Wildfires can be some of the worst and deadliest natural disasters. They are capable of wiping out millions of acres of land, destroying everything in their path and leaving families and animals displaced.
Joey Hayes of Ten-8 Fire Equipment hit the ground running his first day on the job and hasn’t slowed his momentum since! His eagerness to learn more about Fire-Dex and what it takes to sell our PPE has propelled him into an elite group of dealers who have been honored with the “DSR of the Month” title.
With limited budgets and increased needs, purchasing new gear can be challenging. To help you in your grant application process, we collaborated with FireGrantsHelp.com to offer your department free grant assistance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
You can fill out this form for free, customized grant help for PPE. Funding is not guaranteed, but we will do everything we can to assist you in submitting a successful grant application.
At Fire-Dex we continue to design gear to protect you from the fire or incident you’re fighting today and from the health dangers you may face tomorrow. These products reduce exposure to harmful carcinogens and minimize heat stress and fatigue: H41 Interceptor, FXR Turnout Gear and TECGEN PPE.
Know your options. Choose your PPE for your long term health.
Medina, Ohio – September 1, 2015 – Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, has acquired TECGEN PPE®, an innovative flame resistant fabric and garment technology from National Safety Apparel (NSA).
Fire-Dex is the exclusive licensee of the TECGEN PPE® product line for the first responder market. This acquisition will strengthen Fire-Dex as a global PPE leader, focused on protecting firefighters. This unique technical solution will expand Fire-Dex’s head-to-toe offering.
Steve Allison, Director of Sales, states “The TECGEN PPE® fabric and product designs are outstanding for modern day firefighter activities for more than 90% of department calls. NFPA 1971 structural firefighter gear is critical safety equipment but departments need additional function specific PPE that impacts their safety and comfort.”
Focused on protection and breathability, TECGEN PPE® offers a comfortable, protective alternative to wearing turnout gear or day uniforms for technical rescue and extrication work. TECGEN PPE® gear is specifically designed to stand up to the tasks most commonly performed during MVA, extrication and technical rescue responses.
“Fire-Dex and TECGEN PPE® are two of the fastest growing brands in the fire industry. This acquisition is a great fit for Fire-Dex as it further strengthens their leadership position in the PPE, fire apparel business” said Chuck Grossman, President & CEO of National Safety Apparel.
Fire-Dex, headquartered in Medina, OH, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, NFPA hoods, helmets, gloves and boots. For more information on Fire-Dex visit www.firedex.com. Also, see more at www.fire.tecgen.com.
Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment – Article Highlight #3
Self-direction and experience are vital attributes when undertaking the arduous task of selecting the PPE for a major fire department. One must also know what products are available, be familiar with OSHA and NFPA standards. The goal is to buy the best equipment while staying within budget. These guidelines, in principle, can be adapted for smaller departments.
This article highlights “The Selection Process” from start to finish.
About the Author:
Andrew E. Pompe, CFPS, is a captain and 18 1/2-year veteran of the Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department, currently assigned as the deputy safety officer. He is a certified fire protection specialist and a member of the CFPS Board of Directors. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science administration and a master’s degree in safety engineering and lectures on PPE and other safety-related topics.
Fire-Dex is pleased to offer this article published via Fire Engineering free for all in fire service. Click here to download your PPE Training Guide from Fire Engineering sponsored by Fire-Dex. The learn more about the PPE offered by Fire-Dex, LLC, please visit our website, firedex.com
Creating a Maintenance Program for Personal Protective Equipment – Article Highlight #1
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, incorporates common practices and procedures derived from the input of firefighting professionals, manufacturers, and industry specialists for maintaining personal protective equipment (PPE).
This article breaks down the standard by function and gives examples of how you can implement a program. Not all aspects of the standard are addressed, and the coat and trousers are referred to primarily when discussing cleaning and repairs. The document and training will fill in the information gaps. The standard is so comprehensive that all its aspects cannot be fully addressed in an article; it would require a book.
About the Author:
Mitch Lopez is an engineer with the Highlands Fire District in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he has served for six years. For four of those years, he headed the personal protective equipment (PPE) overhaul program. He has been trained in National Fire Protection Association 1851, oversees the PPE needs for a combination department of 50 personnel, and assists mutual-aid agencies in maintaining their PPE.
Fire-Dex is pleased to offer this article published via Fire Engineering free for all in fire service. Click here to download your PPE Training Guide from Fire Engineering sponsored by Fire-Dex.
Monte Sims has been with Ten-8 Equipment since 2003. He has been in PPE sales for 30 years having spent 24 with AEC Fire Safety of Springfield, IL. Monte was a member of the Crash/Rescue at the 183 rd Fighter Wing, Air National Guard in Springfield, IL for ten years and was the Emergency Service Director in Chatham, IL for 14 years.
Although Ten-8 Fire Equipment is known as one of the countries’ largest Pierce Manufacturing apparatus dealers, Monte focuses on equipment. Monte’s 14 county territory starts in the Orlando-Lakeland area and stretches north to Jacksonville and the Georgia state line. Monte works closely with his inside sales partner, Fritz Leader. Periodically, Fritz will participate in sales calls in the field with Monte.
Monte has served on two committees for MSA, including the Advisory Council and Voice of the Dealer. Multiple times a year he meets with other council members and MSA staff in Pittsburgh, planning and reviewing future fire service products.
He and his wife Patricia, reside in Lakeland, Florida. They have a daughter, Danielle, and 3 sons, Derrick, Joshua and Joseph. Derrick and Joshua are both active members of the US Marines. His daughter, Danielle, is an active member of the US Air Force. And, his youngest son, Joseph, is a junior in high school.
Monte enjoys family time and hunting. He and his family also enjoy hosting foreign exchange students in their home.
Thank you for all your hard work, Monte.