Recent studies show daunting statistics about firefighters developing cancer while on the job or years after retirement. In fact, firefighters are 29% more likely to contract cancer in their lifetime than the general public. Additionally, it is well known that the number one cause of Line Of Duty Deaths (LODDs) is heat stress.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FDIC 2016 – Indianapolis, Indiana
Stop by and visit Fire-Dex at Booth 1416. We will feature gear giveaways each day. Drawings will take place Thursday at 5pm, Friday at 1pm and 3:30pm, and Saturday at 12:30pm.
Last month, we invited some local firefighters to join us and model their Fire-Dex gear for a video shoot. The video shoot spanned two days. One was shot in a warehouse near our Medina office and day two was shot at Medina City FD Station 1. We appreciate our area’s bravest for supporting our efforts to make this video and are excited to share the results.
This video will play on the buses heading to FDIC in Indianapolis. Additionally, we will be showing our final, full length video in our FDIC booth #1416. Be sure to stop by for daily prize opportunities, to try-on our gear and to see the final production.
Fire-Dex will be supporting the Hands-On-Training sessions at FDIC by providing each of the 100+ instructors with a set of TECGEN PPE. These sets of gear will include a one-of-a-kind FDIC, H.O.T. Instructor patch.
Regional Sales Manager
Southeast Territory – Western PA, West Virginia & Eastern Canada
1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this week, either at work or outside of work?
Attending Fire-Dex University for the first time as a Regional Sales Manager.
2. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Boston. I love the accent.
3. What is your favorite local restaurant or place to hangout?
Santosusso’s in Medina.
4. Please share your best advice for new college grads or jobseekers looking for their first career gig.
Research the company where you applying for a job. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t limit yourself.
5. What is the one thing you wish you’d known 20 years ago?
That the plan I had when I was a teenager is not what my life is today. I’m just going with the flow, and so far it’s working.
6. What are three things people don’t know about you and may be surprised to learn?
I have a twin sister who’s a sheriff’s deputy, I was born In Atlanta, GA and I love Dalmatian dogs.
7. What is your favorite app?
8. What is your favorite movie of all time (yes, only one!)?
9. What song makes you want to “bust a move” when you hear it on your iPod or radio?
AC/DC’s “You shook me all night long.”
10. What is your favorite cookie?
Peanut Butter Cookie
11. What do you love most about your job?
I love that I am on the road every week. I also love being able to talk directly with firefighters. I’m a social person; so, sales is the perfect job for me.
12. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your professional life?
My biggest accomplishment is being promoted into a sales position. I’ve worked really hard to get where I am today.
13. Who is/was your inspiration?
My Mom. She raised me to be the person I am today.
14. What are you most excited about for Fire-Dex for 2015?
I’m excited for all of the changes: New members on the sales team, new products, and new opportunities.
15. What is your favorite holiday?
Hands down Thanksgiving.
16. If you could go back to college today, what would your major be?
I would choose Marketing and Sales Technology.
17. What one device can you not live without?
18. If you were stranded on an island and could only have three things, what would those three things be?
My iPhone (see above), a bathing suit and Mark Wahlberg.
19. Which do you prefer, Android or iPhone?
20. Who would you like to “tag” at Fire-Dex to be the next 20 Questions “victim”?
I nominate Jordan Paris.
Heading to FDIC? Don’t miss FCSN’s Comedy vs. Cancer on April 21, 2015, at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.
This annual evening of laughter and camaraderie benefits the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). Since 2005, FCSN has helped fire/EMS members and their families cope with cancer. FCSN also delivers vital firefighter cancer awareness and prevention training nationwide.
FCSN’s headliner this year is Travis Howze, former firefighter and police officer, Marine Corps veteran, and star of the national “Funny Under Fire” comedy tour. His new comedy album, “Reporting for Duty,” debuted March 31, 2015, on iTunes and Amazon. More about Travis Howze here: http://tinyurl.com/
Your $20 donation includes food & non-alcoholic beverages, and there will be a cash bar and $3 drafts. Don’t wait – get your tickets now at firefightercancersupport.
Fire-Dex is pleased to be a sponsor for this fun, supportive night at FDIC.
Fire-Dex EVERYWHERE! We have an amazing show-wide sponsorship again this year. As usual, you will see Fire-Dex on every single Aisle sign marker, outside of many classrooms, on the shuttle bus and hallway videos, for the 2nd time now – a GIANT banner covering the entire wall in the Hall D corridor/just outside of the show floor, and new this year – Fire-Dex all across the skywalk from the Convention Center to the main Marriott!
Ditch the map and get the App! Also new this year, we are sponsoring the FDIC Mobile App! The FDIC App has all the need-to-know information – Schedule of Events, Shuttle Schedule, Exhibitors, FULL DETAILED Class Schedule, and more!
What will be NEW at the Fire-Dex booth this year? We will be launching our newest single-layer garment – Dual Certified Wildland/Tech Rescue! This new version of Chieftain Wildland is certified to both NFPA 1977 and 1951, making it the most rugged, durable and toughest single-layer protection available. Ideal for situations when visibility is still key and moderate protection is needed; when structural gear is not required and could be a hindrance, and in situations that could cause unnecessary and costly wear & tear on structural gear – extrication, search & rescues, wildland firefighting, MVA’s, good will calls, trainings, Explorer programs, and much more. Visit us at Booth 1416 for a hands-on demonstration of the new gear.
Daily Gear Giveaways! Being held at 5:00 on Thursday,1:00 and 4:00 on Friday, and 12:30 on Saturday – we will be giving away head-to-toe Structural Fire-Dex Gear, FDXL-100 Red Leather Boots, and Hoods!