Validity of Turnout Retirement Age

Author: Dr. Meredith McQuerry, Florida State University Editor: Cassandra Whitley, LION NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, mandates a retirement age of 10 years from the gear’s manufacture date. Given the differences in use, exposure, care, and storage of each set of bunker gear across the country, firefighters often wonder how valid the 10-year retirement age is. Where did this number come from? How was it determined? Has turnout gear been tested against it? The 10-year rule comes from the time span of two revision cycles for…

Protection is the Best Medicine

Roy Bumgardner, retired firefighter with 26 years of service, and cancer survivor, share’s his story with the Not in Our House campaign. My story begins on Labor Day weekend of 2014. While camping with my wife in a nearby state park, I had a coffee ground textured bowel movement. I immediately knew this meant that I was bleeding from an unknown internal place, but I couldn’t call the doctor until Tuesday due to the holiday. After visiting my doctor and undergoing an endoscopy and colonoscopy, I was informed the doctors found a quarter-sized spot in the lining of my stomach;…

Why MedPro?

Fire departments respond to a variety of call types creating the need for specialized personal protective garments. While fire departments are responding to more calls year over year, only 4% of the calls are fire related1. A finding of the NFPA report, Fire Loss in the United States During 2015, was that medical aid (ambulance, EMS, rescue) represented 64% of fire department calls in 2015. During the same year, 60% of fire departments in provided emergency medical services with either basic or advanced life support1. Many departments are considering application-specific protective ensembles; that is, ensembles that meet the differing needs…

FDIC 2017: Highlights from the show

NEW American Legend™ and American Legend X Helmet™ A light-weight. low-profile SMC helmet shell with powder coat impact-resistant finish. This traditional style was designed with head room to spare. • LION’s American Legend X features ratcheting headband that adjusts from head sizes 5.5 to 9.5 for extra temple width to comfortably fit an array of head sizes. Ordering information will be sent later this month with product availability in early June. • LION’s American Legend features an integrated, NFPA compliant, retractable eye guard with snap in and out assembly. This helmet will be available in the fall. • For more…

Not in Our House

Not in Our House, a firefighter cancer awareness campaign, was launched in LION’s booth at the 2017 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC). Since 2002, more than 60% of career firefighters added to the IAFF memorial of LODD’s have died from cancer. Scientist associate the rise of cancer related deaths among firefighters to the synthetic materials now used in homes. These materials burn quicker, and release more cancer-causing particles into the air. Not in Our House asks firefighters to sign an online pledge of safety on the website, www.notinourhouse.com. The site provides downloadable resources, awareness statistics, and an outlet to share…