The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program recently opened to receive applications for funding. Many fire departments nationally use AFG funds to purchase Continental Girbau Inc. (Continental) ExpressWash® Washers and ExpressDry® Gear Dryers. Continental offers grant writing services to fire departments to help them get the funding they need for this equipment. Contact Continental at 800-256-1073 for AFG grant writing assistance.
Using Continental ExpressWash Washers and ExpressDry Gear Dryers fire departments can properly clean and dry soiled turnout gear according to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidlines–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,” said Joel Jorgensen, Continental vice president of sales and customer services.
ExpressWash Washers properly clean protective gear according to gear manufacturer and 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.
ExpressDry Gear Dryers use a 110-volt fan to push non-heated 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, facemasks and SCBAs.
Since 2001, AFG has provided $6.7 billion in grants to firefighters and first-responders to 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.
ExpressWash Washers and ExpressDry Gear Dryers are backed by an industry-leading ContinentalCare warranty and often qualify for AFG grant dollars. To find out more about Continental products, and grant writing services, visit www.cgilaundry.com or call 800-256-1073. Get the latest AFG news at http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.