Fire-Dex and AEC Fire & Safety Offer Advanced Materials Seminar


Fire-Dex, in conjunction with AEC Fire-Safety, is sponsoring an informational seminar on Advanced Materials set for November 13th at 5:30pm-9:30pm at Warrensburg Fire Protection District 420 E. Main St. Warrensburg, Illinois. This informational seminar will cover timely topics such as:

  1. Blood-borne pathogen barriers in turnout gear.
  2. How to extend the life of turnout gear with proper cleaning and care.
  3. How to choose the right materials to give you the right amount of protection and breathability.

Guest speakers:

  • Kirk Owen, End Use Marketing Manager from TenCate:  Kirk is the former Chairman of the NFPA Technical Committee on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment, Assistant Chief at Plano FD in Texas.  He will discuss the performance characteristics of outer shells and thermal barriers, and their effect on TPP, THL and the overall performance of the composite.
  • Brian Barton, Division Manager – Protective Clothing from Stedfast.  Brian’s presentation will concern moisture barriers:  how they work; how they are constructed, and what are best compilations for Stedair 3000, 4000 and Gold.
  • Andrew Oliver, President of Gear Wash, a third party Verified ISP company providing turnout gear care and maintenance services.

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Fire-Dex Customer Care Rep Sarah Finch Participates In Mass Casualty Training


On July 6, 2013, Fire-Dex’s Customer Care Rep Sarah Finch was able to take part in the Brunswick Ohio mass casualty training. With fire departments from three jurisdictions in attendance, a head-on vehicular collision was simulated in exact, real-world conditions. After the firefighters arrived on the scene they were able to assess the “victims’” injuries and practice extracting passengers from the vehicles. Sarah remarks that it was “A very hot, but exciting day.”


Fire Medic Andrew Pavell says that this type of training will go a long way towards preparing the city to respond to serious car accidents in the future. All in all, Pavell says that everything went flawlessly. The exercise not only allowed firefighters and EMT’s to better prepare for major accidents, but also helped foster teamwork and leadership between all emergency responders.


Fire-Dex and Ten-8 Offer Seminar in Florida


Fire-Dex and Ten-8 are pleased to invite you to attend a four (4) hour meeting to review the basics of NFPA Standard #1851 and discuss selection, care and maintenance of PPE. Training on a gear tracking software will also be included.

Who should attend?
Anyone charged with the selection, care, maintenance and tracking of bunker gear, helmets and boots and all other PPE.

In addition to reviewing NFPA #1851, other topics will include: 

  • Selection
  • Routine and Advanced Inspection
  • Routine and Advanced Cleaning
  • Basic and Advanced Repair
  • Storage
  • Records/Tracking
  • Retirement

Two classes being offered:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Lunch included at noon)
Scottish Rite Masonic Center
5500 Memorial Highway
Tampa, FL 33634
(Just west of Tampa International Airport off the Veterans Expressway)

Thursday, August 1, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Lunch included at noon)
Bahia Shriners Center
2300 Pembroke Drive
Orlando, FL 32810
(Just off I-4 at Maitland Blvd., north of Orlando)

 Class sizes are limited so RSVP today!

To RSVP, send email: or call toll free 1-877-347-3339ex. 301.

FDIC Training with Fire-Dex Gear

We are proud to be supporting firefighters and their quest to train at FDIC.  We will be lending our Fire-Dex Internal Pant Harness system in FX pants with an R.I.T. AL-2 Descender to our friends at Safety and Survival Training.  Lt. Daniel DiRenzo of Cherry Hill (NJ) Fire Department will be the Lead Instructor for the class:  Firefighter Escape Options.  This class is new this year.

Sign up for the class, get training to keep you and your crew safe, and try out some Fire-Dex gear.

Slow Down the Game: Get your head on straight before you put your gear on…

Dave LeBlanc writes about “getting your head on straight first, before getting your gear on.” Dave is a Lieutenant at Harwich FD in Massachusetts and a Fire Blogger at a View from the Front Seat.

For you baseball fans out there, you may recognize this phrase. Usually it is used in discussion about a player that has been struggling and the team has been working with him to slow the game down, so they are better prepared and better able to react. As with many ideas and practices from Major League sports, there are applications in the fire service. This is another case of us being smart enough to learn from others.

At Backstep Firefighter and The Front Seat, we often use “expect fire” when discussing various incidents and how the firefighters responded and reacted to the situation they found. The “expect fire” concept has to do with a mindset, a mental preparation that involves treating each run like it will be a fire, so that when you arrive and it is a fire you are not surprised. Seems simple right? Unfortunately it is an area that we don’t always handle well. There are constantly cases of firefighters arriving at scenes and looking like the carpenter with one foot nailed to the floor, spinning around in circles and accomplishing nothing. Expect fire means that you respond with your gear on, your mind is ready and expecting to go to a fire, you are physically ready to go to a fire.

Imagine arriving at 2:00 a.m. to heavy fire showing, and because you “thought it was a BS run” you weren’t dressed and ready to go. No biggie, right? You can get dressed in seconds. Except when the rig stops, the father of three is standing in the street screaming that his kids are inside. Now you are trying to get dressed while your “customer” is impatiently expecting you to go save his family. How fast can you get dressed under those circumstances? How good of a size up are you performing while you trying and get your arm in your sleeve for the third time while your heart rate hits 130.

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