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Fire-Dex Q&A with Sales Manager Trainee Jordan Smitek

Jordan Smitek joined Fire-Dex in July of 2018 as a Sales Manager Trainee. She will be training in different departments at Fire-Dex for her first two years, then will take over a territory as a Regional Sales Manager. Get to know more about Jordan and her hobbies in our Q&A!

DSR of the Month: David Gilberti of Industrial Protection Services

David Gilberti of Industrial Protection Services (IPS) has taken the Fire-Dex brand in the state of Massachusetts to another level, working with many departments to fulfill PPE needs. As one of the top DSRs in the Northeast, we are proud to have David on our team and recognize him as our DSR of

Q&A With Sewing Supervisor April Moore

April Moore joined Fire-Dex in June, 2011 as a Production Associate and was promoted to a Production Team Leader in October, 2017. Effective, January of 2019, April will begin her new role of Sewing Supervisor! Get to know more about April and her hobbies in our Q&A.

TECGEN71 vs. TECGEN51... What's the Difference?

In September 2015, we acquired TECGEN PPE. Through this acquisition, we gained exclusive access to the game changing TECGEN fiber. This fiber is used in both our TECGEN51 fabric and TECGEN71 outer shell.

How Strong is TECGEN71?

Our TECGEN71 Outer Shell was carefully engineered using the Milliken. Known for its long history of fire-resistant fabric manufacturing and military attire, Milliken shares a common goal with Fire-Dex; protect those who protect us.

TECGEN71: Busting the Myths

During the process of selecting turnout gear, it’s inevitable you will come across truths and fables for just about all brands, products and research. We are here to help you filter through the noise and determine if our TECGEN71 Outer Shell is the right fit for your department.

DSR of the Month - Jordan Koffler, Cascade Fire and Safety

Jordan Koffler, a lifelong native of Naches, Washington, has dedicated himself to a life of helping others and serving his community. He serves as a volunteer EMT, firefighter, and search and rescue responder for Naches Fire Department and Yakima Co. Sheriff’s Department. Being involved in the

20 Ways to Reduce Your Risk to Exposure

As a firefighter you have been trained to effectively overcome any obstacle or uncertain circumstance you may face within your line of duty. From fire rescue to hazmat protocols, you know the procedures by heart and have practiced your drills. So, when you heard that cancer was a growing epidemic,

Change the Way You Think About Your PPE

Statistics have shown the risks firefighters face in their line of duty, especially as it relates to cancer and heat stress. Unfortunately, job-related exposure to carcinogens and other fire-ground toxins is a reality, but there are a few things your department can do to lessen contamination and

How to Reduce Heat Stress

The Interceptor Package May Already Be in Your Budget

 

What is TECGEN Fiber?

Contrary to popular belief, TECGEN fiber it is NOT a carbon fiber. It consists of a high-density carbon shell that encases a visco-elastic core, which allows it to offer the thermal protection of carbon fiber without the traditional drawbacks of compromised strength. TECGEN fiber bends and

How to Choose the Best Turnout Composite System

Before the development of our exclusive TECGEN71 outer shell, it was common perception that optimal thermal protective performance (TPP) could not be achieved in combination with maximum total heat loss (THL).  We now know a balance of these two properties exists and can be found within our

Recommended Maintenance for Turnout Gear

For many firefighters, structural firefighting protective clothing and gloves can provide a sense of security that they are “safe”. Many believe that simply wearing turnout gear is enough to limit exposure to most cancer-causing agents encountered on the scene.

Distributor Sales Rep of the Month – Michael Denison of MES Fire

As a lifelong native of New Mexico, Michael Denison carries with him 17+ years of experience in the fire service; 6 as a firefighter, 5 as an Engineer, and 6 as Captain. Now the Operations Battalion Chief for Rio Rancho Fire Rescue, Michael dedicates his down time to MES Fire (Arizona) as a

Home Fire Safety Advice and Guidance

Keeping the Family Safe From Fire at Home Being aware of the potential fire hazards in your home will go a long way to helping keep you and your family safe. In America, a fire occurs at home every 86 seconds. Fire departments are taking steps to prevent their firefighters from exposure to

Q&A With Marketing Coordinator Ashton Hall

Ashton Hall joined the Fire-Dex family in June of 2018, taking on the new role of Marketing Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Marketing and International Business from Kent State University. Get to know more about Ashton’s background and interests in our Q&A!

