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…

5 Jobs With Epic Championship Tournaments

By Danny Gallagher For Mental Floss You don’t need to be a superstar athlete with a million-dollar contract and a billion-dollar ego to be a champion. Here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., tournaments aren’t just reserved for sports; we have competitions that can turn the most menial and everyday professions, tasks, and skills into nail-biting tournaments and gripping challenges. 1. PIZZA MAKING Dominos Pizza used to pride itself on being able to make and deliver hot pizza pies as fast as humanly possible with their famous “30 minutes or less” guarantee. The company has since realized that a speedy…

Congratulations to the LION’s Den Class of 2011

The LION’s Den induction ceremony was held on Thursday, November 17 in Myrtle Beach and hosted over 500 guests and former competitors of the Firefighter Combat Challenge World’s Competition. LION is the last of the original sponsors actively participating in all World’s competitions. LION has been active in the U.S. FFCC network since its inception 20 years ago. For the 20th anniversary, LION created a commemorative challenge coin for all previous and this year’s 25 LION’s Den inductees. At the 20th Anniversary Celebration, a special presentation was made to Combat Challenge founder Dr. Scott Davis, who was given a bronze…

How the Firefighter Combat Challenge came to be

By Dr. Paul Davis President and founder of the FFCC For the uninitiate (a person unfamiliar with a specific topic or subject) upon first seeing the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, the likely question: “What is this and where did it come from?“ Good questions, both. Back in the dark ages of personnel selection, fire chiefs believed that big(ger) people tended to excel at the avocation. Ergo, there were minimum height and weight standards. No one considered that women would ever want a career in this most male of occupations. Disparate impact was an unfamiliar term in those days. So, in…

9/11 rememberance

By STEVE SCHWARTZ Message from LION CEO This Sunday marks ten years since 9/11. It’s a time for remembrance. Nearly 3,000 people were murdered. Each loss creates an unfillable void for family, friends, our fire service and first responder community, and the nation. It’s a time for reflection. Right after 9/11, as a country, we stood as one. That sense of oneness has looked and felt increasingly fragile over the past two years of economic and political turmoil in our country. It’s a time for renewed solidarity: to recommit ourselves to a belief in that oneness that we felt so strongly 10 years ago. The challenges…

Introducing Black Helmet Supply by LION

What happens when one of the biggest names in the fire service joins forces with one of the most original, cutting-edge firefighter apparel designers for an all-new line of stirring, rugged and durable equipment designed just for firefighters? Black Helmet Supply produced by LION®, a line of NFPA-certified protective gear and equipment with hand-drawn designs that represent how firefighters live. Not only will they supply what firefighters want to wear, but also what they need for protection. Protection that will represent the dedication, tradition and sacrifice demonstrated in service of the public and the brothers and sisters at their side.

Fire-based EMS: The issues we face

By Adam K. Thiel, FR1 Given the current economic climate, it’s hard to anticipate exactly how local fire departments’ missions will change in the future, if at all. (Although substantial changes are certainly occurring in many places, such as privatization, public safety officers, contracting, outsourcing, etc.) Depending on the specific jurisdiction and its fiscal situation, it’s likely that some departments will expand their services (probably without additional staffing or equipment), and some will be forced to reduce the range of what they currently provide their communities. EMS, of course, is likely to be a big part of that discussion, depending…

Cee Lo Green, Duracell want to Thank You

Battery manufacturer Duracell has launched its Power Those Who Protect Us donation program that lets you give back to the selfless volunteer firefighters that keep us safe. When you purchase specially marked CopperTop packs, they’ll make a battery donation to volunteer fire departments to power communication devices and life-saving equipment. Each pack contains a unique code, which you can enter to direct your battery donation to a volunteer fire department of your choice. Grammy-winning Cee Lo Green switched up the lyrics to his massively popular “F**k You” single to thank firefighters for their service and dedication:

Racing gear for the next level of performance

Are you competing in this year’s Firefighter Combat Challenge? Do you have what it takes to earn a top spot in the LION’s Den hall of fame? Don’t let anything hold you back — especially your gear. LION’s V-Force raises the bar for firefighter protective clothing by employing LION Janesville’s innovative V-Fit™ Design. V-Fit takes the best technology from combat and professional sports clothing and applies it to turnout gear. The result is the optimum balance of comfort, mobility and protection.