Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue offered a vide on gross decon procedures for firefighters working on scene.
Since the exposure to products of combustion from today’s fireground has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, firefighters should effectively manage these exposures when they happen. Harmful toxins enter the skin at interface areas of the gear and also by cross-contamination of handling contaminated equipment. Inhalation hazards are present on the fireground as well as when gear is off-gassing.
According to current research, completing on-scene gross decontamination using a water and soap solution immediately upon exiting the fireground has shown a median reduction of 85 percent of fireground contaminates from firefighters’ personal protective equipment.
Watch the video in the player above.