The International Association of Fire Fighters thanks the following fire service manufacturers and fitness companies for co-hosting our welcoming reception on Sunday, November 8, 2009 and for their continued support during the 2009 Redmond Symposium.  All symposium attendees appreciated the opportunity to view and discuss their products and services.

Athletes’ Performance    

Athletes’ Performance’s mission is to provide the finest methods, specialists and facilities seamlessly integrated to efficiently and ethically enhance our athletes' performance. Remaining true to our athletes and mission, all training techniques, methods and nutritional supplementation are safe and ethical. Helping you achieve your goals is our passion and only priority.

Part of our passion is to educate coaches, trainers, athletic trainers and others involved with the health, wellness and performance of others looking to reach their own top performance. Athletes’ Performance has a dedicated team to educate others who want to learn the systems that have helped our professional athletes succeed at the highest levels. Specific education courses are offered for fire fighter personnel and PFT’s to provide them with knowledge about movement specific programming, cardio strength development, proper nutrition and injury prevention strategies to help protect their fellow fire fighters and allow them to reach their peak performance.

Web Address: www.athletesperformance.com

Brattleboro Retreat

Exclusive. Effective. And strictly confidential. The Brattleboro Retreat’s Uniformed Service Program provides trauma and addiction treatment exclusively for fire fighters, police, EMS, corrections and the military. Here, uniformed service professionals can address their personal challenges among peers who understand the challenges of wearing the uniform. Our campus showcases southern Vermont’s natural beauty, with meadows, wooded trails, and waterways providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and an inspiring environment for healing, in safety and privacy.

Web Address: www.brattlebororetreat.org

Cybex International, Inc.    

CYBEX builds fitness equipment to help firefighters get in condition to operate at peak physical performance – whether it is advancing a charged hose line, climbing a ladder or simply running up flights of stairs. The CYBEX Institute for Exercise Science is developing programs specifically geared to firefighters – programs that help increase cardio-respiratory endurance as well as improve muscular performance.

CYBEX also has a consolidated approach to assisting firefighters and your department with their Wellness Fitness Initiative (WFI). Cybex Fire House Fitness can assist you in every step of the Wellness Fitness Initiative process from grant preparation to the WFI implementation.

As your partner in firefighting, CYBEX hopes to make your job a little easier, a lot safer and significantly more rewarding.

Web Address: www.cybexintl.com

Financial Innovations, Inc.

Financial Innovations, Inc. is a national merchandising firm based in Cranston, Rhode Island. Since 2002, FII has managed the IAFFonlinestore, providing American and Canadian Union Made products. FII has coordinated merchandise for eight Democratic National Conventions and been national distributor of campaign paraphernalia for every Democratic presidential candidate since 1980. In 1997 and 2009, Financial Innovations was the exclusive merchandise licensee for the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Additionally, we have produced merchandise catalogues, direct mail pieces and websites for national labor (Teamsters, CWA, Laborers, Steelworkers) and corporate clients. Financial Innovations employees are proud members of the Printing, Publishing, and Media Workers Sector of the CWA Local 14173/33.

Web Address: www.fiimarketing.com

Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Cancer as a diagnosis is a frightening experience. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) was established to provide comfort, strength, and hope to those diagnosed with cancer. The FCSN provides these services internationally to Firefighters (active and retired) and their immediate family members. The FCSN also provides awareness and education on the importance of reducing exposure to cancer causing agents and the importance of proper cancer screenings. ”Together We Can Make a Difference”. For more information visit the FCSN on the web or call toll free at (866) 994-FCSN.

Web Address: www.FirefighterCancerSupport.org


Fire-Dex is a quality manufacturer of structural and proximity fire fighting turnout gear and emergency response apparel, including EMS and extrication apparel, USAR/search and rescue gear, and Wildlands fire fighting gear. Fire-Dex also manufactures NFPA compliant helmets, hoods, gloves and accessories - all under one roof. All of our gear is proudly made in the USA, in Medina, Ohio, and is sold through a network of distributors across the United States and around the world.

