Articles by Month: September 2013
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 inferno that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
National Fire Prevention Week kicks off October 6th and lasts through October 12th. The theme this year is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”.
What special events will you be hosting at your firehouse during Fire Prevention Week?
Earlier this year on June 30th, you may recall the Yarnell Fire Department lost 19 of its Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters in a tragic fire in Prescott, Arizona. We are proud to support their fire family as they begin rebuilding their lives and department.
Further, since the event we have donated additional Fire-Dex gear, 9 Extrication Overalls and 2 Wildland Coats.
If you would lilke to support the Yarnell FD in their efforts to rebuild and recover, you may donate to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation managed fund, the Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund. This fund was created to provide the families, friends and colleagues immediate help and assistance. The NFFF states that 100% of the monies collected will be used for this purpose. To donate to this fund, please send your check to NFFF, c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, PO Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or you may also donate online.
Don Higgins is the territory manager for Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, and lower mainland in British Columbia. Don is well known in his territory as he is a life-long resident of the island and currently resides in Victoria. Don brings over thirty years of sales experience in industrial and PPE sales to Wholesale Fire & Rescue (WFR).
Don served on the Shawnigan Lake Fire Department for 20 years, and 8 of those years as deputy chief.
Restoring vintage automobiles has been a passion for Don. His latest restoration is a 1922 Model T 4-door touring convertible. Previous completed projects have been a 1929 Nash 2-door sedan, a 1950 Plymouth Businessman’s coupe, and a 1950 1-ton Chevy single axle truck.
Thank you, Don, for all your hard work in sales and for your service to the Fire Department.
Fire-Dex has released a new structural leather boot that offers lightweight comfort & protection together with a traditional, throwback styling that won’t break your budget.
One such story comes from a Regional Sales Representative Lance Matiste. He was in a meeting with FDNY just a few blocks from the World Trade Center when the attacks happened. Lance recalls that day: “It was like a scene out of a movie, like the world ended or something. You’re going through the biggest city in the United States and there was nobody.”
Pat Burrows was several states over, working at Fire-Dex headquarters in Medina, Ohio when the planes hit. Pat still remembers the feeling of shock that she felt that day. Through the years it has served to remind her that when she sews gear she is “sewing the lives of our fire fighters out there.”
No matter what you were doing, everyone remembers where they were on 9/11/2001. You can watch Lance, Pat, and other members of the Fire-Dex team tell their stories by watching Fire-Dex Remembers 9/11 on our blog.
To commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, countless memorials and parks have been constructed. The most notable of these is, of course, the beautiful 9/11 Memorial Park at Ground Zero in New York City. The beautifully designed grounds features artifacts, stories, and photos from the aftermath of the events. The memorial itself honors the nearly 3,000 people that lost their lives on September 11th; each person’s name is inscribed in bronze around one of the twin memorial pools.
Also in the memorial park is the famous “Survivor Tree”. This tree was found on Ground Zero during the aftermath of the attacks and transported to a nearby nursery. In December 2010 after reaching a height of over 30 feet the tree was returned to the memorial park to become a symbol of hope and renewal.
Another such memorial is in downtown Hilliard, Ohio. The First Responders Park is the largest of its kind besides the aforementioned one on Ground Zero. The theme of the park is “We Will Never Forget” and features a stainless steel sculpture that combines elements of light and shadow to cast images depicting the 9/11 attacks.
In addition to these large memorials many U.S. cities, and even cities around the world have established 9/11 memorials of their own, many including pieces of steel that were distributed from the rubble of the World Trade Center.