The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and Mag Instrument, U.S. Manufacturer of the iconic MAGLITE® flashlight, have partnered with the Pedestrian Safety Institute (PSI) to drive awareness of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrian and traffic fatalities in the Month of July. July has been designated National Roadside Traffic Safety Awareness Month because of the spike in accidents and fatalities during that time of year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in 2017, now that number is even higher. Poor visibility and distracted driving 6,283 pedestrians were killed in 2018, an increase of 3.4 percent from the previous year and the highest number in 30 years. A research paper by noted economist and author Jay Prag of the Drucker School finds that pedestrian injuries and deaths from accidents cost the United States economy more than $60 billion in 2018 alone. Pedestrian deaths exceed those by drowning and motorcycle accidents; exceed deaths by food borne illness in the US" The vast majority of accidents and the highest percentage of deaths (up to 75% according to some studies) occurred at night with poor visibility and distracted driving being major contributing factors. "Pedestrian deaths exceed those by drowning and motorcycle accidents; exceed deaths by food borne illness in the US; and exceed deaths by tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough combined. They even exceed the combined deaths in home fires, boating accidents, and commercial airline accidents each year. If pedestrian deaths were a disease, drug companies would be searching for a cure," said study author Jay Prag. Vulnerable firefighters and first responders Roadway hazards abound for the first responder. Traffic volume and speed, distracted drivers and the additional distraction caused by a roadway incident leave firefighters and others working the scene highly vulnerable. As of June 8, 2020, 20 first responders have been struck and killed while working vehicle incidents this year. Dozens more have been injured, with an even higher number of near misses predicted to be occurring daily. Our goal is to reduce fatalities and injuries that occur on our roads and highways in vehicle traffic accidents" "The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation joins with other agencies in calling for all drivers to remain attentive, slow down when approaching an incident on the roadway and safely move over to give first responders the best opportunity to do their work and return home to their families," said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. Reduce fatalities and injuries "Maglite is committed to safety and security and make our products with those reasons in mind. We urge people to stay safe and be particularly vigilant around this deadly time of year and of course - carry some form of illumination at night," said Tony Maglica, Founder and CEO Mag Instrument, Inc. "Our goal is to reduce fatalities and injuries that occur on our roads and highways in vehicle traffic accidents, especially among pedestrians, who are far likelier to be fatally struck by vehicles at night than in the daytime." “The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum is to honor the fallen, tell the story of American law Enforcement, and make it safer for those who serve. Traffic safety for our officers is closely tied to pedestrian safety, and it is a priority to bring awareness of the topic to the nation. We are honored to be a partner in National Traffic Safety Awareness Month," said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
LION Protects, globally renowned manufacturer of first responder personal protectiveres equipment (PPE) in the United States will host a grand opening of their newest TotalCare facility located at 735 Park North Boulevard, Suite 114, Clarkston, GA 30021 on November 8, 2019 (from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm). TotalCare fire gear maintenance TotalCare represents LION’s high-quality fire gear maintenance services, including PPE repair & retrofitting, advanced cleaning, decontamination, biohazard disinfection, and advanced PPE inspection. The event will include a presentation by official guest speaker Ron Siarnicki, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Executive Director sharing the mission and importance of taking precautions to avoid exposure to dangerous particulates, tours explaining and showcasing the gear cleaning & maintenance equipment and processes, as well as complimentary lunch. First responders can also check out additional safety equipment, such as NFPA-certified turnout gear Mobile Fire Experience LION’s Mobile Fire Experience will also be on-hand, providing a unique opportunity for firefighters to experience the latest training technology with hands-on live fire and digital fire demonstrations. First responders can also check out additional safety equipment, such as NFPA-certified turnout gear, while at the event and visit distributor partner NAFECO’s Store Open House at 715 Park North Blvd, Suite 120, Clarkston, GA 30021. “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, president of LION Americas. “This mission is at the core of everything we do.” Firefighters’ health and safety LION Vice President for TotalCare, Jim Baker “Our newest facility, providing the highest level of proper, verified ISP [Independent Service Provider] gear cleaning & repair demonstrates not only a commitment to the safety and health of firefighters, but also to the dedicated employees performing the work. Jim adds,“ As a leader in this industry it is our duty to take the necessary steps to protect all individuals who come in contact with ‘dirty gear’ and this facility, with state-of-the-art, chemical-free, highly specialized ozone generators, as well as forward-thinking containment processing procedures delivers on LION’s commitment to mitigate risks throughout the process.” Turnout gear cleaning and maintenance The new 13,000 square foot facility expands LION’s gear cleaning and maintenance services to cover Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.