Florence firefighters as well as those in neighboring departments will be cleaner and safer because of a grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant program selected Florence and five other fire departments in the state to get specialized washer/extractor machines designed to remove dangerous chemicals and particulate matter from bunker gear worn to fight fires.
“We’ll put our bunker gear in there and it will pull all the carcinogens out,” said Florence fire chief Mark Slater. “In the smoke from a fire, there’s all kinds of carcinogens in there. We need to get that stuff washed out.”
(Read more: PEABODY Gazette-Bulletin)