Articles by Year: 2011
We are kicking off December with the giveaway of all giveaways. Beginning on Thursday, December 1st and continuing EVERY DAY until Monday, December 12th, Fire-Dex will be giving away a daily prize. The grand prize, a complete set of Fire-Dex gear will be awarded on Day 12. After all, we are One Brand Head to Toe.To participate:
- “Join” (RSVP) to our Facebook event or tweet us a message @Firedex on Twitter. You only have to do this once to be in the daily drawing AND you can do it at any time during the 12 days. For instance, if you forget or haven’t joined the event and it’s December 3, simply go to our Facebook page and “Join” the event.
- For a BONUS entry, sign up to receive our newsletter and email updates.
We will announce the winner each day at 3:00 p.m. EST on our Facebook wall.
Here is the complete list of daily giveaways:
- 2 Jars of Fire House Fire Sauce (12/1)
- Digital Meat Thermometer (12/2)
- Spice Rub Gift Set (12/3)
- Salt and Pepper Barbecue Shakers (12/4)
- Grill Set with the Fire-Dex patch on it (12/5)
- Personalized Branding Iron (12/6)
- Fire-Dex Grill Apron (12/7)
- Steaks from Omaha Steaks (12/8)
- Fire-Dex Helmet and Hood (12/9)
- Char Griller Grill and Fire-Dex Gloves (12/10)
- Leather Fire-Dex Boots (12/11)
- Compete Set of Fire-Dex Gear all packaged in a Fire-Dex Personalized Gear Bag (12/12)
Good luck and Happy Holidays from Fire-Dex!
The Axemen, Ohio Chapter 3 are raffling a motorcycle and other prizes to raise money for some local charities in the Columbus, Ohio area. The group is selling a maximum of 1500 raffle tickets and will be drawing the winning name on Wednesday, December 14th. The grand prize winner will receive at Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster Custom with H-D1 Factory customization OR $10,000 CASH.
Tickets are still available at this time. For complete details including a list of prizes, links to purchase tickets, information about the Axemen, Ohio Chapter 3, rules and regulations, and details about the charities, visit the The Great American Motorcycle Giveaway website.
Congratulations to Troy Maness! Troy wins a shiny, new Fire-Dex helmet.
We had some fun captions in our recent caption contest on Facebook. Click here to read all the great captions on our Facebook wall. We selected our top 10 favorites, put the names in a hat, and pulled out Troy’s name. Our favorite captions were (in no particular order):
- Linda: You can be the Bat Boy. I’ll be the “Boot Boy”.
- Rodger: Do you think they will notice if we borrow this for the day?
- Troy: Mac: Hey Ryan this truck sure is shinny. Ryan: Ya, you can see yourself and those Fire-Dex boots are just as shinny as the truck. Mac: Someday they will get dirty while I’m fighting the dragon.
- Austin: I like this bus much better.
- John: Your heroes can wear cleets, mine were Fire-Dex.
- Eric: I hit my 32nd home run today….now I am being investigated for using performance enhancing boots.
- Ken: Instead of Delaware,it should say beware, cuz I got my Fire-Dex boots on.
- Shane: ”Dude what does Fire have to do with Division, didn’t we learn that in Math class?” “I don’t have any idea man, but these Fire-Dex Boots are comfy thats all I know.”
- Jim: Are you sure fire is spelled right?
- Kim: HEY!! LET ME HAVE A TURN WEARIN THOSE FIRE-DEX BOOTS OR I’M TELLIN THE CHIEF YOU THREW THE BALL THRU HIS FIRETRUCK WINDOW!!!!!
Keep watching and participating! More giveaways and updates are coming to our Facebook page!
Troy, please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether a station is in a high end community with fleets of vehicles or in a simple garage with one apparatus, the fire station is a great source of pride for the firemen who work there. Most fire houses reflect the age and condition of the community in which they serve. They usually blend in with the character of the neighborhood. Some fire houses are well equipped with fancy edifices and plenty of space for training, recreation and social activities. Other fire houses are very basic with just what is necessary to do the job. Most fire houses have a room for social quarters and an alert service to receive alarms.
Many Fire Houses have become considered by the National Register to be historic places (like the one above – Firehouse 1 – Roanoke). These stations were built in the 1800 and 1900’s along the East coast of the United States. Most of these stations are located in the center of cities and are very large in scale. Some of the older and non-renovated stations still have the stalls for the horses that use to be a part of the crew. Today some of these stations are museums while others are still in use or are being used for various other purposes.
