Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, PPE, PPE
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 9:02 am

Introducing the LION Tactical Rescue Stretcher

Dramatically reduces tactical extrication time

The LION Personal Issue Tactical Rescue Stretcher increases officer safety by slashing the amount of time required to extricate a casualty.

The stretcher is constructed from military grade nylon mesh and webbing and has two restraint straps. It’s strength has been tested to 1,960 lbs.

It weighs just 12 ozs. and stows in a 4″ x 6″ bag. The bag easily attaches to your ballistic vest or belt, so the tools for emergency rescue are immediately at hand.

Alternative stretchers are bulky and cumbersome. They take too long to deploy, potentially creating more casualties.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Law Enforcement, PPE
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 9:10 am

Marines train for CBRN attack in LION ICG

By Lance Cpl. Erica Disalvo

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — Suit up, get down range, assess the situation, decide what tools to use on site, control contamination while fully encapsulated in a “Level A” hazardous material suit with a limited amount of air and an alarm that goes off after every 12 seconds of non-movement, come back and go through multiple level decontamination. You have 45 minutes; go!

A Marine must be able to do all of these things and be as proficient at these skills as to instruct others on how to accomplish the same mission as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear instructor.

While most Marines associate the CBRN job field with running the gas chamber for annual training, CBRN units do more than that, explained Sgt. Joshua M. Duncan, the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar CBRN school non-commissioned officer in charge and a Sacramento, Calif., native.

CBRN defense specialists go through a five-month training school where they learn hazardous material detection, containment and decontamination. This involves learning wind patterns that show where hazardous gases and vapors can range, different types of hazards, and practice for multiple types of scenarios they may come across.

Read the full article on the DVIDS site.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Training
Thursday, October 13th, 2011 9:10 am

Oregon National Guard Participates in Interagency Exercise to Train for WMD Threats

From the Salem News

Oregon National Guard, 102 Civil Support Team, conducted a joint training exercise at the Port of Portland, and in Astoria, Ore., Sept. 27-29.

The 102 Civil Support Team trained with multiple federal and local agencies in Exercise Columbia Crest, which was designed to test their ability to respond to potential Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threats.

The exercise also supported essential interagency coordination and partnered with first responders.

Also participating in the exercise was the Job Corps’ tug M/V IUKA with full crew from Job Corps. The 103-foot tug was commanded by Captain Patrick Albers.

Some of the agencies which participated in the training exercise were; FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, TSA, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Vessel Boarding Security Team (VBST), a MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter Crew from Air Station Astoria US Coast Guard, Port of Portland Fire & Police, Portland Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit (MEDU), Port of Portland Marine Security, Oregon State Radiation Protection Services, HAZMAT 07, HAZMAT 11, Department of Energy RAP 8, Oregon National Guard’s 102 Civil Support Team (CST).

The mission of the Oregon National Guard’s 102 Civil Support Team is to provide support to community and state authorities in the event of a natural or manmade chemical, biological, radiological, or weapons of mass-destruction incident.

Click here to see some excellent photos of the LION CBRN garment being put to the test by the Oregon National Guard.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, PPE
Thursday, October 6th, 2011 9:10 am

FDNY Center of Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness highlights LION MT94

The FDNY Center of Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness is one of the most technologically advanced organizations of its kind in the world, entrusted to keep New York City safe from any and every threat imaginable. Part of their ongoing training and planning involves the LION MT94 multi-threat CRBN garment. The Center put together an overview video to highlight its many advanced capabilities and precautions, and you can see the MT94 being discussed in the PPE section around the 4 minute mark:

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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?

Read the full article on

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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 | General, Law Enforcement, PPE
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 9:07 am

Stick to your guns – or this new holster

By Ralph Mroz

Some cops have made the commitment to go armed off-duty every time they leave their residence, and some are a little less strict about it (but hopefully no one reading this has decided that it’s OK to be unarmed whenever they’re off duty). The fact is that in the course of a busy life there are times when it’s darn inconvenient to carry. (I never did carry when running, but I ran with my German Shepherd until we both had to stop; no one attacked him so I must have been quite a deterrent). On top of the inconvenience, there’s the temptation to skip the hassle if you live in a safe community. Most of the inconvenience comes from the fact that you have to go through the rigmarole of strapping the gun onto your belt. Yes, there’s pocket carry, and as convenient as that is, it only applies to small guns, and especially in the hot summer, with lightweight clothing and no coat pockets to carry other stuff in, that too, can become a bit of a hassle.


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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, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, PPE, Safety, Safety
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 9:05 am

Booby-trapped arson sites prompt fire department to buy bullet-resistant vests

One of 18 new bullet-resistant vest for Hemet firefighters. Photo courtesy of The Press Enterprise.

John Asbury
For The Press-Enterprise

Hemet firefighters will now wear body armor when responding to threatening calls or deadly situations.

The department purchased 18 bullet-resistant vests last year in the wake of nine attacks on Hemet police, Fire Chief Bill Whealan said. Fire officials said although the attacks were targeting the Police Department, booby traps were set to kill first responders.


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