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A comprehensive resource for fire safety, training, and products for firefighting and workplace safety.

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The history of firefighters

Although the technology, training and skills of our modern-day firefighters are ever evolving, the idea behind being a firefighter is ancient history.

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Coronavirus PPE Exposure Check List

COVID-19 has swept across the world causing a lot of uncertainty and fear. Taking the proper precautions before and after an exposure could make all the difference. Before you put yourself at risk, make sure that inventory is taken on what PPE is heading out into the field. It is also important to have a procedure for removing the exposed PPE so there is no confusion when the time comes.

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Spring Fire Safety Tip Check List

We have made it through the winter and spring is finally here! You know what that means? Break out those grills, deep clean the house, and get some fresh air. This is also a great time to run though our spring safety check list to make sure you and your family are prepared!

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Reading smoke: The next generation

We are excited to announce that LION will be the sponsor of the Fire Engineering's next "Reading Smoke" podcast! "Reading Smoke" has been a training tool for firefighters all over the county and even provides a CEU Certificate of Attendance for continued learning. 

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IAFF Instructors Development Conference

LION had the honor of attending the by-invitation only IAFF Instructors Development Conference in Clearwater, FL November 18-21.  The annual event supports first responder instructors with HazMat specific training, including the opportunity to meet with industry leaders & vendors.  Speaking to influencers regarding the state of the industry, LION had a chance to showcase achieving National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1994 Standard’s Class 1 certification for its MT94 (Multi-Threat) CBRN ensemble, offering first responders advanced protection against some of the world's worst chemical and biological threats.  LION’s MTs were featured in many of the HazMat expert trainer’s presentations displaying the line’s streamlined design combining durability, mobility & comfort.  Departments represented included many current LION customers- FDNY, Denver Fire, Chicago Fire, Des Moines Fire, & Nashville Fire, who were pleased to learn about the recent Class 1 certification.

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TOTALCARE® Grand Opening In Atlanta, GA

 

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LION CBRN NFPA 1994 CLASS 1 CERTIFIED

DAYTON, OH – LION, a manufacturer of CBRN Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits, has achieved National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1994 Standard’s Class 1 certification for its MT94 (Multi-Threat) ensemble, offering first responders advanced protection against some of the world's worst chemical and biological threats. The LION MT94 suit series is now certified to NFPA 1994 Class 1 and Class 2 and NFPA 1992 Standards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the world’s leading advocate for fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety. NFPA 1994, Standard on Protective Ensembles for First Responders to Hazardous Materials Emergencies and CBRN Terrorism Incidents establishes the minimum requirements for the design, performance, testing, documentation, and certification of protective ensembles and ensemble elements for protection of emergency first responder personnel from chemicals, biological agents, and radiological particulate (CBRN) terrorism agents. LION’s Director of CBRN PPE & StationWearTM Diane Redden notes “Meeting the specific performance and testing requirements established by the NFPA means LION is doing all it can to safeguard first responders with proper gear, which is our #1 priority. We strive to provide fire and emergency service personnel with vital PPE for CBRN incidents- this certification lets the industry know our gear has met the consensus standard of the ‘most protective’.” For more information on LION’s CBRN, visit www.lionprotects.com/cbrn.

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LION Attending IACP 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition

     LION is looking forward to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago at McCormick Place West on October 27th and 28th.

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DISTRIBUTING FIRST RESPONDER TRAINING EQUIPMENT

In an effort to improve fire department training customer support and coverage, Witmer Public Safety Group, Inc., parent company of TheFireStore, and LION are partnering to distribute first responder training equipment. LION is the largest family-owned manufacturer of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States. In addition to producing some of the most high-quality, cutting-edge turnout gear available, LION also offers a holistic suite of critical fire service products and services that no other US manufacturer provides. LION’s portfolio of First Responder Training Equipment products offers realistic, scalable, repeatable and safe first responder training solutions. From state-of-the-art digital fire training tools to live-fire training props and custom builds, LION’s training product portfolio covers a large spectrum of fire department training needs. Additionally, LION TotalCare® provides first responders with professional PPE cleaning, repair and inspection services. Witmer Public Safety Group, Inc. is a nationally recognized dealer that provides fast access to a full range of specialized public safety equipment and supplies from the biggest manufacturers in the industry of innovative products. By using technological advances, traditional sales efforts, internal customer support and modern fulfillment operations, the company consistently meets the demands of those who serve and protect. In partnership with LION, Witmer is expanding their product offering to include LION’s extensive fire training suite both via their field sales team as well as on their ecommerce site, TheFireStore.com. “LION is excited to expand our partnership with Witmer,” explains Mark Smith, Senior V.P. of LION. “Adding our First Responder Training Equipment line to their product portfolio will allow us to expand on our combined missions of protecting those who protect us.” Interested in learning more about the offerings included in the LION fire training product portfolio? Visit the LION website at www.lionprotects.com or TheFireStore at www.thefirestore.com.

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RedZone - the only ul Verified particulate blocking firefighter turnout gear

LION is taking action to increase the protection of firefighters by testing its RedZone turnout gear with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to the NFPA 1971, Optional Standard for Liquid and Particulate Protective Ensemble. UL Verification is an objective, science-based assessment that confirms the accuracy of marketing claims. The independent assessment process scrutinizes the validity of specific advertising or promotional statements, giving individuals a way to separate verified fact from fiction. As verified by UL, RedZone is now the only particulate blocking firefighter turnout gear proven to have no ingress at the turnout coat, pant, glove, boot interfaces and closure points, giving firefighters another layer of protection against hazardous particulates contained in smoke and soot. Additionally, RedZone performs consistently with existing turnout standards for heat stress management and mobility, requires no change in the donning/doffing process, and is certified to meet NFPA 1971; 2018 ed. Developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the North Carolina State University Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) as part of the Dayton, Ohio-based PPE company’s overall contaminant control effort, LION RedZone is specifically designed to reduce exposure of potentially dangerousparticulatesintogarmentswornbyfirefighters. Thefirefighters’newPPEisalsodesignedtoprovidethesame level of fit, comfort and mobility as LION’s high-performance V-Force® turnout gear but includes enhanced protection from exposure at key interface areas in the core, wrist and lower body. “We are very proud of our work to address the issue of cancer in the fire service by increasing the protection of first responders against carcinogens and harmful particulates, as well as increasing awareness and advocating for their safety,” said Mark Smith, senior vice president of LION Americas. “This mission is at the core of everything we do. From offering ‘cleaner’, safer training solutions, proper, verified ISP [Independent Service Provider] gear cleaning & repair, and RedZone personal protective equipment- LION is poised to be there for the industry to supply solutions that are focused on the overall safety AND health of those who risk their lives to protect us every day.” For more information on LION’s RedZone Contaminant Control package, visit https://www.lionprotects.com/firefighter- turnout-gear-redzone. To review full details of the Underwriter’s Laboratory procedures and results,visit https://verify.ul.com/verifications/237.

