Finding new hazmat, fire, and EMS equipment is a process. Toledo Fire and Rescue said they don't change or update equipment until a change is truly needed. They stick with their “best practices” for safety with things like washing hands and wearing protective gear.
But they extensively test a product before buying.
"Sometimes when we look at the latest and greatest, it may not fit our needs, it may not fit what we're trying to do, and the other aspect is we have to balance that with the cost. Just because it may be the latest and greatest, it may be out of reach for us depending on the cost of it,” said Pvt. Sterling Rahe of Toledo Fire and Rescue.
Currently, the department relies on an extensive range of protective coverings. Fire engines are like rolling toolboxes full of equipment to keep our first responders safe. They use things like safety goggles and masks to protect themselves from airborne particles and bodily fluids.