LION Acquires HAAGEN and BULLEX to Offer First Responder Training Equipment, Resources

HAAGEN Fire Training Products, leading manufacturer of fire and safety training tools used worldwide, is pleased to announce its acquisition by LION, world leader in personal protective equipment for first responders. At the same time, BullEx Digital Safety has been acquired by LION.

Together the Netherlands-based HAAGEN and the Albany, New York-based BullEx companies form the world’s largest provider of fire training systems and centers as a new division within the LION organization called the LION Training Resources Group. This group will benefit from the strong synergy within the LION organization, especially with the LION Safety Resources Group, which develops and manufacturers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for fire, military and police personnel. Together LION, HAAGEN and BullEx now offer the most complete array of highly differentiated products and services to ensure that first responders are truly ready for action.

“LION has a legacy of offering first responders unprecedented innovations critical to preparing them to do what their jobs require because they are safer, healthier, more comfortable and more functional”, said LION CEO Steve Schwartz. “With HAAGEN and BullEx as part of the LION group, we offer another critical aspect of readiness — effective training equipment to make sure first responders are more knowledgeable, more proficient and more prepared to do their jobs.”

LION offers more models and styles of structural firefighting turnout gear, helmets, uniforms, boots, gloves and chemical protective clothing than anyone in the industry – and more innovation in each of its personal protective equipment (PPE) product lines. It raises the bar on comfort and mobility with ergonomically designed turnout coats and pants patterns and innovative moisture management technologies for decreased responder stress and improved safety. LION’s PPE brands include LION Janesville® turnout gear, LION Paul Conway Helmets®, LION StationWear® (uniforms), LION Technical Footwear® (boots) and LION Protective Gloves®.

HAAGEN and BullEx offer Smart Tools for Real Training. The companies’ product lines include fire, safety and hazmat training tools, systems and centers which are used by fire departments, corporations and governments worldwide. BullEx fire extinguisher training systems have become the industry standard and have been used by thousands of organizations to train millions of people how to properly use a fire extinguisher. BullEx now offers a total solutions product line for firefighter training, fire prevention public education and corporate safety training. HAAGEN has built some of the largest and most advanced fire training facilities around the world including the Safety Center Holland, Dortmund, Germany Fire Training Facility, the Saudi Arabia Civil Defense Training Facility, the Fire Training Complexes in SDIS 74 (Annecy-Epagny) and SDIS 37 (Tours) in France. Projects currently being constructed include the SDIS 95 Fire Training Facility in Val-d’Oise, France, The Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Training Center in Glasgow, Scotland and the Shanghai Fire Training Center in China.

“The addition of HAAGEN and BullEx to the LION group of companies is a natural fit,” said BullEx CEO Ryan O’Donnell. “Not only do the companies share a culture of innovation, but they have a commitment to enhancing first responder readiness. The LION organization provides HAAGEN and BullEx with a tremendous foundation which will enhance our ability to develop, market, manufacture and service cutting-edge training systems and centers for our global customer base. Becoming a part of the world leader in PPE will also give our organization valuable insight into and understanding of this critical element of firefighter safety, which will undoubtedly enhance our ability to build world-class training equipment.”

“The objective of LION’s growth strategy is to provide even more value for our customers,” said Schwartz. “The new division not only satisfies our fire department customers’ needs for more effective training, but it helps LION move closer to its vision to be the provider of choice for complete personal safety and training readiness.”

To see the LION/HAAGEN/BullEx synergy in action, check out this short video:

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