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Firefighter Health & Safety: Roundtable: Cleaning Bunker Gear

By John "Skip" Coleman We now know and can document that smoke is bad for us. We also have learned and documented that some of the "stuff" in smoke clings to the bunker clothing firefighters wear into a smoky atmosphere. We also have learned and documented that this "stuff" that clings to our bunker cloths can remain "clung" to our bunker coats for days. So if we simply put our bunker cloths back on without removing this "stuff" from the last fire even days later, we can still inhale/absorb this "stuff," which is bad for us. My question for this month is: Does your department require that your bunker clothing be washed/extracted ...

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