Cancer is a leading cause of illness and death in the fire service due to the cancer-causing agents released from burning products. The airborne chemicals get into or on everything the firefighters use especially their protective gear. Firefighters have extended exposure, especially on the way back from fires. The city has begun installing StationProtect ™ air decontamination units on the fire trucks. Engine 12 is the first truck to have a unit installed and it was protecting our four firefighters coming back from the house fire near Lighthouse Blvd. on Friday. Each unit costs $1,200 and they are being installed over the next three years with priority to the busiest fire trucks. In addition, the system removes bacteria and viruses like COVID to double down on the protection. The City will also place bigger units in the fire stations to provide protection there. Fire Station 1 will receive the first building system at a cost of around $6,000. Personnel safety is the fire chief’s top priority.
Click here to read more about the StationProtect Air Decon Systems on the Task Force Tips website.