August 2011

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Fire-Dex Remembers 9/11: Young and old, we all know where we were when…

Josh Keaton is a Finishing Department Associate at Fire-Dex. This is his story and memory of what he was doing when…

Fire-Dex Remembers 9/11: Lance

Fire-Dex Remembers is a video series that was recorded at the Fire-Dex headquarters in Medina, Ohio on August 9th. As the 10 year anniversary approaches, remembering the thoughts, feelings and events of that day are different for each person.

As we recorded these videos, many employees at Fire-Dex became interested in the others’ responses. It was a moving, therapeutic day for all involved. In the coming weeks, more videos of employee remembrances will be shared.

We start with Lance Matiste. Lance is the Director of Product Design & Engineering at Fire-Dex. He was in New York City meeting with FDNY very close to the World Trade Center. This is his riveting account of that day.

What is a Fire Mark?

Fire Marks were prevalent more than 100 years ago in this country. These small emblems were made of metal that could withstand a fire, and they were placed on buildings—usually on the front where they could be seen. They simply meant that you had paid for your fire insurance, and they acted as a mini advertisement for the insurance company. Fire Marks, also known as insurance company marks, were fairly widespread from about 1750 to 1900.

What’s interesting to note is that fire brigades were often owned by insurance companies, although that was certainly not always the case. Consequently, some people believed that the fire brigade would only respond to a fire if the property was being protected by the insurance company that owned the fire brigade. Today we know that was probably not the case. There is no evidence to the fact that structures were allowed to burn. In fact, volunteer fire departments got their support from other means, including community donations. If anything, the Fire Mark may have indicated that there was a potential reward for saving the structure. Or, it was simply a form of advertisement.

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