I am so excited to be doing this FIRST Gear Review for the Lion Commander Structural Fire Fighting Glove! Five days ago I posted a Tweet tagging some Fire Service Industry leaders in manufacturing of gear, tools, PPE and Apparel. Within 5 minutes of the Twitter post, Lion Apparel Tweeted back that they were IN, to be the FIRST Company to have a Gear Review done by the RidingBackwardsFF blog!
I had no idea that Lion was a fire service manufacturer so close to me. I found out that they are located in Dayton, Ohio which is roughly a two hour drive from Mansfield. I actually have family in the Dayton Area. Anyway, they offered to send me a pair of their Commander series structural fire fighting gloves. Lion offers these gloves in both gauntlet and wristlet style types. I requested the gauntlet type as my issued duty gear has the wristlets built in. I was unsure of the size i needed as the tag in my current gloves (Pro-Tech 8 Titans) has worn away. The Lion Rep offered to send me both small and medium gloves to see which fit best. She even said to keep which ever pair didn’t fit to see if another department member can give me some input also!
From FireRescue Magazine
Albert Einstein once said, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” This quote has been used repeatedly as a counterargument to many facets of our profession. Yet seldom do you hear anyone echo this sentiment when discussing the topic of budget constraints and our current response model. In fact, a more applicable quote—also from Einstein—might be, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex … It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.”
I say this not to cast blame, but rather to question the obvious. If the majority of our responses (70% or greater in most organizations) are EMS calls, why do we continue to use a traditional “fire-based” response model? Or to put it more directly, why do we continue to build a system focused solely on meeting the rising response needs, as opposed to a multi-faceted system that focuses on reducing the number of responses, right-sizing our response in accordance with the type of call and prioritizing resource deployment based on demand?
It doesn’t take the intelligence of Albert Einstein to see that we need to break the mold. How many departments do you know with a budget surplus to hire (or recruit) more firefighters, build more fire stations or purchase new equipment? Not many. And what are the three most challenging issues facing your department? The most likely answers: budget cuts, staffing and a rising call volume.
How many times have you heard your department, or any department, get dispatched to an emergency scene and the conditions upon arrival be significantly different than what was reported? I will assume that your area is no different than mine, and you have encountered this situation many times to varying degrees. It is not uncommon to receive inaccurate or conflicting information about an emergency prior to arrival, but what you do with that information is important.
Dispatch is tasked with a difficult job; to get information from folks in distress. People do not generally speak accurately when they are dealing with an emergent situation and we should be less dependent upon the information received. The information that we receive from dispatch regarding the call is what we use to “paint the picture” of the scene prior to arrival and form an initial plan, but should never be a final determining factor into that plan. As with anything, you will finalize your thoughts once you get on the scene and can visually assess the situation. Although the information received through dispatch is not always accurate; you can certainly find a great deal of benefit from it.
Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR) at Calamityville received a large supply of personal protective clothing and urban search and rescue training equipment from LION, the world’s largest supplier of fire personal protective clothing for first responders.
“With this contribution, we are proud to aid in the development and growth of the National Center for Medical Readiness and to be of great assistance during training exercises on the grounds of Calamityville in Fairborn,” LION (formerly Lion Apparel, Inc.) CEO Steve Schwartz said. “It will help make NCMR a safer, more realistic training environment and, therefore, contribute to its long term success. We are committed to supporting NCMR, which also helps us grow our business and helps grow the region we have called home for over 115 years.”
Flat roofs are commonly found on commercial, industrial and office buildings. No matter the size of town or type of community that you protect, there will be a flat roof somewhere within your jurisdiction.
A flat roof comprises layers of materials formed together to make a solid surface. A layer of decking material sits directly on top of the steel or wood joists. The decking material can be corrugated metal pan, plywood sheets, or concrete slabs. This provides the structural integrity of the roof.
