The brave men and women who serve in the fire departments throughout this country are committed to answering the call to duty. These dedicated professionals are trained to fight fires that might otherwise spread rapidly, endangering both lives and property. Since our country’s earliest days, people and governments have placed a high priority on fire protection. Today these numbers tell the story of fire departments throughout the United States. The U.S. Fire Administration posts updated figures about every two years.
30,170: The estimated number of fire departments in the U.S. in 2008.
52,400: The estimated number of fire stations in the United States during the period from 2006 to 2008.
22: The number of seconds that represents how often a fire department responds to a fire in the United States.
14: The percentage of fire departments in the U.S. that consist of career or mostly career firefighters.
61: The percentage of the U.S. population protected by fire departments that consist of career or mostly career firefighters.
86: The percentage of fire departments in the U.S. that consist of volunteer or mostly volunteer firefighters.
39: The percentage of the U.S. population protected by fire departments that consist of career or mostly career firefighters.
68,200: The estimated number of fire pumpers in the United States.
6,725: The estimated number of aerial fire apparatus in the U.S.
The Kickin’ It, Summer 2011 Fire-Dex leather boot campaign is underway. It’s easy to participate…fun too! Simply, watch our Facebook fan page every week for our newest “Caption Contest,” check out the picture, and give us your best caption for the photo. Each week, we’ll highlight some of our favorites.
On the last day of June, July and August, we will announce a winner of a pair of Fire-Dex Leather Fire Boots.
The rules are simple:
- Have fun,
- Keep it clean (we’re a family channel),
- One entry per week.
Fire-Dex leather fire boots are the only fire boot available where the technical designs were done by the same team that works with Nike, Adidas, Timberland and many other athletic worldwide brands. With an orthotic engineered sock liner, Multi-Density Footbed, Elastomer Performance Gel, Energy Return Polyurethane, and EVA Memory Foam – you will be able to work in these boots all day without foot pain distracting you.
The initial comments on our leather fire boot from this audience have been extremely positive. 90% of contestants state the comfort and fit are superior to the products that they are currently using and want to know where they can purchase them.
Here’s what our firefighters are saying…
Mike at FDIC: “Great comfort, light weight”
Lance on Facebook: “Loved the booth, besides the stylish boots and comfort rating, could wear them at 2012 all day!”
Steve on Twitter: “I really like the boots better than the ones I have now.”
To purchase Fire-Dex leather fire boots, click here for information about local distributors in your area. And, join Fire-Dex on facebook and stay tuned for details about our Kickin’ It…Summer 2011 boot campaign.
Congratulations to Tom Trzepacz, Chief of the Bowmansville, N.Y. Volunteer Fire Association, the first Fire-Dex Friday hood winner!
Tom is in his 14th year with the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association and fourth as its Chief. BVFA serves both Bowmansville and Lancaster, N.Y., answering about 750 alarms each year and providing fire, rescue and basic-level emergency medical services.
Being a part of the Bowmansville VFA is a family affair for the Trzepacz clan. Tom’s father, two brothers, a sister, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law and a nephew are all members. His grandfather was also a firefighter and Tom has a number of uncles and cousins that are firefighters in other companies.
Tom’s full-time job is working at Performance Advantage Company in Lancaster, which specializes in tool and equipment mounting systems for the fire service and the military worldwide. He has been married for four years and has 3-year-old and 5-month-old sons, who, unfortunately, are not big enough yet to fit into our very cool Fire-Dex hoods.
We are pleased to introduce Dave LeBlanc to the Fire-Dex community. Dave is a Lieutenant in Harwich, Massachusetts and a fire blogger for A View from the Front Seat. With many years in fire service, Dave provides “commentary about today’s Fire Service, training and techniques.” He focuses on keeping members safe while adhering to the principals of the Profession.
Dave began blogging in October 2009 by accident. He wrote a personal post about cancer striking in his firehouse. It was more of a therapy for him, but his friend, Bill Carey of Backstep Firefighter, convinced him to share it.
Recently, he posted a well-received blog that reviewed a fire in New York City hailing the “FDNY and the brothers from 114 truck as they ‘expected fire’ and saved the lives of 11 civilians.” Dave appreciates comments and discussions around the situations he reviews to continue learning from others in fire service.
Periodically, we will share Dave’s work to help educate our fire community. After all, one of Dave’s favorite quotes says it all: “You can do everything right in this job and still get killed” – Paddy Brown, Captain Ladder 3 – lost 09/11/01.