Nic is a Paramedic, Adventurer, and Urban Explorer. In his free time, he visits abandoned places that you don't see in everyday life - uninhabited villas, empty nuclear shelters and exclusion zones near nuclear power plants. Sometimes it takes him months to find the right location. In his blog, Nic regularly reports about his experiences, accompanied by impressive photographs of his adventures.
PA-HART (Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team) is a joint partnership between the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), along with civilian rescue technicians or civilian trained swift water rescue specialists. This highly specialized aerial search and rescue team provides an air asset for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole. The team is assigned missions, at a state level, through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. They use unique rescue hoisting capabilities with the use of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to provide life-saving search and rescue missions. Scott Grahn is a Senior Strike Team leader for PA-HART and has been involved with the team since its inception in 2007. HAIX® sat down with Scott to talk about his experiences.
Few people deserve to be celebrated more than the heroic men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe – we’re talking about firefighters! It’s important that we show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice, not just on September 11th, but all year long. Here are just some of the ways HAIX® is supporting firefighters throughout the year.
The Fire Department of New York (FNDY) has around 430 vehicles in service at any given time, including fire trucks, aerials, tower ladders, equipment vehicles, chief and staff cars. In addition, there are hundreds of rescue and back-up vehicles. The Fleet Services team is in charge of the maintenance and repair of all vehicles in all 221 fire stations in New York City, and all work takes place at the FDNY Repair Center in Queens. HAIX® got exclusive access into the huge workshop to get a first-hand look at the facility that is keeping the nation’s largest fire department in service.
MABAS is an organization that jumps into action in the event of a major incident where the local fire department would be unable to cope on its own. The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System coordinates the response to large fires, train accidents, hazardous material incidents, airplane crashes, earthquakes and other emergencies with large numbers of causalities, providing intelligent and effective standardized rescue methods. It can mobilize 38,000 of the 40,000 firefighters in Illinois, and also assists fire departments in Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin, while also providing equipment. The system is funded by its member organizations and no one is charged for its services. MABAS Plans Chief Tom Lovejoy gave us a first-hand look at their facility.
Near the Triboro Bridge in New York City, where the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx meet, FDNY has a 66-acre site known among firefighters as "The Rock". There on Randall’s Island, the department runs its Fire Academy where aspiring and experienced firefighters from each of the districts hone their rescue skills. The training is seen as one of the toughest courses in the world. And, that is why they call it "The Rock!"
Our guide, Rajendra, began to furrow his brow for the first time as we finally arrived at our destination. He expressed worry that the Thorong La Pass could be cut off if the thunderstorms we'd been pushing through turned into snow. We had planned to cross it on the ninth day of our Annapurna trek in Nepal. If the rain did in fact turn to snow, there would be no alternative but to turn around and go back the way we came.
Our four-part series on FDNY continues as we take an in-depth look at some of the unique divisions of the world’s most famous Fire Department. In series one, we focused on the legendary team from Rescue 1 in Manhattan, which responded to the 9/11 attacks. For series two, HAIX® got up close and personal with the team at Rescue 5 on Staten Island.
Safety, Family, Integrity, Quality and Positivity… these are the core values at the heart of North American Training Solutions (NATS). These values are why HAIX® is proud of its partnership with the world’s largest team of certified, expert instructors who provide superior tree industry related training and education. NATS specializes in practical training, educational seminars and certification for arborists and other high angle industries.
New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and no one knows this better than the more than 11,000 firefighters of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Seconds after an explosion, dark smoke rose from a narrow brick building on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan’s trendy East Village. Four houses were on fire and one building had already collapsed. It was later revealed that the explosion was caused by work on the water and gas mains. The first fire engine arrived on the scene, followed by ambulances and police cars.
There is a new sense of optimism in Detroit as the city starts to recover from hardships in recent years. Fire stations were being shut down and firefighters were forced to use poor gear, but now the city is investing money again. Rescue and emergency services is high on the list of government priorities and impressive progress is being made. Mike Nevin, the President of the Detroit Firefighter Association, believes HAIX® is the number one option to keep his colleagues safe on the job and he is excited they will be outfitted in HAIX® boots in the future.
