Validity of Turnout Retirement Age

Author: Dr. Meredith McQuerry, Florida State University Editor: Cassandra Whitley, LION NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, mandates a retirement age of 10 years from the gear’s manufacture date. Given the differences in use, exposure, care, and storage of each set of bunker gear across the country, firefighters often wonder how valid the 10-year retirement age is. Where did this number come from? How was it determined? Has turnout gear been tested against it? The 10-year rule comes from the time span of two revision cycles for…

Why MedPro?

Fire departments respond to a variety of call types creating the need for specialized personal protective garments. While fire departments are responding to more calls year over year, only 4% of the calls are fire related1. A finding of the NFPA report, Fire Loss in the United States During 2015, was that medical aid (ambulance, EMS, rescue) represented 64% of fire department calls in 2015. During the same year, 60% of fire departments in provided emergency medical services with either basic or advanced life support1. Many departments are considering application-specific protective ensembles; that is, ensembles that meet the differing needs…

FDIC 2017: Highlights from the show

NEW American Legend™ and American Legend X Helmet™ A light-weight. low-profile SMC helmet shell with powder coat impact-resistant finish. This traditional style was designed with head room to spare. • LION’s American Legend X features ratcheting headband that adjusts from head sizes 5.5 to 9.5 for extra temple width to comfortably fit an array of head sizes. Ordering information will be sent later this month with product availability in early June. • LION’s American Legend features an integrated, NFPA compliant, retractable eye guard with snap in and out assembly. This helmet will be available in the fall. • For more…

Not in Our House

Not in Our House, a firefighter cancer awareness campaign, was launched in LION’s booth at the 2017 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC). Since 2002, more than 60% of career firefighters added to the IAFF memorial of LODD’s have died from cancer. Scientist associate the rise of cancer related deaths among firefighters to the synthetic materials now used in homes. These materials burn quicker, and release more cancer-causing particles into the air. Not in Our House asks firefighters to sign an online pledge of safety on the website, www.notinourhouse.com. The site provides downloadable resources, awareness statistics, and an outlet to share…

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PBI vs PBO

Often, there is confusion or misunderstanding regarding the different attributes and performance of PBI vs PBO products.  The following, as well as the attached PDF, is a brief  comparison of the two products. -Courtesy of PBI Products PBI and PBO are acronyms for the fiber chemistry each represents. PBI is the trade name for polybenzimidazole, a fiber made by PBI Performance Products, Inc. in Charlotte, NC. PBO, with the trade name of Zylon®, is a Polybenzobisoxazole fiber made by Toyobo in Osaka, Japan. PBI and PBO are used in some of the same applications due to their ability to resist…

LION PRESENTS SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE WITH LEATHER HELMET AT FIRE SERVICE SYMPOSIUM

On May 4th and 5th, 2016, The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) hosted the 28th annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner in Washington D.C. Approximately 1500 leading fire service members and chiefs from across the US attended the symposium to meet with congressional leaders to address key issues in the fire service, including funding, occupational health and safety, and legislative issues. Members of FEMSA and FEMA were also on hand for the discussion. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vasick was the keynote speaker for the symposium. Vasick was presented with a custom, white American Heritage™ leather fire helmet…

2016 FDIC Highlights

We are very pleased with the success of LION’s 2016 FDIC show.  Here’s a brief breakdown of some of the highlights! LION Booth FDIC 2016 saw several new facets to the LION booth!  We had a new booth location, new products and a new way to present them.  The booth traffic was nonstop, and we were excited to have the opportunity to present our new product launches.  We were also thrilled to be adjacent to our partner, BullEx.  Thanks to all who attended.  Here’s a brief recap of what LION displayed in our booth. MedPro™ EMS Garment – We previewed our…

LION Supports 25th Annual Seattle Stair Climb

Each year participants from all over the world participate in the Firefighter Stair Climb to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year more than 1900 firefighters climbed the 1356 steps of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle in full NFPA 1971 certified PPE, including SCBA. Some fearless individuals race for time, while others are on a mission to simply complete the 69 flight, 788 foot ascension to the observation deck that overlooks the city.  This year’s top time was Ten Minutes and 50 Seconds. LION is a proud sponsor of the stair climb, and this year, in addition to…

Caring for Your Moisture Barrier with Help from Manufacturer Warranties

by Bob Towe, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Since the adoption of NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, fire departments across the country have begun to incorporate the necessary cleaning and inspection of turnout gear into their standard operating procedures. This requires cleaning and inspection for each of the three components of your turnout gear — the outer shell, moisture barrier, and thermal liner. As a firefighter, you can clean and visually inspect the outer shell and thermal liner after each call. Specially trained professionals also…

Why Fires Today Give First Responders Less Time

Ask any firefighter, and they will tell you that house fires today and house fires 30 years ago are a completely different animal.  Newer, synthetic furniture fabrics and building materials, coupled with changes in modern construction techniques change not only the time it takes for a fire to grow, but also the intensity of the fire.  This has caused changes in the tactics with which firefighters battle a blaze.  It also means that depending on response time, a fire in a modern home may be at a much different point in its life cycle when they arrive, as opposed to…