There are more than 200 fire museums in the U.S. and Canada.
Firefighting has a rich historical background that is documented in the numerous firefighting museums located throughout this country and Canada. Years ago, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) recognized the need to link these institutions, which vary greatly in their makeup, primarily as a method for exchanging ideas. In 1989, the IAFC sponsored a fire museum seminar which took place during the Fire-Rescue International Conference. Representatives from nine fire museums attended, and they decided to make the seminar an annual event. Still, many of the museums wanted even more interaction, something they could rely on throughout the year. They formed a committee to research the possibility of developing an organization of fire museums, and in 1995, the Fire Museum Network was established.
Today the Fire Museum Network is a non-profit organization that allows for networking among the various fire museums, while also promoting the interests of collecting, preserving and interpreting the artifacts, history and traditions of the fire service. It is run by a volunteer board of directors. In addition to the annual Fire Museum Seminar, the organization maintains a comprehensive Web site with a directory of fire museums that belong to the network. This information can be accessed at www.firemuseumnetwork.org.
Everyone LOVES looking at pictures on Facebook. Apparently, our Fire-Dex community is no different. We posted this picture from FDIC on our Facebook wall and asked for captions about it. We had a lot of fun reading these comments. FUNNY STUFF!
Here are a few of our favorites:
Steve: “Rapid extraction with airbag deployments. Great save!”
Keane: “This is the only way some firefighters can pick up chicks at FDIC.”
Phillip: “The chief said pick out a new set of Fire-Dex bunker pants.”
Todd: “Do you think my toes need a pedi? Let me look.”
Steve: “Look Honey I took the Fire-Dex Challenge and Won!”
Read all the captions on our Facebook page. Oh, and, feel free to add your own!
Thank you again to everyone that commented. We really enjoyed reading and laughing at all the posts.
Fire-Dex University is a two-day educational event for the salespeople from our distributors at our headquarters in Medina, Ohio. The salespeople attend detailed sessions on Fire-Dex turnout gear, fabrics, features and benefits of Fire-Dex boots, gloves, helmets and accessories. Further, the salespeople tour our state of art manufacturing facility and technology lab to watch rolls of fabric become finished gear. When it’s all said and done, our distributors know what makes Fire-Dex products superior to our competitors.
Our spring session is coming up later this month on the 20th and 21st. We’re gearing up (yes…that pun was intended) to inform this spring class of all things Fire-Dex.
Sometimes a fleet of firefighters on ground isn’t enough to combat a rapidly-spreading wildfire—especially in areas with more treacherous terrain. In these situations, aerial firefighting helps to control the spread of the fire more quickly than traditional methods.
Aerial firefighting began around 1920 with the first attempts at dropping water from aircraft onto a fire. Most of these attempts were unsuccessful during this era, but they provided a platform for future initiatives through the USFS (U.S. Forest Service). In 1935, the Aerial Fire Control Experimental Project was created. At this point, aircraft became important for fire detection, but were still somewhat incapable of successfully extinguishing rapidly-spreading fires with water and fire retardant. It wasn’t until 1954 when a partnership between the USFS and other organizations produced an effective water dropping system using a TBM-1C bomber. This was put to the test during the Jamieson Fire, which occurred in southern California in 1954.
Inspired by agricultural spraying techniques, “helitankers” soon became the next progression in aerial firefighting. These easy-to-maneuver helicopters could deliver over 100 gallons of water when they were first introduced. With firefighting helicopters came “heli-rappellers”—firefighters who rappelled down to the fire as a ground force.
In the 1960s, surplus military aircraft became another effective way to combat wildfires. Planes like the B-25, Douglas B-26 and Lockheed PSV could carry 1,000 gallons of water. They also deployed “smokejumpers” or firefighters who parachuted from planes to help control ground fire. Smokejumpers became very effective, and smokejumper bases are located across western portions of the United States today.
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Taking an event booth from transport, to complete set up can be an arduous task. Our team at Fire-dex did not take our task lightly…we lifted, pushed, pulled and eventually, the Fire-Dex Challenge came together! Special shout-out to Inflatable Images for making our interactive inflatable so awesome!
What is the Fire-Dex Challenge? This year, Fire-dex returns with a tough challenge- a maze meant for the absolute bravest and brightest competitors around. Are you at FDIC this week? Come to our booth #311 and give it a try.
Why? Cash. Cold hard cash will be awarded twice daily Thursday-Saturday.
Here are our plans:
Twice per day during the show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Fire-Dex will be giving away $2,000 cash awards, and a set of custom gear and a pair of leather boots. At the show now? Look up – that would be the Firedex boot. It is amazing – constructed by the same guys that worked for Nike, Adidas and Timberland worldwide brands. They understand fit, and they understand comfort.
$2000 cash drawings will take place:
- Thursday 3p-5:30p
- Friday 1:30p-5:00p
- Saturday Noon-2:30p
Like our Facebook page now for additional chances to win. See you there!
