Products & Equipment
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.
To the Board of Directors of the Missouri Valley Division of the IAFC:
Thank you for your recent article, “Open Letter to Fire Service Vendors and Agencies” as published in the Daily Dispatch on September 27, 2016. We share your concern for the cancer rates affecting firefighters throughout the fire service.
The Dex-Pro Glove is a 3D design that incorporates innovative design features together with specific materials to form a glove that delivers maximum dexterity, extreme durability and superior protection. Every material chosen for the Dex-Pro glove was done so with these three things in mind.
Each year the Fire-Dex Sales, Marketing and Management Teams head to Indianapolis for FDIC. This annual event draws firefighters, first responders and those serving the fire service from all around the world. At this weeklong event, Fire-Dex staffs a booth on the exhibit floor, hosts meetings with clients and fire departments and awards daily prizes for booth visitors that try-on gear and provide feedback.
Congratulations to our May FDXL-50 Boot winner, Robert Shannon.
Next month we will be giving away a Fire-Dex helmet, so be watching for the entry to that contest.
Robert, you will receive an email with more instructions about sizing and delivery.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Fire-Dex Introduces New H41 Interceptor™ with DuPont™ Nomex® Nano-Flex Technology to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous Particles
Medina, Ohio – April 20th, 2016 – Fire-Dex has launched a new NFPA 1971 compliant hood, the H41 Interceptor™, designed to keep potentially carcinogenic particulates and other harmful contaminants off of firefighters’ jaws, faces, and necks; areas identified as highly absorptive and more permeable than other areas of skin(1), and are likely not getting enough protection from hazardous particles with the FR knit hood technology that is currently available(2).
The development of this hood was inspired by the reports referenced above; the Firefighter Cancer Support Network Report(1) and the FAST Test Report, Commissioned by the IAFF(2). The first report stated that firefighters have a “significantly increased risk… for a number of cancers, including multiple myeloma, nonHodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate and testicular cancer” (1). This report also discussed that soot and smoke particles readily absorb and hold liquid and gaseous chemicals, that “soot has ultrafine particles that… [are] also absorbed through the skin traveling to most organs including the brain”(1), and that skin adsorption rate increases 400% with every 5°F increase in skin temperature. (1) The FAST Test Report demonstrated that particles at 2.5 micron size penetrated the standard FR knit hood (soot and smoke particles are usually 1 micron or less) and left a concentrated, heavy deposit on the subject’s neck, cheeks, ears and jaw.
The H41 Interceptor™ was developed in collaboration with DuPont™, utilizing their revolutionary new material, DuPont™ Nomex® Nano-Flex, that can block fine particulates almost as well as an impermeable membrane. Unlike FR moisture barrier membranes however, this new lightweight (0.8oz/yd2), “barely-there” material is actually completely breathable; Nomex® Nano-Flex is a non-woven, web technology, made of submicron continuous fibers. The H41 Interceptor™ is constructed with Nomex® Nano-Flex sewn between two layers of 6.0oz/yd2 PBI®/Lenzing to provide the maximum performance for particle barrier filtration, comfort, breathability, thermal protection and protection in flashover condition. The H41 Interceptor™ is patterned to protect the integrity of the filtration system and uniquely designed to promote easy donning and doffing from the stowed position to the SCBA face piece channel.
The H41 Interceptor™ blocks 95% of particulates at .2 micron in size or larger. For perspective, there are 25,4000 microns in one inch and a human hair is about 75-100 microns wide, so a .2 micron particulate is about 500x smaller than a strand of hair. Testing has shown that the particulates sized at less than .2 microns don’t have enough mass to make it through the double layer knit and the Nomex® Nano-Flex; essentially meaning that this hood blocks 100% of particulates less than .2 microns.
This chart demonstrates the remarkable difference in particulate blockage from a standard FR Knit Hood to an FR Knit Hood with Nomex® Nano-Flex (measuring from 0.5 – 0.2 microns).
The air permeability of the Nomex® Nano-Flex is far superior to all FR moisture barrier films that others are offering. Standard FR moisture barriers are a necessity in turnout gear, where gear can often get wet and such a membrane is necessary to prevent steam burns. With bare skin being against the hood, and with the head and face generating considerably more sweat than most other areas of the body, breathability is an absolute must. Using Nomex® Nano-Flex instead of a standard FR moisture barrier greatly reduces the potential for heat stress.
