We all know that firefighting boots need to protect you from the inherent hazards you encounter on the job, we have minimum NFPA standards that all firefighting boots have to meet to ensure that happens. But so much more can go into a fire boot that can take it beyond just the minimum.
Chief Joel Miller, also more commonly known as Chief Miller, is a well-known fixture in the social media realm which caters to firefighters. He has many irons in the fire that keeps his days pretty full. He is an active duty Fire Chief in the great state of Louisiana, runs the largest fire Instagram page in the world, is a Fire Department social media consultant, and owns Chief Miller apparel where you can get can get some cool firefighter t-shirts, hats and other apparel.
HAIX® celebrated International Women’s Day by raffling off an intensive training course whereby the winners would get to take part in a course focusing on rescue operations at accident sites. And there was something different about this group of rescue trainees – yes, everyone was from a fire department or technical aid organization, but they were also all women! A group of 12 women, who came from all over Germany, were chosen to take part in the training. The group consisted of breathing apparatus specialists, section leaders and machine operators from small volunteer agencies and major city departments.
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.
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.
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.