Welcome Back, Lance Matiste!

Lance Matiste is rejoining the Fire-Dex team as a Regional Sales Manager for Territory 40, which consists of TN, AL, MS, AK, LA, OK, and TX. Lance was most recently Product Development Manager at Fire-Dex, but previous to that he spent 10+ years as a regional sales manager.  He also represented Fire-Dex on the NFPA 1971 committee. Please join us in welcoming him back.
Lance can be reached at 330-518-3855 or lance@firedex.com.


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Fire-Dex welcomes John Zbozien

Fire-Dex Announces
Director of Marketing, John Zbozien

Fire-Dex is pleased to announce the appointment of  John Zbozien as Director of
Shield - 3x3 JPG Marketing, effective June 4th.

As a member of the executive staff, John will help to elevate our Marketing and New Product introductions. In addition, he will support a more dynamic and alive strategic planning process to achieve Fire-Dex’s vision of being the premier protective gear company.

John most recently served as a Marketing Manager for an outdoor living products company. Six year prior he was a Product Manager for a tool company.  He lives near the Fire-Dex main office in Ohio with his wife and son.

Please help us welcome John to the Fire-Dex team.

Meet Paula Komm, Customer Service Rep for the Great Lakes and Southeast Regions

Paula Komm, Customer Service Representative with Fire-Dex for 10 years

What do you do at Fire-Dex?

Customer service/order entry for Great Lakes and South East regions

Best advice to Fire-Dex clients.

Double check your order and your FireWriter to be sure they are correct.  With all the options offered on custom gear be sure we can understand exactly what you want and where you want it placed on the gear.

Best/Favorite thing about your job at Fire-Dex.

Talking with the customers and working with our regional sales managers

How is Fire-Dex better than their competitors?

We listen to the firefighter and do our best to fulfill their requirements with a quick turn around.

List 3 things people don’t know about you.

  1. I recently became a deacon at our church.
  2. I vacationed in Australia.
  3. I’ve spent a night in a Red Cross shelter @ the high school in Wytheville VA during a snow storm.

Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi, but actually like non-cola or fruit drinks better.

What do you do in your spare time?

Counted cross stitch, love the outdoors, my kids activities

Fire-Dex's CEO, Brett Jaffe, Shares His Hot Wing Recipe

Having grown up in the Buffalo, NY area, my all-time favorite meal is Hot wings.  Below is a recipe that takes the traditional Buffalo wing and adds a twist.


5 pounds of wings and drum sticks
1 cup hot sauce (I prefer Frank’s ) melted together with 1/4 cup of butter or margerine  add 1 tablespoon of cajun spices to the sauce and 1/2 cup of a chuncky style blue cheese dressing (I recommend:  T. Marzetti chunky blue cheese)

The wings can be cooked a variety of ways such as grilling, baking, or my favorite, the traditional deep-frying.

To deep fry, heat oil to 375 degrees and cook wings for around 10 minutes.  I prefer my wings extra crispy, so I cook them until the skin is browned and  crispy.

Drain excess oil from wings and coat with hot sauce mixture by tossing together in a closed container.

Serve with celery, carrots, blue cheese and an ice-cold beer.  ENJOY!

Meet Fire-Dex Sewer, Pat Burrows

Pat Burrows sews gear bags, lettering, harness straps and other miscellaneous gear needs. She was featured in our Fire-Dex Remembers 9/11 video series. In the video, Pat talked about her three nephews that are Brooklyn firefighters and her passion about creating protective fire gear.  She said, “we’re sewing the lives of firefighters.”

Highlights about Pat:

  1. She loves home improvement/construction projects:  “putting up and tearing down walls”;
  2. Shes hates yellow and gold;
  3. She once won a line dancing contest.
  4. Pat says her work at Fire-Dex has made her more creative overall.