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PFAS Firefighting Foam: An In-Depth Guide

By: The Emergency Technical Decon Team PFAS firefighting foam is a danger to both firefighters and the environment. Recently, this topic has grown in relevance as legislative considerations surrounding PFAS, including potential bans on its use, are becoming more significant. In this blog, we’ll look into the background of PFAS, explore the dangers they pose along with associated research findings, …

NEWS: Emergency Technical Decon Partners With Ten-8 Fire & Safety, Welcoming New ISP Provider in Florida and Georgia Region

PRESS RELEASE • FEB 21, 2024 EAGAN, Minn., February 21, 2024 (Newswire.com) – Emergency Technical Decon (ETD), a state-of-the-art cleaning solution provider tackling the high firefighter occupational cancer rates, today announced Ten-8 Fire & Safety, a leading United States distributor of fire and emergency apparatus and equipment, as a new Independent Service Provider (ISP) utilizing ETD’s liquid CO2 technologies. The announcement, following Fire Fighter Cancer …

Dirty and fire contaminated firefighter turnout jackets hung in a row.

Can You Machine Wash Turnout Gear?

By: Emergency Technical Decon Team As firefighters and fire chiefs, ensuring the cleanliness of turnout gear is of paramount importance. Not only does clean gear enhance safety and performance, but it also plays a crucial role in mitigating the risks associated with carcinogens and toxins present in firefighting environments. If you’re here, you may be wondering if you can machine …

Firefighters lined up in turnout gear.

NFPA 1851: What It Is And Why It Matters

By: Mike Duyck, President, Emergency Technical Decon Throughout my career, I found that professionals across the fire service share a few common goals. Unmoved at the very top of the list remains the health and safety of their people – the biggest asset to each organization. Come the end of each shift, our focus is that everyone returns safely home. …

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How Often Should Turnout Gear Be Washed?

By: Emergency Technical Decon Team Maintaining clean turnout gear is of utmost importance for the safety and well-being of firefighters. This begs the question, “how often should turnout gear be washed?” We’ll explore updated guidelines provided by NFPA 1851 and highlight the importance of regular cleaning in minimizing health risks, particularly regarding the correlation to cancer. Ready to learn more …

Firefighters in protective gear.

Firefighters Faced With Chemical Exposure

By: Emergency Technical Decon Team Firefighters, the fearless heroes who battle flames and protect our communities, face hidden dangers in the line-of-duty. Among these dangers is the risk of hazardous chemical exposure, many of which are classified as carcinogens.   We aim to emphasize the importance of effective prevention measures through raised awareness about the dangers firefighters face and their association …

Why Liquid CO2 Cleaning Increases the Life of PPE

By: Emergency Technical Decon Team Ready to dive into the specifics of liquid CO2 cleaning and why we are all in on this technology? We’ll address safety concerns and highlight the numerous benefits of using this method rather than your standard water washing techniques. As experts in the field, we aim to provide valuable insights and information to help you …

Understanding NFPA 1500

By: Mike Duyck, President, Emergency Technical Decon Established in 1896, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) serves as a leading organization dedicated to reducing fire hazards and preventing injuries through the development and implementation of consensus codes and standards. Among the crucial documents it produces, NFPA 1500 holds particular importance for firefighters and fire chiefs. This article aims to provide …

Turnout Gear Cleaning – It’s What We Do

By: Mike Duyck, President, Emergency Technical Decon Firefighters are regularly faced with some of the most dangerous and hazardous environments imaginable. Their turnout gear, also known as bunker gear or fire gear, is a critical piece of equipment that helps protect them from the heat, flames, and other hazards that they encounter on the job. However, this gear can become …