Articles by Month: October 2015
In the past, we have hosted a virtual, end-of-year event, the 12 Days of Fire-Dex. It has allowed us to give back and to celebrate each and every one of you keeping your communities safe each and every day.
This year, we are starting something bigger. Something bolder. Something better…
The Fire-Dex Feast of Gratitude.
Beginning on Monday, November 9, 2015 and continuing every day until Friday, November 20, 2015, Fire-Dex will be giving away a daily prize for our Annual Firefighter Appreciation Event. The grand prize winner will be awarded a complete set of head-to-toe Fire-Dex gear on Day 12, November 20th.
New this year, each daily winner will receive an individual prize PLUS a bonus prize for their firehouse. Now that’s a cool +1.
To enter, click here and enter your information. You only have to enter your information once to be eligible for all remaining drawings AND you can do it at any time during the 12 days. For instance, if you forget or haven’t entered the drawing and it’s November 10th, simply go to our Facebook page, or to our blog, and sign up.
Here is the complete list of daily giveaways:
Day 2 – Fire-Dex Helmet of choice + Fire-Dex Apron
Day 3 – FDXL – 50 Grey Leather Boots + Fire-Dex Mugs
Day 4 – FDXL – 100 Red Leather Boots + Fire-Dex Pint Glasses
Day 6 – TECGEN PPE Level 1 Gear + Custom Corn Hole Set
Day 7 – TECGEN PPE Level 3 Gear + Grill
Day 8 – Chieftain Gear + Basketball Hoop
Day 9 – FXA Gear + GoPro Hero 4
Day 10 – FXM Gear + Xbox One Elite
Day 11 – FXR Gear + Xbox One Elite and $120 GameStop Gift Card
Day 12 – Full Set of Fire-Dex Head to Toe Gear of Choice + $1000 Gift Card for Thanksgiving Dinner
In gratitude for your continued commitment to serve and protect your communities, we thank you.
Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Fire-Dex!
These giveaways have been sponsored by DuPont. DuPont Nomex® and Kevlar® brand fibers provide superior strength, durability and thermal protection that stands up to the heat.
He was a very driven, entrepreneurial child…
Joel has worked for CWW since 1994, right after they became a Fire-Dex Distributor, and he has been part of a team of absolute powerhouse sales reps ever since. Given Joel’s integrity, honesty, salesmanship and the relationships he has with his customers, it can definitely be said that Joel has directly contributed to the growth and success of Fire-Dex in a very big way.
And in case we haven’t made him sound great enough, Joel is also a Volunteer at Mitchiners Crossroads Vol. Fire Dept. I would have to assume he doesn’t have much free time, but he swears that he does enjoy golfing and fishing in his “spare time”.
Thank you again Joel for your years of outstanding service, and we look forward to at least 20 more.
Modern day advances provide many tools that have contributed to the success in fighting fires for many years. For example, the fire hydrant allows firefighters access to a water source in close proximity to the fire. It is easy to take such tools for granted.
Prior to the creation of the fire hydrant, firefighters used a bucket brigade and/or hand pumping system. This process called for buckets of water to be moved from a nearby water source to the location of the fire by volunteers. In order to gain access to a great amount of water, firefighters had to dig a hole into the water main. Once they no longer needed water, “fire plugs” were created in order to close the hole. These slow and inefficient systems did not suffice for extinguishing fires of great size.
Credit for the first fire hydrant in 1801 goes to Frederick Graff Sr., a fire engineer from Philadelphia. Although, the patent for his creation of the fire hydrant is not verified due to a fire that occurred in the patent office where all destroyed records. As a result, according to some sources, George Smith, a fireman, is given credit for creating the first fire hydrant in 1817.
For more historical facts on modern advances in firefighting checkout our timeline of the motorized fire apparatus.
Regional Sales Manager-Northwest Territory – AK, ID, MT, OR, WA & WY
1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this week, either at work or outside of work?
I was informed that my “soon to be” son is as healthy as an ox.
2. What is your favorite vacation destination?
3. What is your favorite local restaurant or place to hangout?
The Pink Door in Seattle. I know it sounds girly but the Italian food is to die for.
4. What is your best advice for new college grads or jobseekers looking for their first career gig?
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”- Winston Churchill
In other words, don’t be afraid to fail, its part of becoming successful.
5. What is the one thing you wish you’d known 20 years ago?
The technology behind the IPhone.
6. What are three things people don’t know about you and may be surprised to learn?
- I have mild OCD when it comes to the cleanliness of a house.
- I listen to classical music while working from home.
- I collect wristwatches.
7. What is your favorite app?
Peak, a game developed by neuroscience experts to challenge cognitive skills.
8. What is your favorite movie of all time (yes, only one!)?
9. What song makes you want to “bust a move” when you hear it on your iPod or radio?
Twisted Sister’s, “I Wanna Rock”
10. What is your favorite cookie?
11. What do you love most about your job?
First and foremost, I love learning new areas of business. Being able to talk to multiple people in multiple states, I realize how important it is to establish lasting relationships. I enjoy being able to contact and create new business connections.
12. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your professional life?
My military experience.
13. Who is/was your inspiration?
My stepfather. As an entrepreneur he showed me valuable lessons that I have applied toward every aspect of my life.
14. What are you most excited about for Fire-Dex for 2015?
New Fire-Dex innovations.
15. What is your favorite holiday?
16. If you could go back to college today, what would your major be?
Considering that I am currently taking college courses, I would say business is most important to me.
17. What one device can you not live without?
My phone. It’s sad to say this but I would be a wreck without it.
18. If you were stranded on an island and could only have three things, what would those three things be?
My fiancé Chloe, food and potable water.
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”?
Things are heating up for Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, Hear The Beep Where You Sleep, is targeted toward educating others about the importance of active, accessible and operating smoke alarms. The majority of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoking alarms. However, installing them into homes is just the beginning. Share this infographic on your social platforms to educate others about taking fire safety to the next level.
Gearing up for Fire Prevention Week
250 people. 100,000 homeless. 17,400 structures destroyed. 2,000 acres burned.
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was the most devastating forest fire of our nation’s history. President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day in 1920 which was later extended to Fire Prevention Week just two years later. In commemoration of the tragedy, Fire Prevention Week is held every year on the Sunday through Saturday period covering October 9th.
Help the NFPA spread knowledge and awareness of Fire Prevention Week from October 4th – 10th by sharing life-saving information within your communities surrounding this year’s theme, “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Nearly five million households still do not have any smoke alarms. Obviously, that statistic needs to change.
Join us in educating others about smoke alarms in recognition of Fire Prevention Week.