Posted by Hayley Fudge | Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, PPE, Performance, Performance, Safety, Safety, Training
Friday, January 14th, 2011 8:01 am

A new year. A brand new LION.

LION, formerly referred to as Lion Apparel, constantly raises the bar for personal protective equipment and services for first responders through innovative product research, ground-breaking design and “smart” services that keep you safer longer. LION is the game-changer: we redefine safety, readiness and identity. “Apparel” no longer adequately describes the full range of products and services we have to offer. Our product line brands like LION Janesville Turnouts, LION Paul Conway Helmets, LION StationWear, LION CBRN and LION Technical Footwear offer the most innovative gear firefighters, EMS, law enforcement and military personnel. Our services like LION TotalCare keep you safer for longer by offering you inspection, cleaning, maintenance and repair services so you can focus on doing the job you’re trained to do.

We’re excited to share these new changes with you. Check out our redesigned corporate website at We also hope that you’ll continue to follow our daily updates of first responder health, safety and performance news on Join LION on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to continuing to provide heroes with the world’s most technologically advanced personal protective equipment and services. Get ready for action.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Care and Usage, Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, People, Performance, Safety, Safety
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 9:12 am

Zadroga bill passes House and Senate, awaits signing

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (H.R. 847), called the Zadroga Act or Zadroga Bill, was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and will soon become law. When enacted, the Zadroga Act will provide $4.3 billion in funding, establishes the World Trade Center Health Program to monitor and provide medical care to people who develop health conditions caused by 9/11 toxic exposure, orders research of 9/11 related diseases, and reopens the Victim Compensation Fund. For more information, see “What is the Zadroga Act?


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Posted by byager | Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement
Friday, December 24th, 2010 7:12 am

Surviving the holidays: Eating for fitness

By Michael Krueger, NSCA-CPT – Fire Life

With the holiday season quickly bearing down on us and our waistline, I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a column to my thoughts on food and eating. As a culture, we have decided to refer to this basic need and activity as diet and nutrition. Whatever you call it, we have issues with it.

Many Americans are overweight and heading toward obesity. I prefer the classic definition of obesity: “having excessive body fat.” That is pretty straightforward. I like it because a person can be fat at 200 pounds or even fatter at 150 pounds. It all depends on the percentage of your weight that is fat. But I digress; this is a discussion for another time. Today I am going to talk about simple ways to eat better so you won’t gain weight but still enjoy yourself between Thanksgiving week and January 2.
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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, Performance, Safety, Safety, Training
Monday, December 13th, 2010 9:12 am

Getting to the bottom of the Zadroga bill vote

Those who were anxiously watching the progress of H.R.847 – James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 have had several days to vent their frustration and confusion.

To summarize, the bill:

is designed to improve health services and provide financial compensation for 9/11 first responders who were exposed to dangerous toxins and are now sick as a result. It would establish a federal program to provide medical monitoring and treatment for first responders, provide initial health screenings for people who were in the area at the time of the attack and may be at risk, and reopen the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide compensation for losses and harm as an alternative to the current litigation system.


Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Events, General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 9:12 am

Vehicle collisions biggest threat to officers

By Michael Dresser
for the Baltimore Sun

When we think about police dying in the line of duty, we tend to flash to a thought of a criminal maliciously gunning down an officer.

But a more common fate for law enforcement officers is to be killed in a vehicle collision. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, as of last week there had been 70 officers killed nationwide in vehicle incidents compared with 54 killed by gunfire in 2010. Crash fatalities among officers were up 49 percent over the same period in 2009. The majority are killed in crashes involving a single moving vehicle.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, Performance, Safety, Safety
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 8:11 am

Defibrillator malfunction too often, FDA report says

Defibrillators, the devices that are supposed to shock heart failure patients back to life, are malfunctioning far too often, costing people their lives, according to a report released Monday by the Food and Drug Administration.

In the past five years, the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health has received more than 28,000 reports of defibrillators failing, and companies that make the devices have issued 68 recalls involving hundreds of the thousands of faulty devices, the FDA said. The problems appear to have been increasing rapidly over that period of time, the agency said.

Some of the specific examples are disturbing. In one case, a company designed a circuit that monitored the voltage in the device to draw power from the same source it was supposed to monitor. That caused a momentary drop in voltage, triggering a faulty signal to shut down the device, preventing it from delivering a shock. That may have caused a patient’s death, the FDA said.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Health, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Thursday, October 21st, 2010 9:10 am

Sharpening your skill with an edged backup weapon

By Hank Hayes

As a senior knife instructor for military and law enforcement — as well as a combatives practitioner for more than 37 years — I think the idea of having a usable backup edged weapon is vital. What I mean by usable is often we get very comfortable with having a folder on our person but don’t realize that getting that folder into play is a lot harder than one might think.

Try this exercise: Put your folder in your standard carry location. Do five circular pivots with one hand on a basketball or object on the ground then do to fine up/downs and deploy your edged weapon. Do this exercise 10 times. If you can get your blade into play 8 out 10 times quickly then you have a solid base line to work from. If you find yourself fumbling with your blade and have to do two-handed openings you should either:

A) Learn a new deployment technique
B) Buy a new folder that you can deploy quickly without fail
C) Get a fixed blade that you can get a positive grip on in wet, dark, and in a startled state

Do you actively practice with a backup edged weapon? Do you prefer fixed or folding blades?

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 9:10 am

Things to be aware of in a heightened terror alert

With the State Department elevating the terror alert for Americans in Europe, it’s important to remember to pay attention to the subtle details that could alert you to serious danger. compiled a list of things you might want to keep in mind.

Unusual Possessions

  • Specialized training manuals
  • Blueprints and/or building plans
  • Documentation about critical infrastructure points
  • Numerous prepaid calling cards and/or mobile phones
  • Documentation about high-profile sites

VBIED Indicators

  • Vehicle riding low in rear
  • Unusual wires/switches
  • Large boxes, bags or containers
  • Odor of fuel or chemicals evident
  • Parked near critical interest area
  • Observation of smoke from vehicle

Surveillance Indicators

  • Note taking
  • Prolonged loitering
  • Penetration attempts
  • Surreptitious camera use
  • Unusual interest in security

Are there certain things to which you pay specific attention while you’re out on patrol?

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 9:09 am

A positive attitude on the job can lead to greater satisfaction

Lt. Dan Marcou on

Most officers start their career as idealistic young rookies ready to catch bad guys and rescue damsels in distress. Inevitably, they’ll meet a cynical, time-scarred veteran who will tell them to “Slow down… you know you can’t make a difference.” He may even add an observation like, “A career in law enforcement is like putting your hand in a bucket of water and pulling it out. When you retire no one will even notice you were here.” This will be the rookie’s first (among countless) invitations to venture down the path of cynicism and negativity.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 8:09 am

Don’t rush the report – justify use-of-force incidents

from Tom Munsey

Too often, when officers write their reports, especially after a difficult situation that requires the application of force, they get in a rush to complete their report. They want to relax a moment, or just get back on patrol, and they write their report in haste, leaving out details. While this does get the officer to a point of closure with their report and other forms — so they can move on to a different activity — it can create problems later.


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