Posted by Francesca Solano | Events, General, News, People
Friday, November 21st, 2014 11:11 am

United Way and LION Team Up for Family This Holiday Season

From the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area

Vandalia-based LION, a world leader in the delivery of equipment and training solutions for fire departments, worked with United Way officials to adopt a special family this holiday season with a child suffering from a rare, debilitating illness.

Each year, as part of their annual United Way campaign, employees at LION adopt at least one family for the holidays as part of their LION Cares program.  United Way officials connected with the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio, a United Way Partner Agency, and learned about a local girl who is suffering from a severe case of epilepsy and whose father is a firefighter.

Graeson Riley Rutmann was born on March 11, 2013 with a rare seizure disorder called Ohtahara Syndrome.  This severely progressive form of epilepsy affects newborns, usually within the first few days of life.  Seizures caused by this form of epilepsy are nearly impossible to control with medication, and the progressive nature of the disorder causes many children to die from it before the age of three.  Treatment is possible, but these children will be totally dependent on others, as their brains make little developmental progress.

Graeson’s father James Rutmann works full time as a firefighter and her mother Claudine works with a local health clinic – providing cost effective care to those in need.  The family is hoping to raise enough money to supplement their income so Claudine can work only part time.  The extra hours available in her schedule will be used to not only ensure that Graeson can receive proper care and attention but also attend to the active lives of their other older daughter and son, Dylan and Ian.

LION employees were happy to work with United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio to make the Rutmann family’s goals a reality.  Steve Schwartz, 4th generation family owner of LION and CEO said: “Being a good corporate citizen is a core value of our company.  Graeson’s situation hit all of us very hard as parents and as members of the fire service family.”  Through this collaboration, we will raise awareness in our community about epilepsy and Ohtahara Syndrome and Graeson will be able to continue her fight while under the care of her mother and family.

To learn more about Graeson’s story, visit

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Events, Firefighter Combat Challenge, General, Health
Monday, November 10th, 2014 11:11 am

LION sponsors the Firefighter Combat Challenge in Phoenix

We all know the importance of health and fitness for firefighters, and the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships exemplify the hard work, rigorous training and fitness levels from firefighters who compete in this event.

This past week firefighters from around the world gathered in Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the 23 rd annual World Challenge, their last stop after a year of grueling competitions. LION has been a proud sponsor of the Challenge since its inception in 1992, we believe in encouraging and recognizing firefighters who take the initiative to maintain exemplary health goals and sportsmanship.

We saluted the outstanding athletes who have distinguished themselves on the course by inducting them into the LION’s Den, the letteman jacket program that recognizes those athletes who strive and succeed by posting times that place them at the top of of the sport.

Congratulations to all the combat challenge participants that worked hard throughout the year!

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, News, Safety, Training
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 8:10 am

Fire service organizations send letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary amid ebola concerns

Representatives from the Congressional Fire Services Institute, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking for their support in protecting EMS personnel against the current Ebola outbreak.

These fire service organizations specifically requested the Health Department’s “commitment to ensuring EMS personnel have sufficient training and resources to respond to suspected cases of Ebola.”

Here an excerpt of the letter, focusing on preventative measures that can help protect First Responders.

It is highly likely that more individuals infected with Ebola will seek assistance from emergency response personnel in the coming months. As the vast majority of EMS in the United States is performed by firefighters who have been cross‐trained as emergency medical technicians and paramedics, it is crucial that we ensure such personnel are properly trained and equipped to respond to such a scenario.

At a minimum, responding departments must provide sufficient personal protective equipment for all responders, including fluid resistant or impermeable long‐sleeved gowns, double gloves, eye protection, leg coverings, disposable shoe covers, and N95 respirators. As we learn more about the disease, additional protections may also be required.

Departments must also provide specialized training to all responders to limit the spread of the disease and provide the highest quality care for patients. Responders must learn to recognize a potential Ebola infection, institute necessary precautions to limit the spread of the disease, and utilize proper disinfection procedures.

You can read the letter in its entirety here.

The IAFC has compiled thorough information and guidance on Ebola for EMS personnel here.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Events, Fire and Rescue, General, PPE
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 10:05 am

RSVP to LION and W.L. Gore’s PPE Technology Briefing

New Advancements in Technology that Provide Enhanced Functionality in Chemical and Biological Environments

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Butler County Engineer’s Office – 1921 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton OH 45011
Purpose: Learn about new technologies used in personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders specifically engineered to provide enhanced functionality in chemical and biological environments.
Who: Public Safety personnel responsible for specifying and/or procuring PPE used in tactical & terrorism responses and fire personnel involved in confined space rescue should plan to participate.
Hosts: The Butler County Sheriffs Office is hosting the event; guest speakers from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., and LION will discuss the latest technical advancements in Chem/Bio PPE for First Responders.
Please RSVP by June 18th to Diane Redden/LION or cell (513) 702-1146

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Events, Fire and Rescue, General
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 11:04 am

Tips on how to get more from a fire service tradeshow

By Robert Avsec

For Fire Chief

I first came across the term, “conference commando,” several years ago in a piece by Scott Kirsner in Fast Company magazine entitled “The Conference Commando Field Manual.” Kisner described a conference commando as:

“… people who treat a few days at an industry or professional gathering as a surgical strike that generates value for their company, that helps their career, and that shapes their perspective on the future. These conference commandos live by the guiding principles of an economy built on networks — that whom you know is as important as what you know, and that you have to update what you know by continually encountering new ideas.”