The most advanced and ergonomically correct harness system available. This IPH system is pre-rigged with nothing to connect at the time you need it most. Fire-Dex offers a full line of emergency egress and descent products. These products can be purchased together as a complete egress system, or individually. (Patent Pending)
See it and all the Fire-Dex gear at FDIC, Booth 311 this week.
In August, 1910, a fire called The Big Blowup blazed through parts of Montana and Idaho, burning approximately 3 million acres of land. Edward Pulaski, a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) park ranger, was asked to take a firefighting crew out to help control the fire. Pulaski and 45 firefighters ventured out, but suddenly found themselves trapped in a firestorm.
Luckily, Pulaski knew about a nearby mineshaft where his crew could attempt to take refuge from the smoke and flames. According to the story, Pulaski’s crew was so terrified of the wall of fire that was quickly closing in on them that Pulaski had to hold them at gunpoint to keep them from fleeing. He fought the fire at the mine entrance, but ended up passing out from smoke inhalation. Of the 45 members of Pulaski’s crew, an astonishing 39 of them survived the ordeal—including Pulaski. He continued to work for the USFS after The Big Blowup.
Pulaski is still known today for his contributions to firefighting. He created an important tool called the Pulaski tool, which modern-day firefighters continue to use. This tool has both an axe and a hoe-like feature on it to help with the construction of fire lines.
For 84 years, FDIC has maintained a steadfast commitment to one simple mission…to Train the Fire Service. With hundreds of classroom sessions, intense Hands-On-Training (H.O.T.) evolutions and workshops, and the fire service’s largest exhibition showcasing more than 1,000 companies, no other event in the world provides more serious training for the serious firefighter.
The 2011 event is not to be missed! With construction complete on the new Indiana Convention Center, FDIC 2011 will be like never before. With more training, more exhibits, and more events, FDIC 2011 will be the largest ever held.
Also, challenge your firefighting buddies to the Fire-Dex challenge to win. TWICE daily we will be giving away turnout gear, fire boots and thousands in ca$h! Not to mention, you will be able to say “I smoked ya” to your “loser” friends for the next year. That alone is priceless!
So, come out and be a part of the fire service’s #1 event…providing the training you need, for when you need it.
More information coming soon.
Fire-Dex is pleased to announce the launch of Fire-Dex Footwear. Fire-Dex has designed leather and rubber fire service boots from the ground up and has incorporated attributes typically only found in athletic footwear. Our goal was to create a fire boot that serves its purpose of protecting fire fighters, while providing the comfort needed to perform at a high level for extended periods of time without experiencing fatigue.
The initial comments on our leather fire boot from this audience have been extremely positive. 90% of contestants state the comfort and fit are superior to the products that they are currently using and want to know where they can purchase them. With our initial stocking orders sold out the Fire-Dex leather fire boot is positioned well in the market. Fire departments have been searching for a leather fire boot that gives their fire fighters the comfort they desire, while providing the department with a cost effective solution.
Check out the details of the Fire-Dex firefighter boot and call your Fire-Dex representative to try out the comfort!
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Make sure to look for Fire-Dex at Firehouse World on Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center in beautiful San Diego, California. We will be at booth #1945. Stop by and say hello and make sure to try out our new fire boots and turn-out gear.
Firehouse World brings together thousands of fire, rescue and EMS professionals from across the nation and around the world. You can see the latest Fire and EMS products, apparatus and services at the West Coast’s largest exhibit floor.
For years, Dalmatians have been closely associated with firehouses, but why? The answer is really quite simple—if you’re willing to go back in history about 600 years or so. The Dalmatian, named after the Adriatic coastal region of Dalmatia, is an extremely physical breed that can run great distances without tiring. So, during the time when horse and carriage was the primary method of transportation, Dalmatians were the perfect coach dogs. They were trained to run alongside a woman’s carriage, part for protection and part as a companion to the horses. As time evolved, the dogs were used to protect the horses that pulled English stagecoaches, chasing away other dogs that tried to scare the horses. It was not uncommon to see two Dalmatians running next to the horses as they pulled a coach, and soon a close bond formed between dog and horse.
When horse-drawn fire apparatus came into being, it seemed like a natural fit to couple the dogs with the horses that pulled the apparatus. The horses, which had to spend long periods of time at the scene of a fire—and even longer intervals waiting to be called into action—got antsy. Their close companion, the Dalmatian, helped to calm them. The dogs were also used to guard the fire apparatus while the firefighters tended to the fire. Soon it was commonplace to keep a Dalmatian at the firehouse to serve as a companion to both the firefighters and the horses.
Long after the horse-drawn fire apparatus were retired, the Dalmatian remained in many firehouses throughout the United States, Canada and England, serving as a constant, loyal companion to the firefighters and a symbol of fire service throughout the years.