Halloween Fire Safety

According to the Nation Fire Protection Association, NFPA, planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires. During the four-year-period of 2003-2007, NFPA estimates that decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 1,240 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an estimated average of seven civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $20 million in direct property damage per year. Check out this video by Judy Comoletti, NFPA Division Manager of Public Education, in which she…

Do your fire boots properly fit?

A comfortable boot is essential to safety on the fireground because, when your feet hurt, you can lose mobility and stamina. The Shoe Technology Company, STC, has put together a boot fitting guide to assist you in selecting the right boot for your foot. STC feels it is very important for people to take a few minutes to properly fit the shoes that you will spend 8 + hours a day in. When you go to the store and buy casual shoes, athletic shoes or possibly dress shoes it would be a normal thing to try on 2-3 pairs before…

Fire Prevention Week: Protect your family from fire

October 9-15 marks the 2011 Fire Prevention Week sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). According to the NFPA, this year’s campaign focuses on keeping you, your family, and your community safer from fire. Check out their website to find educational material and tip sheets on the leading causes of home fires, information about protecting your home and families with life-saving technologies, and the importance of home escape planning. What is your department doing to let your neighborhoods know about Fire Prevention Week? We’d love to hear your creative ideas to help fireproof you, your family and your community.

National driving standards: Is the minimum good enough?

By Rob Raheb, Fire Engineering National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines for training offer the minimum requirements that departments can follow to ensure that trainingneeds are being met and upheld. The problem doesn’t lie with the NFPA, but with departments and trainers who feel that the minimum is good enough when it comes to training. We can’t afford to maximize training in all areas; it would be too costly and require adding a lot of time to a program. But arguably we cut training to the bare bones on one issue that has been surfacing over and over again–driver training. Every day, an emergency vehicle is involved in…

What firefighters are saying about LION Technical Footwear

One of our favorite things here at LION is hearing from firefighters who tell us how our products have enhanced their health, performance and safety in the line of duty. Recently we’ve heard from two firefighters who wear our structural firefighting boots and have contacted us to share their feedback. Now we’d like to share their thoughts with you: “At 0630 on September 11, a possible house fire alarm came in. I had already changed out of my uniform into my civilian clothes. I wore sandals to work the morning before….that is correct no socks. I jumped in to my LION…

LION wildlands closeout sale

LION announces the CLOSEOUT of all wildlands products. All Nomex® and Advance® wildlands shirts, coveralls and cargo pants are now available to the fire service at factory direct closeout pricing. All garments are in-stock and ready to ship making now the best time ever to take advantage of these products priced well below wholesale. Check out our webpage for detailed product information including pricing and sizing.

Firefighter communication: Keep texting in context

By Linda Willing, FR1 The potential problem with texting as a substitute for other forms of communication is that it is extremely low context You need to communicate with someone right away. How will you do it? If you are like most people today, your first impulse will be to pick up your phone and send a text message. Younger people are particularly likely to choose texting as a preferred communication method. For them, email is just too much trouble, and actually talking to someone on the phone? Forget about it. Texting has much to recommend it. As a communication…

Got comfort? Our new turnout collar design does!

LION is and has always been known for bringing the most comfortable and safe gear to the fire service. We’ve recently gathered feedback from firefighters about what they’re looking for in improving comfort and the interface in the head, neck and face area and have developed the brand new Contoured Comfort Collar. Field testing validated these improvements, and now we are bringing these changes to all wearers of LION Janesville® turnout gear by making the Contoured Comfort Collar standard on all LION Janesville® turnout coat models beginning Oct. 1. Some features and benefits of our new collar design include: –  Ergonomically shaped using contoured pattern to…

Basement fires: Tactics and tips

Make sure you train, research and follow best practices and standards when fighting any fire by Jason Hoevelmann, FireRescue1 Basement fires of today are not the same as the basement fires of years past. It seems we are hearing more and more often about firefighters falling through floors early in an incident. First arriving units are making the front door, as they have been taught, to search for fire and victims and end up in a sublevel inferno. These are dangerous and challenging fires to handle. This column will hopefully provide some reminders and tips to keep you safe. Construction…