Articles by Month: September 2014
Fire-Dex is pleased to announce Mike Booth with Chief Fire & Safety Co, Inc. as our Sales Rep of the Month.
Mike has been supplying firefighting gear and apparatus for Chief Safety to Northwestern Oklahoma/Kansas for the past 7 years. Mike is a lieutenant with the Oklahoma City Fire Department and will celebrate 20 years with OCFD this February. Fire-Dex’s FireWriter2 gear building program has allowed Mike to create bunker gear to match the needed specifications required by departments. Recently, Perkins and Weatherford Fire Department purchased Fire-Dex FXR bunker gear built to meet their specifications. Mike and his family have been life-long residents of Garber, Oklahoma.
Fire-Dex is thankful for seasoned professionals like Mike who provide their experience in helping departments make the right decisions for PPE. Thank you, Mike, for all of your hard work!
Congratulations to our September FDXL-5o Grey Leather Boot winner, Larry Powell. We will give another pair of FDXL-50 Grey Leather Boots away on October 17th. Be watching for the entry to that contest.
Larry, you will receive an email with more instructions about sizing and delivery. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Since it’s inception as our national emergency number in 1968, 9-1-1 has been one of the most vital services available to the American public. This year, 9-1-1 services expand to another one of America’s most used technologies: text messaging.
An average of 101 texts are sent each day for people 18 to 34, and many people say that they prefer texting to calls. Despite the medium’s popularity, it has never been utilized as a national emergency service. Earlier this year, the FCC set out to change that, and begun national roll out of the new text-to-911 service. Distribution will take some time, but the technology is already available in some areas.
The new text-to-911 service is a large step for emergency service in the U.S. The FCC stresses that voice calls should still be the primary method of reporting an emergency, but text messages will still be very useful for people with disabilities, or for situations where voice is not an option. To learn more about the new service, visit the FCC’s official page on the program.
At Fire-Dex, this tragedy hit close to home. As a fire apparel manufacturer, we take the task of developing and engineering the safest gear available to those serving in fire service very seriously. As a team, we take great care to insure that every step, every process, every stitch is sewn to protect and withstand the most severe conditions. We want to insure firefighter safety at every opportunity.
Fire-Dex CEO and President Bill Burke remembers receiving the news that a plane had struck the World Trade Center and thinking it was an accident. As a company, Fire-Dex had sales reps working all across the country that day. Lance Matiste was in New York meeting with FDNY at the time of the attacks. A few years ago, Lance shared his video account of that day and it is riveting. Allen Rom was traveling on behalf of Fire-Dex as well. In Allen’s words, “Almost 3000 people perished on September 11th. The U.S. fire service has done a tremendous job memorializing the 343 firefighters who died doing their job.”
As years passed, Bill has had time to reflect and understand the impact of 9/11 on the fire industry. Bill shared that before 9/11/01, the U.S. government allotted approximately $100M in grant money to the fire service. After the events of September 11th, the public was much more aware of the sacrifices and equipment used by those serving in fire and police safety. The federal government then increased the amount to $350M and again to $750M before beginning to lower that amount annually. Currently, the amount stays around $500M each year.
In reflecting back on that day and its influence, Bill says the public was much more aware and appreciative of public servants and the challenges they face daily in performing their duties.
On the 13th anniversary of these attacks, take time to honor and remember the victims and families directly affected by the September 11th tragedy and thank your local public safety officers.