Web Address: www.firedex.com

Globe Firefighter Suits       

Soon you will be able to choose an advanced technology turnout suit with additional chemical and biological protection – Globe CB.Ready™. Deployable features give you the best of both worlds: an everyday firefighter suit that is very similar to what you wear today and, when needed, a hood and a series of quickly activated closures to provide CB protection. And as NFPA standards require complete ensemble testing, we have also developed technically advanced gloves and boots that interface easily with our jackets and pants and that are a joy to wear. Globe CB.Ready™ is part of the Globe family of brands.

Web Address: www.globecbready.com

Honeywell First Responder Products

The Honeywell First Responder Products is a team of dedicated, experienced, fire service technical marketing professionals representing the leading products in a variety of emergency service fields.

  • Morning Pride by Honeywell protective systems

    • Clothing

    • Helmets

    • Kore Kooler Rehab Chairs

    • Fire-Warrior Thermal Imaging Cameras

  • American Firewear by Honeywell hoods, gloves, bags, suspenders, clothing

  • PRO-Warrington by Honeywell protective footwear

  • Ranger by Honeywell protective footwear

  • Servus by Honeywell protective footwear

Web Address:  www.honeywellfirstresponder.com

IFSTA Fire Protection Publications

A non-profit educational organization at Oklahoma State University, Fire Protection Publications writes, produces, edits, and markets IFSTA-validated manuals (many with study guides), FPP manuals, curricula, training videos and CD-ROMs, and other materials for the fire service. The mission of Fire Protection Publications is to provide high-quality, technically accurate, and affordable training material and excellent customer service to the fire and emergency services. In support of the Oklahoma State University mission, and in partnership with the International Fire Service Training Association, the mission of Fire Protection Publications is to be an international leader in the fire and emergency services by producing and distributing high quality, technically accurate, and affordable fire and emergency response training materials.

Web Address: www.ifsta.org

Lafayette Instrument Company    

For over 60 years, professionals in medicine, temporary staffing, human resources, occupational medicine, rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation and other professions have come to rely on the products of Lafayette Instrument Company for their evaluation and assessment needs. Quality, precision, performance, reliability and economy are built into every product we make and are the foundation of our continuing commitment to the customers we serve. As we improve existing products and introduce new ones, we will continue to consult with our customers to make sure that we fulfill your evaluation and assessment needs now and in the future.

Web Address: www.lafayetteinstrument.com


Life Fitness is one of the largest commercial fitness equipment manufacturer in the world. Our industry-leading cardiovascular and strength-training products are used in health, fitness, and wellness facilities, as well as in homes, worldwide. Life Fitness is your single source for total fitness solutions. Life Fitness has a heritage of being out in front. More than three decades ago, our very first product, the Lifecycle® exercise bike, sparked a worldwide fitness revolution. Today, we offer a full line of cardiovascular and strength-training products designed for exercisers of all fitness levels. Life Fitness is owned by Brunswick, the worldwide leader in indoor and outdoor active recreation. Brunswick is at the forefront of many of the categories in the recreation industry including billiards, bowling, marine propulsion, pleasure boating, and exercise equipment. As the industry's leading name in exercise equipment, Life Fitness has Brunswick's complete support and resources to continue developing the best fitness equipment in the world.

Web Address: www.lifefitness.com

Lion Apparel

Lion Apparel provides Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to fire service, emergency medical services, law enforcement and military markets worldwide. Lion is renowned for technical firsts in PPE, including CB-XiT™, the world’s first CBRN turnout ensemble certified to meet NFPA 1971, CBRN option and the only CBRN Class 2 ensemble certified to both NFPA 1994 and NFPA 1992. Through innovative products and services, such as Janesville® turnouts and Lion TotalCare®, Lion is on the cutting edge of first-responder protection.

Web Address: www.lionapparel.com


Masimo Corporation    

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is often misdiagnosed because patients present with vague flu-like symptoms. Masimo Pulse CO-Oximetry, a growing standard of care for CO screening, is supported by leading EMS and firefighter associations nationwide, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1584), National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), and the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE). The Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeter uses 7+ wavelengths of light to noninvasively measure CO levels in the blood. Detect carbon monoxide poisoning in seconds with the Masimo Rad-57, allowing prompt and possibly life-saving treatment that can limit the likelihood of long-term cardiac and neurological damage. Call 1-800-257-3810.

