Gear Wash Blog

Navigating the Risks of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries, hailed for their high energy density and widespread use in devices ranging from smartphones to electric vehicles, have undoubtedly transformed our daily lives. However, as these batteries offer a new convenience, it's imperative to understand and address the potential risks

Combatting Contamination

This article first appeared in International Fire and Safety Journal.

Nick Magoteaux, Business Development & Military Contract Manager for Gear Wash, talks to IFSJ Editor Iain Hoey about firefighter PPE decontamination.

Can you explain the importance of properly maintaining and preserving PPE gear?

How To Properly Inspect Firefighting Gear for Care and Maintenance

This article first appeared in International Firefighter.

Gear preservation is an essential part of any firefighter’s job, andGear Wash understands the importance of managing a high-quality program of inspecting, cleaning and repairing firefighting gear – everything from turnouts to gloves,

The Effects of Improper Washing of PPE Over Time

Firefighting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes turnout gear, helmets, gloves, and boots, all designed to protect them from the intense heat, smoke, and hazardous materials they encounter on the job. Properly maintained PPE is essential not only for the safety of the firefighter but also

Battling More than Flames: Breast Cancer in the Fire Service

The fire service is known for its brave and selfless firefighters who risk their lives to protect communities from the ravages of fire and other emergencies. However, there's a hidden danger that poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of these heroes – breast cancer. Breast cancer

4 Reasons to Rent PPE

One of the most important pieces of gear for firefighters is their PPE, which includes a protective jacket, pants, boots, helmet and other components. While many firefighters own their own set of gear, there are several reasons to consider renting bunker gear. We'll explore four of these reasons

Meet the #GearWashFamily: Nick Magoteaux

Get to Know Nick! 

Nick is our Business Development and Military Contract Manager. He is responsible for reaching out to new customers, ensuring current customer satisfaction, and working with our military customers and their contracts. Prior to joining Gear Wash, Nick served as a corrections

Signs your 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material, Series 5680 Fire Coat Comfort Trim Needs Repair

Firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our communities, facing various risks in their line of duty. To ensure your safety, it's crucial that your gear remains in top-notch condition. 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material, Series 5680 Fire Coat Comfort Trim, plays a significant role in

Understanding Contaminant Exposure Among Firefighters

Firefighters selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect others, and as we've covered before, their noble actions come with significant risks, including exposure to a multitude of hazardous contaminants. Understanding the sources and pathways of exposure is crucial for developing effective

Meet the #GearWashFamily: Brian Marenco, Director of Business Development

Get to Know Brian! 

For the past 22 years, Brian has been in the fire service working with Independent Service Providers (ISPs), PPE manufacturers, organizations, and end users centered around NFPA 1851. His varied experience began with an ISP in 1995 providing cleaning & care services, working for