Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, PPE
Friday, November 2nd, 2012 9:11 am

Fire Academy Fridays: Advanced inspection and cleaning of footwear


This week’s video shows you how to perform an advanced inspection on protective footwear to determine if additional inspection or testing is required, if repair is needed or if your helmet needs to be retired. Also shows how to perform an Advanced Cleaning of your protective footwear.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

You can also check out the last Fire Academy Friday post on advanced helmet inspection here. Check back next Friday for more.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, October 26th, 2012 10:10 am

Fire Academy Fridays: Basic repair of turnouts

Most repair of turnout clothing must be performed by the manufacturer or a Verified Independent Service Provider (ISP). This segment defines the basic repairs that trained departmental personnel can perform and how to perform them.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

You can also check out the last Fire Academy Friday post on advanced turnout cleaning here. Check back next Friday for more.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, PPE
Thursday, October 25th, 2012 9:10 am

Leatherhead Thursday: Fire-based E.M.S. and the equipment we use

By Shane Wells
of the Leatherhead Instructors

This week, I would like to take some time to talk about a few of the things on the EMS side of our job that have helped us as firefighter/medics and the patients we serve. The first thing is the C-PAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). This device has saved countless patients from intubation and extended stays in the hospital, which accounts for thousands of dollars saved to patients and their insurance companies. We use this device for patients with CHF (congestive heart failure), COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and asthma. We been using these machines in our department for several years and cannot say enough about them. Most ALS departments in our area carry them on their rigs.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, PPE
Friday, October 19th, 2012 11:10 am

Fire Academy Fridays: Advanced Cleaning – Turnouts


From lionfireacademy.com

Learn how to perform an Advanced Cleaning on your turnout coat and pants. Covers thorough cleaning of turnouts using a cleaning agent, how often an Advanced Cleaning is needed and who can perform an Advanced Cleaning. It also defines the difference between Routine Cleaning, Advanced Cleaning and Decontamination.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

You can also check out the last Fire Academy Friday post on advanced helmet inspection here. Check back next Friday for more.

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, General, PPE, Safety
Friday, August 24th, 2012 9:08 am

LION Fire Academy Fridays: Assembly and Disassembly of PPE

Your turnout gear comes completely assembled from the manufacturing facility with all of its components.  However, you may wish to separate your shell, liner, and DRD for inspection, washing, decontamination, or repairs.

This week’s video on Chapter 10 will focus on the assemby and diassembly of PPE.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

Last week’s installment on Chapter 9 was on routine PPE cleaning. Check in next Friday for a different chapter!

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, PPE
Friday, August 17th, 2012 9:08 am

LION Fire Academy Fridays: Routine PPE cleaning

This week’s video on Chapter 9 will show the importance of routine PPE cleaning of all elements, including: cleaning tools, cleaning agents, cleaning techniques, and when an advanced cleaning is required.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

Last week’s installment on Chapter 8 was about how firefighting affects the body. Check in every Friday for a different chapter!

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, June 29th, 2012 9:06 am

LION Fire Academy Fridays: Structural PPE Construction, Features and Function

This week’s video will address 1.) What are the components of your PPE elements? 2.) What is the purpose and limitations of each element in your structural PPE?

Last week’s installment on Chapter 2 was about Purpose and Limitations. A look at the limited protection your PPE provides, the hazards you face during firefighting operations and, inappropriate use of your PPE.

Chapter 1 focused on the personal responsibility of the individual firefighter.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, News, PPE, Performance, Safety, Training
Friday, June 22nd, 2012 9:06 am

LION Fire Academy Fridays: Purpose and Limitations of PPE

Last week we kicked off our LION Fire Academy Fridays with our first installment of NFPA 1500 PPE Safety and Use Training. Learn what every fire fighter should know before donning their NFPA 1971 structural fire fighting PPE.

Chapter 1 focused on the Personal Repsonsibility of the Individual Firefighter.

This week’s installment on Chapter 2, is about Purpose and Limitations. A look at the limited protection your PPE provides, the hazards you face during firefighting operations and, inappropriate use of your PPE.

After you’ve finished watching the video, take the test.

LION Fire Academy is our brand-new online training destination for all things related to personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Posted by Hayley Fudge | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, News, PPE, Performance, Safety, Training
Friday, June 15th, 2012 8:06 am

Kick off International Fire/EMS Health & Safety Week with LION Fire Academy Fridays

International Fire/EMS Health & Safety Week, brought to you by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, is June 17-23. The goal is for fire departments to make safety, health, and survival a priority. International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week encourages firefighters and EMS professionals to focus on what they can do to increase safe operations, improve your health, and reduce your risks of tragedy.

At LION, we felt this was a perfect time to kick off LION Fire Academy Fridays. LION Fire Academy is our brand-new online training destination for all things related to personal protective equipment (PPE). In the fire service, your survival can depend on your knowledge. We want to help you learn all you can about your PPE, what it’s designed to do, and also that while designed to protect you, it cannot make you invincible.

This week, we’re kicking off weekly dose of NFPA 1500 PPE Safety and Use Training. Learn what every fire fighter should know before donning their NFPA 1971 structural fire fighting PPE. Chapter 1 focuses on Personal Responsibility of the Individual Fire Fighter. It covers the individual responsibilities each fire fighter has for his or her PPE, including:

  • Reading, understanding and following User Instruction, Safety and Training Guides
  • Reading and understanding all warning labels attached to your PPE
  • Understanding the purpose and limitations of your PPE
  • Inspecting and maintaining your PPE
  • The importance of proper diet and physical fitness.

After you watch the video, you can put your knowledge to the test!

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, General, Health
Thursday, May 24th, 2012 9:05 am

Decontamination effectiveness of leather versus rubber boots

A study performed by W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Abstract: PPE decontamination of residual toxic and dangerous fire ground chemicals is a concern for all firefighters. With respect to firefighting footwear, the long-held belief has been not only that rubber boots absorb less contaminants than leather boots, but also that rubber boots can be decontaminated more effectively than can leather boots. After Gore conducted a decontamination procedure on both rubber and leather footwear samples, this study shows that both parts of this assumption are false.  Specifically it reveals that in most instances the leather footwear samples were more effectively decontaminated than were the rubber footwear samples.

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