Web Address: www.masimo.com/rad-57

Matrix Fitness

Matrix Fitness Systems' goal is clear: To make commercial grade equipment that stands out, rises above, and sets new industry standards in the process. Well, we've done just that. But that's just the beginning. Each time we introduce a new product we immediately start asking 'How can we make it better?' Perhaps that's why our machines attract more attention and require less maintenance than anything the competition has to offer.

Matrix is a subsidiary of Johnson Health Tech, Ltd. (JHT). Johnson Health Tech has been producing premium fitness equipment since 1975 and is the fastest growing manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. It has earned both ISO 9002 and 9001 certifications. A truly global company with nearly 10,000 employees worldwide, JHT has the intellectual resources necessary to produce the most technologically advanced equipment on the market and the economies of scale needed to deliver the best value possible.

Web Address: www.matrixfitness.com

Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA)

Established in 1914, MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of sophisticated safety products that protect people's health and safety. Sophisticated safety products typically integrate any combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company's comprehensive line of products is used by workers around the world in the fire service, homeland security, construction and other industries, as well as the military. Principal products include self-contained breathing apparatus, gas masks, gas detection instruments, head protection, respirators and thermal imaging cameras. The company also provides a broad range of consumer and contractor safety products through retail channels. These products are marketed and sold under the MSA Safety Works brand. MSA has annual sales of approximately $914 million, manufacturing operations throughout the United States and Europe, and more than 40 international locations.

Web Address: www.msanet.com

National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting Systems

The National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive and secure reporting system with the goal of improving fire fighter safety. By collecting and analyzing information on near-miss events, improvements can be made in command, education, operations and training. The reporting system is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Web Address: www.firefighternearmiss.com

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations pertaining to the prevention of workplace injury and illness. As part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NIOSH helps assure safe and healthful working conditions by conducting research and providing information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health.

Several divisions of NIOSH are closely involved with fire fighters, working for and with them to prevent illness and injury, and when necessary investigating fatalities and the PPE involved. Efforts include the certification of respirators; standards development activities; investigating traumatic injuries and deaths; as well as investigating cardiac deaths.

Web Address: www.cdc.gov/niosh

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation researches, develops, manufactures and markets leading innovative prescription drugs used to treat a number of diseases and conditions, including those in the cardiovascular, metabolic, cancer, organ transplantation, central nervous system, dermatological, GI and respiratory areas. The company's mission is to improve people's lives by pioneering novel healthcare solutions.

Located in East Hanover, New Jersey, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is an affiliate of Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS), which provides healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Focused solely on growth areas in healthcare, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, and consumer health products. Novartis is the only company with leading positions in these areas. In 2007, the Group's continuing operations (excluding divestments in 2007) achieved net sales of USD 38.1 billion and net income of USD 6.5 billion. Approximately USD 6.4 billion was invested in R&D activities throughout the Group. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ approximately 98,200 full-time associates and operate in over 140 countries around the world.

Web Address: www.novartis.com

Octane Fitness

Fueled by a relentless passion to offer the best elliptical machines, Octane Fitness is committed exclusively to delivering breakthrough, performance cross training, and ellipticals are the sole focus of the company’s research, development, testing and manufacturing.

Web Address: www.octanefitness.com

Oregon State Fire Fighters Council

The Oregon State Fire Fighters Council is the statewide lobbying organization for the State of Oregon. Its membership is open to local unions in the State of Oregon that hold a valid International Association of Fire Fighters charter. The objectives of the council are to conduct legislative programs, establish better working conditions through legislation and education, the formation of sick and death benefits, encourage the formation of local unions, and to cultivate friendship and fellowship among its members. Visit our booth, in the exhibit area, for all of the latest IAFF decals and logo items, or visit us on-line. Remember ALL funds from the sale of these items are used to support our legislative efforts. The Oregon State Fire Fighters Council has been your source for IAFF decals and other logo items for nearly 20 years.

Web Address: www.oregonfire.com

PBI Performance Products, Inc.

