Articles by Month: March 2013
Bolivia, a small country in South America, is mostly known for it’s rich natural resources and unique “Law of the Rights of Mother Earth”. The country can now be recognized as one that provides quality turnout gear to their firefighters.
The province of Santa Cruz, Bolivia recently made a large purchase of fire suits and helmets from Fire-Dex. A press conference was held to present the equipment. Calling the fire suits “state of the art with the latest technology”; the fire department proudly displayed their new Chieftain turnout gear.
We would like thank Robert Lostal of Safety Source International for facilitating this purchase.
Fire-Dex is a premiere fire protection gear company. Manufacturing firefighting equipment from fire helmet to fire boots and everything in between, Fire-Dex protects those who risk personal peril in service of others.
Monte Sims has been with Ten-8 Equipment since 2003. He has been in PPE sales for 30 years having spent 24 with AEC Fire Safety of Springfield, IL. Monte was a member of the Crash/Rescue at the 183 rd Fighter Wing, Air National Guard in Springfield, IL for ten years and was the Emergency Service Director in Chatham, IL for 14 years.
Although Ten-8 Fire Equipment is known as one of the countries’ largest Pierce Manufacturing apparatus dealers, Monte focuses on equipment. Monte’s 14 county territory starts in the Orlando-Lakeland area and stretches north to Jacksonville and the Georgia state line. Monte works closely with his inside sales partner, Fritz Leader. Periodically, Fritz will participate in sales calls in the field with Monte.
Monte has served on two committees for MSA, including the Advisory Council and Voice of the Dealer. Multiple times a year he meets with other council members and MSA staff in Pittsburgh, planning and reviewing future fire service products.
He and his wife Patricia, reside in Lakeland, Florida. They have a daughter, Danielle, and 3 sons, Derrick, Joshua and Joseph. Derrick and Joshua are both active members of the US Marines. His daughter, Danielle, is an active member of the US Air Force. And, his youngest son, Joseph, is a junior in high school.
Monte enjoys family time and hunting. He and his family also enjoy hosting foreign exchange students in their home.
Thank you for all your hard work, Monte.
When the Irish and Scottish immigrated to the United States hundreds of years ago, they brought more than just their belongings; they brought a culture rich in tradition. They introduced the United States to pubs, St. Patrick’s Day and bagpipes. The Great Highland Bagpipe was often played at weddings, funeral and dances.
In the 1800s, it was not uncommon for several firefighters to die each day while on duty. The Irish firefighter’s funeral was typical of all Irish funerals and bagpipes were played.
Soon, families of non-Irish firefighters began asking for the pipes to be played for all fallen heroes. The bagpipes added grandeur to the solemn service. The most requested song was “Amazing Grace.”
Today, bagpipe bands exemplify both firefighters and police officers and can have upwards of 60 members, formed with the common goal to honor those fallen heroes.
EMS Today provides quality EMS education to professionals from all around the world. It is held from March 5th to the 9th in Washington D.C.
We are excited to attend this event again this year. Please visit us in booth 745.
Women have played a very important, though not always visible role, in the history of firefighting dating back to the nineteenth century bucket brigades.
While most of the history of female firefighters is lost, as the information was not officially gathered until the 1970s, several important names left there mark on history and led the charge for women to serve in their local brigade.
- Molly Williams: Opening the doors for women in firefighting, Molly was a New York slave who joined the Oceanus Engine Company #11 in 1815, standing with the men on dragropes and pulling the pumper to the fires.
- Adleheid von Buckow: Assisting the Atlantic City Fire Department’s volunteer company during a large blaze in 1875, Adleheid impressed them with her strength and endurance while pumping water all night long. She remains the only women ever to be a member of the company.
- The Girton Ladies’ College: Under the supervision of London’s Fire Brigade Captain, students formed an all-women’s fire brigade in 1878. The company remained intact until 1932 when motor-powered fire equipment placed the college under the jurisdiction of the Cambridge Fire Brigade.
- Anne Crawford Allen Holst: With the honor of first female fire chief, Anne became chief in 1931 for the Cedar Hill, Rhode Island fire department. She is not only responsible for saving dozens of lives during her years serving in forestry and firefighting but also paving the way for future women leaders in the industry.
Today there are more than 10,800 women who are career firefighters and over 3,000 women members who are volunteers. The history of women firefighters is rich with honor and continues to carve its path in history each day.