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LION AND SHUR-SALES & MARKETING PARTNER

LION and Shur-Sales & Marketing, Inc. are partnering to expand the sales coverage, service and support of LION’s personal protective equipment (PPE) and training products along with LION’s distribution partners throughout the western states. LION is the largest family-owned manufacturer of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States. In addition to producing some of the most high-quality, cutting-edge turnout gear available, LION also offers a holistic suite of critical fire service products and services that no other US manufacturer provides. From state-of-the-art digital fire training tools to live-fire training products and custom builds, LION’s training product portfolio covers a large spectrum of fire department training needs. Additionally, LION TotalCare® provides first responders with professional PPE cleaning, repair and inspection services as a verified Independent Service Provider. “We are excited to partner with the Shur-Sales team of industry sales professionals,” said Mark Smith, President of LION Americas. “Their passion for helping firefighters, combined with their commitment to great service and technical product expertise will be a great addition to the LION sales team and our distribution partners as we continue to grow and service our business in the West.” Shur-Sales & Marketing, based in Englewood, CO, is a multi-divisional independent manufacturers' representative firm that has a sales force in the Industrial Safety Equipment and Fire-Fighting Equipment marketplaces. Shur-Sales prides itself in offering the best sales support and access to technical product expertise so that its customers can make informed decisions about important life-saving equipment. “We are proud to align ourselves with a family company that shares so many of our core values as well as the same passion for the safety of our first responders,” said Ken Bush, President of Fire Division of Shur-Sales & Marketing. “We look forward to sharing LION’s offering with our customers and growing this partnership for many years to come.” Shur-Sales will begin representing LION products on November 1, 2019. Interested in learning more about the offerings included in the LION product portfolio? Visit the LION website at www.lionprotects.com or www.shur-sales.com.

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Lion & Dinges Partner Up for PPE Distribution

In an effort to improve customer support and coverage throughout the Midwest, LION and Dinges Fire Company are partnering to distribute first responder personal protective equipment (PPE). LION is the largest family-owned manufacturer of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States. In addition to producing some of the most high-quality, cutting-edge turnout gear available, LION also offers a holistic suite of critical fire service products and services that no other US manufacturer provides. From state-of-the-art digital fire training tools to live-fire training products and custom builds, LION’s training product portfolio covers a large spectrum of fire department training needs. Additionally, LION TotalCare® provides first responders with professional PPE cleaning, repair and inspection services as a verified Independent Service Provider. “Growth is always on our minds at LION and we are relentlessly looking for partners who share this mind-set,” said Mark Smith, senior vice president of LION Americas. “Dinges is a first-class company that has proven it knows how to grow and is truly passionate about this industry for the right reasons. They are exactly the type of distributor LION is looking for, so we are more than excited to begin this partnership that will allow us to expand our shared purpose of protecting and educating first responders.” Dinges Fire Company, based in Amboy, IL, is a growing emergency service distributor, committed to protecting America’s emergency responders with the best safety and protection equipment on the market. With over 200+ years of firefighting experience among their team, they take tremendous pride in being firefighters serving firefighters. “We are proud to align ourselves with a company that shares so many of our core values as well as the same passion for the safety of our first responders,” said Nicholas Dinges, CEO of Dinges Fire Company. “We look forward to growing this partnership with LION for many years to come.” Dinges Fire Company will begin distributing LION products in early September 2019. Interested in learning more about the offerings included in the LION product portfolio? Visit the LION website at www.lionprotects.com or Dinges Fire Company at www.dingesfire.com.

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LION at NSC 2019

LION is excited to be attending the NSC 2019 Expo in San Diego, California on September 9th – 11th. The National Safety Council is a non-profit that has been a safety advocate for over 100 years. Their mission aligns closely with ours: Eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. We also strive to eliminate preventable deaths in the realm of Firefighters with gear to keep them safe and training tools to help them be prepared for what might be thrown at them in emergency situations.

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City of Orlando Takes Action to Increase Protection for it's Firefighters

The City of Orlando is taking action to increase the protection of its firefighters by providing new structural fire protective clothing specifically designed to reduce exposure of potentially dangerous particulates into garments worn by members of the Orlando Fire Department (OFD). After an extensive wear trial process, the Orlando Fire Department (OFD) chose LION’s RedZone turnout gear, part of the Dayton, Ohio-based PPE company’s overall contaminant control effort developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Technology Directorate (S&T) and the North Carolina State University Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC). “Our firefighters deserve as much protection on the job as we can give them,” said OFD Chief Roderick Williams. “While there will always be occupational dangers and exposure to harmful materials and toxins in this job, there are things we can do to help reduce their risks. We owe it to them to do so.” The firefighters’ new PPE is also designed to provide the same level of fit, comfort and mobility as LION’s high- performance V-Force turnout gear but offers the added protection from exposure at the interface levels in the core, wrist and lower body areas. LION also offers a particulate-blocking hood as an option for added protection. “Thermal protection is extremely important for the firefighter,” said Williams. “This new gear also provides the optimal balance of thermal protection and breathability, and doesn’t add any additional heat stress.” The new gear will begin to roll out into the field in early 2019, and every OFD firefighter will receive a set of gear with the added particulate protection. “We are very proud of our work to address the issue of cancer in the fire service by increasing the protection of first responders against carcinogens and harmful particulates, as well as increasing awareness and advocating for their safety,” said Mark Smith, senior vice president of LION Americas. “The City of Orlando and the Orlando Fire Department are doing the right thing for their firefighters, and we are pleased to be their partner in protection.” Looking to protect those who protect you? Check out LION's RedZone Containment Control Package.

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LION at IAFC’s Fire-Rescue International 2019

LION is dedicated to firefighter safety, which means producing the best turnout gear available and sharing it with the world. This year, like many others, LION was pleased to set up shop at the IAFC’s Fire-Rescue International Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

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LION AND FIRE DEPT. COFFEE RAISE MONEY FOR FIREFIGHTER CANCER SUPPORT NETWORK

LION First Responder PPE, Inc., the largest family-owned manufacturer of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States and Fire Department Coffee (FDC), a firefighter-run company known for their freshly roasted blends and philanthropic work within the firefighter and first responder community. Together, LION and FDC created a co-branded coffee blend with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).

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LION Visits Arlington Fire Department To Promote Firefighter Safe Training

Arlington, TX – The Arlington Fire Department will be hosting the LION Mobile Fire Experience May 14th through the 16th to provide a training opportunity for local firefighters. LION, the largest family-owned manufacturer of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE), training equipment, and gear maintenance and repair in the

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LION LAUNCHES REDZONE PPE CONTAMINANT CONTROL PACKAGE

LION, the largest family-owned manufacturer of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States, recently launched their new RedZone™ Contaminant Control Package to help firefighters reduce their exposure to fire-related carcinogens. Developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Technology Directorate (S&T) and the North Carolina State University Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC), the launch of this groundbreaking turnout ensemble has been highly-anticipated.

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Bullex is now lion

BULLEX FIRE TRAINING EQUIPMENT CHANGES NAME TO LION

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The Will of a Firefighter | Kevin Wise Shares His Story with Not in Our House

Kevin Wise shares his story with the Not in Our House campaign. 