Fire-Dex Announces EMS Gear Monthly Giveaway

We are excited to announce a special monthly giveaway of our EMS Gear made with TECGEN51! A winner will be announced on November 9th.

Made In Medina County Day

In recognition of Made in Medina County Day, over 420 people toured 19 manufacturing plants on October 5 in Medina County. Fire-Dex hosted two tours showcasing the recent building expansion and insight into the successful business. Paul Rose, Medina City Council served as the guest elected

Fire-Dex Recognized as 2018 Cascade Capital Business Growth Award Honoree

Medina, Ohio – October 4, 2018 - Fire-Dex announces its recognition as a 2018 Cascade Capital Business Growth Honoree.  This is the second consecutive year Fire-Dex has received this award as one of the fastest growing businesses in Northeast Ohio.

Fire-Dex Acquires Darwood Manufacturing and Brings Jobs Back to Pelham, Georgia

Fire-Dex announces the acquisition of an 88,000 square foot manufacturing operation to address the growing demand for its top-of-the-line first responder Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Camden Fire Department Strives to Protect Its Firefighters from Carcinogen Exposure

Camden Fire Department, organized in 1869, was the first career department in New Jersey and is among the oldest departments in the United States. Though rich with history, Camden Fire has always been on the forefront of fire innovation. Back in 1916, the department was the very first in the

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Understanding the Dangers of the Job

When flames smolder and rise - as black smoke fills the blue sky; a noble few with courage and valor run toward the chaos. These heroes who we call firefighters pledge to take care of families in their community in the face of destruction. Firefighting is

Q&A With Facility Manager Dave Biggart

Dave Biggart has been around Fire-Dex for almost 20 years. He joined the Fire-Dex family in November, 1999. He is our Facility Manager and is responsible for maintenance, safety and building. Dave also serves as our Safety Coordinator. Read on to learn more about Dave below!

Congratulations – September H41 Interceptor® Hood with Stedair® PREVENT Winner!

Congratulations to our September, Fire-Dex H41 Interceptor® Hood with Stedair® PREVENT winner, Chief Robert Proper from Venango Volunteer Fire Department in Venango, Pennsylvania.

Fire-Dex Celebrates Rainmakers

Fire-Dex proudly celebrated our 2017 Rainmakers and their spouses in Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend. Our annual Rainmaker Event honors our top performing Distributor Sales Representatives who have exceeded expectations in terms of supporting Fire-Dex and our mission to serve those who serve.

Distributor Sales Rep of the Month – Gary Wilkins of C.W. Williams Fire

Gary Wilkins of C.W. Williams Fire grew up in the fire service, attending weekly meetings and going for ride-a-longs with his father. His experience as a Firefighter/EMT-Basic & Assistant Rescue Chief for Strokes County North Carolina has transferred into great success selling PPE in the central

Fire-Dex Recognized as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 Best Places to Work for 2nd Consecutive Year

Fire-Dex is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work! This is the third time that Fire-Dex has received the award.

Q&A With Quality & Compliance Coordinator Lindsey Anderson

Lindsey Anderson recently joined the Fire-Dex team in April 2018 as our Quality and Compliance Coordinator. She develops, implements, and manages quality control system product specifications. Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Get

United Way of Medina County Awards Fire-Dex as Business Partner of the Year

Fire-Dex was recognized yesterday as United Way of Medina County’s Business Partner of the Year. Jamie Marks, Jenny McPherson, and Steve Allison represented Fire-Dex at the Awards Ceremony.

Five of the Most Devastating Wildfires in U.S. History

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.