PBI Performance Products Inc. is the world’s only producer of high performance PBI fiber and polymer, and we work with our clients continually developing fresh and new ideas to meet their market needs all over the globe. You will find our products in key markets including protective clothing and equipment for the fire service and industrial workers, semiconductor and electronics, and various high temperature applications. In the fire service market, over 40% of the structural gear worn in North America contains PBI Gold or PBI Matrix outer shells. Other PBI blended fabrics used in the first responder market includes PBi Triguard for technical rescue, wildland fire fighting and EMS operations; PBI Gold for hoods, gloves and SCBA strapping; and introducing PBI BaseGuard for the ultimate in base layer comfort and protection. The company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina; housing marketing, R&D, and administrative personnel. The PBI Performance Products manufacturing facility is the only Union plant in the fire service market and is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Web Address: www.pbiproducts.com


Good health is vital to all of us, and finding sustainable solutions to the health care challenges of our changing world cannot wait. That's why we at Pfizer are committed to being a global leader in health care and to helping change millions of lives for the better through providing access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and related health care services to the people who need them. We have a leading portfolio of medicines that prevent, treat and cure diseases across a broad range of therapeutic areas, and an industry-leading pipeline of promising new products in areas such as oncology, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

To ensure that we deliver the value our patients and customers need and our shareholders deserve, we are focused on continually improving the way we do business; on operating with transparency in everything we do; and on listening to the views of all of the people involved in health care decisions. We know that we can best ensure that people everywhere have access to innovative medicines and quality health care through working in partnership with everyone from patients to health care providers, managed care organizations to world governments and non-governmental organizations.

Web Address: www.pfizer.com

Plymovent Corporation

Plymovent has over 30 years of experience and over 50,000 systems installed. We are a global company with subsidiaries and distributors in over 45 countries. All our offices have the experience and know-how to supply a complete solution to create a clean and healthy work environment. Our philosophy is to provide quality systems that are safe, user-friendly, code compliant, innovative and that will enhance the quality of life for your firefighters and personnel. That Is why we have developed a line of source capture systems designed to meet your stations needs. Plymovent is ISO9001 and UL certified and meets the NFPA 1500 and 1901 guidelines.

Web Address: www.plymovent.com


Listening to your body is one thing, understanding what it is telling you is an altogether different story. Polar helps you get under the skin of your training. We put it down to a combination of expertise in sports, physiology and electronics, coupled with a deep understanding of customer needs. It’s no surprise then that we’ve been leading the way in technological innovations and heart rate monitors since 1977.

And we cater for all levels of fitness by offering a comprehensive product range, along with essential support and advice. Everything from improving an athlete’s sports performance to helping people enjoy a healthier lifestyle, and aiding rehabilitation and weight management.

This desire to be the best is made possible by ambitious and highly talented professionals who still believe as passionately in what we do today, as we did over 30 years ago. And our success is clear to see. Today, Polar employs 1200 people worldwide, has 26 subsidiaries globally and manages a distribution network supplying over 35,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries. Now that’s what we call the power behind Polar.

Web Address: www.polarusa.com

Precor, Inc.    

With lives in the balance, it’s essential that firefighters stay in top condition. Precor works closely with your department to increase staff fitness and safety by offering cardio and strength equipment that is intuitive, easy-to-use and effective.

Our commercial treadmills, for example, include the Gerkin protocols, so you can easily customize staff workouts to reflect your individual department protocols. Our nationwide network of locally based sales and service offices will work with you to select the right equipment for your organization. Precor will even help you locate and apply for funding. After the sale and installation, you can trust Precor’s network of service providers to respond promptly and efficiently to maintenance calls, ensuring that your fitness equipment stays up and running.

A major sponsor of the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters), Precor works with you to save lives.

Web Address: www.precor.com

Professional Health Services

Professional Health Services (PHS) now features the NMP22® BladderChek® Test for the early detection of bladder cancer. (www.matritech.com) The NMP22 test is painless and uses a single urine sample to aid in the detection of bladder cancer. Studies show Firefighters are at risk to develop bladder cancer from repeated exposure to smoke and chemicals. PHS provides onsite Comprehensive Medical and Fitness Evaluation Programs to fire departments nationwide. Custom designed programs offer flexible scheduling and logistics. All reporting is secure and HIPAA-compliant. For information about bladder cancer testing and other Professional Health Medical and Fitness Evaluation Programs call 800-833-3005 or www.phsmobile.com/publicsafety.