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How Drone Technology is Impacting the Fire Service

By Olivia Schwartz  Drones are being leveraged to continue to improve first responder safety. Whether they are used in dangerous search missions, to detect wildfires, or identify potential hazards, drones are a leading fire safety tool of 2017.

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Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium

The Fire Service Occupational Alliance was formed to address the issue of cancer with a common voice among the fire service. To do so, the alliance created and held the first Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona to continue to improve education, prevention measures and support for firefighters and their families affected by cancer.

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This is My Life

Mahlon Irish shares his story with the Not in Our House campaign.

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Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out

By Olivia Schwartz

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Why Clean Gear is Safer Gear

By: Olivia Schwartz

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Tell Me Why?

Brian McQueen shares his story with the Not in Our House campaign.

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The Right PPE for Fentanyl Exposure

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, and 100 times more powerful than morphine, has become a growing concern for first responders.

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Validity of Turnout Retirement Age

Author: Dr. Meredith McQuerry, Florida State University

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Protection is the Best Medicine

Roy Bumgardner, retired firefighter with 26 years of service, and cancer survivor, share's his story with the Not in Our House campaign.

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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 of EMS calls in comparison to fire calls.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Caring for Your Moisture Barrier with Help from Manufacturer Warranties

by Bob Towe, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

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Why Fires Today Give First Responders Less Time

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NVFC Launches Volunteer Recruitment Portal for Fire Departments to Combat Declining Volunteerism

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has launched the department portal component of its new Make Me a Firefighter volunteer recruitment campaign. Departments can now sign up at http://portal.nvfc.org to join the campaign and showcase their volunteer opportunities.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Physical fitness in the fire service

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Leatherhead Thursday: The importance of precision

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Leatherhead Thursday: Firefighter injuries and physical fitness

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LION partners with the IFRM to successfully set up a fire department

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Leatherhead Thursday: Training Props and Aids

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Leatherhead Thursday: Holiday Season and Appreciation

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Leatherhead Thursday:The nozzle person

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United Way and LION Team Up for Family This Holiday Season

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Leatherhead Thursday: Here comes winter again!

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LION sponsors the Firefighter Combat Challenge in Phoenix

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Helmets of the fire service

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Fire service organizations send letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary amid ebola concerns

Representatives from the Congressional Fire Services Institute, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking for their support in protecting EMS personnel against the current Ebola outbreak.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Multipurpose Gear

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Leatherhead Thursday: Living at the firehouse

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Leatherhead Thursday: It’s about time for some pink!

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors

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Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Cleaning for Structural Fire Helmets

It’s Fire Academy Friday! 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.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Lines Down

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors

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NYTimes.com: Coaxing Fire and Police Staffs in Arizona to Cut Own Pensions

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Fire Academy Friday: Structural PPE Construction, Features, and Functions

It’s Fire Academy Friday! 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.

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Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Inspection - Turnouts Part 2

It’s Fire Academy Friday! 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.

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FireRescue1.com: Firefighting among best work-life balance jobs

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is no easy task. Glassdoor, which compiles data about workplaces, released a list of the top highly rated jobs for work-life balance. The results are based on employee feedback over the past year, according to the report.

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Fire Academy Friday: How firefighting affects the body

It’s Fire Academy Friday! 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.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Sirens on or off?

By Shane Wells of the Leatherhead Instructors

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New NFPA 1670 chapter gives guidance on conducting animal technical rescues

By Ryan McGinnis For NFPA Journal July/August

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Fire Academy Friday: Retirement of PPE

It’s Fire Academy Friday! 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.

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Fire Prevention Week is Approaching – Enhance Your Efforts with Fire Corps

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Firefighter-friendly feature added to Google Maps

From Firefighters Worldwide

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Flame Resistant T-Shirts May Replace Cotton

By Guy Lucas for Safety Components

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Fire Academy Friday: Proper storage of PPE

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.

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Leatherhead Thursday: A firefighter's helmet

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors Firefighters have worn helmets for centuries to protect them from falling objects and debris, but the variations in style, material, and safety features have changed dramatically.  Helmets today have safety features like adjustable chin straps, adjustable head bands, impact shells, reflective emblems, unit identification, and eye protection integrated; these guidelines are described in NFPA 1971.  The modern day fire helmet has much tradition, but safety and protection is its primary purpose. The career of a firefighter can often be seen through condition of his or her helmet.  It is long standing tradition in the fire service to maintain that smoke and fire stained helmet to show what kind of firefighter you are, but recent studies show that this may not be a good idea for our health.  Firefighter’s helmets may be burnt, damaged, or smoky; at some point the condition of your helmet may decrease the safety mechanisms that they are designed for.  Helmets today are still found in many styles, but comfort guides the buyers.

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Fire Hazards of Exterior Wall Construction: An NFPA Research Report

By Owen Davis For NFPA Today

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Free fireworks safety resources for the 4th

Looking for fireworks safety tips for your department to distribute? Be sure to check out NFPA's Fireworks Safety section:

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FireRescue1: 4 ways for fire chiefs to not get steamrolled by details

By Dennis Rubin For FireRescue1.com The top official of any agency is the responsibility party for everything that happens in the organization. During World War II President Harry S. Truman put it best: "The buck stops here." Truman was taking responsibility for the escalation of the war effort and placing the lives of many of America's military members in harms way. The president took personal accountability for the decisions that were being made on the battlefield based on his position and authority to engage our nation in combat against a foreign enemy — that's true leadership. Make no mistake, the senior official of any organization must take the same approach and be held accountable for the actions (sometimes inactions) of the troops. If the big boss is going to be held accountable for everything occurring within their department, she must pay attention all of the time to all of the details. That's a huge responsibility for a fire chief and it is not fair. However, the community expects the top firefighter will lead and the rest of the outfit will follow.

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Zero Tolerance for Alcohol and other Intoxicants

By John K. Murphy For Fire Engineering As a retired Deputy Fire Chief, Attorney at Law and health care practitioner, I read with great interest the most recent postings on all of the fire service media related to Reno Fire Department's negotiated Policy agreement to allow firefighters to report to duty while impaired. This Policy negotiated in 2002 between labor and the City allows the following levels of drugs and alcohol in a firefighter’s blood (add on descriptors are authors notations): City of Reno limits for a positive drug or alcohol test for firefighters: Alcohol: .08 percent Marijuana: 50 ng/ml – Illegal under Federal Law Cocaine: 300 ng/ml – Available only by prescription. All other found in testing is illegal Opiate: 2000 ng/ml – Codeine, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Fentanyl etc.(prescription only) Phencyclidine: 25 ng/ml – PCP or Angel Dust is a recreational dissociative drug Amphetamines: 1,000 ng/ml - Adderall, Dexedrine et. al. (prescription only)

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We will never forget: July 6 is the 20th anniversary of the South Canyon fire

This summer, the interagency wildland fire community will mark the 20-year anniversary of the South Canyon Fire accident, that occurred on July 6, 1994, and the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire accident, that occurred on June 30, 2013. Although these accidents were separated in time by 19 years, they are bound together by several tragic commonalities. Both accidents were burnovers; both accidents resulted in multiple fatalities of highly trained, skilled, and experienced wildland firefighters; and both occurred during devastating wildfire seasons in which 34 wildland firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty. We believe that the anniversaries of these accidents merit designating Monday, June 30 through Sunday, July 6 as “A Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn,” to honor the memories of all fallen wildland firefighters and to reflect on lessons learned from different types of wildland fire accidents. We invite and encourage all local, state, and federal agencies with roles and responsibilities in wildland fire suppression to participate in this commemoration as they see fit.

