Washing away cancer? Not quite. But the firefighter Turnout Gear Washer will help protect the Grafton Fire Department from accumulating harsh chemicals and carcinogens on its gear.
“It removes the carcinogens and all the contaminants in the gear. It’s a proven fact that the carcinogens and the stuff we get on our gear does cause cancer. You know firefighters are at a higher risk of cancer than the general population is,” said Dave Crimm, Grafton Fire chief.
According to a study conducted in part by the CDC, firefighters have a higher chance of cancer diagnoses and cancer related deaths.
“It’s a lot of the smoke of the materials that are being burned. Pretty much everything that’s being burned now, the hydrocarbons they are a petroleum base and it does cause cancer,” said Crimm.
Fortunately members of the Grafton Fire Department have not been hit with any cancer diagnoses.
“Luckily we haven’t had any yet. But across the nation they do so we want to make sure we lessen the risk down of our people,” Crimm said.
Department officials said they would like to keep cancer far away.
“The machine costs roughly around $4,500, but that’s a small price to pay to keep the heath and safety of our members good,” said Crimm.
The new machine will be in service in the next two weeks.