Did you know that HAIX® has its own retail stores in Germany? In fact, there are now three shops throughout the country that are solely dedicated to selling HAIX® footwear, clothing and accessories. Last month, our newest and biggest store yet opened its doors to customers for the first time! The Grand Opening of HAIX® World went off with a flurry of excitement! More than 8,000 HAIX fans from around Germany and Europe came out to the new location to check out the large-scale festivities!
As an innovative high-tech manufacturer, HAIX® meets the highest demands worldwide for functionality, quality and design. Our customers entrust us with safety in their jobs every day, 24 hours a day if necessary. That’s why our claim is no less than to offer the best shoes in the world.
When your feet need protection from intense heat, water, and rough terrain, smoke jumper boots are a valuable investment. These boots are designed to provide you with exceptional support, and protect your feet from a range of hazards. At HAIX®, we offer a full line of these boots to protect your feet in wildland fires and other dangerous environments.
If you are a woman and work in the EMS field, you are required to face many dangerous situations while you are on duty. That is why it is important to wear heavy-duty boots or shoes that provide you with the proper protection. HAIX® can provide the NFPA-certified EMS boots women need for to have the confidence that their feet are protected properly.
At HAIX®, we offer a great line of safety toe work boots and shoes to deliver unparalleled protection. Our safety-toe options consist of an anatomically formed protective steel or composite toe that protects from impact and also prevents the front portion of your foot from crushing, impacts, and punctures. This ensures your feet receive the necessary protection, while also enjoying comfort while you are standing, walking, sitting, or crawling.
Hockey fans converged on Madison Square Garden in late March for the 46th Annual FDNY/NYPD Charity Hockey Game. Those lucky enough to get tickets saw the puck drop just before noon in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 18,000, as New York’s Bravest (FDNY) in the white jerseys, and New York’s Finest (NYPD) in blue, went head to head.
Logger boots are specific type of work boot designed to offer comfort and protection when traversing the demanding environments experienced by loggers. This means that they are also a great fit for many other professions and activities that have a need for similar capabilities. For those who spend all day on their feet in need comfortable, yet sturdy footwear, these boots can easily meet such requirements. When it comes to men’s logger boots, maneuverability, traction, and comfort are important features. At HAIX®, we offer a range of high-quality logger boots that are perfect for the most demanding outdoor activities.
At HAIX®, we offer a selection of SWAT tactical law enforcement boots that consist of a number of features that are essential for police and law enforcement professionals conducting dangerous tactical operations. These law enforcement boots are designed to assist the officer with quick, athletic movements. In addition, they enable silent and swift, stealth-like capabilities. They are also waterproof and durable.
Police shoes and boots must be able to withstand a wide-range of weather and surface conditions, including rain, moisture, ice, and extreme heat. The high quality black police boots we offer at HAIX® are strong and durable in cold, warm, dry, and wet weather conditions. Specifically, the duty and tactical collections we offer provide outstanding characteristics that help law enforcement professionals perform their duties with comfort and confidence.
Specially developed for firefighters who combat structural fires, our line of structural firefighting boots from HAIX® can protect you when you are in the midst of battle with a dangerous conflagration. Whether you are charging up a flight of stairs inside a burning building or carrying a victim out of a dangerous situation to safety, you need boots that will provide you with the comfort and support necessary to make your job easier.
If you want to stay at the top of your game as a law enforcement officer, lightweight police boots by HAIX® are just what you need. They provide durability and comfort all day long. These heavy-duty, yet lightweight, black boots are a great option for police officers, tactical teams, or anyone else working on the force to protect our citizens.
Composite toe work boots, offered by HAIX®, are designed especially to protect your toes from piercing and crushing hazards from heavy or sharp objects. Your feet are one of your greatest assets, regardless of whether you are working or not. On the job, you may never know what dangers are coming on a given day. These composite toe safety shoes are constructed of nonmetal material which enhances the boot’s comfort and lightweight feel.
The wildfires in California have cost may people their homes and some even their lives over the past several years. One of those homes was the retirement community of former police officer and HAIX® consultant Jim Gerien and his wife. Their son, Scott, describes the situation of his parents after the dramatic evacuation...
Our new Instagram shoppable experience is now up and running! This service offers users the convenience of exploring products and purchasing items right from our Instagram gallery while socializing with other customers. These pictures show the boots in use, including challenges customers are tackling in their HAIX® footwear. All you have to do is click on a photo of a boot you like. Once you click on the product, you will be directed to an online shopping page where you can learn more about the features of our boots and even make a purchase.