The H41 Interceptor™ is available for order immediately and can be purchased from an authorized Fire-Dex Distributor.
(1) “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service”, Firefighter Cancer Support Network, August 2015
(2) Fluorescent Aerosol Screening Test (FAST) Test Report, Commissioned by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), conducted by Research Testing Institute (RTI), January 2015
For additional information, please contact Abby Buzon, Marketing Technologies Specialist, at 330-723-0000 or email@example.com.
Last month, Fire Apparatus Magazine featured an article about the evolution and options of harness pants available to those serving in the fire service. Our National Sales Manager, Jeff Koledo contributed to the highlight and we have shared his comments below:
Fire-Dex makes both an internal pant harness (IPH) and egress pockets to house descent devices. “We are in the midst of completely redesigning and reengineering our Class II IPH, which is installed between the outer shell and the inner liner of the pant,” Koledo says. “We have industry-leading firefighters and trainers to help us in creating an IPH that’s firefighter-friendly, simplistic, can be used with the least number of steps, and is lightest in design.”
Fire-Dex’s egress pockets are designed to house the descent devices made by four manufacturers: Petzl, Sterling Rope, CMC Rescue, and RIT Rescue, Koledo points out. “There are four different egress pocket systems, each tailored to a specific descent device or to a generic device design,” he says. “When we designed the egress pockets, most fire departments were using external harness systems, and we wanted to be sure the equipment they used wasn’t bulky or a snag hazard when in use,” Koledo notes.
We will be introducing our redesigned IPH at FDIC later this month. Be sure to visit the Fire-Dex team in booth 1416 to get a first look and to enter our daily giveaways!
We are happy to announce that you can now purchase Fire-Dex swag on our website, FireDexHub.com. Whether you’re looking for promotional items, tradeshow items or apparel, you’ll love our selection throughout the site. Proudly represent Fire-Dex with anything from jackets to hats, from coffee mugs to pint glasses, from koozies to notepads, and even something for your pets.
While you are showing off your new Fire-Dex merchandise, don’t forget to snap some photos and use #FireDexSwag. We will be sure to repost some of our favorites!
Thank you for supporting Fire-Dex and wearing our patch proudly.
Jeff Paul has been nominated as our Sales Rep of the Month by RSM Tony Moore. Knowing Tony was going to be in town for two and a half days last month, Jeff managed to set up meetings with 10 different Fire Departments during Tony’s visit to Nebraska. Now, all 10 departments are going with Fire-Dex!
Jeff was also responsible for a record order of ParaDex EMS Gear! The department wanted foam padded knees because they’re always kneeling on the ground when working with patients. So Jeff reached out to his RSM Tony Moore, Tony began working with our Design Queen, Stacy, (yes, that is an official title) and they made it happen!
Jeff stated when he started with Danko Emergency Equipment in February of 2013, it was “an adventure that I will always remember. I met Tony at a sales meeting and from that point forward I have believed in what Fire-Dex represents and is doing to make the firefighter’s job easier while in their gear, especially with the FXR design.” Jeff then went straight to the tattoo parlor and got the Fire-Dex logo tattooed right across his heart; just kidding!
“I could not be successful without the support of my wife Kristen, my three kids (ages 6, 4 and 6 months), the support team at Danko Emergency Equipment and the team of people at Fire-Dex. Thank You all.” Well Jeff, the feeling is mutual; we could not be successful without top-notch Sales Reps like yourself and we thank you!
Congratulations on all of your recent successes and on your nomination as our Sales Representative of the Month!
Steven joined our sales team a few weeks ago as our Texas (T75) Account Manager. He lives in a suburb of Houston and will report to our Sr. Regional Sales Manager, Tory King, as they collaborate to increase Fire-Dex’s presence in Texas.
Steven has worked in sales for the past 12 years in the Texas industrial oil and gas market. He was also a volunteer firefighter in Pearland, TX for 6 years and is currently a certified EMT on his local department.
Please join us in welcoming Steven to our team! His contact information is as follows:
Fire-Dex Ext. 377
Cell: (832) 922-8514