New dryers help TFD keep firefighter's gear clean and ready to use

New dryers help TFD keep firefighter's gear clean and ready to use
(Source: WTOL)

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - When firefighters return from fighting a fire, what happens to the gear they were wearing? It obviously can't go right back into their lockers.

Previously, upon returning to the station, jackets and pants were washed and then hung to dry, a process that could take all day.

Now, in order to keep firefighters safe, the Toledo Fire Department has obtained eleven gear dryers.

The dryers were all made by Scott Martin, a member of TFD.

In some cases, gear can come back from a fire full of cancer causing carcinogens, one of the reasons TFD is using the dryers.

"It's all part of keeping our gear clean and lessening the exposure we have to those carcinogens," said Sterling Rahe of TFD.

The new dryers will cut drying time to a couple of hours.

A second set of gear is also available for use when one set is drying.

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