Many firefighters put their own well-being on the back burner while attending to the safety and security of their community. These heroic achievements of The Brotherhood should never go unnoticed, but there are thoughtful ways firefighters can protect themselves while maintaining the safety of their surroundings.
- Always wear SCBA in active and post-fire environments.
- After an active scene has been cleared, execute a gross field decon and use wet towels to remove as much soot as possible. Afterwards, isolate and contain your equipment.
- Once back at the station, change clothes and wash them immediately.
- Always shower after a fire.
- Clean PPE gear in NFPA 1851 compliant laundry equipment at the proper extraction, temperature settings and with the proper chemicals.
- Avoid storing PPE equipment in your home, your vehicle or in the fire station living quarters.
- Attend annual medical physical exams and encourage your brothers to do the same.
Remember, it’s important to keep every firefighter and their personal protective equipment thoroughly clean. Maintenance and care for both can assist in the prevention of harmful carcinogen contamination that collects on skin and on protective gear while on an active call. With long-term exposure, this contamination may result in cancer or other illnesses.
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