Medina, OH 44256


About Fire-Dex


780 South Progress Drive
Medina, OH 44256
(330) 723-0000
(330) 723-0035

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Fire-Dex, headquartered in Medina, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer of head-to-toe protection for 1st responders. Fire-Dex began with the acquisition of Morgan Protective Apparel in Rome, GA in 1983; manufacturing welding and firefighting gloves with good dexterity, the name "Fire-Dex" was an obvious choice. Fire-Dex strategically grew by adding more accessory items such as fire hoods, gear bags, and suspenders and then began manufacturing structural turnout gear in 1987. 

In 1997 Fire-Dex built and opened their current manufacturing facility & headquarters in Medina, Ohio.  Fire-Dex was the first manufacturer in the industry to be awarded the ISO 9001 certification (2000 edition) and our robust quality system is currently certified to the ISO 9001:2015 edition.

Expansion continued in the following years, adding Para-Dex™ EMS and USAR Gear, and then in September of 2008 Fire-Dex acquired Chieftain, bringing with it a long history in the fire industry, dating back to 1927.

Fire-Dex entered the footwear market in 2010 when they launched their first structural firefighting boot, the FDXL-100 Red Leather Boot.

Recognizing the health benefits of wearing lighter gear when structural turnouts aren't necessary, Fire-Dex proudly acquired TECGEN® PPE in September of 2015 as its latest addition to the Fire-Dex family of brands.

Products and Press Releases

Turnout Gear

Fire-Dex Is First to Offer a Non-Fluorinated Moisture Barrier Option for Turnout Gear

March 29, 2024
Stedair® Clear™ is the newest breakthrough in barrier technology to meet and surpass NFPA 1971 test requirements.
Turnout Gear

Cutting-Edge AeroFlex™ Turnout Gear From Fire-Dex Cools the Core of Any Composite

Feb. 22, 2024
Combines next-gen material science and design features that supercharge breathability to address the risk of heat stress.

Fire-Dex Fills Four Positions, Announces Five Associate Promotions

Jan. 17, 2024
Fire-Dex is currently hiring multiple positions across several locations, including remote opportunities.
Nick Thomas has been hired as Logistics Specialist and Lindsay Warden has recently been onboarded as Talent Acquisition Specialist.

Fire-Dex & Gear Wash Fill Two Positions, Promote Four

Oct. 24, 2023
Nick Thomas has been hired as Logistics Specialist and Lindsay Warden has recently been onboarded as Talent Acquisition Specialist.
This new agreement solidifies Fire-Dex's position as the official head-to-toe protective gear sponsor of Fire Dept. Coffee for the next three years.

Fire-Dex and Fire Dept. Coffee Renew and Expand Exclusive Partnership

Sept. 26, 2023
Social media stars will wear the best gear for fighting fires and filming viral videos; head-to-toe sponsorship runs through 2026.
Fire-Dex, the country’s fastest-growing manufacturer of PPE for first responders, is growing again with the opening of a new production facility in Old Fort, NC.

Fire-Dex Expands Manufacturing to Old Fort, NC

July 31, 2023
The 25,000-square-foot facility will play a vital role in ensuring quality craftsmanship, fast shipping and attentive service to customers for years to come.
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Fire-Dex’s Christmas-Themed Gear Giveaway Returns

July 6, 2023
In honor of Fire-Dex's 40th anniversary, they will give away 40 pairs of firefighting gloves over four days.
Fire-Dex Chairman and Owner Bill Burke with his daughters Fire-Dex President Lauren Burke Devere (left) and Gear Wash President Taylor Burke Gilman.

Fire-Dex: Building a Legacy of Quality and Protection for 40 Years

April 27, 2023
The company will officially celebrate its 40th anniversary on April 27 with a customer appreciation party during the FDIC International Conference.
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Fire-Dex Honored as 2023 Smart Culture Award Recipient

April 13, 2023
The award honors local organizations that have demonstrated cutting-edge practices in sustaining a Smart Culture.
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Fire-Dex Makes Sizeable PPE Donation to Illinois Fire Service Institute

Jan. 31, 2023
Helping firefighters with training, education, research—and the right gear

Articles & News

Photos courtesy of Veridian Fire Protective Gear
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Your Perfect Set of Alternative PPE

Oct. 16, 2023
Patrick Redd explains what fire departments must consider when they contemplate the purchase of turnout gear for responses other than fires.
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Careers & Education

For the Record 5/23

May 8, 2023
The Colorado Springs, CO, Fire Department is the 2023 Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award recipient.
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Careers & Education

Scuttlebutt 11/22

Nov. 14, 2022
Pierce’s Volterra Receives Innovation Award
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Safety & Health

Scuttlebutt 8/22

Aug. 15, 2022
National Volunteer Fire Council partners with Anheuser-Busch and DripDrop Hydration to help to keep volunteer firefighters hydrated.
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Manufacturers say structural PPE creates safety concerns for firefighters if they are involved in water rescue incidents.
Water & Ice

Experts: Structural Turnout Gear for Water Rescues a Bad Idea

June 19, 2018
Ed Ballam checked with manufacturers who said structural PPE becomes even heavier when soaked, hindering responder mobility.

