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International Firefighters’ Day, May 4th

Fire-Dex Recognizes International Firefighters' Day

On December 2, 1998, tragedy struck the town of Linton, Australia. The town’s fire department had been fighting a large bushfire that was quickly burning through private and public land. Late in the day, two firefighting crews were called upon for assistance. As the crews and their apparatus entered the hot zone, the winds shifted direction and engulfed the entire team of five volunteer firefighters.

Soon after the incident, an Australian firefighter named J.J. Edmonson began laying the groundwork for the International Firefighters’ Day. The response to the idea was overwhelmingly positive, and the international fire community quickly came together to help coordinate the event.

May 4th was chosen as the day for International Firefighters’ Day, given its significance in Europe as the “Day of Fire Service”, as well as the feast day for patron saint of firefighters, Saint Florian. The symbol chosen was the red and blue ribbon. Edmonson chose these colors to represent the elements that firefighters work with: red for fire and blue for water.

This May 4th, join in with Fire-Dex and firefighters worldwide in honoring International Firefighters’ Day. Participants are asked to proudly display their red and blue ribbons or to participate in a memorial event, showing gratitude to the firefighters everywhere who dedicate their lives to protecting us all.

To learn more about International Firefighters’ Day, visit the official IFFD website.

US Firefighter Injury Statistics

US Firefighter Injury Statistics

This infographic conveys U.S. Firefighter Injury statistics as compiled by data collected by the NFPA from fire departments responding to the 2012 National Fire Experience Survey.

Click here to read the report in its entirety.

Fire-Dex and AEC Fire & Safety Offer Advanced Materials Seminar


Fire-Dex, in conjunction with AEC Fire-Safety, is sponsoring an informational seminar on Advanced Materials set for November 13th at 5:30pm-9:30pm at Warrensburg Fire Protection District 420 E. Main St. Warrensburg, Illinois.This informational seminar will cover timely topics such as:

  1. Blood-borne pathogen barriers in turnout gear.
  2. How to extend the life of turnout gear with proper cleaning and care.
  3. How to choose the right materials to give you the right amount of protection and breathability.

Guest speakers:

  • Kirk Owen, End Use Marketing Manager from TenCate:  Kirk is the former Chairman of the NFPA Technical Committee on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment, Assistant Chief at Plano FD in Texas.  He will discuss the performance characteristics of outer shells and thermal barriers, and their effect on TPP, THL and the overall performance of the composite.
  • Brian Barton, Division Manager – Protective Clothing from Stedfast.  Brian’s presentation will concern moisture barriers:  how they work; how they are constructed, and what are best compilations for Stedair 3000, 4000 and Gold.
  • Andrew Oliver, President of Gear Wash, a third party Verified ISP company providing turnout gear care and maintenance services.

Register now at