We continue our Kickin’ Back Employee Series, with Stacey Reynolds.
Stacy began at Fire-Dex as a sewer and through training over the years and “a tremendous amount of support,” she is now a Design Technician.
“I get to work on creating new products or options from start to finish through the NPOR process,” said Stacy. “I never get bored! My favorite part of my job is working on the new designs and improvements to our gear.”
How Fire-Dex Is Better Than Its Competitors
“Aside from the simple fact that it’s better because I work here, it’s the best because we listen to our customers and we give them what they ask for. I know this because that is my job!”
Advice To Fire-Dex Clients
“Don’t be afraid to ask. If we don’t offer a pocket or option, ask us.”
Four Things You Didn’t Know About Stacy
- “I love fishing! I even bait my own hook and take the fish off, unless it’s a catfish or has teeth.”
- “I used to want to be a model but I have given that dream up to be a fashion designer.”
- “I didn’t know how to sew before I started working at Fire-Dex.”
- She’s a scrapbooker. “I love taking pictures and putting them in an album with lots of details and creativity.”
Coke or Pepsi?
For years bucket brigades served as the best method for transporting water to extinguish a fire—at least until hand pumpers came on the scene. These were actually more like hand tubs with long, parallel handles, and they required many volunteers to pump up and down rapidly in an effort to continuously transport water from the tub. Although they were a giant step up from the old bucket brigades, the hand pumpers were limited as people quickly grew tired from the pumping. Nevertheless, they were widely used throughout the 1700s.
Enter the steam pumper, a major advancement that first appeared in the United States in 1840. The steam pumper, with its ability to supply continuous water, did so without using human muscle. As steam pumpers became more widespread, fewer volunteer firefighters were needed in major cities. Instead, the first paid fire departments emerged. Beginning in Cincinnati in 1853, paid firefighters ushered in an era of firefighting that included new concepts and inventions and widespread technological advances. These included the telegraph alarm system, alarm box running assignment cards, sliding fire poles—and horses. The entire landscape of firefighting was changing.
Photo from the FASNY Museum of a hand drawn apparatus that was later converted to a horse drawn apparatus.
The “Kickin’ It…Summer 2011” Fire-Dex leather fire boot promotion continues. Take 33 seconds, enjoy the music, check out our boots and see the question at the end. We want to know “where your fire boots went today!”
Have fun and keep it clean. Good luck!
And, the winner is……Brian Berry! Congratulations, Brian!
We picked our top 10 favorites, put the names in a boot (of course), and pulled out Brian’s name. There were many funny, creative captions. Our favorites were:
- Adam: “Last one to the end has to buy ice cream for everyone at the Fire-Dex booth for FDIC 2012.”
- Mike: “Got boots?”
- Jason: “I tried these boots on at FDIC. These boots are too comfortable for work boots. If you are “Kickin’ It” in these boots, you’re kicking back and relaxing.”
- Brian: ”I made a mess. You’re gonna need some gloves, turnout gear, an SCBA and these boots.”
- Jennifer: “Mommy wears the boots in our family!”
- Keith: “My mom always told me to call home when I fell in love. Does anyone have a quarter I can borrow so I can call her and tell her about the boots?”
- Chris: “My daddy’s two favorite things… me and his Fire-dex!”
- Todd: “Because I will look cool in them!”
- Jason: “I sure have Big Boots to fill to be a Hero like my Dad!”
- Owen: “My daddy’s boots are so soft, comfortable, and safe I had to get some myself.”
Be watching for more photos and a video. That’s right, one post in July will be a short video with a question at the end. It’s very cool and very catchy! Good luck and enjoy your Independence Day weekend.
Brian, please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the very earliest days of settlement in the New World, people realized the importance of fighting fires. Just one year after Jamestown was settled in 1607, fire destroyed a large part of the settlement. That’s when the colonists devised bucket brigades, a system that called for two lines of people who passed buckets of water down one line, tossed the water onto the fire, and then returned the buckets down the other line to be refilled. There were no fire alarms at that time—only the voices of citizens and any noisemakers they had at their disposal.
Unfortunately, there was no organized fire corps in this country until 1648, which started in New Amsterdam (now New York). They simply formed the position of fire warden and hired four individuals to fill that role. Their responsibilities included enforcing fire laws, primarily through the inspection of buildings. At that time, wooden chimneys and thatched roofs were banned. These had already been identified as the two major fire hazards in American cities.
Nevertheless, it was Boston and Philadelphia that really took the lead in the development of formal firefighting. They were the first two cities to purchase fire engines, which at that time were either man- or horse-powered vehicles imported from England. These early vehicles were equipped with hand pumps that helped to stream water at the flames. Although rudimentary, they were far more effective than the bucket brigades.
It’s interesting to note that our nation’s founding fathers were interested in firefighting, particularly George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Both were volunteer firefighters. But it was Benjamin Franklin who took it to the next level by forming the Union Fire Company in Philadelphia in 1736. This volunteer organization served as a model for the professional leagues that followed.
By the early 1800s, the invention of the steam-powered water pump made it possible to stream water into hoses. This was a huge boon to firefighting efforts everywhere. It required less manpower and made it much easier to fight fires. Still, it wasn’t until 1853 that the first paid firefighting company was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. Other cities quickly followed Cincinnati’s example, which made way for career firefighters who were better trained and more efficient on the job.
The twentieth century brought with it the internal combustion engine for cars and eventually for fire trucks. Other improved technologies, such as radio communication and self-contained breathing apparatus, greatly facilitated the ability to fight fires more safely and efficiently. Today, professional firefighters are highly trained and available at all hours of the day and night. Clearly, we’ve come a long way from the days of the bucket brigades.