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AFG Grants Often Cover Cost of Turnout Gear Washers and Dryers

OSHKOSH, WI—The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program open application period is coming soon. Many fire departments nationally use AFG funds to purchase Continental Girbau Inc. (Continental) ExpressWash® Washers and ExpressDry® Gear Dryers. Using this equipment, fire departments can properly clean and dry soiled turnout gear—returning it to service sooner. “By properly cleaning protective apparel, gear lasts longer and firefighters aren’t exposed to the hazardous chemicals found in soiled gear,” says Joel Jorgensen, Continental vice president of sales and customer services.

ExpressWash Washers properly clean protective gear according to gear manufacturer and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines. Operators simply select a program number, press start, and the washer automatically blends optimum water temperatures, water levels, chemicals, extraction speeds, and cycle times. ExpressWash Washers are freestanding and can be installed in truck bays, utility rooms, over heated floors, or anywhere there is extra space. They properly clean gear, and in doing so, help protect firefighters from the carcinogens and biohazards found in dirty gear.

An ExpressDry Gear Dryer uses a 110-volt fan to push nonheated air through hanging garments—returning gear to service in hours, rather than days. Quick and easy to use, the ExpressDry Gear Dryer adapts to specific types and sizes of gear without turning them inside out. The dryer can simultaneously accommodate up to six suits, along with helmets, gloves, boots, face pieces, and SCBAs.

Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and first responders obtain equipment needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Because dirty gear can be hazadous to firefighter health, fire departments across the nation purchase ExpressWash and ExpressDry equipment with AFG grants every year.

For more information, visit www.continentalgirbau.com.