For many firefighters, structural firefighting protective clothing and gloves can provide a sense of security that they are “safe”. Many believe that simply wearing turnout gear is enough to limit exposure to most cancer-causing agents encountered on the scene.
Keeping the Family Safe From Fire at Home
Being aware of the potential fire hazards in your home will go a long way to helping keep you and your family safe. In America, a fire occurs at home every 86 seconds. Fire departments are taking steps to prevent their firefighters from exposure to carcinogens. What steps can you take to implement fire safety in your home?
Ashton Hall joined the Fire-Dex family in June of 2018, taking on the new role of Marketing Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Marketing and International Business from Kent State University. Get to know more about Ashton’s background and interests in our Q&A!
What’s the best thing that happened to you this week, either at work or outside of work?
Going to Toronto this past weekend! Plus I got free tickets to the Ripley's Aquarium while I was there.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
Anywhere with a different culture, but if I had to choose, Croatia. Such a beautiful place!
What was the first concert you ever attended?
Usher and Akon... It was epic to say the least.
What are you most excited for Fire-Dex in 2018?
I've only been here a short time but as we grow, I'm excited to see what we're able to accomplish!
What TV show are you embarrassed to admit that you watch?
Bachelor in Paradise... I'm not proud, but it's so addicting.
What is the one thing you wish you’d known 20 years ago?
Everything always works out in the end.
If you were a baseball player, what song would you walk out to?
That's easy... Party Up by DMX.
What are 3 things people don’t know about you and may be surprised to learn?
- Last summer I wore a hotdog suit in the Canton Football Hall of Fame Parade... It was exhilarating.
- I lived in Italy for 5 months.
- When I was little, I had ducks, chickens, and goats as my pets.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
What do you love most about your job?
Every day I learn something new, which keeps things interesting!
What I’m currently reading…
Ready to Hang.. It's a book I bought in New Orleans about the most famous murders in the 1800s.
If you were stranded on an island and could only have THREE things, what would they be?
- Snorkeling gear
What career advice would you give to new college grads or other job seekers searching for their first career opportunity?
Make sure to do research on the companies that you're interested in, and get a feel for the culture before making any decisions.
In recognition of Made in Medina County Day, over 420 people toured 19 manufacturing plants on October 5 in Medina County. Fire-Dex hosted two tours showcasing the recent building expansion and insight into the successful business. Paul Rose, Medina City Council served as the guest elected official.
Medina, Ohio – October 4, 2018 – Fire-Dex announces its recognition as a 2018 Cascade Capital Business Growth Honoree. This is the second consecutive year Fire-Dex has received this award as one of the fastest growing businesses in Northeast Ohio.
Understanding the Dangers of the Job
When flames smolder and rise – as black smoke fills the blue sky; a noble few with courage and valor run toward the chaos. These heroes who we call firefighters pledge to take care of families in their community in the face of destruction. Firefighting is undoubtedly one of the most honorable professions, yet also one of the most inherently dangerous. Risks of burns, smoke inhalation, and building collapse are very real dangers dealt with on a daily basis. However, air pollution remains a serious threat to the lives of firefighters nationwide. Throughout the course of duty, firefighters have an increased likelihood of asbestos exposure, which can result in serious illness – including mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer.
Fire-Dex proudly celebrated our 2017 Rainmakers and their spouses in Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend. Our annual Rainmaker Event honors our top performing Distributor Sales Representatives who have exceeded expectations in terms of supporting Fire-Dex and our mission to serve those who serve.
Wildfires can be some of the worst and deadliest natural disasters. They are capable of wiping out millions of acres of land, destroying everything in their path and leaving families and animals displaced.
Financially supporting a fire house is no easy task. Many departments must resort to unconventional ways of securing funding to supply their crews with the proper gear needed to keep them protected. That’s why financial decisions must be considered carefully.
Joey Hayes of Ten-8 Fire Equipment hit the ground running his first day on the job and hasn’t slowed his momentum since! His eagerness to learn more about Fire-Dex and what it takes to sell our PPE has propelled him into an elite group of dealers who have been honored with the “DSR of the Month” title.
At Fire-Dex, we value giving back and supporting those who protect their communities each and every day. Take a look back at some of our contributions from November and December 2017.
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation: The Fire-Dex team participated in and sponsored the annual Tunnel to Towers: 403 Reasons to Run, which honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. The event gave back 93% of funds raised to the families of fire, police, ems and wounded warriors.
Aluminum Cans for Burned Children: Our team continues to donate aluminum cans to support the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC). ACBC raises money to help burn survivors and their families by collecting and selling empty aluminum cans back to the aluminum industry for recycling.
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance: Fire-Dex donated the H41 Interceptor Hood as an auction item to help raise funds for the weekend retreat, Those Left Behind. This weekend event supports family survivors of Firefighter and EMS suicides.
Fire-Dex donated 70 pairs of leather fire boots to AMEDICAusa. AMEDICAusa supports firefighters in Guatemala who cannot afford modern protective gear. They also provide training and coordinate fire equipment donations.
In December, we hosted our Happy New Gear online giveaway where we awarded Fire-Dex gear each day from December 1-7 to show our appreciation of those serving in the fire service. The grand prize winner received the Fire-Dex Interceptor Package, featuring our latest exclusive. You can get more details on the giveaways and winners here.
Fire-Dex associates generously donated 151 pounds of food to Feeding Medina County in December. The mission of that organization is to educate, engage and lead the community in creating an environment where no one goes hungry.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26th. Since the day is aimed at raising awareness for this aggressive cancer, we thought it would be appropriate to share this important information with one of the most disproportionately affected groups: firefighters.
As the 15th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, all of us at Fire-Dex pause to remember those that perished protecting and serving others on that fateful day. As do most, we remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard.
Over the years, we have written, shared and created historical pieces focusing on the day and what it meant to those serving in the fire service and those supporting the men and women serving their communities. It impacted all of us and life on the other side of 9/11/01 has never been the same.
This year, in support of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, we will be supporting the participants of the 15th anniversary 5K being hosted in our hometown, Medina, Ohio.