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Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Cleaning of Turnouts

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Leatherhead Thursday: Today’s Air Packs

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors The revolution of the air pack in the fire service today has been one of the most significant from thirty plus years ago.  There was a day when wearing an air pack was not a common practice and many departments did not even own them; today you will not find a fire house across the country that does not have them.  The point is that research has guided a lot of the technology that we have today; thirty years ago the information was not there.  You will find many variations of the same thing, but todays air packs have many of the same components. I believe that the air pack is one of the most vital tools to our safety, but should we expect the equipment to benefit us if we do not care for it?  The air pack can be manufactured by one of many companies throughout the world, but they all have similar components and operations.  The air pack should have a cylinder, first stage regulator, second stage regulator, alarm system, mask, and backpack frame.  The system can be high or low pressure, but must be a closed type circuit (only breathing from the supplied air).

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NFPA's grilling fires infographic highlights key safety tips

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Baptism by Fire: A New York Firefighter Confronts His First Test

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New report develops permeation test method for zippers and other closures on emergency responder PPE

By Lauren Backstrom the Fire Protection Research Foundation

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Fire Academy Friday: Assembly and Dissassembly of PPE

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.

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How to eliminate LODDs in fire service training

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The future of fire data

By Marty Ahrens For NFPA Today

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Back to Basics: Engine company ops – master streams

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Firewise virtual workshop will help you understand how embers ignite roofs in a wildland fire

From NFPA Today

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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.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Where is the luster?

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors I challenge you to pick up a fire service magazine of any type, read an article online, or search different online venues and find an article related to “how the fire service has distanced itself from tradition”.  It will be easy; I find these types of articles weekly in all different types of places discussing the distance that we have grown away from the traditions of the fire service.  How did we get there, what can we do to fix it, where has it gone?  It is ridiculous to ponder a question when the answer is obvious; it is our fault for allowing it to get here! The service is falling by the wayside because we have lowered our standards.  I bet the “old guys” in your house will tell you that the trucks were always clean, the chores were done, guys were neatly dressed, and everyone ate together when they started.  I bet the old guys will tell you that there were certain ways of doing things, some of the ways have changed with training and technology, but there were some things that didn’t.  I bet that they won’t tell you that some SOP or SOG came down the pipe saying that it is not necessary to wear your duty shirt when working, or the trucks don’t need to look shiny all the time, or you do not need to wash your gear when you get back from a fire.  The reason that this has become acceptable is simple: somebody is not doing their damned job.

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Outgoing NFPA Chair Philip Stittleburg speaks at General Session in Las Vegas

From the NFPA Conference & Expo

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Strategies for Protecting Firefighter Hearing

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Fire Engineering: Social media tips and tricks for volunteer departments

By Thomas A. Merrill For Fire Engineering What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And on Facebook. And Twitter. And anywhere else people decided to post their photos and comments for the world to see. Of course, what people post is their own personal business. However, the professional volunteer firefighter has a duty and obligation to ensure his posts do not negatively impact the image and reputation of his department or our great fire service. Used correctly, social media can be a great tool and can contribute greatly to a department’s professional reputation. But, if used inappropriately, a firefighter and a department’s reputation can be destroyed very quickly, and that damage can be hard to repair.

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Fire Academy Friday: Routine cleaning of PPE

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.

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Fire Hero Learning Network launches operational checklists

From the Fire Hero Learning Network What are the NFFF Operational Checklists? The National Fallen Firefighters Operational Checklists project provides standard and customizable checklists for major operations conducted by fire departments. The checklists, developed by recognized experts and leaders in the fire service, detail the typical major tasks to be conducted during a particular type of operation. By using the checklists, you can help ensure that you have considered and completed all these tasks during the operation. Therefore, it is recommended that you print the checklists you create and keep a copy in each apparatus and response vehicle.

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UL releases new research in basement fire computer modeling

From UL New Science Why Basement Fire Models Matter Basement fires are an extremely dangerous challenge for firefighters. In the late 1970s, fire deaths inside a structure occurred at a rate of 1.8 deaths per 100,000 structure fires. By the late 1990s, the mortality rate had risen to three per 100,000. Fire Engineering notes that a “large majority of firefighter fatalities or significant injuries occur at what were ultimately basement fires.” For these reasons, it is critical to understand the particular safety risks associated with basement fires through experimentation and advanced engineering analysis. To build on and further the knowledge gained from physical experiments, UL relies on computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based fire modeling tools to expand the available experimental dataset and deepen insights.

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Fire Engineering: Understanding and avoiding a flashover

By Michael Salzano For Fire Engineering The International Fire Service Training Association’s (IFSTA’s) Firefighter Essentials textbook defines a flashover as “the temperature in a compartment that results in the simultaneous ignition of all the combustible contents in the space.” However, I don't care what the book says! Don't get me wrong, "the book" helped teach us the initial essentials of firefighting—the tip of the proverbial iceberg—that is “enough to get you injured or killed.” However, the book won’t help you at 3 a.m. in a dark hallway with zero visibility and no visible fire. The only thing that will help you is realistic training and remembering the critical signs during a fire’s lifespan. As a probationary firefighter, rookie, or veteran firefighter, it is imperative to have the necessary critical information to help you recognize, prevent, and survive a flashover.

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Fallen Houston first responders remembered with cycling fundraiser

From ABC13 BELLAIRE, TX (KTRK) -- Firefighters and officers rode bicycles Friday to honor fallen heroes from Texas, including the four Houston firefighters killed one year ago.

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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.

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Into the Fire: Report examines fire that killed two Boston firefighters

By Michele McPhee For Boston Magazine

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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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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.

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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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Denis Leary hosts exclusive showing of BURN in Detroit on May 22

Join Denis Leary, Detroit firefighters, and the filmmakers themselves for a one night only homecoming screening of BURN!

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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.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Staying on top of training

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors Training is a part of our job that is essential if we want to truly protect our communities, one another, and ourselves.  It is also a part of our job that can be easily overlooked or be placed on the back burner when other things around the station seem to take priority, or as we step out of winter hibernation!  We are going to take the time to discuss some ways to incorporate training into our shift days or into our schedules if we are not on a regular shift. Those of us that work a 24/ 48 or similar work schedule have no reason not to train; we are getting paid to be there!  It is easy to get caught up in the day and not take the time to have shift training, but if the training is planned at the beginning of the shift or on a monthly schedule; it will be easier to accommodate for it during the day.  The training does not need to be all day, make the session an hour or two, and be sure to keep things interesting.  Nobody stays on task or finds interest in things that are poorly delivered or structured.  Take the time to research what you are teaching and keep everyone involved during the delivery.  You will get out of the training what you are putting into it.

