Articles by Month: January 2014
After the success of our 3rd Annual 12 Days of Fire-Dex, Dex Out Your Firehouse, we decided to continue giving back to you and your fellow firefighters.
Beginning next Friday, February 7, we will select our first “First Fridays by Fire-Dex” winner. This winner will receive a Fire-Dex BO2 Gear Bag with five pairs of G1 Structural Gloves! That’s right! You win and you get to celebrate your winnings with four of your fellow firefighters. We will continue this giveaway on the First Friday of every month on Facebook.
Click here to enter! Good luck!
Ten years ago, Fire-Dex launched the first web-based custom turnout gear builder and gave it the name FireWriter. The original intention was to provide a tool that would help customers build their ideal set of gear, specific to their set of circumstances and their individual needs. Once all of the options were selected, the customer could then send the FireWriter to Fire-Dex as an order thereby reducing ordering confusion and ultimately ordering errors. Ten years ago, that was revolutionary. FireWriter has remained the industry’s best gear building tool for the last decade (and arguably still is today). As with all great innovations, competition is soon to copy. Other turnout gear manufacturers have spent the last ten years working to create a program to compete with FireWriter. Some have been more successful than others…
Turnout gear, customers, ordering and Fire-Dex overall, are not the same as they were ten years ago. Today, there are so many more options, materials, technology, etc. With that in mind, Fire-Dex committed significant resource to the creation of the next generation FireWriter program. Our goal was simple…take what we’ve learned over the last ten years with FireWriter plus the feedback we’ve gotten from our customers and create a program that makes our customer’s lives quicker, easier and more efficient. With a commitment to keep FireWriter as the industry leader in custom gear building, FireWriter2 was built.
FireWriter2 (FW2) was been developed with the latest in web technology. Together with its interactive design and intuitive features, FireWriter2 is extremely easy to navigate…even in the often complicated world of custom turnout gear. And, it is F-A-S-T!
Using the latest state of the art technology and programming, FW2 is:
- Fast response, no waiting
- Elimination of errors, broken images and links, etc.
- Mobile capability – optimization for use with tablets
- Robust platform that will grow with us
If you haven’t already…take 3 minutes and check it out!
FireWriter2 has been built with the latest in web technology. Together with its interactive design and intuitive features, FireWriter2 is extremely easy to navigate…even in the often complicated world of custom turnout gear.
Similar to going online and building your perfect car, Fire Departments can now use FireWriter2 to build their ideal set of custom turnout gear. In addition, the department can then send a copy of the gear they just built to their dealer and with just a few clicks, the dealer can then submit it as an order directly to Fire-Dex. Fire-Dex dealers will also use this tool to build quotes, provide specification text, share TPP/THL numbers, and etc.
Drag and drop custom option placement, “smart” drop-down boxes and “filtered” selections, real time pricing updates, image of gear that updates with each option selection; those are just a few of the new features that make FireWriter2 the leading gear configuration tool in the industry.
Custom turnout gear has thousands of options and combinations. FireWriter2 houses every option that Fire-Dex offers and makes it just a click away.
TO GET STARTED!
The Fire Museum of Memphis, located in downtown Memphis, TN, is dedicated to preserving the local fire fighting history and promoting fire safety. Established in 1998, the museum is housed inside the historic Fire Engine House No. 1.
Visitors to the museum can expect a truly unique experience. The many exhibits all tell the story of Memphis’ expansive fire fighting history… by allowing the viewers to experience a fire emergency as close to first hand as possible without joining the department! Visitors can explore an early 20th century firehouse, ride a snorkel basket and attempt to extinguish a virtual fire, and even step inside the Fire Room and see what it feels like to be inside a burning building. Other exhibits include a number of restored early apparatus, as well as several memorials to fallen fire fighters.
In addition to their large number of exhibits, the museum also holds fire safety workshops, aimed at teaching children how to prevent fire emergencies.
If you are stopping through Memphis you should definitely make a point to tour their fantastic fire museum. However, if you can’t make it right away, the museum offers several “virtual tours” so that you can explore a few of the exhibits right from your desk.
Photo credit: Ol’ Billy from The Fire Museum of Memphis.
“Ol’ Billy – A life-sized animatronic talking horse and the Fire Museum’s official greeter. By listening to Ol’ Billy and watching the accompanying video, children learn about the history of the Memphis Fire Department during the era of the horse drawn fire apparatus.”
On September 11, 2001, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department gave their lives in service of their city. The incredible FDNY Memorial Wall serves as a reminder of their bravery and heroism.
The memorial is located at the FDNY Engine 10, Ladder 10, directly across from the site of the World Trade Center. Emblazoned across the face of the memorial are the words “Dedicated to those who fell and to those who carry on. May we never forget.” Alongside the inscription stands a bas-relief sculpture of the World Trade Center buildings with firefighters on either side. Beneath the scene are the names of the 343 firefighters whose lives are honored at the memorial.
The memorial also pays special tribute to volunteer firefighter, Glenn J. Winuk, who gave his life assisting in the rescue efforts after rushing from his office in New York’s Financial District.
The FDNY Memorial Wall sits in downtown New York and may be freely visited. You can learn more about the wall, and the incredible story of the New York Engine Company 10, on Firehouse 10’s website.
Photo Credit: FDNY Firehouse 10