The Washington Township Fire Department is fighting back against health risks with new safety equipment.
The system reduces firefighters' exposure to exhaust fumes.
“Any time you’re standing near any type of exhaust pipe you are being exposed to that type of carcinogen,” Washington Township Fire Department Battalion Chief Ian Emmons said.
He said it’s a big concern for firefighters who are often in station bays when the diesel exhaust fumes release.
"It will kind of linger in the actual bay so it will attach to the garments that you’re wearing whether that’s our uniform or our actual fire turnout gear,” Emmons said.
But the new diesel exhaust capture systems are reducing firefighter exposure to fumes and risk for cancer.