Fire-Dex Unveils Second Custom Built Orange County Choppers Bike and Brings OCC Founder Paul Teutul Sr. to FDIC

MEDINA, OH (April 21, 2009) Fire-Dex, one of the nation's largest firefighter turnout gear manufacturers, is once again highlighting its most comfortable product line -- FX Gear -- with the "Take the Fire-Dex Challenge" event at the Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC) April 23-25 in Indianapolis, IN.

Fire-Dex is daring firefighters to "Take the Fire-Dex Challenge" for the chance to win the "Heat of the Battle II," Fire-Dex's newest custom built Orange County Choppers bike. To compete, firefighters will wear FX Gear and challenge an opponent in a one-of-a-kind firefighter-inspired obstacle course, which includes a custom-built Jacob's ladder. Firefighters visiting Fire-Dex's booth will also have the opportunity to meet OCC's Paul Teutul Sr. during an autograph session on Friday, April 24 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. and witness him riding the "Heat of the Battle II" on the tradeshow floor.

This is the second year that OCC's Teutul will be appearing on behalf of Fire-Dex at FDIC. At FDIC in 2008, over 1,000 participants took the Fire-Dex Challenge to win last year's custom bike, the "Heat of the Battle," and three sets of turnout gear autographed by the OCC founder.

"Last year's challenge was a great success for Fire-Dex. Hundreds of firefighters took part in the challenge, actively maneuvering in the FX Gear and gaining firsthand experience of its lightweight and flexibility," said Bill Burke, president of Fire-Dex. "This year in the Fire-Dex booth during FDIC, we're recreating the opportunity for firefighters to "Take the Fire-Dex Challenge" obstacle course with the FX Gear and compete to win the new "Heat of the Battle II' OCC bike and meet Paul Teutul Sr."

Commissioned to celebrate Fire-Dex's successful FX Gear, Orange County Choppers built the "Heat of the Battle II," firefighter inspired chopper for Fire-Dex to give away to a firefighter at FDIC. All active-duty firefighters attending FDIC can take the challenge and are eligible to win the custom Orange County Choppers bike.

"Take the Fire-Dex Challenge" participants who complete the obstacle course are also entered into a drawing to win an FX Gear coat autographed by Paul Teutul Sr. to take home after the show.

Fire-Dex is a quality manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing and emergency response apparel. Fire-Dex manufactures NFPA compliant structural and proximity turnout gear - featuring our line of Express Gear: "5 styles delivered in 5 days or less." Fire-Dex also manufactures two models of NFPA compliant ParaDex EMS gear and is the only turnout manufacturer to also manufacture premium quality NFPA hoods, gloves, and helmets in one US location.

Founded in 1999 by Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr., Orange County Choppers is regarded as one of the world's premier builders of custom and production motorcycles. The Teutuls skyrocketed to fame with "American Chopper," the popular reality TV show that features the Orange County Choppers shop. OCC has produced custom theme bikes for some of the biggest names in corporate America such as Intel, Sunoco and Hewlett-Packard.

FDIC is the world's largest firefighter training conference and exhibition with 28,700 firefighters attending in 2008. FDIC is also one of the largest trade exhibits Indianapolis hosts annually.