best firefighting gloves from LION at Fire-End

What are the Best Firefighter Gloves?

Choosing the best firefighting glove is an important part of making sure you have the proper PPE. Although not as evident as turnout gear and other essentials, your gloves play a paramount role in rescue performance.

So, how do you find the best firefighter gloves? At a minimum, the gloves you choose need to meet the NFPA 1971 standard for PPE protection against structural firefighting and proximity firefighting. Beyond that, you need comfortable, protective gloves that fit well, repel water, and provide dexterity.

For more than 100 years, we’ve proudly carried reputable brands of firefighting gear and supplies. Let’s look at your best options in high-performance, protective hand gear. Continue reading

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New Clearance Section for Firefighters Gear and Apparel

For more than a century, we’ve helped protect and supply firefighters, police, first-responders, and other emergency personnel with trusted brands in firefighting gear, equipment, and apparel.

Our products are sold all over the world. We feel blessed to be a dominant player in the municipal and interior fire equipment market. Our goal is to remain the end-all in fire safety products.

With 2020 being such a challenging year for everyone, we hope our new clearance section is a welcome addition to the website. The firefighter gear on sale isn’t just close-outs and overstocks; we’re featuring top brand names like Haix, Akron Brass, Streamlight, Aervoe, and more. If you’re looking for gift ideas for fighters this Christmas, this section dedicated to firefighter gear on clearance is a good place to start! Continue reading

What are the Best Firefighter Job Shirts and Jackets for Cool Weather?

It can be challenging for firefighters and other emergency personnel to find durable and comfortable tactical job shirts and other workwear. Add fall’s fluctuating temperatures, from cool to warm, and comfort becomes even more of a challenge.Game brand jackets

Fire-End understands that station wear needs to be well made, flexible, and competitively priced to suit the demands of law enforcement, first responders, and tactical operators. We’re proud to offer Game Sportswear and other quality brands that help keep emergency responders comfortable year-round.

This time of year, there can be times when it feels like there are three seasons taking place in one day, and your activity will contribute to fluctuating temps. Continue reading

Choose the Best LION Fire Helmet for You

Choosing the best fire helmet comes down to finding the best fire safety headgear that combines lightweight durability with comfort.

When it comes to durable comfort and high-performance protection, LION fire helmets are among the most popular.

LION is a trusted name in turnout gear, providing seven of the 10 largest first departments in the United States.

The American Classic and American Legend are our best-selling models. The American Heritage is also popular, but since it is leather, it is considerably higher in cost. Usually, the American Legend helmet is purchased by the individual firefighter. Continue reading

Why Quality and Fit Matter When Selecting Fire Gear

The safety of firefighting gear has come a long way. Gear standards set by the National Fire Protection Association, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, and NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program mostly address heat-resistance and protection from toxins.

Following complaints about comfort, the National Fire Protection Association updated standards for emergency services work apparel (NFPA 1975) that establish flame-resistant clothing that “won’t cause or exacerbate burn injury” and, while still mandating a baseline heat-resistance threshold, included uniforms that could be either 100% cotton or wool and flame-resistant uniforms. Continue reading

Small and Mighty: Introducing the Akron 3444 Mercury Quick Attack Monitor

When it comes to fighting fires, every second counts. That’s why we’re excited to feature the new  Akron 3444 Mercury Quick Attack LE Monitor, the only portable ground monitor that meets NFPA 1964 and EN-15767-1 and can hit 10 degrees and up to 250 feet at 100 psi when paired with the new Mercury Adjustable Mercury Quick Attack Nozzle.

Its lightweight for quick deployment, too, at just 15 pounds and can be easily stored after use with an integrated storage bag and strap. Carbide-tipped legs fold to reduce its width down to under 8 inches.

This monitor is smaller than any other ground portable firefighting monitor on the market and extremely efficient at 500 GPM. Continue reading

Reading Smoke as a Key Tactical Firefighter Skill

One of the most important skills every fireman needs to learn is to read smoke. We can provide a few tips here, but to be truly proficient in the skill of reading smoke, is mostly learned through experience and careful study. We also recommend this helpful video from Battalion Chief David Dodson. Continue reading

Fire-End Introduces LION Fire Safety Training Tools

 The best way to truly test the skills of a firefighter is through real-life emergencies, but your firefighters need to know the essentials of firefighting and disaster management before they even get to the scene of an active fire. That’s where interactive fire safety tools come into play. Fire-End has the solution for executing superb fire safety training.

The new LION Fire Safety Tools product line, soon available at and now available for on-site demonstration, takes virtual emergency training to a new level. Continue reading

Ultimate Turnout Gear for Ultimate Performance

Your station knows the importance of high-quality turnout gear to keep everyone safe. Fortunately, so does LION. Since the turn of the 20th century, LION has protected emergency service providers in every form – in 1970, the company shifted into the firefighter turnout game and never looked back.

Today, Fire-End is proud to provide LION’s patented turnout gear to serve and protect firefighters everywhere. With a uniquely innovative ergonomic design, our gear moves when you do to fully protect in any scenario. Continue reading

Employee Spotlight: John O’Brien

If you’ve called the Long Island sales department at Fire-End in the last 25 years, you’ve probably gotten John O’Brien on the phone. John has been part of the Fire-End team since 1994, and he doesn’t see that changing anytime soon. But who is John O’Brien? We did an interview to learn more about the man behind the fire helmet. Continue reading