Posted by Nick Hrkman | General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 9:09 am

Customizing your tactical handgun platform to meet your needs


Just a couple weeks ago I was teaching a handgun course and there came a point on the range where I realized, looking down the line of students, that every one of them was wearing / carrying their handgun differently. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but the follow on was me examining each platform trying to ascertain what specific purpose it had been built for. Obviously it had to carry the handgun securely but one guy had two magazine pouches also mounted; another had a flashlight and a knife; another yet had a grenade pouch on his… things that make you go “hmmm…” So, with those thoughts in mind, I felt it would be good to discuss a few options and offer up a few suggestions for what they’re worth.

Understand up front that I’m only talking about “tactical” platforms. Of course, they were deemed “tactical” because, back in the day, they were most often used by SWAT folks. Since then we’ve (shooters) come to realize that all of the characteristics that make them great for use by SWAT guys and soldiers also makes them great for use by we “commoners”. (I’m not a SWAT guy anymore) What makes them so great?

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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 Nick Hrkman | Events, Fire and Rescue, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, Performance, Performance
Monday, August 29th, 2011 9:08 am

2011 World Police & Fire Games resume after Hurricane Irene interruption

The 2011 World Police & Fire Games, hosted this year in New York City, will resume Monday, Aug 29 with a revised schedule after Sunday’s hurricane cancellation. The following update is from the site:

Jacob Javits Convention Center (No Sport will begin before 2pm)

• Air Rifle: Rescheduled from Saturday to Monday 8/29 at 2pm.
• Badminton: Moved to Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
• Basketball (5×5): 2pm START. Please check the website and email for updated schedule
• Bench Press: Meeting at 4pm in Room 1E-09 (Combat Room) on the Lower Level. Competition to start on Tuesday
• Body Building: THE EVENT HAS BEEN REVIVED. We will start with weigh-ins at 2pm. Athletes should check into the Body Building room at the back, right corner of the Athletes Village.
• Boxing: 2pm Weigh-ins and 4pm Athletes Clinic and Competitors Meeting in the Special Events Hall (Heroes Hall).
• Darts: 2pm start in the Special Events Hall (Heroes Hall).
• Judo: There will be a Judo meeting at 1pm to decide the future of Judo. Please be there. The meeting will be held in 1E-02
• Orienteering: Rescheduled to Thursday 9/1. Check the website for details
• Rowing – Indoor: Check-in and weigh-in at 3pm. Competition starts at 4pm
• Road Race: We are making an attempt to reschedule for Friday 9/2, however, this will not be a ½ Marathon, more likely to be a 10K
• Soccer – Indoor: Captain’s Meeting at 1pm on the court. Competition begins at 2pm
• Stair Climb: Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3rd.
• Table Tennis: 2pm Start
• Taekwondo: Weigh-in Monday, 8/29 at 5pm. Competition rescheduled from Sunday to Tuesday 8/30.
• Volleyball – Indoor: 2pm Start
• Wrestling: Weigh-in at 5pm in the Combat Arena on the court. Competition starts on Tuesday at 8am.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | General, Law Enforcement, Performance
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 9:08 am

Three benchmarks for SWAT formation tactics

By Sgt. Steve “Pappy” Papenfuhs

A local police department’s SWAT team recently contacted me and asked me to train with them in Active Shooter/Rapid Deployment tactics. They specifically asked me to teach them how to run their team in a “column” rather than a “diamond” formation. Stealing a line from coaches in both American and European football leagues, I told them that in my opinion, “Formations don’t win football games, and they don’t win fights.” Well-trained, thinking, resilient, dedicated warriors win in combat. Tactical fundamentals persevere — not trick plays. As Iowa’s Central College Coach Ron Schipper said in 1997, “Xs and Os don’t win football games, people do.”