Now many fire departments have been moved from the center of cities and are on the edge of town with quick access to highways and major roads. Also many larger cities have multiple stations to ensure rapid responses.
Congratulations to Scott Berends! Scott is the October winner of a brand new pair of Fire-Dex leather fire boots.
We had some really funny captions for our Facebook photo contest. Click here to read all the great captions on our Facebook wall. We selected our top 10 favorites, put the names in a boot (of course), and pulled out Scott’s name. Our favorite captions were:
- Rodger: Do you think dad will notice I traded boots?
- Mark: Mom said she wanted the house powerwashed never said how, these Fire Dex boots will protect my feet when she gets ahold of me!
- Ken: If I jump from here with my Fire-Dex boots on, the gel drops with absorb the shock.
- Dan: Indians new uniform; who needs cleats when you can have Fire-Dex boots!
- Eddie: Alright rookie, if the old timers come after the boots, pull the lever that says deluge on it. He he he!
- Scott: I think I can hit those pigeons off the top of the Fire House !! =)
- Linda: Do these Fire Dex boots come with “lifts”? I’m not quite tall enuff to reach. 🙂
- Shane: ”These Fire-Dex boots are great! Just wish I could see the gauges to get water to the fire!”
- Edward: Honey, dont worry the kids are safe I gave them my Fire-Dex boots.
- Jason: In this month’s picture we see the true nature of a firefighter: Just a little boy playing with big toys.
Keep watching and participating! More giveaways and updates are coming to our Facebook page!
Scott, please email your contact information to email@example.com.
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:
- She loves home improvement/construction projects: “putting up and tearing down walls”;
- Shes hates yellow and gold;
- She once won a line dancing contest.
- Pat says her work at Fire-Dex has made her more creative overall.
The steam pumper and the horse changed the face of firefighting. Not only did the steam pumper make it possible to supply continuous water to the scene of the fire, but horses starting pulling equipment and apparatus. Both lessened the need for manpower. What’s interesting is that although the horses transported the apparatus to the fire, the firefighters still arrived by foot. It wasn’t until the 1860s that running boards were installed on the sides of the ladder trucks, making it possible for the firefighters to ride to the scene of the fire. The name “running boards” came from the fact that they took the place of firefighters running to the fire. Imagine how this improved a firefighter’s ability to fight the fire once he arrived, no longer exhausted from the run.
Following are some additional highlights of the horse-drawn era:
- Horse-drawn ladder trucks grew in length to accommodate longer ladders. Wood aerial ladders were developed, which in the early days were as high as 85 feet. The first of this kind, patented in 1868, was set up so that the tillerman could sit underneath it. During this time, firefighters had to raise, rotate and extend the aerial ladders using gears and pulleys they cranked by hand.
- The horse-drawn chemical wagon was developed to quickly fight the fire while the steam pumper was being prepared. The wagons carried tanks that were filled with bicarbonate of soda and activated by mixing with sulfuric acid. The resulting chemical reaction shot into the air through a small hose.
- Horse-drawn water towers were popular as well, making it possible to apply a stream of water to upper floors.
- Steam apparatus had to be lubricated regularly, and brass oil cans were used to accomplish this task.
- Fire bells that appeared on the early steamers were made from brightly-polished brass and usually showcased ornaments.
- These early apparatus were decorated with striping, paintings and logos that later evolved into ornate gold leafing and stripes designed to characterize various departments. Lavish paint themes and polished brass added to the glitz, and colors ranged from dark green and brown to maroon, white and red.
Pictured above is a 1885 Ahrens Steam Pumper No.433 restored by the members of the Seymour FD. Built in 1885, this Ahrens (before Ahrens-Fox)steam pump was built in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Fire-Dex goes pink! In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we created pink turnout and EMS extrication gear for our distributor Ten-8 Equipment and their customer, the Guardians of the Ribbon, Georgia Chapter.
Pictured above is Sherry Deveraux. Sherry works in our liners department. Great work by all!
Picture in your mind a fire that took place during Colonial Times and you’ll likely envision bucket brigades. In fact, individual homeowners were required to keep special leather buckets on hand so they could help to transport water from a nearby well or lake to the scene of the fire. As time evolved, the bucket brigade disappeared in favor of hoses made from riveted leather, hand-operated pumps and brass nozzles and fittings that connected the hoses. At the time, it greatly facilitated the ability to effectively fight fires.
