To better protect firefighters from the exposures of dirty gear, Munson – with its 27 firefighters – recently replaced its old home-style washer with a new Continental Girbau ExpressWash™ Gear Washer and ExpressDry™ Gear Dryer. Today, according to Hartman, fire departments across the country have embraced the proper cleaning of protective gear. It’s a matter of firefighter health and protection. “For years, we were washing turnout gear in a household grade washing machine,” said Hartman of his department.
“If you don’t get debris out of gear after a fire, they break down the protective fabrics—a disservice to firefighters because we lose protection,”