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | General, Law Enforcement, Performance
Friday, July 8th, 2011 9:07 am

Three smartphone apps for law enforcement

By Tim Dees

Since smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry and the various models running the Android operating system carry as much computing power as a desktop machine of a few years ago, the applications or “apps” written for them are powerful, as well. New and improved apps can give you capabilities on the street you never had before.

LexisNexis Accurint

Criminal justice databases give law enforcement officers access to criminal history and wants information, but often lag behind on information such as current residence, employment, and financial transaction data. That’s where public records data can fill in the gap. LexisNexis’ Accurint product is used by many law enforcement agencies to help locate and track bad guys who try and fly under the radar of the criminal justice system. Subscribers to this service can now access the database through an app for the iPhone and BlackBerry platforms.


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Posted by Hayley Fudge | Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, PPE, Performance, Performance, Safety, Safety, Training
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 8:06 am

Proper training, equipment key to responder readiness

Situational awareness. Evolving threats. Mission specific. Readiness. These are all terms with which first responders are all very familiar.

Whether it be recent events such as potential backlash from the death of Osama bin Laden, a high-profile sporting event, dignitary visit or an unknown chemical threat, it is critical that today’s first responders are ready to respond when duty calls.

Key criteria in being ready? Being properly trained and having the right equipment to do what the mission is asking of you.

Check out this short video clip from KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area talking to the WMD team from Hennepin County, Minn., who has recently upgraded its CBRN protective ensembles from 1980s charcoal technology to the LION MT94 CBRN ensemble to ensure its responders are ready for action.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 9:05 am

Some considerations for off-duty carry

By Kevin Davis

Carry All the Time

My eldest daughter, her husband and my lovely granddaughter live only a minute’s drive from my wife and me but when I leave my house to head over there, I carry a pistol.  My daughter asked, “Why are you carrying your gun here?”  I responded that frequently her mother wants me to go to the store or other errands and by carrying a pistol I’m ready for such sojourns.  After all, I had a pistol on my ankle when I walked her down the aisle…


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, Law Enforcement, Performance
Monday, May 16th, 2011 9:05 am

Know your resources: What is the Bomb Arson Tracking System?

From the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

What is BATS?
The Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS) is a web-based case management system which provides you, State and local arson & explosives investigators, access to up-to-date arson and explosives investigative data from across the nation. Unlike anything you may currently use, it’s not just limited to your local jurisdiction or state. BATS provides you access to national arson and explosives incident information.


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Posted by byager | General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 7:05 am

National arson awareness week

May 1-7 marks this year’s Arson Awareness Week. The theme “Working Together to Extinguish Serial Arson” focuses the public attention on the value of a collaborative effort with law enforcement, fire and emergency service departments, and the community to battle serial arsonists.

The goal for this year’s Arson Awareness Week (AAW) is to focus attention on serial arsonists and provide law enforcement, the fire service, and communities with tools and tactics to battle arson in their cities and towns. The USFA is partnering with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); USAonWatch; National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM); National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC); and the Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC).

Click here to find out more information including training material, how to establish a community arson watch program and more!

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Posted by byager | Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Performance
Monday, April 25th, 2011 9:04 am

Mid career and the myth of the aging metabolism

By Michael Krueger, Fire Life

One word comes to mind whenever I think about people in the middle years of their careers and that word is “complacent.” In most professions, complacency simply gets you downsized; in firefighting it gets you dead.

The Trouble with Age

You’ve worked your tail off for quite a few years, you’ve paid your dues and now you are a veteran. You feel that you’ve earned some respect and some perks as well. Longevity means something so long as you accomplished something during those years, simply getting by and putting in your time isn’t supposed to be what it is all about. You are here to grow, learn, mentor and thrive not just make it through to retirement.

Too often the “old timers” forget that fires don’t care how long you’ve been a firefighter. Heart attacks and injuries don’t take into consideration that you only have 4 or 5 years to retirement. It’s too easy to “remember when” and forget to “remember how”.

Click here to read the entire article on Fire Link and find out what you need to do to reach optimal health.

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