Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Chooses Decontamination Options for New Rescue-Pumpers
OCALA, FL—E-ONE, a subsidiary of REV Group, has announced a new collaboration with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Working with E-ONE to address the issue of exposure to harmful materials and carcinogens contaminating firefighters’ protective gear, Miami-Dade has chosen new decontamination options for its new E-ONE custom rescue-pumpers.
These options for E-ONE fire trucks are designed to help mitigate contaminants brought inside the cab and to promote a better environment for firefighters. For its Typhoon rescue-pumpers, Miami-Dade’s research and development personnel worked with E-ONE to address the needs of maintaining a clean cab environment to isolate the firefighters from contaminants on self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and bunker gear.
The 74-inch E-ONE Typhoon cab was modified to include the following:
- A transverse SCBA storage compartment directly behind the rear cab wall, completely sealed off from the cab and exterior elements, designed with slide-out capability for rapid deployment of SCBA once on scene.
- A cab compartment over the front wheel well, modified to safely store firefighter bunker gear by providing only exterior access.
- NonSCBA seats to help prevent contamination from SCBA entering the cab.
- Seats covered in Valor Tech XD antimicrobial upholstery to promote a cleaner environment inside the cab.
- Dave Downey, chief of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, comments, “Designing an apparatus that protects our firefighters from potentially harmful contaminants on bunker gear and SCBA after a fire is of paramount concern to our department. The clean cab design that we created with E-ONE is one of many steps we have taken to provide the safest environment possible for our firefighters.”
“This unique solution is the result of a collaborative effort to address the issue of exposure to harmful materials and carcinogens contaminating firefighters’ protective gear,” says Dan Peters, president of E-ONE. “This demonstrates E-ONE’s ongoing efforts to design the safest, cleanest fire apparatus to protect our customers on their way to and from the fire station.”
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