Small Department Uses Limited Funding to Upgrade Gear

Financially supporting a fire house is no easy task. Many departments must resort to unconventional ways of securing funding to supply their crews with the proper gear needed to keep them protected. That's why financial decisions must be considered carefully.

Visit Fire-Dex at FRI 2018

Fire-Dex is excited for another year at Fire-Rescue International (FRI). FRI is IAFC’s annual conference and expo, providing senior-level leadership training to fire chiefs.

Get Checked, Get Scanned, and Win a Particulate Blocking Hood

Join Life Scan Wellness Centers, the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section, and Fire-Dex at Fire-Rescue International to possibly save your life. Stop by Booth #3806.

Distributor Sales Rep of the Month – Brent Schmerge of Fire Safety Services

With only 2 years of experience working in fire sales, Brent Schermge has made a great impact!

Q&A With Production Manager Ryan Holliday

Ryan Holliday joined Fire-Dex in April 2011 and is our Production Manager. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Baldwin Wallace University. Learn more about Ryan’s past life, his hobbies and what he’s most excited about for Fire-Dex in 2018 in our Q&A below.

Fire-Dex Welcomes Jordan Smitek

Fire-Dex welcomes Jordan Smitek as Sales Manager Trainee. This newly created position will prepare Jordan for a territory as a Regional Sales Manager.

Fire-Dex Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Headquarters Expansion

Medina, Ohio –June 22, 2018 – Surrounded by city officials, community supporters, associates and business partners, Fire-Dex celebrated its 35th anniversary by revealing its completed 29,000 square foot headquarters expansion on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Camden Fire Department Purchases 180 Sets of FXR Turnouts Made with TECGEN71

Camden Fire Department in Camden, New Jersey recently purchased 180 sets of Fire-Dex FXR Turnouts made with TECGEN71. Their purchase also included 180 H41 Interceptor™ Hoods and DEX-PRO Gloves. Thank you to the Camden Fire Department for their purchase and to our distributor, Jersey Fire & Safety

Fire-Dex Celebrates Their Top Distributor Partners

Fire-Dex proudly celebrated our top performing distributors at an exciting three-day event right here in Cleveland, Ohio. This annual event is our way of saying thank you for their continued commitment to the Fire-Dex brand, and to serving those who serve.

Check out some of the highlights of our

Firefighters Compete In Fire-Dex FXR Turnouts Made With TECGEN71

Crystal Glidden, Diana Woolf, and Edward Lyell are three incredible members of the Fire-Dex Family who actively compete in marathons, triathlons and/or IRONMAN competitions in turnout gear made with TECGEN71; and we’d like to do a little bragging on their behalf.

Distributor Sales Rep of the Month – Joey Hayes of Ten-8 Fire Equipment

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”

Q&A With Operations Management Trainee Jared Harmon

Jared Harmon recently joined the Fire-Dex Family as an Operations Management Trainee, and is training to become a leader within our Operations Department. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in International Business with a minor in Spanish and a MBA in Management from Baldwin Wallace University.

Fire-Dex Welcomes Ashton Hall

Fire-Dex welcomes Ashton Hall as Marketing Coordinator. This newly created position is designed to assist the marketing department with event planning, graphic design, and social media.

Fire-Dex CEO Bill Burke Visits the Inside Darley Podcast

Recently, Fire-Dex CEO Bill Burke sat down with Kevin Sofen of Darley to share origins of Fire-Dex, the innovations we've brought to the market thus far, and what we are working bringing in the future. Listen to the Inside Darley Podcast and share with your fellow firefighters. 

What to Wear: Evolution of the Firefighter Helmet

Helmets are an iconic component of the typical firefighter ensemble.