Industry News 11/11

Oct. 12, 2011
FIRE-DEX has appointed Brett Jaffe as president and CEO. Jaffe started his career in the management-training program at Cooper Industries in 1988. During his 11 years at Cooper...
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Fire-Dex Announces Jaffe as New President and CEO

Oct. 7, 2011
Medina, Ohio - September 26, 2011- Fire-Dex is pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Jaffe as President and CEO. Brett has 23 years of leadership experience within a wide...
HAIX has introduced the Fire Hero Xtreme boot for structural firefighting. Two years in development, the boot is certified to NFPA 1971-2007 and NFPA 1992-2008. It is constructed with HAIX’s new Sun Reflect leather that reduces the heating effect of the leather by direct sunlight while at the same time providing leather that is water resistant and breathable. The boot’s lower 11-inch profile offers an alternate fit for those who are not comfortable wearing a taller 14-inch boot. The new Water Ice Grip System built into the sole ensures extreme slip resistance and optimal performance in water, ice or snow. The Easy Slip Out System is designed with an integrated boot jack for easy and convenient removal of the boot. The CROSSTECH inner liner features the HAIX Secura Liner that will not pull out or wrinkle over time and offers additional protection from chemicals and body fluids.
Computers & Accessories

New Products 9/11

Aug. 5, 2011
Structural Firefighting BootHAIX has introduced the Fire Hero Xtreme boot for structural firefighting. Two years in development, the boot is certified to NFPA 1971-2007 and NFPA...
Safety & Health

Manufacturers Roundtable: Personal Protective Equipment

Sept. 29, 2008
Firehouse Magazine invited a cross-section of personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers to join our latest roundtable discussion centering on firefighter safety issues...

Videos & Resources

Elkhart Brass introduced a new monitor capable of flowing up to 1,500 gpm with reduced friction loss compared to similar products, according to the maker. Called the Cobra EXM, the new monitor has a stow height of 16 inches and features electronic controls. Photo by Ed Ballam

2013 Fire Service Product Innovations

May 1, 2013
New and innovative products found by Firehouse editors at FDIC.

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Fire Dex 2023 Promotions

Fire-Dex Announces 15 Associate Promotions and 3 New Hires

Jan. 12, 2023
The moves come after the company experienced year-over-year sales growth of over 40% in booking and revenue dollars.
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Happy New Gear! Fire-Dex’s Biggest Giveaway Is Back

Dec. 6, 2022
Monday, Dec. 12, kicks off five days of giveaways with a new winner picked each day.
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Fire-Dex Launches the First-Ever NFPA 1951 Certified Technical Rescue Glove

Dec. 1, 2022
New Dex-Rescue Glove provides specialized protection for rescue and recovery missions, stays breathable and comfortable on non-structural calls.
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Fire-Dex Celebrates an Award-Winning Season

Nov. 9, 2022
The company received multiple honors that put it and its people in the spotlight.
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Fire-Dex & Gear Wash Team Up to Help Hurricane Ian Search and Rescue Teams

Oct. 21, 2022
The two companies are working closely with task force rescue units to donate critical PPE equipment and discounted cleaning and repair services.
Dex-Pro Gloves

Product of the Day: Dex-Pro Gloves

Oct. 12, 2022
With dexterity right at your fingertips, you’ll find unbelievable comfort and superior thermal protection in the Dex-Pro’s three-dimensional design.
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7 Reasons Fire-Dex is a 7-Time Top Workplace

Sept. 1, 2022
Fire-Dex was selected for the seventh time as a NorthCoast 99 Award recipient for their HR initiatives that keep the company’s associates at the center of its successful blueprint...
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Fire-Dex to Expand Georgia Production Facility

July 26, 2022
Multiyear, million-dollar investment brings more capacity to bustling manufacturing center, more jobs to local community.
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Fire-Dex Hosts Christmas in July Giveaway

July 21, 2022
The giveaway will award three fire departments with a bundle of firefighter accessories and products.