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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…