Yesterday was a tough day for me. I was over served the night before at the FOOLS Bash and that pattern continued at Howl at the Moon and the Wild Beaver. One of the best parts of the night, was this crazy Canadian, Randy Schmitz from Schmitz Mittz found me at Howl at the Moon after he followed a line of people wearing Boron Extrication stickers. Randy and I have talked for years but never meet in person so it was very cool! Make sure you like the Schmitz Mittz Facebook page and if you are at FDIC, stop by booth 9936 in the Lucas Oil Stadium today and say hello!
After a long morning I headed over to the convention center for the big giveaways at the TECGEN booth. Paul from First Due tackle and myself greeted a bunch of visitors and helped get the word out about the light weight gear that we wear from TECGEN. TECGEN XTREME® non-structural turnout gear is dual-certified for Wildland Fire (NFPA 1977-2011) and Technical Rescue (NFPA 1951-2007). At a fraction of the cost of structural turnout gear, you can use TECGEN XTREME to supplement your structural turnout gear to extend the life of it.
Paratech has a few cool tools at their booth including their new the HydraFusion Strut.
At the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s annual premier fundraiser, Stop, Drop, Rock ‘n’ Roll, I ran into a bunch of brothers. Captain Wines from IronFiremen.com, The Fire Critic himself, News man Dave Statter from Statter911.com, and Shane Parkins from National Firefighters Endowment. If you get a chance, ask Shane about what the foundation does for the fire service. Also ran into Andrew Catron from the Model City Firefighter, the Average Jake guys, and the Fire Service Warrior guys.