By Karl Fortier, Fox4:
Firefighters train extensively to battle flames – and many are now training to battle cancer. The Lehigh Acres Fire Department is among the first department in Southwest Florida to train with decontamination kits to reduce their risk of exposure to the carcinogens in smoke and soot from structure fires.
The toxic soot can seep into firefighters’ skin, get into their bloodstreams – and can eventually cause cancer.
A $1 million grant from the State of Florida has made “decontamination buckets” – which are filled with cleaning gear – available to firefighters. They include small hoses that can hook up to their trucks’ water supply with a special attachment, to allow them to wash the toxic soot off of their uniforms and gear.
The kits also include large plastic bags to seal the gear, so that it doesn’t contaminate a fire truck’s cab with carcinogens on the way back to a fire station.
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