Lion Apparel Protective Systems Group USA
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Lion Apparel - Americas

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Lion Apparel, an ISO 9001-registered firm based in Dayton, Ohio designs, manufacturers, and manages distribution programs for high-quality occupational apparel for the emergency services, military and civilian agency uniform, and personal equipment markets. Operating with over 335,000 square feet of manufacturing and distribution space in Ohio and Kentucky, Lion is a model for the apparel industry with its team-oriented, progressive work environments.

Since its founding in 1898, Lion has become the global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of firefighter protective clothing and other types of occupational apparel. Today, Lion and its affiliates outfit more of the world’s largest cities than any other company, including eight of the top ten fire departments in the United States.

Lion Apparel is best known in the U.S. by its fire service brands:
• Janesville® and Body-Guard® turnouts which feature Lion’s exclusive isodri® moisture management systems for technically advanced and reliable protection.
• Paul Conway™ helmet technology which optimizes fit and comfort.
• Lion StationWear™ that delivers the best in comfort, safety, and durability in station/work uniforms.
• Lion RescueWear™, which is, designed for all the challenges that first responders face from EMS calls, to search and rescue, to bio/chem/terrorism threats.

Globally, Lion leads the industry with its Lion TotalCare® service program for PPE that Lion now provides to over 40,000 fire fighters around the world.

Still a family-owned corporation, Lion Apparel has over 1000 employees worldwide who serve customers from offices in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, and Spain.

Each and every day, we fulfill the personal safety, readiness, and identity needs of our customers worldwide.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Our mission: Each and every day, we fulfill the personal safety, readiness, and identity needs of our customers worldwide.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Every fire fighter knows that heated water is volatile and can release explosive energy in the form of dangerous steam. But water can, and frequently does, cause burn injuries without warning at temperatures well below steam conditions.

isodri® Protective Systems fight the proven problems of wet turnout gear by delivering a superior moisture management solution. Each and every isodri® component is engineered to reduce the water intake and, therefore, the heat storage capacity of your protective ensemble.


Your Garment should be cleaned, inspected, and repaired in a frequency and manner consistent with your fire department's protocol, NFPA 1851, and NFPA 1971. As the wearer, you play an important role in reducing the safety and health risks with every routine inspection you perform on your PPE, and with every advanced inspection performed by a trained expert.
Routine Inspection:
Inspect your Garment including its outer shell, liner, DRD and other components at the following times:
Upon receipt of your new Garment or replacement component;
After each use or at least monthly (whichever is greater) during the useful life of the Garment;
After exposure to heat, flames, chemicals, or fire fighting agents (including AFFF foam and water);
After exposure to body fluids (including blood); and
After washing, repair or decontamination.

Advanced Inspection:
Your Garment should undergo a regular advanced inspection by an expert in the Fire Department who has been trained by Lion Apparel, a verified Independent Service Provider (ISP), or by Lion TotalCare at least annually, or whenever you have a question about whether a Garment is fit for use.

Click here to watch a video on routine PPE inspections for turnouts, helmets, hoods, gloves, and boots

Most performance properties of the Garment and its components cannot be tested by the user in the field. So if you see damage on the outer surface of the inner liner, it should be inspected by a trained expert, a Lion TotalCare® Center, or verified ISP to determine whether the inner layers are damaged. In many cases, damage to the inside layers of the inner liner will not be visible to the user without an expert opening the inner liner for inspection.

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At 9:28pm on November 3, 2008, Ron Maddox said…
Look at and download the pdf on our fire symposium.

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At 1:15pm on September 24, 2008, Peter Lupkowski said…
Thanks for taking the time to add as a member. It seems logical that making information easier to find contributes to overall safety...and maybe some new leads too. :)

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