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Shipman's is now the EXCLUSIVE FULL-LINE Distributor of Fire-Dex PPE in Connecticut and Rhode Island!

Press Release:

Waterford, Connecticut - April 2, 2020 - Shipman’s Fire Equipment Co., Inc., a Connecticut-based distributor of first responder safety equipment, announced today their plans to add Fire-Dex as a new line for structural firefighting gear.

Shipman’s, located at 172 Cross Road, Waterford, CT 06385, has served municipal and volunteer fire departments, businesses, and industries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southern Massachusetts. The business continuously strives to improve its offerings to meet the demands of the fire service industry.

“Shipman’s is proud to be a part of the Fire-Dex family, now that we are the exclusive full- line distributor of Fire-Dex PPE in Connecticut and Rhode Island,” said Christina Wallace, Marketing Manager at Shipman’s Fire Equipment. “ It is exciting to work with another family- owned and operated business that understands how important it is to properly protect and serve first responders, by offering advanced, top-quality products. We look forward to sharing all that Fire-Dex has to offer with our customers!”

Shipman’s previously offered accessory products, EMS, USAR and wildland firefighting apparel from Fire-Dex, a global manufacturer of first responder protective apparel. This strengthened partnership now allows Shipman’s to offer the full scope of Fire-Dex’s product apparel for first responders, adding structural turnout gear, Fire-Dex’s exclusive TECGEN71 outer shell and their Interceptor Package, which offers three products in a discounted bundle to protect against heat stress and carcinogen exposure.

Both family-owned and operated, the businesses share a common mission to be the provider of choice for health and safety-focused personal protective equipment (PPE). This partnership further iterates both company’s eagerness to drive positive change within the fire service industry.

“Knowing the personnel from Shipman’s for over a year, I have seen the commitment and knowledge that they bring to the Emergency Response field,” stated Scott Wilkinson, Regional Sales Manager for Fire-Dex. “They have full commitment in coverage in Connecticut and Rhode Island with nearly 100% of the Sales Team either in or has been in the firefighting field. We are very excited to join the premier line-up of manufactures that Shipman’s represents.”

About Shipman’s Fire Equipment:

Since 1957, Shipman’s Fire Equipment has provided trustworthy and innovative fire equipment and safety solutions by offering products from premier brands and personalized service after the sale. Shipman’s is a third-generation family-owned and operated business with almost 70% of team members either active or retired first responders. Its commitment to exceptional service is exemplified in having become a certified 3M Scott Fire & Safety Five Star Service Center—one of only ten in the world. Shipman’s is a full-service distributor serving Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts, offering over 1600 products including fire extinguishers, SCBAs, nozzles, fire hose, PPE, hydraulic rescue tools and much more. For more information visit

About Fire-Dex:

Fire-Dex is a family-owned, global manufacturer of head-to-toe personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders. Maintaining the core values on which it was founded in 1983, Fire-Dex extended its ability “to serve those who serve” with the acquisition of three major brands; Chieftain, TECGEN, and most recently, Gear Wash, adding PPE clean and repair services to its portfolio. The company is headquartered in Medina, Ohio with a second production facility in Georgia. To learn more, visit

Media Contact:

Christina Wallace, Marketing Manager, 860-442-0678,

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information For First Responders

Below are guidelines from 3M Scott Fire & Safety on how to properly clean SCBA parts and respirators. There is also guidance on using N95 respirators that are expired.

If you would like to order either Georgia Steel Clean-Gear Towelettes or Fresh Gear Disinfectant, please contact your local Sales Representative or call 860-442-0678 to speak to Phil Tretton. Below are the SDS for both products.

We are here to help first responders during this health crisis, so please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Information from 3M Scott Fire and Safety

Proper Use of Expired Respirators

Georgia Steel Clean-Gear Towelettes SDS

Georgia Steel Fresh Gear Disinfectant SDS