Retired Fire Chief Bob Keys served the City of New York, FDNY for 31 years. He is considered to be an industry expert on the incorporation of new technology in the Fire Service. He was an important member of the rebuilding of the FDNY following 9/11 and has been awarded numerous medals for heroic, lifesaving acts.
Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of firefighter protective apparel announces its formal consulting partnership agreement with Bob Keys, FDNY Batallion Chief (ret.) and Principal at Fire-research and Development of New York Consulting, LLC. Bob will be assisting METRO Department Sales Manager, Allen Rom and Fire-Dex with sales efforts at large departments in the US and Canada.
“We are thrilled to be working with Bob; his experience and knowledge make him the perfect partner to help Fire-Dex grow our METRO business” says Bill Burke, CEO and Chairman of Fire-Dex.
Bob Keys recently completed a 31 year career within the Fire Department – City of New York (FDNY) as a decorated Battalion Chief. During his tenure with the FDNY he held a number of fire fighting and leadership positions including Chief in Charge for the Research and Development Unit. While leading the Research and Development Unit he was responsible for the testing, development, and certification for all new and existing equipment utilized by over 11,000 Firefighters in the FDNY.
Medina, Ohio – October 1, 2014 – Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), today announced its partnership with Response Protection Corporation of Putnam Valley, NY on the exclusive manufacturing of the Capt. Jim hood line.
Designed by retired FDNY Battalion Chief, Kevin O’Donoghue, and named for his father James, a 34 year veteran of FDNY, the Capt. Jim hood combines comfort, protection and durability with an exclusive, proprietary material called Spentex™ to create a hood that is unlike anything available on the market today.
“My years at FDNY helped me design a hood that I knew would be safer and more comfortable for the firefighter,” said O’Donoghue, President/CEO at Response Protection Corp., “the protection and durability of the Spentex material together with the manufacturing expertise of Fire-Dex has me extremely excited about the future of this hood.”
Fire-Dex will produce the Capt. Jim hoods at its manufacturing headquarters in Medina, OH.
“Fire-Dex is excited about our partnership with Response Protection and to be manufacturing the Capt. Jim hood,” said John Zbozien, Director of Marketing at Fire-Dex, “this hood offers a clearly differentiated set of features and benefits that make it unique in the marketplace.”
Capt. Jim hoods by Fire-Dex are available through the growing Response Protection network of distributors. A complete list of distributors can be found on the Response Protection website atwww.responseprotection.com