Medina, Ohio – January 2, 2018 – Fire-Dex announced today the promotion of Steve Allison to President. As successor to Bill Burke, Company Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Allison will take over operational responsibilities for the company worldwide.
At Fire-Dex, this tragedy hit close to home. As a fire apparel manufacturer, we take the task of developing and engineering the safest gear available to those serving in fire service very seriously. As a team, we take great care to insure that every step, every process, every stitch is sewn to protect and withstand the most severe conditions. We want to insure firefighter safety at every opportunity.
Fire-Dex CEO and President Bill Burke remembers receiving the news that a plane had struck the World Trade Center and thinking it was an accident. As a company, Fire-Dex had sales reps working all across the country that day. Lance Matiste was in New York meeting with FDNY at the time of the attacks. A few years ago, Lance shared his video account of that day and it is riveting. Allen Rom was traveling on behalf of Fire-Dex as well. In Allen’s words, “Almost 3000 people perished on September 11th. The U.S. fire service has done a tremendous job memorializing the 343 firefighters who died doing their job.”
As years passed, Bill has had time to reflect and understand the impact of 9/11 on the fire industry. Bill shared that before 9/11/01, the U.S. government allotted approximately $100M in grant money to the fire service. After the events of September 11th, the public was much more aware of the sacrifices and equipment used by those serving in fire and police safety. The federal government then increased the amount to $350M and again to $750M before beginning to lower that amount annually. Currently, the amount stays around $500M each year.
In reflecting back on that day and its influence, Bill says the public was much more aware and appreciative of public servants and the challenges they face daily in performing their duties.
On the 13th anniversary of these attacks, take time to honor and remember the victims and families directly affected by the September 11th tragedy and thank your local public safety officers.
Medina, Ohio – August 4, 2014 – Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), today announced the appointment of Steve Allison as the Director of Sales, effective August 25, 2014. Allison brings with him over 25 years of experience in the fire industry, recently serving as Senior VP for a another PPE manufacturer. Over the last few years Steve served as President & CEO of a leading education and office supply company, but is happy to be rejoining the fire service.
“Fire-Dex is on the cusp of achieving great things,” said Allison, “their growth and success in positioning themselves as a global leader in PPE is impressive; with industry-leading manufacturing processing, a talented field sales organization and a strong leadership team – it was an easy decision to join Fire-Dex”
As a member of the executive staff, Allison will manage all sales functions including management of the regional sales team.
“We are extremely excited to have Steve join Fire-Dex,” said Allen Rom, Senior Regional Sales Manager at Fire-Dex, “his experience and knowledge of the industry is incredible and his approach and enthusiasm is exactly what Fire-Dex needs to help us continue our momentum.”
In this role, Allison will report to Bill Burke, President of Fire-Dex.
“Steve is exactly what Fire-Dex needs to continue our success and achieve our aggressive growth goals,” said Burke, “we are extremely fortunate to have him on the team and look forward to great things.”
A privately held company, Fire-Dex is a quality manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, premium quality NFPA hoods, gloves, helmets and boots. Fire-Dex is proud to be the service leader in the fire service including owning the industry’s best custom turnout lead times and offering such industry leading tools as GearTracker and FireWriter2. Visit www.firedex.com for more information.