Improving the Health & Safety of all Emergency Responders

Clean Cab Concept is Alive and Well

Health concerns about contaminated gear are driving the movement.

August 1, 2019
The Clean Cab Concept is a moving target that frequently ends up being a slippery slope for all involved. We all know that firefighting is obviously a dangerous career. More recently, firefighter cancer prevention has become a major topic including awareness of the different types of carcinogens exposure. In the past, it was a badge of honor to have dirty smoky gear. We never thought about the major effects the toxic chemicals and smoke would cause, including the rise in cancer in the fire service that is reported today.

Many agencies still have all their PPE and SCBA in the cab. Their reasons for not moving them out of the cab ranged from perceived potential delays with response on-scene time, and “that’s the way we have always done it,” to limited finances and resources for smaller departments, and the operational culture. On the other hand, many agencies have removed all the PPE and SCBA out of the cab and into separate compartments. The various agencies that chose to remove these items report the 15 to 20 seconds does not alter on-scene time. This also allows the crew to get out safely, exit the vehicle without the extra weight, don their gear while allowing everyone on that rig to collectively strategize at the same time. This also helps to prevent ankle, knee and back injuries ultimately lowering on-the-job injuries and injury rehab time.

Back in-service times

Deconning on scene and after a fire has turned into another challenge. Based on the data I’ve seen and collected, it takes the crew at least twice as long to return back to service after the deconning and bagging of their gear, replacing the gear, and SCBA cleaning — including replacing the straps, cleaning the bottles, pack frames, masks, tools, hose and more.

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