Bunker Gear Cleaning

Why Clean Bunker Gear?

Clean Bunker Gear is Safe Bunker Gear

  • Hazardous contaminants and Biological hazards from incidents and accidents are harmful to firefighters health. The removal of hazardous contaminants and hydrocarbons minimizes health risks. Click here for Cancer White Paper
  • Failure to keep your protective ensemble clean will increase your risk of death, burns, combustion, diseases and death.
  • Dirty gear is more likely to conduct heat and can potentially become flammable.
  • Reflective trim on gear may not be as visible when dirty.
  • Clean gear lasts longer. Contaminants not removed from your protective ensemble may be hazardous and shorten the life of your gear.
  • The NFPA 1851 Standard recommends annual Advanced Cleaning and Advanced Inspection of all issued Bunker Gear.

Protect the safety of your members and the investment in your personal protective ensembles.


  1. Register with our website here. (only required on first order)
  2. Once registered and logged in, create your account here. (only required on first order)
  3. Complete this form and email it to us.
  4. Ship your gear to our facility. Once received it is checked in and inspected for heavy soil and stains.
  5. Heavily soiled or stained gear is pre-soaked and pre-scrubbed before cleaning.
  6. Gear is then washed using only manufacturer approved de-stainers and detergents.
  7. Afterwards, gear is hung to dry in our pre heated certified dry room.
  8. All gear is then inspected for rips, tears, open seams, missing hardware, and other repairs criteria.
  9. All information is entered into our Advanced Protective Tracking (APT) system, designed by Morning Pride by Honeywell for tracking Bunker Gear and EMS Gear.
  10. A repair estimate is faxed or e-mailed to your department for approval before any repairs are made.
  11. Once we receive an approval, your gear is repaired, packaged, and shipped within 3 days.

All gear goes through our exclusive 3 point inspection process to assure that your gear comes back to you in “as new” condition.


Medical studies indicate that firefighters have a much higher risk of contracting cancer than the general population. Due to the nature of the profession, firefighters are constantly exposed to many harsh chemicals, toxins and carcinogens. These contaminants penetrate the protective clothing and are eventually absorbed by the skin. The most permeable piece of personal protective equipment is the hood. Hoods are designed to protect our head and neck from heat but are not designed to stop skin absorption through the forehead, angle of the jaw, the neck and throat.

The longer firefighters are exposed to contaminants, the greater the hazard to their health.  If turnout gear is not properly maintained, exposure is much greater and more constant as the toxins and carcinogens continue to off-gas actively reducing exposure levels can reduce these high risks.

A comprehensive cleaning, decontamination and inspection program for turnout gear on a regular basis can minimize these health risks