Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, June 13th, 2014 9:06 am

Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Inspection for Proximity Garments

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

LION Fire Academy is certified to offer Continuing Education credits and satisfy the NFPA 1851 training requirements for Advanced Inspection, Advanced Cleaning and Basic Repairs.

This week’s video covers how to perform an Advanced Inspection of proximity coat and pants.  Learn how to determine if your proximity gear is fit for duty, if additional inspection or testing is required, if repair is needed, or if your proximity coat or pants need to be retired.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, May 30th, 2014 10:05 am

Fire Academy Friday: Using Your PPE Safely

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

LION Fire Academy is certified to offer Continuing Education credits and satisfy the NFPA 1851 training requirements for Advanced Inspection, Advanced Cleaning and Basic Repairs.

In this week’s video, learn how to use structural fire fighter PPE safely in dangerous fire ground conditions, plus:

  • Limitations of your gear
  • Types of heat exposures
  • How burns can occur
  • Operational tactics to help avoid burns
  • The problem of stored energy
  • And the dangers of moisture in your PPE

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, Health, PPE
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 9:05 am

Study highlights need to decontaminate gear after the fire is out

By Dr. Mallika Marshall
For CBS Boston

With every call, firefighters know they could be putting their lives on the line. “You know it’s a dangerous job,” explained Kevin McNiff, a 28-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department. “But you really don’t think about the silent killer, which is cancer,” he said. But now, McNiff is forced to think about it. At 53-years-old he is being treated for kidney cancer. “I have a battle ahead of me,” he said.

It’s a battle more firefighters are facing. A study done by NIOSH, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health looked at more than 30,000 firefighters and found significantly higher rates of respiratory, digestive and urinary cancers than in the general population. “I’ve known dozens upon dozens of guys that have gotten cancer on this job,” McNiff said.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, May 23rd, 2014 9:05 am

Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Inspection of Helmets


LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

LION Fire Academy is certified to offer Continuing Education credits and satisfy the NFPA 1851 training requirements for Advanced Inspection, Advanced Cleaning and Basic Repairs.

Learn how to determine if your structural fire fighting helmet is fit for duty, if additional inspection or testing is required, if repair is needed or if your helmet needs to be retired in this week’s video.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Events, Fire and Rescue, General, PPE
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 10:05 am

RSVP to LION and W.L. Gore’s PPE Technology Briefing


New Advancements in Technology that Provide Enhanced Functionality in Chemical and Biological Environments

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Butler County Engineer’s Office – 1921 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton OH 45011
Purpose: Learn about new technologies used in personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders specifically engineered to provide enhanced functionality in chemical and biological environments.
Who: Public Safety personnel responsible for specifying and/or procuring PPE used in tactical & terrorism responses and fire personnel involved in confined space rescue should plan to participate.
Hosts: The Butler County Sheriffs Office is hosting the event; guest speakers from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., and LION will discuss the latest technical advancements in Chem/Bio PPE for First Responders.
Please RSVP by June 18th to Diane Redden/LION dredden@lionprotects.com or cell (513) 702-1146

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, May 16th, 2014 1:05 pm

Fire Academy Friday: Basic repair of turnouts

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

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.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, PPE, Safety
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 9:05 am

Doffing superheated turnout gear

By Patrick L. Brown
For FireEngineering.com

How to Remove Superheated Gear

What is the proper way to assist a firefighter encapsulated in superheated turnout gear? My discussions with turnout gear representatives have led me to this conclusion: Don’t hose down the firefighter! Don’t pat him down and don’t roll him on the ground! The most important thing to do is to get the superheated turnout gear off of the firefighter.

If you are the firefighter trapped within this superheated gear and there is no assistance available, you must economize your movements while trying to prevent compression of your turnout gear as you doff your gear. With gloved hands, loosen the shoulder straps of your SCBA (photos 1).

Next start to open the storm flap from the top down while unzipping or unclasping the turnout coat (photo 2)

Read the full article on FireEngineering.com.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 9:05 am

Fire Academy Friday: Assembly and Disassembly of PPE


It’s Fire Academy Friday! This weeks video demonstrates how to properly disassemble and assemble your PPE.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1500 training modules are valid for any brand of PPE.

If you have suggestions on new training topics, or just have a question, please tell us.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, April 25th, 2014 10:04 am

Fire Academy Friday: Routine Inspection

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1500 training modules are valid for any brand of PPE.

This week’s video covers the importance of inspecting all elements of your PPE and demonstrates how to perform a routine inspection.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

For successful completion of all 12 tests, you will receive a CEU certificate worth three hours of training by email in about a week. For fire departments that require all members to take the training, please use the Tell Us link on the homepage.  We can manage your roster for you or send certificates to your training officer.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE
Monday, April 14th, 2014 9:04 am

For any of you who complain about NFPA

By Michael “Mick Mayers
For Firehouse Zen

We were talking last night on the Weekly Firefighter Hangout about “words that we live by” in the fire service and I was a little surprised not to hear anyone bring up the usual complaints on NFPA and other consensus standards, which seem to get thrown into a big steaming pile together when someone wants to badmouth the fire service.  As a participant in the standards process, I get a little frustrated when people complain about standards. Why, you may ask? Well, because while standards may seem to be prohibiting aspects of our jobs, the fact is, standards are necessary to help us define things, to establish our expectations in regard to a certain item, title, or discipline.

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