Articles by Month: January 2015
Senior Regional Sales Manager
Southeast, Metropolitan & International Territories
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1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this week, either at work or outside of work?
I got the opportunity to hang with some METRO delegates at the IAFF ALTS in Anaheim, CA.
2. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Either a Caribbean or Mediterranean beach. Nothing beats 7 days of reading, sun and a few hours on a Waverunner or 4-wheeler.
3. What is your favorite local restaurant or place to hangout?
Any local, privately owned breakfast or lunch place, particularly if they were on one of those TV shows.
4. Please share your best advice for new college grads or jobseekers looking for their first career gig.
I would say, move at least 500 miles from your home and college location and do something fun for a year. You have your whole life to have a serious job for what you studied.
5. What is the one thing you wish you’d known 20 years ago?
I wish someone would have told me to invest in stocks earlier.
6. What are three things people don’t know about you and may be surprised to learn?
1. I sang second lead in my high school musical while playing football at the same time.
2. My wife and I are foster parents.
3. I hate mushrooms, raisins and clowns.
7. What is your favorite app?
8. What is your favorite movie of all time (yes, only one!)?
James Bond. For Your Eyes Only
9. What song makes you want to “bust a move” when you hear it on your iPod or radio?
Any Top 40 song with at least 120 BPM
10. What is your favorite cookie?
Straight up Chocolate Chip.
11. What do you love most about your job?
Traveling and meeting new people and seeing new sites.
12. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your professional life?
Converting dealers and gaining the confidence of fire departments to believe in me and Fire-Dex.
13. Who is/was your inspiration?
I can’t really answer that because I don’t have one. I do my own thing.
14. What are you most excited about for Fire-Dex for 2015?
Converting METRO fire departments to Fire-Dex!
15. What is your favorite holiday?
16. If you could go back to college today, what would your major be?
17. What one device can you not live without?
18. If you were stranded on an island and could only have three things. What would those three things be?
2. My 4-wheeler
19. Which do you prefer, Android or iPhone?
20. Who would you like to “tag” at Fire-Dex to be the next 20 Questions “victim”?
Passing through the town of Madison, Indiana you might not think twice about the city’s Fire Department. However, the Washington Fire Company No. 2, serving the community since 1846, is one of the proudest and longest standing Fire Departments in the Nation. The Fire Co. operates out of its first, and only home, the Washington Fire Company No. 2 Firehouse. Built in 1848, this building is the country’s oldest continually operating firehouses, serving the city’s 12,000 residents for over 150 years.
The Washing Fire Company No. 2 is the second oldest Fire Department in Indiana, founded in 1846. Not long after opening the department began construction on their historic firehouse. Designed by the “Temperly and Dutton” architecture team for only $6, the building’s narrow, two-story construction allowed the Department to operate efficiently in a part of town that was low on ground space. Since the 19th century changes have been made to the Firehouse – the wider equipment bay door, or the replacing of the old wooden roofing, for example – but as a whole the building stays true to it’s original design.
Today the Washington Fire Company No. 2 stays true to its roots, installing the original nickel-plated number “2” onto each of it’s trucks, along with the original bell that hung from the Company’s first steam apparatus.
If you are interested in learning more about the Historic Washington Fire Company No. 2, please visit the building’s entry in the National Parks Service, or its public record in the Library of Congress.
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The fireboat is one of the most important fire apparatus for many waterfront cities. Their maneuverability and power, not to mention their supply of water, has proven invaluable in many emergency situations. But do you know how this craft came to be?
The first recorded use of a fireboat in U.S. emergency service dates back to 1809, when a group of New York City volunteer firefighters mounted a hand pump to a small watercraft. By the middle of the 19th century, the fireboat had become a recognized asset to the fire service, with many departments purchasing older tugboats to retrofit with firefighting equipment. Still, the cost and limitations of single-boiler tugs placed the boats out of reach for many cities.
This all changed around the turn of the century. With innovations such as multiple boilers, wide beams, and eventually the diesel engine, the fireboat became much more practical for many port cities. It is, in fact, these early designs that serve as the basis upon which many modern fireboats are created.
Today, the modern fireboat can be one of the most iconic apparatus for port cities in the U.S. One of our country’s most recognizable crafts is the historic Edward M. Cotter of the Buffalo Fire Department. Used for fighting early 20th century warehouse and factory fires across the city’s waterfront, the Cotter is recognized as the worlds’ oldest active fireboat, and was designated a National History Landmark in 1969. There is no question that the fireboat has played a critical part of firefighting history, and will continue to play a part for years to come.
After over 10 years of working devotedly as Fire-Dex’s Western Regional Sales Manager, Bob Tharp has announced that he will be retiring effective January 9th, 2015. “I have truly enjoyed working for Fire-Dex over the last 10 years. They have been like my second family. I plan to remain connected to all the wonderful people I have developed relationships with over the years. I have great faith that my customers are going to be in very competent hands with my successor, Peggy Curtis.” said Bob Tharp.
Fire-Dex will be bringing on Peggy Curtis as the new Regional Sales Manager for Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Nevada. The remaining states previously covered by Bob Tharp will temporarily be covered by Fire-Dex’s Director of Sales, Steve Allison, until a new Regional Sales Manager has been named.
Peggy brings with her almost 30 years of experience in sales in the fire industry. Peggy says she is “thrilled to be a part of the Fire-Dex team. I have admired Fire-Dex’s rapid growth for many years and plan to make a great impact on our presence in the Southwest states. I look forward to meeting my distributors and beginning work with the Fire-Dex team.”
Most recently Peggy was the Vice President of Sales for ISG Camera. Prior to ISG, she was the Vice President of Sales for another turnout gear manufacturer where she worked with our now Director of Sales, Steve Allison. Steve stated “She has a very strong end user network developed throughout the southwest market. She also has strong relationships with many of the potential dealer partners we are working to develop into stronger partnership. Peggy sold many metro accounts through the US and Canada where she and I worked together over the years.”
Peggy Curtis began work with Fire-Dex on January 5th and will work with Bob Tharp to make the final transition. Peggy’s contact information can be found below:
Regional Sales Manager – Western States Territory
(CA, NV, AZ, NM, HI)
Cell: (951) 751-1561