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Wildfire Watch: Why Ask Why?

By Lucian Deaton For NFPA's Wildlands Fire Operations Division

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Trouble in Mind: Behavioral health in the fire service

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Structural Firefighting: Rapid intervention and NFPA 1407

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Fire Academy Friday: Structrual helmet advanced 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.

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Doffing superheated turnout gear

By Patrick L. Brown For FireEngineering.com

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Back to Basics: Truck company ops – elevated master streams

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Share the Load: A Support Program for Fire and EMS

By Kimberly Quiros For the NVFC Firefighters and EMTs are expected to run in when everyone else is running out. Fires, traffic accidents, shootings, medical emergencies – first responders see and hear it all. What most don’t want to admit is the toll this takes on their own behavioral health. This is what the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is trying to change with the new Share the Load™ program. Behavioral health is a very real issue that affects every department and emergency responder in some way or other. Firefighters and EMTs are frequently placed in dangerous and life-threatening circumstances, and are on the front-lines of the worst situations. At the same time, they juggle the needs of the fire department, their families, outside interests, and for volunteers, full-time jobs. This is on top of everyday stressors and often poor sleep and fitness patterns. It makes sense that these factors will impact the behavioral health of many of those who answer the call.

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May 4 - 10 is National Arson Awareness Week

From the USFA Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and our partners work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson. Vehicle arson motivations and prevention tips Learn about the most common motives for setting vehicle fires and tips you can share with your community to prevent vehicle arson. Vehicle fire investigative hints and successful practices Investigating a vehicle arson can be difficult. Read about three successful local program initiatives and hints that can help when you're investigating a suspected vehicle arson. Vehicle arson statistics From 2008-2010, 14 percent of all fires were vehicle fires. Of these fires, 7 percent were intentionally set. Source: USFA From 2004-2006, an estimated 27,900 intentionally set vehicle fires occurred each year in the U.S. These intentionally set fires resulted in an average of approximately 40 deaths, 75 injuries, and $169 million in property loss each year. Source: USFA During 2007-2011, local fire departments responded to an average of 20,400 intentionally set vehicle fires, accounting for 7 percent of intentionally set fires and resulting in an average of 32 civilian deaths, 67 civilian injuries, and $176 million in direct property damage. Source: National Fire Protection Association Two-thirds of intentionally set vehicle fires occur under the cloak of darkness (9 p.m.-6 a.m.). Source: National Fire Protection Association Over the last 10 years (2003-2012), there has been an average of 14,737 vehicle arsons reported, accounting for 26.5 percent of total arsons annually. Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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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.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Are you “good enough”?

By J.R. Dennison For the Leatherhead Instructors The fire service is full of all types of people, from all walks of life, with many different goals.  Some of us are second, third, or fourth generation firefighters that have dreamed of the job since childhood.  Others discovered the fire service as young adults or even older adults.  The fire service is truly diverse in its makeup, but so are the standards that each firefighter holds him/ herself to. Regardless of the age, gender, or ethnicity of the firefighter; they were probably quite ambitious at the beginning of their career.  You could follow this firefighter and find that their tools were clean and sharp, their S.C.B.A.’s were filled to their max, the knowledge and understanding of the equipment that they used was sharp, and they had an excitement about them for the job.  Time, influences, and laziness are all things that contribute to the demise of the new firefighter.  Making certain that our new firefighters are properly mentored can be the beginning or the beginning of the end for them; along with personal choices/ goals.

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NFPA: Total cost of fire up 34 percent from 1980

By Lauren Backstrom For NFPA Today

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Building a Better Definition of Fire Attack

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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.

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HIGH-RISE 101

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Connecticut firefighters lift truck to save trapped man

A team of first responders in Connecticut went back to the basics in order to rescue an elderly man pinned by his car on Easter Sunday.

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Back to Basics: Sub-level rescues part 1

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Firefighters run Boston Marathon for lost colleagues, victims

By Wayne Coffey For New York Daily News

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Leatherhead Thursday: Staying safe on the roadways

By J.R. Dennison For the Leatherhead Instructors We respond to many incidents each year on the roadways across America, and each year many first responders are killed while mitigating problems and emergencies on these same roadways.  We have taken many steps towards improving our personal and equipment visibility, but there is more that we can do.  Mandating changes in our attire and the lighting/ visibility of our equipment is simply a small step in the big picture.  Our attitudes and willingness to be proactive is literally a life or death choice. A number of years ago it was mandated that we wear safety vests over our turnout coats while operating on roadway emergencies, and just like any change in the fire service; it met resistance.  These vests have gained popularity across America because they have proven to be an effective tool in increasing the visibility of first responders.  You will now find police, state troopers, construction workers, tow truck drivers, semi drivers, and virtually all persons working on the roadways wearing these.  It has taken some time, but they are gaining acceptance!

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Rolf H. Jensen Memorial grant application for 2015 now available

The Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant is presented annually to a local fire department to support a fire and life safety education community-wide program or campaign. Recipients Biography of Rolf H. Jensen Application deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015. Download the application (PDF, 613 KB). Eligibility The Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant provides a $5,000 grant to one local fire department to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign. Funded by the RJA Group, the grant is open to any fire department (career or volunteer) located in the United States or Canada.

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Anti-Ventilation Tactics on the Fireground

By Ed Hartin

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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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New report provides an update of current practice and policies for PPE care & maintenance

By Lauren Backstrom For NFPA Today

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Firefighter saves fellow firefighter when roof caves in

From News 3 By  Denise Rosch NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Two North Las Vegas firefighters are back on the job one day after falling through the roof of a burning home. The City of North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to 3005 St. George Street Thursday afternoon for a reported house fire. The call came in at 2:58 p.m. Mike Harris and Joe'l Adams are both veterans with the North Las Vegas Fire Department and have worked together about six years. They were ventilating the fire at the four-plex near Civic Center and Cheyenne when the roof gave way. The men characterized what happened as "a bad day." That bad day that ended with a very good outcome, and both men are fine. When they arrived, fire crews found a single story, multi-family dwelling with smoke visible around the roof. Once crews gained entry into the house they reported heavy smoke and flames in the attic.

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Fire Academy Friday: Certified NFPA 1500 training

LION Fire Academy offers free video training for NFPA 1500 certified by Butler Tech that can count toward your Continuing Education credits. Choose from one of the training chapters watch and learn. After each chapter, you will be prompted to take an online test. After you submit your answers, you will be informed if you passed the test. If you didn't pass, you may take it again. For successful completion of all 12 tests, you will receive a CEU certificate worth three hours of training by email in about a week.

