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550 FireCord gives you the ability to always be prepared to make fire in any emergency situation, perfect for everyday carry (EDC)!
550 FireCord gives you the ability to always be prepared to make fire in any emergency situation, perfect for everyday carry (EDC)!
965 backers pledged $41,118 to help bring this project to life.

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550 FireCord is the next evolution in outdoor gear preparedness. 550 parachute cord or "paracord" has been the standard go-to for most cordage needs as it has tons of utility. From zipper pulls and handles to keychains, bracelets and lanyards and as simply as lashing.

Now, imagine if you could also use your paracord as fire tinder...enter 550 FireCord, the fire preparedness solution that will ensure you are Always Prepared!

Fire is paramount to survival and being able to create fire is crucial. People have a tendency to overestimate their ability to create fire under adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, cold, windy locations or darkness. Humidity, time of year, and altitude are also conditions to consider as well. Likewise, material selection is a key prerequisite to successfully building a sustainable fire. Even then there is no guarantee it can be accomplished in a survival situation.

The most vital component of fire is its  ability to provide heat to dry wet clothes and to regulate the body’s core temperature as maintaining body temperature is vital for survival. The most common cause of death in the wild is hypothermia. Even in desert scenarios, freezing night temperatures have been known to claim lives.

Aside from the above mentioned physical aspect, fire can offer mental comfort as the light and smoke can be used for signaling rescue and it can be used as a predator and insect deterrent.

Fire will also contribute greatly to food and water preparation. The heat will kill the majority of parasites and bacteria when cooking game, fish, insects and wild edibles. The smoke will dry and preserve food for later. Having a hot meal can also boost the mental state giving you a psychological edge

                                           DID WE MENTION,

         550 FireCord is also WATERPROOF!

Simply deploy your 550 FireCord to meet all of your parachute cord needs. When you need the fire tinder simply remove the inner strands, light just like any fire tinder and build your fire.  After the inner strands are used the outer shell can still be utilized as before - for lanyards, keychains, zipper pulls or emergency lashing. 

How does 550 FireCord differ from other emergency fire starting gear? 

550 FireCord: 

• ignites with ease

 • burns very hot 

 • long burn times per volume

 • waterproof 

This product will revolutionize the outdoor gear industry as well as your use of paracord forever.

Although we have proof of concept and know the product works, we need to scale up in order to increase our production volume.

*** The Paracord WILL be rated at 550 Lbs + ***
*** The Paracord WILL be rated at 550 Lbs + ***

Your support in funding 550 FireCord will assist us with Manufacturing & Production, Packaging, as well as Sales & Marketing.

ADD-ONS

(Note: For Add-Ons, a minimum $25 or higher pledged amount is required)

1 Ferro Rod to use with your 550 FireCord - $3

1 Live Fire Sport Compact Fire Starter - $5

1 Live Fire Original Emergency Fire Starter - $10

Additional 25 feet of any unlocked color 550 FireCord - $25

Set of 5 Live Fire Sport and Ferro Rod Kit reward levels - $25

Set of 3 Live Fire Sport and 2 Live Fire Original and a Ferro Rod - $40

Always Prepared Kit: Includes 1 Live Fire Sport, 1 Live Fire Original, 25ft of 550 FireCord (thin red line only), Ferro Rod - $45

Additional 50 feet of any unlocked color 550 FireCord - $50

Set of 5 Live Fire Original and Ferro Rod - $55

Set of any 3 Unlocked color selections of 25ft lengths (total of 75 feet of cord!) - $75

Additional 100 feet of any unlocked color 550 FireCord - $100

Set of 5 Unlocked color selections of 25ft lengths (total of 125 feet of cord!) - $125

Thank You! Your support allows us to revolutionize the survival industry with this NEW and AMAZING, next generation cordage!  We are confident that we will far surpass our initial goal and make even more color options available.  Thanks for your pledges and spreading the word about 550 FireCord - the new name in Paracord!

550 ForeCord being deployed in a compact survival kit
550 ForeCord being deployed in a compact survival kit

Live Fire Rewards

We are offering several rewards featuring some of our products already in production.  These items will be shipped immediately after the KickStarter is concluded.

Live Fire Sport
Live Fire Sport

Live Fire - Sport is our smallest fire starting aid; Even lighter, Burns Hotter and Burns Longer than other leading emergency fire starting products!

Live Fire is meant for ALL weather conditions and takes a spark easily from Ferro cerium rod, lighter or match. The entire contents are 100% waterproof and will even light after being submerged in water for long periods of time.

Each unit is approximately .50 oz in weight. Burn times average 15-25 minutes with the lid completely removed. Because the lid slides open and closed, it allows you to control the needed flame size. This also allows you to conserve resources as well as increase burn times.

Live Fire Original
Live Fire Original

Live Fire Original is Smaller, Lighter, Burns Hotter and Burns Longer than other leading emergency fire starting products!

Live Fire is meant for ALL weather conditions and takes a spark easily from Ferro cerium rod, lighter or match. The entire contents are 100% waterproof and will even light after being submerged in water for long periods of time.

Each unit is approximately .90 oz in weight. Burn times average 30 minutes with the lid completely removed. Because the lid slides open and closed, it allows you to control the needed flame size. This also allows you to conserve resources as well as increase burn times.

Stretch Goals

THANKS to all of our backers and supporters, we have reached our initial goal of $7,500! This outpouring of support has allowed us to open up additional color options!  In addition to offering additional colors to the general public when 550 FireCord is released for sale, you will be able to choose from the 'unlocked' colors at the close of this project when we send out a final survey.  Get your color choice before the public does!  