Last year HAIX® processed about 394,000 square meters of leather. This is approximately the size of 56 soccer fields! Tied together, the shoelaces for our shoes would stretch between New York and San Francisco! HAIX® produces approximately 6,000 pairs of boots each day (about 1.2 million pair per year!) Click to learn more...
We are excited to announce the addition of the Black Eagle® Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip, fully manufactured and designed by HAIX® in Europe. The Black Eagle® Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip is built with trail running technology so they are perfect for running down a suspect or for just taking a walk in the park.
Working in the logging industry can be full of adventure. For those who work out in the field cutting down large trees, having the best protection you can get is vital. It is very important to make sure your feet are protected and stable during the long hours you spend on your feet performing logging work. Our high-quality men’s logger boots will provide you with the traction, support, and safety you need for your feet. The boots we offer at HAIX are made from the best materials available, and are recommended for the most challenging logging environments.
When it comes time to choose the right boots for a long day of cutting, consider the boots on your feet. Chainsaws today can be very powerful, and include high-powered motors, with very sharp and heavy chains. While these machines are very good at cutting timber they can also pose a threat to the operator and bystanders if used improperly. There are steps you need to take to protect yourself, but you cannot overlook the importance of choosing the right chainsaw safety boots for your needs. Selecting the right boot is critical to keeping your feet protected on the job.
Did you know we have several how-to videos and product features on the HAIX® North America YouTube page? One of our most popular videos is how to lace, replace and adjust the HAIX® Fast Lacing Fit System on our EMS/Station zipper boots including the Airpower® XR1, Airpower® XR2, and the Airpower® R2. You can check out our easy step-by-step instructional video, as well as others, on the HAIX® North America YouTube page.
NATS Instructor, Conservationist and Thrill Seeker Johnny Korthuis (@johnnykorthuis) recently traveled to the Canadian Rockies as part of The Nature Conservancy. Johnny and his team climbed to the top of healthy white bark pine trees, caging their pine cones with screens to protect them from being eaten by passing wildlife. This allows the cones to reach maturity, when their seeds can be harvested and later replanted. The white bark pine is an endangered species, and the population has dropped significantly in recent years.
Progress is being made on the construction site for the new HAIX® WORLD in Mainburg, Germany! Apart from shopping in the store area, fans of the HAIX® brand will soon have the option to visit HAIX® WORLD and to watch how HAIX® boots are produced.
Congratulations to Ptl. Travis Goodson of the Albany (GA) Police Department for being named the POLICE Magazine’s HAIX® Hero of the Month for July! Goodson was nominated by his supervisor who says, “Ptl. Travis Goodson is very passionate about the City of Albany becoming one community." Goodson has organized and coordinated a number of community initiatives during his four years on the force.
Tactical police boots need to provide the very best work environment for your feet. They must be able to handle the long hours, intense work, and the ever-changing climate. When choosing boots, there are a few key features capable of helping to reduce the amount of wear and tear on your feet each day. Not all brands can offer the same level of comfort and performance. At HAIX®, our cutting-edge products stand out. They will give you the look and feel you desire even on those very long days.
The toes are an especially vulnerable part of the foot. No matter what type of work you do, something could fall on your foot. If this happens, a strong safety toe can help to minimize the risk of damage and help to protect your feet. One of the best ways to protect your feet is to invest in composite toe work boots. Designed specifically for the tough work you do, these boots can give you the protection you need even in tough circumstances.The toes are an especially vulnerable part of the foot. No matter what type of work you do, something could fall on your foot. If this happens, a strong safety toe can help to minimize the risk of damage and help to protect your feet. One of the best ways to protect your feet is to invest in composite toe work boots. Designed specifically for the tough work you do, these boots can give you the protection you need even in tough circumstances.
The heat and intensity of fire create an incredibly harsh environment. If your job is to help fight fires, or you inspect recently burned buildings, you need to have ample protection on your feet to reduce the risk of burns, or other damage. Our eather fire boots are available in various styles to accommodate even the most difficult of environments.
