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Fire-Dex & Gear Wash Team up to help out hurricane Ian search and rescue teams


MEDINA, Ohio – Fire-Dex and Gear Wash are extending aid to customers affected by Hurricane Ian and the continuous recovery effort that is ongoing throughout Florida. Including critical PPE equipment and discounted cleaning and repair services to keep protective gear in top shape, the two companies are working closely with task force rescue units as they continue to meet needs created by the natural disaster.

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“Thousands of rescue workers are braving difficult conditions to help Florida communities recover from the devastation Hurricane Ian caused,” said Lauren Burke DeVere, President for Fire-Dex, manufacturer of PPE for firefighters and first responders. “It is our privilege to donate gear that will assist in the cleanup so our customers can stay safely prepared for future events.”

Many Fire-Dex and Gear Wash customers have been affected by Hurricane Ian including fire departments throughout Orange, Seminole, Polk and Osceola counties. Currently several task force units representing the departments are engaged in local search and rescue operations and will remain deployed until recovery is over.

Waterlogged gloves and boots are a common problem for emergency responders during disaster relief efforts, and they don’t always have time to wait for gear to dry out. That’s why Fire-Dex donated 50 pairs of rubber boots, 100 pairs of Dex-Pro Gloves and 25 pairs of Dex-Rescue extrication gloves to support their efforts. Fire-Dex delivered its donation along with water, sports drinks, protein bars and other snacks to help keep rescue units hydrated and energized.

Gear Wash specializes in advanced cleaning and repair of PPE and is also extending discounted services to certified rescue teams through its Miami and Hudson, Florida, locations. Area fire departments can go online to request discounted service.

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“Rescue missions can be extremely hard work and we want to make the task of cleaning gear easier,” said Taylor Burke Gilman, President of Gear Wash. “We are here to ensure our customers’ gear is not compromised by maintaining the best level of protection possible.”

To learn more about how Fire-Dex and Gear Wash take care of America’s heroes from head-to-toe and in times of need, visit firedex.com and gearwash.com.

About Gear Wash

Gear Wash is the largest fully verified Independent Service Provider (ISP) of PPE care and maintenance in the world. The company specializes in advanced cleaning, inspection, repair, alteration and equipment customizations for first responders, offering fast turnaround for turnout gear maintained to NFPA 1851 standards. Visit www.gearwash.com for services available throughout the U.S.

About Fire-Dex

Fire-Dex is a global manufacturer of PPE for first responders. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Medina, Ohio, the company prides itself on being a family business whose mission is “to serve those who serve.” Its dedicated team of associates have helped pave the path of innovation for new products and services that are focused on the health and safety of first responders by offering turnout gear, alternative PPE, boots, hoods, gloves and helmets. To learn more, visit www.firedex.com.

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