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Baltimore (MD) Area Departments Make Changes to Address Cancer

Source: The Baltimore Sun

Maryland fire departments are among departments across the country working to reduce firefighter exposure to carcinogens. Across the state, agencies are adopting new policies. One, for example, has a program where firefighters exchange their hoods for cleans ones right after a fire. Another department is purchasing special laundry equipment for cleaning turnout gear. On the fireground, many departments require firefighters to wear their SCBA during overhaul.

Maryland fire departments are among departments across the country working to reduce firefighter exposure to carcinogens. Across the state, agencies are adopting new policies. In Howard County, Maryland, the department recently purchased a new rig that employs elements of the “Clean Cab Concept.” There are compartments for gear and SCBA outside the cab, seats with easy-to-clean vinyl coverings, and easy-to-clean surfaces inside the cab. The county plans to repalce or retrofit all its apparatus with clean cabs, according to Howard County Chief Christine Uhlhorn, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The rig, manufactured by KME, features a 100-inch Severe Service Cab XLFD with 10″ raised roof, the AXIS vehicle monitoring system, Rolltek safety system, front and side air bag protection, and USSC vinyl seating. It is powered by a Cummins L9 450-hp engine and Allison 3000 EVS transimission.

In Maryland, Howard County is an early adopter of clean cabs, according to The Baltimore Sun, but departments in the region are all taking steps to reduce exposure to carcinogen, including cleansing wipes and commercial laundry equipment. In addition, departments are emphasizing rapid decon after a fire. In addition, providing a second set of turnout gear for members is in one contract.