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Fire-Dex: Celebrating 30 Years

Fire-Dex 30 yearsOn April 27, 1983, when stamps were .20 cents and gas was only $1.25/gallon, Fire-Dex opened in Cleveland Ohio, under the name National Safety Apparel. Thirty years later, Fire-Dex is serving the international firefighter community as a top provider of head-to-toe turnout gear with continued expansion in the industry, including the development of a boot line.  Their real mark came with the design and development of the FX-R custom turnout gear, now proven to deliver best-in-class comfort and safety like no other in the industry. 

In the beginning, according to founding member Charlie Grossman, Fire-Dex manufactured only gloves. According to Grossman, the most pivotal point in the growth of their business happened later in 1984, when current Chairman Bill Burke was hired. “Our growth in the glove market just took off”, said Grossman.

Below is a short timeline of the various Fire-Dex products that have been introduced to the market over the past 30 years.

1984: Introduction of NFPA 1971 firefighter glove

1988: Morgan Protective Apparel becomes Fire-Dex

   FIREfighter Gloves with Good DEXterity = FIRE-DEX
Production begins on NFPA 1971 bunker gear, NFPA 1976 ARFF gear, and 1999 ParaDex™ EMS gear.

1994: World’s largest single order for firefighter apparel: 19,000 coats in Brazil

1997:  Fire-Dex headquarters was relocated to Medina, Ohio

2001: NFPA 1977 Wildland, Extrication Coverall and 2-piece

2005: Tech lab built in Medina

2008: Bill Burke acquires Fire-Dex from Charlie Grossman with assistance of BBH

2009: Bill Burke and Fire-Dex decided to enter the fire footwear market.

2010:  First Fire-Dex boot order ships in Dec.

2012:  FX-R is introduced at FDIC.

2013:  Gear Tracker; NPFA 1851 Gear Management System released to public.

Fire-Dex will be celebrating the past 30 years of history with related blog posts throughout 2013.

Fire-Dex and Donley Safety Outfit Volunteer Fire Department


Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department, located in Decatur County, Indiana, always relied on donations and second-hand uniforms from other departments for their Turn Out Gear. Due to a limited budget, they have never been able to purchase new gear for their team.

Thanks to the recent teamwork of Fire-Dex and Donley Safety, the entire department now has new coats, pants, boots, gloves, hoods and helmets and was able to stay within their budget.

Here is a picture of the Adams Township VFD in their new Fire-Dex Assault Turn Out Gear. How do they look?

Fire-Dex In Bolivia














Bolivia, a small country in South America, is mostly known for it’s rich natural resources and unique “Law of the Rights of Mother Earth”. The country can now be recognized as one that provides quality turnout gear to their firefighters.

The province of Santa Cruz, Bolivia recently made a large purchase of fire suits and helmets from Fire-DexA press conference was held to present the equipment. Calling the fire suits “state of the art with the latest technology”; the fire department proudly displayed their new Chieftain turnout gear.

We would like thank Robert Lostal of Safety Source International for facilitating this purchase.

Fire-Dex is a premiere fire protection gear company. Manufacturing firefighting equipment from fire helmet to fire boots and everything in between, Fire-Dex protects those who risk personal peril in service of others.