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;…

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.…

Fire Academy Friday: The Eagle is down

In the rough and tumble world of fire fighting, the decorative brass eagle on your helmet can become damaged. Here’s how to replace it and keep your classic-style helmet looking great. LION Fire Academy has a library of videos on how to maintain, inspect and repair LION products as well as our competitors’ gear. You can find more LION-specific product repair information here. Helmet doesn’t fit? 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…

Fire Academy Friday: Who wants a free t-shirt?

“LEARNING IS NOT COMPULSORY… NEITHER IS SURVIVAL.”  -W. EDWARDS DEMING LION Fire Academy is your online destination for PPE resources and education.  Whether you’re a student or instructor you’ll find helpful articles, videos and links on all things PPE. Want to win a free LION Fire Academy t-shirt? Take the Geared Up quizzes here. Learn what every fire fighter should know before using NFPA 1971 compliant gear through an in-depth 12-part video series. Take the test after each video. Once you have successfully completed all the tests, you’ll earn your PPE Safety and Use Certificate.  Start training now. Are you an…

Why it’s important to inspect, detect and correct

Your gear takes care of you so why not take care of your gear? Here are some helpful tips from LION TotalCare to keep your gear in shape. HIGH-TECH PROTECTION MEANS KEEPING YOUR PPE TUNED AND READY It’s not like any other clothing you’ll ever wear. But then, it’s asked to do more than any thing you’ll ever wear. All PPE elements are made from high tech fabrics that require special care. You have to treat it more like a high-performance car than a coat and pair of pants. IT’S A DIRTY JOB AND DIRTY GEAR IS DANGEROUS Did you know…

Reasons to integrate structural firefighting, hazmat units

By John McCreedie For Fire Chief The plating shop where chemicals were used to turn unfinished metals into a smooth and finished product was engulfed by flames as a Boulder County, Colo., fire truck arrived on-scene. Responders immediately took a defensive position. They extinguished the fire from outside positions to keep it contained and protect firefighters from billowing smoke potentially loaded with unknown chemicals. The hazmat team arrived and determined the presence of hydrochloric acid, a highly corrosive solution that could cause dermal burns and damage firefighter gear. A standard decontamination zone was set up after a test-strip swipe of…

Helmets: The 10-year service life

By Robert Tutterow For Fire Apparatus Magazine A recent New York Post article about Fire Department of New York (FDNY) firefighters and the disposal of their old helmets created quite a buzz in the fire service networking community. The firefighters were upset on two counts. First, they saw no reason to turn in their helmets because they were 10 years old. Second, if they wished to keep their old helmets as keepsakes (not for use in the field), they had to pay for the helmets. The amount depended on years of service. It was $100 for less than 20 years,…

Fire Academy Fridays: Importance of gear maintenance

Your gear takes care of you so why not take care of your gear? Here are some helpful tips from LION TotalCare to keep your gear in shape. High-tech protection means keeping your PPE tuned ready It’s not like any other clothing you’ll ever wear. But then, it’s asked to do more than any thing you’ll ever wear. All PPE elements are made from high tech fabrics that require special care. You have to treat it more like a high-performance car than a coat and pair of pants. It’s a dirty job and dirty gear is dangerous Did you know soiled…

Does your department clean gear on a regular schedule?

By John “Skip” Coleman For FireEngineering.com’s Monthly Roundtable Firefighting is a dirty job! One of my earliest memories of my father was the way he would smell when he came home from the fire station in the morning, that sweet smell of smoke on the extra set of clothes rolled up in his tomato basket.  My children also know the sweet smoky smell of “working fire” perfume. That smoke that provided the sweet smell of fire contains a lot of “stuff,” and we are finding more and more out about the stuff that is produced in fires. Chemicals ending in “-ic” and…

The other side of the 10-year retirement debate

By Vicki Smith LION Manager of Products and Services Marketing Although the content of NFPA 1851 Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting is not as widely known as NFPA 1971 and NFPA 1500, one sentence has become the source of fire service debate.  The sentence is located in Chapter 10 Retirement, Disposition, and Special Incident Procedure, 10.1 Retirement, 10.1.2 and requires that departments must retire structural turnouts and other elements no more than 10 years from the date of manufacture. NFPA 1851, 10.1.2 states “Structural fire fighting ensembles and…