Color Options

About Equip 2 Endure LLC

E2E Military Training Event
E2E Military Training Event

E2E Training Event Equip 2 Endure LLC is an industry leader of testing and reviewing outdoor gear.  E2E is also a leader in product development and consulting in new outdoor related gear and equipment.  

Training Course in Frederick Maryland
Training Course in Frederick Maryland

E2E offers training courses to private groups, military units, organizations and civilians.  Training course topics include emergency preparedness, survival skills, K9, and personal protection.

E2E Survival Course for The Navy SEALs
E2E Survival Course for The Navy SEALs

E2E instructors have a vast amount of skills sets and experience to include law enforcement and special operation military training.

About Live Fire Gear LLC 

Live Fire Gear LLC was formed out of a mutual respect, work ethic and appreciation for innovative gear between Adam Francis and Roger Fandrich.

The relationship between Roger and Adam began in March of 2011 after Adam received one of Roger’s very first survival gear products. Adam was quite impressed with the product and gave it a fair and positive test and evaluation.

Both Roger and Adam stayed in contact and in 2012, Adam received a new product from Roger to review called Live Fire. Live Fire was Roger’s latest fire starting invention. After Adam reviewed the product, not only did he become a fan of it, he found himself becoming an advocate of the technology as well.

Eventually Roger and Adam discussed some new ideas and casually brainstormed about expanding into other fire gear products.  Although Adam's relationship was initially established as a consultant, some of the different project ideas that were beginning to be developed required more time and focus.  Adam and Roger both realized that they made a great team as the synergy of their efforts started to produce great results.

Knowing the two survivalists could revolutionize the survival industry, they quickly found themselves discussing and eventually forming a partnership in Live Fire Gear LLC, established in 2013.  550 FireCord represents the first of many new products currently in different phases of development. With this technology and their joint experience in the outdoor gear development community, Adam and Roger look forward to many more successful endeavors.

Risks and challenges

Although we have proof of concept and we know the product works, we have to scale up to be able to increase the production volume. Currently we have the ability to produce 550 FireCord in smaller 25 foot lengths, which is ideal for consumer purchases. We want and need the ability to ramp up production to meet the demand of our larger distributors and vertical markets - mainly Manufacturers and Suppliers who use cordage in their products.

Our goal is to offer a wide arrange of lengths as well as a wide arrange of color choices. We have located manufacturers who can assist us with ramping up our production volume, we just need to meet their minimum order requirements - most likely in all color choices we choose to go with. The timeline for our final release date is Q3 2014 as we want to take our time during initial production phases to make any improvements necessary so that during the final development phases we have perfected the 550 FireCord.

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    A special email and thanks from the creators of 550 FireCord, as you are helping us fund the next evolution of paracord and pushing the boundaries of fire gear preparedness!

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    Live Fire Sport Emergency Fire Starter, waterproof and burns for approx. 20mins.

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    Live Fire Original Emergency Fire Starter, waterproof and burns for approx. 30mins.

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    25 feet of 550 FireCord Emergency Fire Starter, waterproof and burns 4 mins per 6 inch of cord.

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    A five-pack of Live Fire Sport compact Emergency Fire Starter, waterproof and burns for approx. 20 mins each.

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    100 feet of 550 FireCord Emergency Fire Starter, waterproof and burns 4 mins per 6inch of cord.

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    Join a Weekend Basic Wilderness Survival Course with the Equip 2 Endure Team and up to 20 other students. This will be a two day event located in Frederick Maryland. Basic survival skills to include: shelter making, fire craft, water procurement, tracking, signaling, and navigation. So pack up your bug-out-bags and prepare for an awesome weekend of skill learning and training with Adam Francis, Robert Oliver, Bobby Plude and the E2E Team.

    Also includes 50 feet of 550 FireCord Emergency Fire Starter, waterproof and burns 4 mins per 6inch of cord.

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    A PRIVATE training weekend with just you your gear for the Basic Wilderness Survival Course with the Equip 2 Endure Team. This will be a two day event located in Frederick Maryland. Basic survival skills to include, shelter making, fire craft, water procurement, tracking, signaling, and navigation. So pack up your bug-out-bags and prepare for an awesome weekend of skill learning and training with Adam Francis, Robert Oliver, Bobby Plude and the E2E Team. This is a special PRIVATE session so you can focus on your survival training and needs.

    Also includes 50 feet of 550 FireCord Emergency Fire Starter, waterproof and burns 4 mins per 6inch of cord.

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    A PRIVATE training weekend for a YOU and THREE friends. The Basic Wilderness Course with the Equip 2 Endure Team is a two day event located in Frederick Maryland. Basic survival skills to include: shelter making, fire craft, water procurement, tracking, signaling, and navigation. So pack up your bug-out-bags and prepare for an awesome weekend of skill learning and training with Adam Francis, Robert Oliver, Bobby Plude and the E2E Team. This is a special PRIVATE session so you can focus on your survival training and needs.

    Also includes 50 feet of 550 FireCord Emergency Fire Starter each, waterproof and burns 4 mins per 6inch of cord.

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    PRIVATE ONE-on-ONE weekend at a location of YOUR choice (within the continental U.S.) Equip 2 Endure Team professionals will tailor make a training program which specifically focuses on your preparedness needs. Topics covered can include vehicle and home preparedness, equipment and training requirements and much more so your family can be practically prepared for any situation.

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