Posted by Francesca Solano | Events, Firefighter Combat Challenge, General, Health
Monday, November 10th, 2014 11:11 am

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 athletes who have distinguished themselves on the course by inducting them into the LION’s Den, the letteman jacket program that recognizes those athletes who strive and succeed by posting times that place them at the top of of the sport.

Congratulations to all the combat challenge participants that worked hard throughout the year!

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Firefighter Combat Challenge
Monday, June 10th, 2013 9:06 am

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.


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 delivery promise doesn’t matter much if the pizza tastes like piping hot cardboard, but they haven’t given up on trying to create a fleet of super fast pizza makers. Every year, they’ve held a World’s Fastest Pizza Maker competition with competitors from their global franchises to see who can put together a pie the fastest. The title is currently held by Pali Grewal of Surrey, England, who put together three large pizzas in 39.1 seconds.


Putting your groceries in bags looks easy, but that’s just because the best of the best can make it look easy. Every year, the best and brightest in bagging are tapped by the National Grocers’ Association to compete in their annual Best Bagger Championship. The first competition was held in 1987 in Dallas, Texas, and had just two contestants from Texas and Oklahoma. These days, contestants from all 50 states converge in Las Vegas for the annual competition.

It takes a lot more than just a good time to win the big bagging trophy. According to the NGA’s official coordinator manual, contestants are judged by speed, bag building technique, weight distribution, and “style, attitude and appearance.” The bagger with the highest score gets $10,000, the “Grocery Bag” trophy, and “Best Bagger Golden Lane” to proudly display in their store. Admiral, Washington’s Andrew Borracchini took home the latest grand prize earlier this year.


Being a firefighter requires countless hours of training and education and strict fitness discipline. Some firefighters dedicate additional time to compete in the Firefighter Combat Challenge, where the world’s best and fastest firefighters compete in a grueling obstacle course that incorporates all of the skills and challenges of traditional firefighting. The course measures individual and team runs in events that include hauling and hoisting a firehose pack up a high-rise structure, victim rescues, and forcing entry into a simulated burning building.
Read the full list on Mental Floss.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Firefighter Combat Challenge, Training
Friday, May 17th, 2013 11:05 am

Fire Academy Friday: Tips on running the Firefighter Combat Challenge

It’s Fire Academy Friday! Are you scheduled to run in the 2013 Firefighter Combat Challenge? LION Fire Academy has some tips for you from Dr. Paul Davis, the founder of the Combat Challenge:

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Firefighter Combat Challenge
Friday, December 2nd, 2011 9:12 am

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 statue on behalf of event sponsors Scott, LION , the staff and competitors.


Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Firefighter Combat Challenge, Health, Performance
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 9:09 am

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 1975, Chief David Gratz who was the director of fire-rescue service for Montgomery County (MD) and Dr. Leonard Marks paid us a visit at the Sports Medicine Center of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, Department of Kinesiology. They wanted to know if there was a way to measure what it took to, for example, climb a ladder and chop a hole in a roof. “Sure,” we remarked.


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Posted by Hayley Fudge | Care and Usage, Care and Usage, Firefighter Combat Challenge, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, PPE, People, Performance, Performance, Safety, Safety, Training
Friday, September 9th, 2011 5:09 am

9/11 rememberance

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 we face in each of our communities and in the nation can only be solved through believing in oneness not divisiveness. Divisiveness is what our enemies hope for.

We must also recommit ourselves to the defense of our country – and to its core values. On 9/11, we were attacked by radical Islamist forces not for a specific policy, but for who we are. Remember: in 1993, under a different president from a different party, there was another deadly terror attack on the Twin Towers. It’s America – and what we stand for – that’s the target.

I thank each of our first responders for putting your lives on the line daily to keep our families and communities safe. I hope our nation never experiences anything like 9/11 again, but if we do, know that we as a company are doing everything we can to keep you safe and ready to respond to whatever challenge you face.

Stay Safe.

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Posted by Hayley Fudge | Events, Fire and Rescue, Firefighter Combat Challenge, General, News, PPE, People, Performance, Safety
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 9:07 am

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.


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Posted by byager | Fire and Rescue, Firefighter Combat Challenge, General, Health, Performance, Safety, Training
Thursday, May 26th, 2011 7:05 am

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 on how it is presently delivered and the fire department’s level of engagement, training, and standard of care.

Click here to read the entire article on FireRescue1.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Firefighter Combat Challenge
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 9:05 am

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:


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Firefighter Combat Challenge, General, Performance
Friday, May 13th, 2011 9:05 am

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.


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