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LION PRESENTS SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE WITH LEATHER HELMET AT FIRE SERVICE SYMPOSIUM

On May 4th and 5th, 2016, The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) hosted the 28th annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner in Washington D.C. Approximately 1500 leading fire service members and chiefs from across the US attended the symposium to meet with congressional leaders to address key issues in the fire service, including funding, occupational health and safety, and legislative issues. Members of FEMSA and FEMA were also on hand for the discussion. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vasick was the keynote speaker for the symposium. Vasick was presented with a custom, white American Heritage™ leather fire helmet…

2016 FDIC Highlights

We are very pleased with the success of LION’s 2016 FDIC show.  Here’s a brief breakdown of some of the highlights! LION Booth FDIC 2016 saw several new facets to the LION booth!  We had a new booth location, new products and a new way to present them.  The booth traffic was nonstop, and we were excited to have the opportunity to present our new product launches.  We were also thrilled to be adjacent to our partner, BullEx.  Thanks to all who attended.  Here’s a brief recap of what LION displayed in our booth. MedPro™ EMS Garment – We previewed our…

LION Supports 25th Annual Seattle Stair Climb

Each year participants from all over the world participate in the Firefighter Stair Climb to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year more than 1900 firefighters climbed the 1356 steps of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle in full NFPA 1971 certified PPE, including SCBA. Some fearless individuals race for time, while others are on a mission to simply complete the 69 flight, 788 foot ascension to the observation deck that overlooks the city.  This year’s top time was Ten Minutes and 50 Seconds. LION is a proud sponsor of the stair climb, and this year, in addition to…

Caring for Your Moisture Barrier with Help from Manufacturer Warranties

by Bob Towe, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Since the adoption of NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, fire departments across the country have begun to incorporate the necessary cleaning and inspection of turnout gear into their standard operating procedures. This requires cleaning and inspection for each of the three components of your turnout gear — the outer shell, moisture barrier, and thermal liner. As a firefighter, you can clean and visually inspect the outer shell and thermal liner after each call. Specially trained professionals also…

Why Fires Today Give First Responders Less Time

Ask any firefighter, and they will tell you that house fires today and house fires 30 years ago are a completely different animal.  Newer, synthetic furniture fabrics and building materials, coupled with changes in modern construction techniques change not only the time it takes for a fire to grow, but also the intensity of the fire.  This has caused changes in the tactics with which firefighters battle a blaze.  It also means that depending on response time, a fire in a modern home may be at a much different point in its life cycle when they arrive, as opposed to…

NVFC Launches Volunteer Recruitment Portal for Fire Departments to Combat Declining Volunteerism

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has launched the department portal component of its new Make Me a Firefighter volunteer recruitment campaign. Departments can now sign up at http://portal.nvfc.org to join the campaign and showcase their volunteer opportunities. Volunteer firefighters make up 69 percent of the nation’s fire service, yet the number of volunteers has declined by about 12 percent since 1984. At the same time, call volume has nearly tripled. In addition, the average age of the volunteer fire service is increasing as departments are finding it difficult to reach millennials – those within the 18-34 age range. To…

Mitigate Turnout Gear from UV Over Exposure

By: DuPont, vendor partner of LION Firefighter turnout gear is designed to provide firefighters with protection from thermal, physical and liquid borne biological hazards while minimizing heat stress. The minimum performance requirements are outlined in NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural and Proximity Firefighting. In addition, NFPA 1851 outlines the selection, care and maintenance of the ensemble and recommends that all elements should be retired after 10 years from the date of manufacture. Any extraordinary wear and tear, prolonged exposure to weathering and heat, or mechanically repetitive impact can compromise gear physical properties and potentially reduce protective performance.…

Leatherhead Thursday: Physical fitness in the fire service

By Shane Wells of the Leatherhead Instructors Many departments across the United States require that new recruits pass a physical fitness or abilities test of some kind prior to their appointment to the position. So why aren’t more departments requiring their firefighters to keep up some type of physical fitness performance level? One reason might be a rejection from the local union. They may fear losing their job if unable to meet the fitness requirements. Many cities have or are implementing work place wellness programs that are voluntary. These programs are sometimes encouraged by workers compensation for lower rates. My question…

Leatherhead Thursday: The importance of precision

By James R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors Saws, hand tools, ladders, hoses, nozzles, rescue equipment, and gas tools can be found on all fire trucks across America. There are many similarities between manufacturers of the equipment, but there are also many differences. The manufacturer of the equipment is unimportant, but the knowledge needed to use your departments’ equipment is absolutely monumental. The operations and abilities of the tools that we regularly use are second nature to us, but the stuff that seems to spend more time on the rig than in use may be far from familiar. The proper start…

Leatherhead Thursday: Firefighter injuries and physical fitness

By Shane Wells of the Leatherhead Instructors Firefighters are at increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries and cardiorespiratory illnesses compared to other occupations. Each year tens of thousands of firefighters are injured while fighting fires, rescuing people, responding to emergencies, and training incidences. Occupational injuries are the leading cause of disability and early retirement.  Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of work related death.  All of these injuries contribute to a significant human and financial toll. In addition departments suffer lost work hours, higher insurance premiums, increased overtime, disability and early retirement payments. Despite measures to prevent injuries such as improving…