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TORNADO-DAMAGED LION MANUFACTURING FACILITY REBUILD COMPLETE

LION First Responder PPE, Inc., the largest family-owned manufacturer of first responder personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States will host a reopening reception to inaugurate the opening of its rebuilt manufacturing facility located at 66 Janney Road, Dayton, OH 45404 on August 4, 2020 (from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm). The event will include an official ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Nan Whaley and other local officials, as well as a tour of the facility. Parking is available onsite. In October 2018, LION First Responder PPE, Inc.- a division of Vandalia-based LION- invested $1.7M to acquire and renovate the 55,000 square foot facility, pledging to create approximately 75 full-time jobs, further expanding the company’s footprint in its hometown. In May 2019, horrific tornados swept through Dayton and demolished nearly 75% of the new plant. Since then, LION has diligently worked to not only repair and rebuild the site but also expand capacity to include four new manufacturing lines. LION is currently hiring to staff multiple production positions, starting at $15 per hour. Interested parties can contact the facility directly at 937-233-3540, or at lionprotects.com/careers. The primary focus of this facility will be the manufacturing of LION first responder personal protective equipment (PPE)- including traditional firefighter turnouts as well as the popular MT94™ CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, & nuclear) defense ensemble, as its protective clothing business continues to grow. The proximity to its Vandalia-based operations allows for increased collaboration with the group’s product management team. “We are very excited to reopen our restructured plant and continue to bring new apparel manufacturing jobs to the City of Dayton,” said Steve Schwartz, LION President and CEO. “This facility will greatly enhance LION’s existing manufacturing capacity and allow us to continue to improve production and delivery times to meet our customer’s expectations. We thank the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, the Dayton Development Coalition, the Dayton Sewing Collaborative, Citywide Development, and JobsOhio for their support in making this project successful.” The north Dayton facility is in a Dayton Source Water Protection Area (SWPA). The City of Dayton Source Water Protection Program (SWPP) is a multi-jurisdictional approach to guarding the public water supply for 400,000 customers in Dayton and Montgomery County. The program was and is designed to identify and mitigate risk to the sustainability of the region's sole source aquifer system, which serves as the City's drinking water source. Prior to the tornado, LION became the first company in Dayton to be awarded Blue-Gold Certification, demonstrating their commitment to protecting the area’s source water through preventive efforts, risk reduction and protection strategies.

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LLS Virtual Firefighter Stairclimb

When their annual stairclimb was sidelined back in March due to Coronavirus concerns, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) didn't let that stop the event. Instead, that's when it went virtual. Enter the 'Big Virtual Climb.' 

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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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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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