Bond committee approves high-tech laundry equipment for Bullhead City firefighter gear

  • Source: Mohave Valley Daily News
  • Published: 12/05/2018 10:51 PM

Bullhead City Fire Department leaders are continuing their efforts to reduce fire crews’ risk of cancer. They got the fire district’s bond committee Tuesday to recommend approving the purchase of five new machines in which to wash firefighters’ turnout gear. The machines, called extractors, are designed to pull toxins out of the gear crews wear at fire scenes, said Assistant Chief Scott Neal. Fires often include burning synthetic materials, which dumps cancer- causing materials onto firefighters, he said. “It gets into your skin,” Neal said. “Over time, that has been proven to give firefighters cancer. We’re going to stop that cycle.” The department plans to place an extractor at each of the five fire stations; the units would replace a single extractor at Fire Station No. 2, which is about 15 years old and nearing the end of its lifespan, he said.


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