Fire-Dex offers the most lightweight, thin, and flexible fabric composites with the highest THL ever seen in the fire service…without sacrificing thermal protection or durability. TECGEN71 is an exclusive outer shell available in Fire-Dex FXR turnout gear.
FXR turnout gear is the only gear in the industry utilizing Active Posture Design™ (APD). Designed together with the world’s best rock climbing and extreme sports clothing designers, APD is a collection of design elements that are specifically designed to minimize firefighter stress and fatigue.
In 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year, including an average of 3,900 structure fires and 5,100 outside fires. These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 reported civilian injuries, $118 million in direct property damage.
- Most of the firefighters injured last year were hurt during fireground operations, where 27,015, or 42.6 percent, of all firefighter injuries occurred. This was a decrease of 10.2 percent from the previous year, the lowest number since 1981.
- Injuries at the fireground decreased from a high of 67,500 in 1981 to 27,015 in 2014, a drop of 60 percent.
- The number of fires also declined steadily, for an overall decrease of 55.1 percent, and the rate of injuries per 1,000 fires has fluctuated over the past 34 years between a high of 28.3 injuries per 1,000 fires in 1990 and a low of 20.8 injuries per 1,000 fires in 2014.
- These results suggest that, even though the number of fires and fireground injuries declined during the period, the injury rate did not, meaning the fireground injury rate per fire risk has not changed much since 1981.
Christmas trees are a traditional part of the Christmas holiday. They can also be a major source of fuel in a fire.
- Christmas trees were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 210 reported home structure fires per year in 2009-2013.
- Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in 30% of Christmas tree fires.
- 18% of home Christmas tree fires involved decorative lights.
- Wiring or related equipment was involved in 12%.
- Cords or plugs were involved in 5%.
- 24% of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
- 80% or four of every five Christmas tree fires occurred in December and January.
Fire-Dex was formed after A Best Products Co. purchased Morgan Protection Apparel in Rome, GA in 1983. Since the primary business was manufacturing welding and firefighting gloves with good dexterity, the name “Fire-Dex” was an obvious choice.
Fire-Dex strategically grew by adding more accessory items such as fire hoods and suspenders and then began manufacturing structural turnout gear in 1987. Expansion continued in the following years, adding ParaDex EMS and USAR Gear. In September of 2008 Fire-Dex acquired the Chieftain brand, bringing with it a long history in the fire industry, dating back to 1927.
Fire-Dex entered the firefighting footwear market in 2010 when they launched their first structural firefighting boot, the FDXL-100 Red Leather Boot.
Finally, TECGEN® PPE became a Fire-Dex brand in September of 2015.
This year, we are starting something bigger. Something bolder. Something better…
The Fire-Dex Feast of Gratitude.
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.
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.
Tributes to September 11, 2001 are found around the world.
Phoenix, Arizona: A large ring inscribed with written statements that are projected onto the base when sun shines through.
Indianapolis, Indiana: Two beams from the WTC, granite walls inscribed with remembrances of the events and a sculpture of bald eagle.
Beverly Hills, California: A steel beam salvaged from the wreckage of the WTC.
Ramot, Jerusalem: A cenotaph in the form of an American flag transforming into a flame sitting on a base of metal from WTC.
Hilliard, Ohio: A park with a sculpture, engraved granite walls, fountains, a trellis resembling beams, and artifacts from the WTC.
Parsippany, New Jersey: Steel sections from the WTC, pieces of United Flight #93, and soil from the Pentagon are surrounded by water.
Jersey City, New Jersey: Two long steel slabs, separated by a path, bear the names of the deceased and frame a view of the changing WTC site.
Christchurch, New Zealand: A tribute to firefighters worldwide using steel from the WTC site.
Venice, Florida: A piece of the WTC sits on a base engraved with names of firefighters, victims and other fallen heroes.
Overland Park, Kansas: An artifact from the WTC sits in the center of a park where people can touch it to reconnect and remember.
Remind your communities of these tips for safe and responsible firework usage.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.
- have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
FDIC is the world’s largest fire training-based conference and exhibition dedicated to delivering the finest training available to the men and women of the fire service. This year’s event will be held in Indianapolis on April 20-25, 2015.
Visit Fire-Dex in booth 1416 to see our gear AND to win daily *gear* prizes!