Web Address: www.matritech.com

Responder Knowledge Base

The Responder Knowledge Base (RKB) is a web-based information service for the emergency responder community funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and hosted by the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT). RKB operates as a public service, with no cost to users and no cost to information contributors such as product manufacturers. Thousands of jurisdictions and departments, as well as virtually all State Administrative Agencies, now use the RKB on a regular basis to obtain grant guidance and unbiased product information.

RKB Mission

“Created to provide Emergency Responders, purchasers, and planners with a trusted, integrated, on-line source of information on products, standards, certifications, grants, and other equipment-related information.”

The Responder Knowledge Base has become a “first-stop” for Emergency Responders, managers, purchasers, and planners seeking equipment information. RKB provides a wide variety of in-depth product information while maintaining a reputation for objectivity. The knowledge base vets and integrates input from a variety of sources, including manufacturers, standards development organizations, testers, and other web sites.

Web Address: www.rkb.mipt.org

Scott Health & Safety

Scott Health & Safety, a business unit of Tyco International, is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and other personal protective equipment and safety devices for fire and rescue services, industrial workers, police, military and civil defense organizations around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott Health & Safety produces products that protect thousands of individuals each day from environmental hazards including smoke, toxic fumes, combustible gases, falling objects, and flame contaminants. The Scott product line includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas and flame detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras, air compressors, accountability systems, head, eye and face protection, and firefighter and personal protective clothing.

Web Address: www.scotthealthsafety.com

Sperian Fire    

About Sperian Fire
Sperian Fire is a division of Sperian Protection. The Sperian Fire group is committed to offering easy-to-use, tested and proven, high performance respiratory, protective apparel and instrumentation products to fire and emergency service professionals.

About Sperian Protection
With nearly 6,000 employees worldwide, Sperian Protection is the world leader in personal protective equipment (hearing, eye, respiratory and fall protection, gloves, clothing and footwear). The Group offers innovative products adapted to high-risk environments so that all workers in the manufacturing and services industries can work with confidence.

Web Address: www.sperianfire.com

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. and Canada. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity that raises money for childhood cancer research, primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers go bald in solidarity with kids who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment in exchange for donations from friends and family. Proceeds are granted to the world’s leading childhood cancer research institutions. Since 2000, St. Baldrick's has united volunteers in one vision – to deliver cures for all kids by funding more childhood cancer research than any other charitable organization.

Web Address: www.StBaldricks.org

Tencate/Southern Mills, Inc.

TenCate Protective Fabrics/Southern Mills, Inc. is the most trusted name and the world’s leading manufacturer of fire protective fabrics. We are the global leading supplier of flame resistant protective fabrics for the fire service industry. Our technical textile expertise weaves maximum protection, tough durability and ultimate comfort into each of our innovative fabrics. We also operate an in-house state-of-the-art UL and NFPA-approved lab and research facility. Our manufacturing processes include yarn formation, weaving, piece dyeing, knitting, nonwovens, and cut and sew operations.

Web Address: www.southernmills.com

W.L. Gore & Associates    

As the trusted industry leader, CROSSTECH® products are field-proven to provide the highest performance and value. Certified manufacturers incorporate CROSSTECH® products into structural firefighting turnouts, gloves, and boots, EMS clothing, and search and rescue garments.

Web Address: www.crosstech.com


Zephyr Technology

Zephyr Technology offers physiological status monitoring solutions for the First Responder and Defense Markets. The Zephyr FRS 1000 is a new commercially available system that offers real time visibility into the physical status of personnel deployed in high stress and extreme environments. Interoperable with standard data radios, Zephyr gives incident commanders, Safety Officers, and firefighters actionable information to improve health and safety, and optimize work performance on the fireground, incident scene or in training. Strategic customers of Zephyr include Stanford University, NASA Ames Research Center, US Special Operations and Motorola.

Web Address: www.zephyr-technology.com


Please contact Lisa Aaron at laaron@iaff.org for further information. We hope to see you at another highly successful Redmond Symposium.