Contaminated protective turnout gear exposes firefighters to life-threatening chemicals, biological agents, and particulate matter. As you know, the more particles that accumulate on the turnouts, the less protective they become. The apparel that’s designed to protect can be hazardous when dirty because it reflects less radiant heat, becomes flammable and can even conduct electricity.  Dirty, contaminated gear must be washed correctly because the toxins and hydrocarbons are extremely dangerous to the firefighter and anyone who comes in contact with it. The key to limiting a firefighter's exposure to such hazards is proper decontamination of soiled gear, which after a fire, car accident or similar event, can be laden with life-threatening chemicals, blood, body fluids or particulate matter.



Using a Commercial washer-extractor, with highly specific programmable options and chemical injection, turnouts can be properly cleaned and last longer. A careful approach to cleaning gear is critical to proper decontamination and to maintaining the integrity of the protective fabric. Wash options that can be adjusted according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1851) guidelines include water temperature, number of rinses, G-force extraction, water levels and more! For a complete listing of guidelines, visit

Once programmed, operators simply choose a program number and the machine automatically blends optimum water temperatures, water levels, chemicals, extraction speeds and cycle time—ensuring quality laundering results. Fire departments can feel secure knowing gear is properly cleaned for firefighter protection.



Our Gear Dryers are engineered to safely and quickly dry personal protective equipment, including turnout gear, special operations suits, helmets, gloves, boots, face masks and self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs). Available in several models, the gear dryers work by blowing a large volume of ambient air, at high pressure, safely through the garment—drying the body of the gear and also the hard-to-reach areas, such as inseam, collar and underarm.

Our Drying Cabinets allow for gear to be hung inside so that warm air circulates through coats, pants, gloves, and boots. This ensures all items are dry and prevents water from becoming trapped in seams or pockets.

On any given day, firefighters never know what they'll encounter and what they'll be exposed to, and their turnouts are their first line of defense.

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Equipment Marketers is a leading supplier of commercial laundry equipment to fire departments and municipalities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Call Equipment Marketers today to find out which Commercial Laundry Equipment is right for your gear. Let us pre-program your equipment in accordance with specific turnout washing guidelines. We can help you achieve lower costs, stay on budget and maximize available grant dollars. We're uniquely equipped to handle Request for Proposal and Request for Quote inquiries from local, state and federal government entities in our service area. We can help with grant writing, equipment sizing, utility requirements, installation, and staff training. Here at Equipment Marketers we make things easy.

Contact us today for a no-obligation review of your fire department’s laundry needs.