When concrete slabs are used as the decking material, ventilation tactics may need to change. The time it takes for firefighters to cut a hole in the concrete will outweigh the benefits of vertical ventilation. There is also the danger of a cut slab of concrete falling inside the building and onto unaware firefighters. There would be no practical way to avoid these dangers, except for not cutting concrete. In the case of concrete decking, a different approach needs to be taken in order to quickly and effectively ventilate the structure.
The metal corrugated pan is the most common type of material used for decking. It is lightweight, quick to install and repair, and relatively inexpensive. For firefighting operations, cutting through a corrugated metal pan is not very challenging when the proper tools are used. A rotary saw is the best tool to use for making this type of roof cut.
The High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee has recently completed and published a new document related to developing emergency action plans for high rise office buildings. The management of building occupants within high-rise buildings is a critical concern during emergencies. While procedures for fire evacuation have been developed and adopted by major fire and emergency services throughout North America, there remains considerable variation in practice in the field. This guide can be used to develop emergency action plans that are required by many occupancies in other NFPA codes such and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®.
Your safety depends upon the proper fit of your helmet. You must check the integrity, fit, and proper assembly of the helmet, suspension, and chinstrap before each use. Since no two heads are exactly alike, a new helmet will need to be adjusted to your head’s unique size and shape. LION’s nine-point configuration and Center of Gravity™ technologies give you the ability to custom-fit your helmet to your head — granting you greater comfort and protection.
This video shows you how a helmet should fit and ways to adjust your helmet for maximum comfort and protection. Check out the other videos on LION Fire Academy for other tips and demonstrations for how to adjust and maintain your LION helmet.
SOCIETY’S INSATIABLE HUNGER for immediate information, especially during emergencies, can sometimes make the TV and radio seem like artifacts of a bygone era. Even the Web is regarded by some as insufficiently responsive. These days, more and more people — especially if they’re young and tech-savvy — rely on social media during a crisis, for better or worse. They use Twitter to tweet rushed dispatches to their friends and log on to Facebook for resources and updates. Some of the information they share is spot-on accurate. Some is complete fiction. Much of it resides somewhere in between.
The reach and impact of these tools — along with YouTube, blogs, and other channels — was apparent in New York City during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Following the battering it received at the hands of Hurricane Irene in 2011, the city decided to bolster its social media channels to improve information sharing before and during emergencies. The effort attracted five million followers even before Sandy’s arrival. The city also established a task force of “social media rock stars” from various city agencies to develop emergency protocol procedures for various social media channels.
As Sandy rolled in, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office closely monitored social media chatter. Daily reports summarizing this information made their way across departments and agencies. Some of the information was very good; Facebook and YouTube highlighted crucial points from official news conferences, and Twitter provided near-immediate responses to questions from residents unable to access the city’s information hotline. The city’s efforts led to an astronomical response: New York’s total digital reach following the storm was more than 2.7 million people, the press conference videos were watched nearly a million times, NYC.gov had 16 million page views, and the city’s Facebook page had a reach of more than 320,000 people, according to “Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy,” a report produced in 2013 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
One of the most important lessons I learned from my first Captain was to protect the steps.
Whether we went upstairs to get a burning mattress in a brick apartment, or to perform search and fire attack in a two story house, Captain Mac would never allow a staff meeting on the steps. If an interior door enclosed the steps in a Cape Cod, it was quickly removed before we came down. He knew the importance of the steps for our egress and we knew he had our back and was protecting the steps.
Captain Mac was a lifelong learner. His degree was in street smarts. He was constantly asking me “What did you learn?” He didn’t ask everyone that question. I was honored that he shared his knowledge with me and since I knew he was going to ask I paid attention. I always wanted to answer correctly and to then listen to his explanation of why the fire did what it did and the best steps to approach the next one.
Fire behavior depends on many variables as do our careers. Fires often do the same things in similar structures, making it somewhat predictable. How, when and where we insert ourselves requires learning from each fire and striving to improve our performance on the next one.