The classic helmet shape dates back to the early 1900s, when helmets fabricated with leather and metal caught on with firefighters everywhere. The design was purposeful: a high dome to deflect falling objects and a wide brim to

Q&A With Fire-Dex Regional Sales Manager Adam Hogan

Adam Hogan joined the Fire-Dex team in January as a Regional Sales Manager covering the Southeast Territory (Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina). In addition, he manages national accounts, e-commerce, catalog, and military accounts. Adam has a passion for the industry, stemming from 16 years of

Distributor Sales Rep of the Month – Mike DiMeglio of Donley Safety

Congratulations to Mike DiMeglio of Donley Safety in Indianapolis, Indiana on earning the distinguished title of “Distributor of the Month” for May 2018. Over the past 7 years, Mike has covered Southern Indiana full time and been integral in helping pave the way for Donley Safety’s great success

Fire-Dex to Celebrate 35th Anniversary & Headquarters Expansion

Fire-Dex is inviting the community to celebrate its expansion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at its headquarters in Medina, Ohio.

Fire-Dex Gives Back – March and April

Q&A With Customer Service Representative Rose Warington

Rose Warington joined the Fire-Dex Family in January 2017 as a Customer Service Representative, covering territories for Tory King and Bruce Scheck, which include South Central States and the Great Lakes Territory. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Business from Ohio Business College and

Fire-Dex Welcomes Lindsey Anderson

Fire-Dex welcomes Lindsey Anderson as the new Quality & Compliance Coordinator based out of Medina, Ohio.

Fire-Dex Launches H41 Interceptor™ with Stedair® PREVENT, New Particulate Blocking Hood

Fire-Dex launched today the H41 Interceptor™ particulate blocking hood made with Stedair® PREVENT.
 
The H41 Interceptor™ is designed to reduce firefighters’ exposure to persistent fireground carcinogens and other harmful contaminants. This hood continues to block 99.9% of particulates even

Fire-Dex Launches New Composite Offerings, Available with Exclusive TECGEN71 Outer Shell

Fire-Dex announced today the addition of two new composite offerings certified to use with their TECGEN71 exclusive outer shell.

Fire-Dex Welcomes Jared Harmon

Fire-Dex welcomes Jared Harmon as the new Operations Management Trainee based out of Medina, Ohio.

Q&A With Regional Sales Manager Jim Cedar

Jim Cedar joined Fire-Dex in October 2017 as our Regional Sales Manager for the Mid-America territory, covering Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota,  and Wisconsin. Jim also served in the volunteer fire service for almost ten years, which includes severals years

Interview with Firefighter and Marathon Runner Edward Lyell

Edward Lyell is a 29-year veteran of Fire and Emergency Medical services who has served as a Federal Firefighter/Paramedic for the National Park Service and Department of Defense. Lyell is also a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Federal Fire Department San Diego at Fire Station 12 Naval Air Station

Grant Assistance For Turnout Gear, Rescue PPE, Particle-Barrier Hoods And More

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).

Distributor Sales Rep of the Month - Jonathan Mercer of Metro Fire

Congratulations to Jonathan Mercer of Metro Fire, our February Distributor Sales Rep of the Month!

Fire Department Decision To Purchase The Fire-Dex H41 Interceptor™ Hood

The Fire-Dex H41 Interceptor™ Hood with Nomex® Nano Flex was designed to keep potentially carcinogenic particulates and other harmful contaminants off of firefighters’ jaws, faces, and necks. These areas have been identified as highly absorptive and more permeable than other areas of skin.

Fire-Dex Gives Back Highlight

At Fire-Dex, we value giving back and supporting those who protect their communities each and every day. Take a look back at some of our contributions from November and December 2017. 

Q&A With Customer Service Rep Michelle Slawson

Michelle Slawson is a key member of the Fire-Dex Customer Service Team. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College and resides in Medina, Ohio with her husband, Oliver and two sons, Carson and Parker. Let’s get to know Michelle a little better.

Fire-Dex Welcomes Adam Hogan

Medina, Ohio - January 29, 2018 - Fire-Dex welcomes Adam Hogan as the new Regional Sales Manager covering traditional distribution accounts in the Southeast Territory (Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina). In addition, he will be handling national accounts, e-commerce, catalog, and military

Fire-Dex Promotes Steve Allison to President

Medina, Ohio - January 2, 2018 - Fire-Dex announced today the promotion of Steve Allison to President. As successor to Bill Burke, Company Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Allison will take over operational responsibilities for the company worldwide.

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