THE NUMBERS BEHIND THE CANCER RISKS
Be aware of the latest trends in firefighting suits
The risk of particle contamination for firefighters is just one of the main trends in firefighting suits. Read more about this subject and 5 other trends in our trend report:
THE HIDDEN DANGERS BEHIND THIS HERO’S JOB
CONTAMINATION PREVENTION OF THE FIREFIGHTING SUIT AND PPE IS MORE THAN A MUST
PFAS FREE SOLUTIONS ARE NOT (YET) THE BEST ANSWER
Nobody has the right answer, but we often see a dichotomy when it comes to PFAS free finishing. It’s preferred on textiles, fire extinguishing foams, etc, but it’s impossible to provide these when evaluating the risks faced by firefighters and the norm requiring protection against chemicals. Some parties claim they have new solutions that are PFAS free which also provide protection from chemicals, but the truth is that these are not widely available. For the moment, they are either under development or they fall short in their performance.
EVOLVED WASHING TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUIT DECONTAMINATION
These days, there are specialists who provide innovative washing technologies to decontaminate firefighter equipment. These technologies have greatly evolved in a short time, and the specialists have also managed to improve their price and offering for more services in different regions. It is good that they are raising awareness among fire services and teaching them about the difference between washing and decontamination.
I am happy to see that fire services are beginning to understand the relevance of this investment, and properly training their employees on the best practices to minimize this risk and keep them safe.
INCREASED SUPPORT FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND RELATIVES
RAISING AWARENESS TOGETHER
For as long as firefighters continue fighting fires, there will be risks and dangers they will continue to face. Luckily the awareness created by the efforts of entities and organisations such as CFBT.PL, FBU, IARC, IAFT, etc. in cooperation with the entire industry — fabric manufacturers, garment makers, washing machine manufacturers, detergent and washing agents’ producers, laundries and fire unions — leads to better knowledge and sharpened risk reduction.
The combined efforts of all these different players will hopefully result in an improvement of their conditions and reduction of the statistics regarding cancer. Maybe the solution to this problem is to extinguish fires with robots or drones? But that’s a completely different story, for another time….