Duluth Firefighters Get Another Set of Turnout Gear to Protect from Carcinogens

Turnout gear is the special protection Duluth firefighters wear while battling fires.

DULUTH, Minn. – While on the job firefighters are exposed to many cancer causing agents.

Thanks to union contract negotiations with the city, every firefighter in the Duluth Fire Department will get a backup set of turnout gear, which they say will be beneficial to their health.

Turnout gear is the special protection Duluth firefighters wear while battling fires.

Department officials say it’s important for their staff to get another set of gear because without one, firefighters are forced to respond to calls with dirty or wet gear.

Having a backup set allows the fire department to wash used gear promptly to minimize exposure to contamination from a fire.

“It’s a big detriment to our health, we are trying to eliminate as much of that cancer or the carcinogens as we can to help us live a little longer,” said Duluth Fire Department Captain Andy Golz.

Sometimes gear is ripped or torn and needs to be sent out for repairs.

Firefighters say the extra set will be helpful in those situations too.

There aren’t many differences between the new and old sets of turnout gear.

But this time around the new set has “City of Duluth” on the back to easily identify the department.

Every firefighter  is expected to have a backup set of turnout gear by the end of their contract in 2020.

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