You’re a leader and manager within you’re organization, right? You probably have a “snail mail” in-box at work that’s teetering on collapse, an e-mail in-box that hasn’t been clear since the day it was set up, and more daily “brush fires” than … I get the picture.

So when you have the opportunity to attend a tradeshow to see what’s the “latest and greatest” in apparatus, equipment, and services for the fire and EMS world you want a proper ROMTI (Return on My Time Invested).

And let’s not forget that your organization has got a dog in this fight as well. The cost for registration, airfare, lodging, and meals represents an investment by the organization of at least a couple thousand dollars per person. So your bosses are going to be looking for a good ROTIY (Return on Their Investment in You).

You should have a plan prior to attending one of the major fire and EMS conferences so that you maximize your time. Here are a few of my time-tested techniques for being in the field as a conference commando.

Read more.

Photo credit: FDIC

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Events, Fire and Rescue, General, News, Safety
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 9:05 am

First responder self-deployment an issue after EF-5 hits Moore, Okla.


By Mary Rose Roberts

For Fire Chief

An EF-5 tornado devastated Moore, Okla., on Monday, killing at least 24. In response, first responders self-deployed to the disaster area, causing problems for local emergency management officials, said Sandy Davis, director of the Caddo-Bossier (La.) Office of Homeland Security. Oklahoma state emergency management officials still are in the assessment mode and have asked first responders to stay at home because “they were overwhelmed with people who were self-deploying,” Davis said.

In the first 24 to 48 hours, the command staff still was determining what resources need to come from outside the region. Davis said that’s why self-deployed first responders create issues. First, such responders break the National Incident Command System. Second, those who deploy are without lodging, food and supplies. Finally, they may be exhausted from immediate deployment and may be unable to serve a week or so later when an official call for resources is pronounced.

“That’s a big problem at every event we have of national significance,” he said. “Because the first-responder community is so generous at volunteering time and their resources, they self-deploy and become a part of the problem instead of the solution.”

Self-deployment must be addressed, Davis said. For example, he already has fielded calls from law-enforcement agencies in Louisiana who planned to deploy resources to the region without a request from Oklahoma City. He told them to stand down.

Read more.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Events, Fire and Rescue, News, PPE
Friday, December 14th, 2012 9:12 am

Recovery efforts not over for Sandy-ravaged towns’ first responders

A period of time has passed since the East Coast was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Sandy, but the cities and towns most devastated – along with the first responders that serve them – continue to work toward recovery with each passing day.

Many of these relief efforts are being driven by the region’s committed career and volunteer firefighters, whose own departments are in need of help, as well, with the toll the storm took on their facilities, clothing and other equipment that was damaged from flooding or due to its extensive use in response efforts.

LION is pleased to announce the recent donation of thousands of items valued at more than $125,000 to the Long Island area’s first responders, with distribution assistance provided by the Long Beach Fire Department, one of the fire departments who absorbed significant storm damage. LION’s donation includes items such as fire retardant shirts, cotton shirts, pants, lined coveralls, fleece vests, jackets and structural firefighting gloves  to replace gear that might have been ruined in the recovery efforts.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Events, Fire and Rescue, Safety
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 8:11 am

Leatherhead Thursday: Seasonal safety

By J.R. Dennison
For the Leatherhead Instructors, LLC

Thanksgiving starts the holiday season for us and with that, comes the meals, outdoor decorations, Christmas trees, travel, and countless other things.  The holidays are typically an enjoyable time, but because of either mechanical or human error; the holiday season is also linked to a large amount of fires and accidents.

A Thanksgiving meal would not be complete without a turkey, and deep frying a turkey is becoming very popular.  There are many safety considerations that you should take note of when preparing a turkey using a deep fryer.  These are some suggestions to keep your holiday meal preparation a little more safe.

  • Keep the turkey fryer at least 20’ from any structure
  • Do not place a turkey fryer on or near a deck or any combustible/flammable materials
  • Be cautious when using a turkey fryer in the rain or snow – the moisture striking the hot oil can cause it to splatter outside of the pot
  • Make sure that your turkey is fully thawed before placing it in the hot oil; this will prevent crackling and splattering of the oil
  • Make sure that the turkey fryer is on a solid, flat, and stable surface
  • Keep people and pets away from the fryer when it is in use to prevent injuries and prevent the pot from being spilled
  • Make sure that an adult is with the fryer at all times when it is in use


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Events
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 8:11 pm

Industrial Fire, Safety & Security – 11/13/12 – New Orleans, LA

Industrial Fire, Safety & Security
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
8:00am - All Ages
New Orleans, LA

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Events
Monday, October 29th, 2012 8:10 pm

EMS World Expo – 10/29/12 – New Orleans, LA

EMS World Expo
Monday, October 29, 2012
8:00am - All Ages
New Orleans, LA

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