For many firefighters, structural firefighting protective clothing and gloves can provide a sense of security that they are “safe”. Many believe that simply wearing turnout gear is enough to limit exposure to most cancer-causing agents encountered on the scene.
As a lifelong native of New Mexico, Michael Denison carries with him 17+ years of experience in the fire service; 6 as a firefighter, 5 as an Engineer, and 6 as Captain. Now the Operations Battalion Chief for Rio Rancho Fire Rescue, Michael dedicates his down time to MES Fire (Arizona) as a part-time Sales Representative.
Keeping the Family Safe From Fire at Home
Being aware of the potential fire hazards in your home will go a long way to helping keep you and your family safe. In America, a fire occurs at home every 86 seconds. Fire departments are taking steps to prevent their firefighters from exposure to carcinogens. What steps can you take to implement fire safety in your home?
Ashton Hall joined the Fire-Dex family in June of 2018, taking on the new role of Marketing Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Marketing and International Business from Kent State University. Get to know more about Ashton’s background and interests in our Q&A!
What’s the best thing that happened to you this week, either at work or outside of work?
Going to Toronto this past weekend! Plus I got free tickets to the Ripley's Aquarium while I was there.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
Anywhere with a different culture, but if I had to choose, Croatia. Such a beautiful place!
What was the first concert you ever attended?
Usher and Akon... It was epic to say the least.
What are you most excited for Fire-Dex in 2018?
I've only been here a short time but as we grow, I'm excited to see what we're able to accomplish!
What TV show are you embarrassed to admit that you watch?
Bachelor in Paradise... I'm not proud, but it's so addicting.
What is the one thing you wish you’d known 20 years ago?
Everything always works out in the end.
If you were a baseball player, what song would you walk out to?
That's easy... Party Up by DMX.
What are 3 things people don’t know about you and may be surprised to learn?
- Last summer I wore a hotdog suit in the Canton Football Hall of Fame Parade... It was exhilarating.
- I lived in Italy for 5 months.
- When I was little, I had ducks, chickens, and goats as my pets.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
What do you love most about your job?
Every day I learn something new, which keeps things interesting!
What I’m currently reading…
Ready to Hang.. It's a book I bought in New Orleans about the most famous murders in the 1800s.
If you were stranded on an island and could only have THREE things, what would they be?
- Snorkeling gear
What career advice would you give to new college grads or other job seekers searching for their first career opportunity?
Make sure to do research on the companies that you're interested in, and get a feel for the culture before making any decisions.
In recognition of Made in Medina County Day, over 420 people toured 19 manufacturing plants on October 5 in Medina County. Fire-Dex hosted two tours showcasing the recent building expansion and insight into the successful business. Paul Rose, Medina City Council served as the guest elected official.
Medina, Ohio – October 4, 2018 – Fire-Dex announces its recognition as a 2018 Cascade Capital Business Growth Honoree. This is the second consecutive year Fire-Dex has received this award as one of the fastest growing businesses in Northeast Ohio.
Camden Fire Department, organized in 1869, was the first career department in New Jersey and is among the oldest departments in the United States. Though rich with history, Camden Fire has always been on the forefront of fire innovation. Back in 1916, the department was the very first in the nation to own a fleet of fully-motorized fire apparatus in a day in age when most large cities were still operating on horseback.
Understanding the Dangers of the Job
When flames smolder and rise – as black smoke fills the blue sky; a noble few with courage and valor run toward the chaos. These heroes who we call firefighters pledge to take care of families in their community in the face of destruction. Firefighting is undoubtedly one of the most honorable professions, yet also one of the most inherently dangerous. Risks of burns, smoke inhalation, and building collapse are very real dangers dealt with on a daily basis. However, air pollution remains a serious threat to the lives of firefighters nationwide. Throughout the course of duty, firefighters have an increased likelihood of asbestos exposure, which can result in serious illness – including mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer.
Fire-Dex proudly celebrated our 2017 Rainmakers and their spouses in Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend. Our annual Rainmaker Event honors our top performing Distributor Sales Representatives who have exceeded expectations in terms of supporting Fire-Dex and our mission to serve those who serve.
Gary Wilkins of C.W. Williams Fire grew up in the fire service, attending weekly meetings and going for ride-a-longs with his father. His experience as a Firefighter/EMT-Basic & Assistant Rescue Chief for Strokes County North Carolina has transferred into great success selling PPE in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina.
Lindsey Anderson recently joined the Fire-Dex team in April 2018 as our Quality and Compliance Coordinator. She develops, implements, and manages quality control system product specifications. Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Get to know more about Lindsey below!