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Boston firefighters offer advice on coping with tragedy

By Bob McGovern For The Boston Herald When the horrible news out of Boston struck — “two men down in the line of duty” — firefighters across the state felt the pain. Five who also lost fellow firefighters in the line of duty gave advice yesterday to those who hold the memories of Lt. Edward J. Walsh and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy close. Here are their stories as told to the Herald’s Bob McGovern: Fire Chief Michael Hanson The Lancaster fire chief remembers burying one of his own in 2003, firefighter Martin McNamara, who was killed after a series of explosions in a building. “The biggest thing they can do is just stay in contact with each other, stay focused and just lean on each other. It’s what we did here in Lancaster. We talked about the good times we had with Marty and the kind of guy he was. “We all take the job knowing the risk, and we all know that something could happen to any of us. We all just want our brothers and sisters to keep moving ahead if something does happen. “We’re a very close group, and it’s hard to explain to people. You can travel all the way to California, stop by a fire station, and they’ll treat you like family. It’s like you’ve known each other forever. There’s a strong bond there, and we all carry it with us.”

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Tips on how to get more from a fire service tradeshow

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LION hosts two special screenings of BURN: One year on the front lines of the battle to save Detroit

Are you in the Dayton, Ohio region? LION invites all area firefighters and friends to come to THE NEON to see the documentary BURN...'One year on the front lines of the battle to save Detroit. BURN is an award-winning, action-packed film that takes you closer than you've ever been, capturing a year in the lives of Detroit firefighters who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.

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Fire Academy Friday: Free, online training accredited by Butler Tech

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.

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Leatherhead Thursday: The burden of investigations?

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors We are all contacted regularly, at irregular hours to conduct investigations for odd smells, noises, installation of home goods, and whatever the public deems an emergency.  The residents of our communities have learned over time that when you call the fire department; you get a resolution.  We truly have become more than our job descriptions, but always stop short of being experts!  The opportunity to get into people’s homes and assist them with their “emergencies” also provides for a time to make recommendations for safety. Many times we are called for carbon monoxide suspicions, but only to find that the detector is dated and needing to be replaced.  We need to be prepared to offer good and accurate information about what these folks should be buying and using; it is a good idea to research products and to make sure that your department is offering the same information.  A good idea would be to compose a list of home safety products and their specifications that can be given to the resident when you respond to these types of calls; this information can be of great assistance to them.

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Know your flashover

By Alex Langbell A flashover is the near-simultaneous ignition of most of the directly exposed combustible material in an enclosed area. When certain organic materials are heated, they undergo thermal decomposition and release flammable gases. Flashover occurs when the majority of the exposed surfaces in a space are heated to their auto ignition temperature and emit flammable gases (see also flash point). Flashover normally occurs at 500 °C (930 °F) or 1,100 °F for ordinary combustibles.

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Firefighting in Big Box Stores

By Aaron J. Heller For Fire Engineering As I write this, firefighters are preparing their Class A uniforms and planning a funeral to say goodbye to one of our own, taken from us far too early in another commercial building fire. Whether you live in a big city, a suburban community, or a rural farm town, big box stores are moving in and making an impact on everything from the economy to traffic woes to the local fire department.

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NFPA Journal: The problem with legislating six-year code cycles

By Don Bliss For NFPA Journal March/April 2014 State legislative sessions are back in full swing, and with that comes a disturbing challenge to the code adoption process in a number of states. In a repeat of last year, some legislatures are considering bills that would limit code adoption and revision cycles to a minimum of every six years. Proponents of the six-year code adoption cycle argue that the existing code year cycles, which are often timed to coincide with the three-year code development cycles of NFPA and the International Code Council, create unnecessary costs for homebuilders and consumers. They try to make the argument that a six-year code cycle will reduce the cost of code update training for inspectors, design professionals, and facility operators.

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LION Fire Academy training now counts toward your continuing education credits

It's Fire Academy Friday! LION is pleased to announce that LION Fire Academy online training has been accredited by Butler Tech, Hamilton, OH. Butler Tech offers a wide range of first responder certifications.

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Back to Basics: Flat-roof ventilation part 2

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New research to examine fire safety concerns of green buildings

By Fred Durso Jr. For the NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is funding a three-year project through the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) aimed at identifying and reducing potential risks posed by "green" elements in newer buildings. The $1 million project is a follow-up to the 2012 report commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation that identified dozens of these concerns and how research could pinpoint mitigation tactics. In his initial research, Brian Meacham, associate professor of fire protection engineering at WPI, compiled a list of 78 green building features and construction elements that could pose risks to firefighters and occupants. Lightweight engineered lumber, for instance, uses less material and could present risks during fires for its propensity to collapse more quickly than conventional timber construction.

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How to lead your department through a LODD

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BullEx training technology sees action in Scottsburg, IN

By Christ Sutter For WDRB

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Fire Academy Friday: LION Helmet fit and adjustment

Your safety depends upon the proper fit of your helmet. You must check the integrity, fit, and proper assembly of the helmet, suspension, and chinstrap before each use.  Since no two heads are exactly alike, a new helmet will need to be adjusted to your head’s unique size and shape. LION's nine-point configuration and Center of Gravity™ technologies give you the ability to custom-fit your helmet to your head — granting you greater comfort and protection. This video shows you how a helmet should fit and ways to adjust your helmet.

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Leatherhead Thursday: No Hydrants?

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors To some this presents no problem, but if your only experience is with supplied water; you have a problem!  Most municipalities have the benefit of fire hydrants every block, and these firefighters have little to no experience with establishing a tanker shuttle or other means of getting the water to the scene.  It is not uncommon for these departments to not have hard suction, portable ponds, or tankers; they have no need for them.  The departments that have few or no hydrants are probably well educated on the procedures for getting water to the scene and the difficulties that can be present. The department that I work for has hydrants in town, but the township has no hydrants.  We rely on tanker shuttles; fill sites, dry hydrants, and mutual aid when we have a fire outside of the city.  Adding to the difficulty of supplying your own water is the farm lanes and the distances off of the main road that many of these homes sit.  Many times there is a delay in getting more than the 500- 1000 gallons of water that the first arriving engine carries to the scene in a timely manner because of these situations.  It is certainly important to call for additional tankers and set up a “water supply officer” quickly.

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How to keep culture from eating your safety strategy for breakfast

By Ken Willette For NFPA Journal  Mar/Apr 2014

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Changing the Culture of the FDNY

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Construction Concerns: Plaster

By Gregory Havel For FireEngineering.com

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Fire Academy Friday: Using your PPE safely

It's Fire Academy Friday! LION Fire Academy is your online destination for PPE resources and education.  Whether you're a student or instructor you'll find helpful articles, videos and links on all things PPE. This week's video will help you learn how to use structural fire fighter PPE safely in dangerous fire ground conditions, plus:

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See a set of LION Commander gloves get put to the test

Please check out volunteer firefighter Zach Miller's ongoing review of the new LION Commander on his blog:

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Could a New Canadian Response Model Work in the U.S.?

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Ask the Experts: Which PPE outer shell fabric is the most durable?

By Guy Lucas For FireHouse.com Which outer shell fabric is the most durable? The answer is...it depends.  It depends on who you ask and it depends on how you store and care for your turnout gear. There are three primary categories of performance that all outer shells share: protection, comfort, and durability. Within these three categories are subsets of performance. For example, within the protection category there are factors like Thermal Protective Performance (TPP), strength after a thermal exposure, and resistance to moisture/chemical absorption. Within comfort you may consider factors like flexibility, lower weight, and higher Total Heat Loss (THL) as benchmarks for better comfort.