Law enforcement is a difficult job. It takes long hours, a lot of patience, and you have to be ready spring into action at a moment’s notice. For this to happen, you need to have the best equipment at your disposal. Perhaps one of the most important, yet overlooked, policing equipment is footwear. After all, when you are on your feet all day, you can’t afford to have boots that will cause your feet to become tired or stressed.
Structural firefighting boots need to provide you with exceptional support in some of the most extreme of conditions. These boots, designed by HAIX®, constructed with features meant for those who regularly fight structural fires. The intensity of the heat in such fires is extreme. You need a pair of boots you can rely on to help you get in and out of the space quickly, and as safely as possible.
HAIX®, the world's leading manufacturers of duty footwear, is launching a contest to honor the law enforcement "Hero of the Month". HAIX®, the world's leading manufacturers of duty footwear, is launching a contest to honor the law enforcement "Hero of the Month". The HAIX® Hero of the Month program will be a feature on the Facebook Page of POLICE Magazine. Fellow officers, supervisors, community members in the jurisdiction the officer serves, and friends can nominate officers to be honored.
There are many composite toe work boots on the market to choose from. Unfortunately, not all of these boots offer top-of-the-line features and functionalities. The very best composite toe work boots offer new technology designed to ensure your needs are always met no matter how challenging the environment is.
Are all men's logger boots the same? You may think that this technology is even across the board, and that one brand offers the same features that others do. However, our team has spent years developing boots that are comprehensively better than the competition.
It is time to invest in safety toe work boots. There is no doubt that there are plenty of products on the market that are labeled as this type of boot, but do they really fill the need? At HAIX®, we do our best to always provide you with access to the most innovative and feature-filled boots you need.
Law enforcement boots need to be versatile, lightweight, durable and comfortable. Learn the features essential for police boots and where to find them at HAIX.
As a forestry worker, take a moment to consider your job. The terrain is rough. You never know if there will be snow, mud, or other conditions that make it difficult for you to get a strong footing. You are using high powered machines, and you are moving at a fast pace. These are just a few of the reasons why you need to upgrade your boots so you can match the challenges of your job.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the gold standard for protective gear worn by firefighters in extreme conditions. NFPA certification is strict. A manufacturer’s products, such as leather firefighter boots, need to be rigorously tested under specific conditions before they receive NFPA certification.
Composite toe work boots help to provide your feet with a high-level of protection. This type of boot is sought after because it provides ample toe protection.
"Pride and Joy!" - this is how HAIX® CEO Ewald Haimerl feels about the new Logistics Center in the heart of our international headquarters in Bavaria, Germany. Each year, HAIX® will send 1.2 million pairs of shoes out into the world from this location.
The job of a patrol officer, beat cop, or any other law enforcement position changes every day. You never know where you will go, what you will come in contact with, or who will interact with.
As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be K9 handler. After graduating high school, I was offered a job at the local fire department as a firefighter/EMT, which is how I first learned about HAIX.
HAIX® has selected three tactical law enforcement teams for its Police Magazine wear test. The selected teams are: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania SERT, San Francisco SWAT, and Seattle SWAT.
When you need to protect your feet from heat, water, and rough terrain, investing in the right smoke jumper boots is a great place to start.
Every day you spend on the street, you encounter another set of unique circumstances. You spend a great deal of time moving through the city, encountering challenging situations, and oftentimes less-than-ideal terrain.
Several of our safety toe boots have high-voltage resistance in accordance with ASTM F 2413-2011 and CAN/CSA Z 195-2014 to protect your feet from shocks.
During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
Specialized missions, like technical rescue, call for specialized gear. HAIX® is here to get you deployment ready with footwear you can count on to keep you safe, protected, and comfortable during the most extreme conditions.
The durably waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® liner used in many of our boot models keeps feet dry and provides optimized climate comfort for all seasons.
Our EMS zipper boots including the Airpower® XR1, Airpower® XR2, Airpower® R2, and the Airpower® R8 are some of our most popular boots. Here are few things to keep in mind when lacing your boots...
Did you know that shoes have been around for as long as recorded history? While they likely began as wrappings, they became more fitted and more substantial as time went on.
The uniquely designed Vibram® rubber sole provides extra grip and slip resistance for long-lasting durability on even the toughest terrain.
HAIX® is looking for SWAT officers to wear test its line of tactical boots. Applicants must be active SWAT team officers from a police department.