together over the years.”
Peggy Curtis began work with Fire-Dex on January 5th and will work with Bob Tharp to make the final transition. Peggy’s contact information can be found below:
Regional Sales Manager – Western States Territory
(CA, NV, AZ, NM, HI)
Cell: (951) 751-1561