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Fire Academy Friday: How to replace the leather shield on a LION helmet

It's Fire Academy Friday! Without the right training, replacing the leather shield on your helmet can be frustrating. Follow the instructions on this video for easy and painless shield replacement.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Not what it seems…

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors How many times have you heard your department, or any department, get dispatched to an emergency scene and the conditions upon arrival be significantly different than what was reported?  I will assume that your area is no different than mine, and you have encountered this situation many times to varying degrees.  It is not uncommon to receive inaccurate or conflicting information about an emergency prior to arrival, but what you do with that information is important. Dispatch is tasked with a difficult job; to get information from folks in distress.  People do not generally speak accurately when they are dealing with an emergent situation and we should be less dependent upon the information received.  The information that we receive from dispatch regarding the call is what we use to “paint the picture” of the scene prior to arrival and form an initial plan, but should never be a final determining factor into that plan.  As with anything, you will finalize your thoughts once you get on the scene and can visually assess the situation.  Although the information received through dispatch is not always accurate; you can certainly find a great deal of benefit from it.

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Wright State’s National Center for Medical Readiness receives donated equipment from LION

From the Wright State Newsroom Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR) at Calamityville received a large supply of personal protective clothing and urban search and rescue training equipment from LION, the world’s largest supplier of fire personal protective clothing for first responders. “With this contribution, we are proud to aid in the development and growth of the National Center for Medical Readiness and to be of great assistance during training exercises on the grounds of Calamityville in Fairborn,” LION (formerly Lion Apparel, Inc.) CEO Steve Schwartz said. “It will help make NCMR a safer, more realistic training environment and, therefore, contribute to its long term success. We are committed to supporting NCMR, which also helps us grow our business and helps grow the region we have called home for over 115 years.”

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Back to Basics: Flat-roof ventilation

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New document on developing emergency action plans for high rise office buildings available for download

By Kristin Bigda For NFPA Today The High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee has recently completed and published a new document related to developing emergency action plans for high rise office buildings.  The management of building occupants within high-rise buildings is a critical concern during emergencies. While procedures for fire evacuation have been developed and adopted by major fire and emergency services throughout North America, there remains considerable variation in practice in the field.  This guide can be used to develop emergency action plans that are required by many occupancies in other NFPA codes such and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®.

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Fire Academy Friday: Helmet fit and adjustment

Your safety depends upon the proper fit of your helmet. You must check the integrity, fit, and proper assembly of the helmet, suspension, and chinstrap before each use.  Since no two heads are exactly alike, a new helmet will need to be adjusted to your head’s unique size and shape. LION's nine-point configuration and Center of Gravity™ technologies give you the ability to custom-fit your helmet to your head — granting you greater comfort and protection.

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Are you prepared? The usefulness and the potential pitfalls of social media during large-scale emergencies.

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Protect the steps

By Warren Cersley For FireEngineering.com

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Myth busting: When to establish rehab

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New study reinforces data on how smoking laws reduce likelihood of residential fires

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Fire Academy Friday: Donning and Doffing your PPE

It's Fire Academy Friday! This week's training video covers the essentials of how to:

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Leatherhead Thursday: Reflecting on two Toledo LODD's

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors I would like to take this week and reflect on the loss of Firefighter Stephen Machinski and Firefighter James (Jamie) Dickman from the Toledo Ohio Fire Department while battling an apartment fire on Sunday, January 26th, 2014.  The loss of any firefighter is troubling enough, but losing two brothers locally really hits home for me; I find myself really thinking about how this has affected their families and their department, and what we can do to honor these two heroes. On Thursday, January 30th, 2014, Toledo Fire Department held a “Last Alarm” ceremony honoring these two men, and I was fortunate enough to be present.  I was proud to look around and see so many firefighters from around the United States and Canada in this facility to pay respect to these men and their families, but listening to the words from those who knew them was much more touching.  These men made countless impacts in people’s lives, selflessly gave of themselves to others, loved the job, and deeply cared about making a difference in the service.  Jamie is survived by his wife, three year old daughter, and one month old son; Stephen is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister niece, and nephew.  These two men had amazing families that they loved dearly, and they were loved dearly by.

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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department: The New Member

By Thomas A. Merrill For FireEngineering.com Part 12 of The Professional Volunteer Fire Department series on FireEngineering.com. Most volunteer fire departments are excited to welcome new members. Far too many volunteer departments are struggling to attract new recruits and find their numbers dwindling. This fact has been well publicized and a lot of effort, resources, and money have been thrown at this recruitment problem over the years with mixed results. So, when you do get that new member, what are you doing to properly introduce them not only to your firefighting world but also to your individual fire department as well? The professional volunteer fire department should develop some type of formal orientation program designed to introduce new recruits to your proud profession and also use it as an opportunity to establish expectations, review rules, set policies, and get them properly prepared for their new adventures as a firefighter.

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The effect of oxygen on ventilation-limited fires in today’s highly combustible homes

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Check out the February Issue of NFPA News

The February issue of NFPA News, our codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

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Fire Academy Friday: Assembly and Disassembly of PPE

It's Fire Academy Friday! This week's video demonstrates how to properly disassemble and assemble your PPE. After you've finished watching, take the test.

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Fire Engineering: Create rope stability with equal tension and angles

By Mike Donahue For FireEngineering.com In this month’s article, I will again look into the physics behind the systems you rig and build. As stated in my previous article, understanding the physics involved in what you create is important knowledge a rescuer shouldn't be without. Why? Loads and forces can be your friend or foe; they will also make or break your operation when not controlled properly.

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The Power of Training Props

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NFPA Journal details what was learned from fire at "green" building

By Robert Duval For NFPA Journal LAST SPRING, PHILIP STITTLEBURG, chief of the fire department in La Farge, Wisconsin, and chair of NFPA’s Board of Directors, contacted the association about a fire that had recently occurred in his town. On May 14, 2013, the La Farge Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at an office building in its fire district. When the first responding units arrived, they found a fire in a concealed space within the building. But what may have appeared at first glance as a routine fireground operation turned out to be anything but ordinary.

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11 tricks to stay warm fighting winter fires

A FireRescue1 Staff Feature

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LION Fire Academy Friday: Structural PPE construction, features and function

It's Fire Academy Friday! This week's video will cover the components of your PPE elements. Do you know the purpose and limitations of each element in your structural PPE? After you've finished watching, take the test.

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Boy who died saving relatives from fire laid to rest as 'firefighter'

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Fighting fires with the help of Google Glass

By Heather Kelly For CNN.com

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Ventilation Limited Fire: Keeping it Rich and Other Tactics Based Off Science

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Dubai's turning drones into firefighters

By Adam Clark Estes For Gizmodo

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Fire Academy Friday: How to replace a headband on a LION helmet

It's Fire Academy Friday! This week's video shows you the proper way to replace a headband from a LION  Legacy helmet.

