Jessup (PA) FD has Fire Equipment Stained by Fire

Jessup Volunteer Fire Company has been advised not to use gear until DEP tests come back to determine if it’s safe.

Firefighters believe the discoloration is from dye that leaked from barrels at Scranton Cooperage.

The purple dye was one of the most perplexing parts of that big fire at Scranton Cooperage on Friday. At times it was like a small purple river down Mid Valley Drive in Jessup.

Police said it’s very concentrated food dye. One drop of it mixed with water can make a gallon of dye. Now, the purple is all over firefighters’ gear.

The Department on Environmental Protection has issued a statement saying they never said not to use it, but to contact the manufacturer for information on cleaning the gear.

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