LION makes the turnout gear that emergency service providers, civilian responders, and militaries need to stay safe in the line of duty. They got their start at the end of the 19th century as a dry goods store in Dayton, Ohio. By 1941, they had received a commendation from Army Air Force Commanding General “Hap” Arnold, saluting the company for “outstanding services rendered to your government” after supplying the Army Air Force with electrically heated flying suits during World War II. Over the next two decades, they opened regional warehouses and began operating in the firefighter station uniform market.
In 1970, LION moved into the firefighter turnout gear business – and they have never looked back. They have a dedicated research and development staff that works with fire departments to generate (and evaluate) new product ideas, as well as develop solutions to improve existing products such as firefighting gloves, fire helmets, and much more.
LION provides turnout gear to seven of the10 largest fire departments in the U.S., and 50 of the largest 100 fire departments. In 2019, they were awarded the FDNY contract. LION is also the largest supplier of chemical-biological protective garments for the U.S. Military and National Guard civil support teams.