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New vehicle safety products discussd at FDSOA

By Ed Ballam For Firehouse.com

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Life-Saving Smart Shoes Track Firefighters

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Ask The Experts: Switching to black turnout gear? Here's what you should know

By Guy Lucas For FireHouse.com This is what I would say to a fire department that is contemplating making a switch from a gold, khaki, or yellow outer shell to a black outer shell. The reason for making this statement is that more times than not, fire departments making a switch to a black outer shell become disappointed when the fabric changes color. It doesn't matter which black textile fabric is specified and it doesn't matter which garment manufacture makes the gear, the color changes in black outer shells are going to occur and the fire department needs to be prepared for those color changes before making the switch.

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Fire Academy Friday: Advanced inspection and cleaning of gloves

LION Fire Academy is your online destination for PPE resources and education.  Whether you're a student or instructor you'll find helpful articles, videos and links on all things PPE.

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The Ultimate Challenge: Surviving the Firehouse Diet

By P. Jordan Steel For FireEngineering.com Every year firefighters die. It is the nature of the business, a job where one is expected to "risk a lot to save a lot." Volumes have been written about the tragedy of the deaths that were avoidable, whether caused by excessive speed of an apparatus on the way to a call, lack of a proper size-up to identify hazards, or the lack of situational awareness of changing conditions. The unnecessary loss of a firefighter is always tragic.

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NFPA: Newest edition of "Getting Started with Firewise" kit now available

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How to beat tunnel vision

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Fire sprinklers in new homes: Why should firefighters care?

By Maria Figueroa For International Firefighter

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Fire Academy Friday: Advanced turnout cleaning

It's LION Fire Academy Friday! This week's video covers how to perform an Advanced Cleaning on your turnout coat and pants. The video covers thorough cleaning of turnouts using a cleaning agent, how often an Advanced Cleaning is needed and who can perform an Advanced Cleaning. It also defines the difference between Routine Cleaning, Advanced Cleaning and Decontamination.

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Leatherhead Thursday: Higher education in the fire service

By J.R. Dennison Leatherhead Instructors Education has always been a part of the fire service to some degree, but it is becoming more common to require a formal degree for positions of rank.  It is becoming equally common to find departments that will pay for a portion of your education, as long as it is in a related field and you hold a certain grade in the class, and even offer pay raises based on your education level.  There are many opinions for and against the idea of requiring a college degree to become a career firefighter, and the requirements for becoming a ranking officer. I do not hold a college degree, but I would say that I am more of an advocate for the idea versus against it.  I think that an education is simply another tool in the tool box!  English, mathematics, public speaking, money management, fire officer, tactics, command, and perhaps a foreign language are some of the classes available that are geared towards a degree.  Any of these classes can help us be a bit sharper when it comes to talking to a class of children during prevention week, making hydraulic calculations, or deciding how to handle a personal conflict that we are facing with another member.  A degree does not make or break us as firefighters, but it gives us the tools to make better decisions.

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Misconceptions about home sprinkler systems remain

By Angie Hicks For Cincinnati.com

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USFA: 2013 on-duty firefighter deaths jump to 5-year high

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D.C. fire department’s social media policy bans photos, videos

By Andrea Noble For The Washington Times

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B-2 stealth bomber returns to flight four years after "minor" fire

From TIME Swampland

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Deadline for NFPA fire protection scholarship is April 1

JOHN L. JABLONSKY SCHOLARSHIP Distribution There will be a minimum of one scholarship per year of at least $5,000 (USD). Monies will be awarded to one or more graduate students enrolled in fire protection engineering programs in either the United States or Canada. Qualifications A college or university shall be permitted to nominate one or two full- or part-time undergraduate students enrolled in a fire protection engineering program who exhibit the following: Scholarship achievement Leadership qualities Concern for others/volunteerism Intention to pursue a career in fire safety engineering Applicants If nominated by his/her college or university, the applicant must complete an application (PDF, 31 KB) and write a letter to the committee addressing the qualifications noted above and stating his/her qualifications and achievements in each of these areas. Each applicant must submit in English a legible copy of his/her undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The application, nominations, applicants' letters recommendation, and transcripts must reach the committee no later than April 1. Scholarship awards will be announced July 1, and distribution of funds will be made on September 1.

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Virtual reality brings new tool to firefighting

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How Education Helps Beyond the Fire Service

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Firefighter develops award winning mobile app

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Leatherhead Thursday: Above and Beyond?

By J.R. Dennison of the Leatherhead Instructors I know that all of us are doing our part for our communities year around, but what else can you do that can directly impact the lives of those in our communities?  Firefighters, police officers, and teachers are just a few examples of the folks within our communities that are considered to be “role models”.  Our actions on and off the job are admired by many, and our participation in community organizations can be rewarding for all parties involved. There are organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters that take your information and pair you with a child (up to 18 years of age) that shares some of your interests.  You meet with your “little” weekly and have the opportunity to make a big impact in their life and yours.  You are encouraged to spend time and not necessarily money on this person.  Many of these youth do not have an active mother, father, or good family setting; your actions can make a huge impact in these folk’s lives by guiding them in the right direction.

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10 Awesome firefighter holiday last-minute gift ideas

Still looking for holiday gift ideas for your favorite firefighter? Check out this list of cool firefighter products: 1. LION American Classic™ Custom Color Helmet The LION American Classic fiberglass fire helmet combines the looks of a traditional-style fire helmet with the lighter weight and high-performance protection of its modern-style counterparts. Its shell has patented TherMax™ composite technology to ensure thermal protection and features color that is molded throughout the shell – not painted on. The American Classic also features googles and flip-down shield eye protection. Available in ANY custom color or standard colors (Yellow, Black, White, Red, Blue, Orange or Natural) To order, contact LION Customer Support Team at 800.421.2926 or customersupport@lionprotects.com to locate your closest LION dealer. 2. “Fight Fire” V-Back™ Suspenders by Black Helmet Supply & LION LION V-Back™ quick-adjust, stretch padded suspenders with “Fight Fire” embroidered on the front and the Black Helmet Supply logo on the back. Black padded shoulders and metal loop connection. Traditional red color with black padding. Metal loop fasteners on front and back. 2” wide elastic polyester webbing. 1/8” thick FR closed cell foam shoulder pads encapsulated in 7.5oz Black Nomex. The medium (42") size will fit most people up to 6 ft. tall The large (48") is a good choice if you are over 6 ft. tall or have a waist over 40" To order, click here.

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Back to Basics: Using a rotary saw pt.2

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NFPA releases new video on Christmas tree fire safety

By Lisa Braxton For NFPA Today

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Fire Academy Friday: Donning and doffing

It's Fire Academy Friday! LION Fire Academy is a free online resource with instructional videos and quizzes for both fire students and instructors. This week's video will cover the essentials of how to: Don your gear before boarding the truck, Don your gear at the fire scene, The importance of closures and interface areas, How to properly remove your gear, And emergency doffing After you've finished watching, take the test.

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Accident crushed firefighter's body, not his spirit

By Brendan Milewski

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NFPA promotes holiday fire safety on nationwide media tour

By Mike Hazell For NFPA Today

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Making Decisions Prior to an Incident

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