Step out Friday night and support the Lakewood FD Combat Challenge team!
Friday, May 20th, 2011
Panini’s of Westlake
23800 Detroit Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145
Help Lakewood Firefighters and Local 382 raise money to help their team
participate in the “Toughest Two Minutes in Sports”. The team will be
participating in the Firefighter Combat Challenge circuit in 2011 with hopes
of qualifying for National and World competitions again this November.
Tickets are $20 and include all you care to eat pizza, wings, quesadillas
and mini panini sandwiches. Two drink tickets included with each ticket as
well as 50/50 raffle, and several gift packages raffled. A gift card side
board and a one night stay at Kalahari waterpark and hotel, and a 42″ Vizio
HDTV also to be raffled off.
Fire-Dex is proud to have this talented team of firefighters wearing special Fire-Dex gear. Last month, they had a tandem team place 4th and 5th out of 12 teams. Mark Koehler, Lakewood Combat Challenge team member, said the gear “worked out great, much lighter and more maneuverable without a doubt.” That’s what we like to hear!
Be watching our Facebook page for updates on the Lakewood Firefighters and Local 382 Combat Challenge team and their journey to the National and World competitions in November. Good luck to them!
Although today’s firefighter is protected from heat and falling debris with clothing made of modern materials, this was not always the case. For more than 100 years, firefighters donned nothing more than a rubber or canvas slicker, a wide-brimmed leather helmet and rubber boots. Often, gloves were not even a consideration. It’s no wonder their bodies had to withstand multiple scars and wounds.
Without adequate clothing to protect them, firefighters during this time period used distance as their primary method of protection. Unfortunately, this left little margin for error. When conditions changed rapidly, which they frequently do in the midst of a fire, their clothing did not provide much protection. Even as recently as the 1960s, firefighters wore clothing that could quickly burn or melt if the fire got too close.
The Space Age ushered in new materials and manufacturing processes that could be used to produce everything from coats, pants and gloves to protective footwear and helmets. By the 1970s, clothing for firefighters had advanced dramatically. And today, firefighters are wrapped in materials that provide an outer layer that neither liquid nor heat can permeate. Still, the added challenge comes with producing clothing that is not only safe but also allows the firefighter to move about with relative ease. To add to the challenge, a firefighter must be able to dress in less than 60 seconds. No small feat, for sure.
Each year, we host salespeople from our distributors to educate them on all the Fire-Dex gear and processes. Last week, at our Spring 2011 Fire-Dex University, we hosted 30 sales people from Florida to Ontario and Utah to New Jersey. The group toured our manufacturing center in Medina, Ohio, took training sessions taught by the one and only Fire-Dex sales team, and enjoyed networking with each other and the Fire-Dex family.
As you can see, we had a great time and look forward to our next university in September 2011.