Fire hose designs improved over time. As new materials and manufacturing methods were developed, the leather hoses were replaced with rubber hoses. Eventually even these were replaced with more durable synthetic fibers that were lighter and more flexible. But firefighters soon learned that they could be much more effective if they could move greater volumes of water, so larger hoses were developed. Early hoses were 2 ½ inches in diameter, and they were expected to flow 250 gallons of water per minute. By comparison, today’s hoses are often 5 inches in diameter and can easily deliver more than 1,500 gallons of water per minute. And because the newer hoses are made with lightweight materials, they are no heavier than their predecessors.
If you answered yes, keep reading! On October 15th, we will be giving away a Fire-Dex helmet. There are three steps to be entered into the drawing to win the helmet.
You have to:
- Stand your head,
- Have your buddy snap a photo of you standing on your head,
- Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only one photo entry per person. We will be sharing some of our favorites on our Facebook page. Good luck and remember to keep it clean. We are a family channel.
Congratulations to Robert Sheard! Robert is the September winner of a brand new pair of Fire-Dex leather fire boots.
We had some really witty captions for our Facebook photo contest. Click here to read all the great captions on our Facebook wall. We selected our top 10 favorites, put the names in a boot (of course), and pulled out Robert’s name. Our favorite captions were:
- Rob: Sorry the wife wears the pants…
- Kim: When I find out who stole my Bunker Pants I’ m gonna plant one of these Fire-Dex boots where the sun don’t shine!!!!!!!!
- Montana: Well the budget didn’t include pants. What can I say…
- Mark W: Oh boy, that’s what I get for not wearing Fire-Dex from head to toe!
- Robert: Lady Gaga – you aint got nothing on me.
- Danielle: Now tell me the truth…do these boots make my butt look big??!!
- Will: I’m to SEXY for my pants to sexy for my pants, I’m so sexy.
- Brad: What happens in Fire-Dex Boots…. stays in Fire-Dex Boots!!
- Edward: Fire-dex boots so tuff they make me Chuck Norris approved.
- Mark T: This is my good side, why are you laughing?
Stay tuned to our Facebook page for our more giveaways and updates!
Robert, please email your contact information to email@example.com.
Whether the materials are flammable, toxic or radioactive, firefighters have been called to the scene to address a host of precarious cleanups over the years. Their flame-retardant gear, protective masks and breathing apparatus made them the best candidates for dealing with the unpredictable nature of hazardous chemicals since nobody else knew how to deal with some of these deadly combinations.
Many people believe the first firefighter hazardous materials, or hazmat, cleanup scenarios involved the dangers of gunpowder near fire. As industry evolved, so did hazmat cleanup efforts, but not without some grave sacrifices from the fire department. These incidents paved the road for future hazmat cleanup protocol and safety:
1964: In Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania, a truck carrying explosives caught on fire. The driver parked the truck on the side of the road without warning placards and ran to call for assistance. Firefighters arrived at the scene to extinguish the flames, but they didn’t realize the truck could explode at any time. As a result, three firefighters and some bystanders were killed during a massive explosion. Since then, warning placards on vehicles carrying hazardous materials have become commonplace.
1970: Large explosions in Crescent City, Illinois, were caused by something most firefighters hadn’t dealt with—Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE). Train cars full of LP gas wrecked and destroyed the local pumping station. As a result, firefighters didn’t have enough water to extinguish the blaze. Despite help from firefighters in neighboring communities, it was difficult to fight the flames. The tank cars that were filled with flammable vapors exploded, and 60 firefighters incurred injuries.
1975: In Manhattan, a telephone switching building for the New York City Telephone Exchange caught on fire. Wires with plastic coatings burned throughout the building, causing a billow of toxic smoke. Firefighters extinguishing the fire weren’t wearing breathing apparatus, and they inhaled doses of the hazardous smoke. Unfortunately, many of the firefighters who helped to extinguish the blaze incurred respiratory problems and cancer, while some even died.
These experiences prompted the establishment of safety protocol and the evolution of more protective equipment to help firefighters successfully tackle similar situations.
Remember the Fire-Dex “Kickin’ It…Summer 2011” boot promotion?
Well, it was such a hit, we’re extending it. So, join our Facebook community and watch for caption contests and other opportunities to enter to win a brand new pair of Fire-Dex leather fire boots. To date, we have awarded three firefighters with these comfortable, athletic fire boots: Brian Berry, Adam Thompson and Chris Anderson.
But wait, there’s more! After all, Fire-Dex IS One Brand Head to Toe. In addition to giving away a pair of boots at the end of the month, we are also giving away a fire helmet in the middle of the month.
Helmets and boots – One Brand Head to Toe
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
When motorized vehicles first appeared at the turn of the last century, it didn’t take long to adapt the technology to fire apparatus. In fact, the earliest motorized vehicles in fire departments were actually runabouts, or standard production model automobiles, assigned to chief officers. It soon became clear that there many advantages to using motorized vehicles, including durability (horses tired when forced to run long distances) and economical (motorized vehicles were less expensive to operate). Nevertheless, some firefighters were reluctant to adopt the new vehicles, remaining loyal to their horse-drawn apparatus. It took many years for the switch to occur nationwide. Here are a few highlights of that time period.
- In 1906, Waterous delivered a motorized pumper, equipped with two gasoline-powered motors, one for propulsion and the other for pumping, to the Radnor Fire Company of Wayne, Pennsylvania.
- In 1906, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, purchased a Combination Ladder Company squad body constructed on a Knox chassis.
- By the end of 1906, Knox and Combination Ladder Company, originally a manufacturer of horse-drawn apparatus, advertised an assortment of motorized apparatus for fire departments.
- In 1909, the Tea Tray Company manufactured the first triple combination pumper on an American Mors chassis. It included a pump, hose bed and chemical tanks. Prior to this, most had operated as two-piece companies, using both a steamer and a separate hose wagon.
- In 1909, the International Motor Company (now Mack Trucks) delivered a motorized tractor to Allentown, Pennsylvania that may have been the country’s first ladder truck. It was used to power a ladder truck that up until then had been horse-drawn.
- In 1910, American LaFrance manufactured a combination chemical hose wagon for Lenox, Massachusetts.
- In 1911, Ahrens-Fox introduced a motorized pumper with the piston pump located at the front of the vehicle. This was in stark contrast to similar vehicles that stored the pump either under or behind the driver’s seat.
- In 1912, Christie Front Drive Auto Company started to manufacture two-wheel tractors that were used to motorize fleets of horse-drawn steamers, ladder trucks and water towers. This market, which lasted about 10 years, made it possible for fire departments to continue to use their horse-drawn apparatus during the interim time period.
- During the 1920s, the quad came into being. It was a stretched triple combination pumper chassis that also carried ground ladders. This provided an option for fire departments that didn’t need to service high buildings, allowing them to save on the purchase of a ladder truck.
- In 1928, Pirsch introduced the first custom-built enclosed cab fire apparatus for the city of Monroe, Wisconsin. Considered to be ahead of its time, these did not replace open-cab pumpers until the 1950s.
Pictured above is a horse-drawn steam fire engine made in Seneca Falls, New York in 1896 from the American Museum of Natural History website.
Allen Rom is the Senior Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast states of VA, NC, SC, GA and FL. He also handles most of the export business for Fire-Dex. Most people, who know Fire-Dex, know Allen Rom. He can be seen visiting current dealers, calling directly on Fire Departments and attending trade shows and conferences.
We recently interviewed Allen and received many lively responses! Enjoy and the next time you see Allen at your firehouse, tradeshow or dealer, be sure to say hi. He likes chatting with anyone associated with the fire world.
What is your best advice to Fire-Dex clients?
“Learn about the different materials and features and options Fire-Dex offers. Don’t accept what some dealer keeps in stock for some city 200 miles away. Buy what’s right for your department.”
How is Fire-Dex better than their competitors?
- Construction. Gear is put together very well. Lockstitch sewing, double-felled double needled seams, etc.
- Options. 90% of the gear that leaves Fire-Dex is built for a specific fire department. They get to select materials, closures, pockets, reinforcements and most importantly sizes that are right for them and their department.
- Ease of doing business. Our people are approachable, responsible and, most importantly, available.
- Fun. We have fun doing business and that is reflected in our dealer base. Without a strong – successful – happy dealer base, we are nowhere.
Tell us 3 things people don’t know about you.
- I had a scholarship offer to play football at Kenyon College.
- I am a huge fan of James Bond, all action movies and Howard Stern. My honeymoon was in Jamaica, We went to Ian Fleming‘s home, GoldenEye.
- I had the second lead in high school music. I know, you can laugh now. J
What are your hobbies and interests?
- Anything with the family.
- Movies and TV: Entourage. Rescue Me. This Old House.
- Driving rental cars.