About Gear Cleaning Solutions

Who Are We?

Turnout Gear Cleaning, Inspection and Repair

GCS is a full service ISP (Independent Service Provider) owned and operated by firefighters. It is the goal of GCS to help any size fire department develop and implement an NFPA 1851 selection, care and maintenance program. Our state of the art facility has experienced, knowledgeable staff that can help you and your department create a compliant care and maintenance program.


Why GCS?

GCS is here to provide all NFPA 1851 compliant services required by your department, everyday.

Our goal in this service oriented industry is to provide NFPA 1851 required services to departments from all communities, in the most responsible, efficient, professional and cost effective manner possible.

You can rest assured that all updated compliance requirements to NFPA 1851 are implemented on a regular basis. We are firefighters here to help our fellow firefighters!

Read More…

Why Clean Firefighting Protective Clothing?

  • NFPA Specifications 1500, 1971, 1851.
  • NFPA 1500 5-1.5 Structural firefighting protective clothing shall be periodically cleaned at least annually, or as soon as it has been soiled or contaminated as specified in Section 7.3.3 of NFPA 1851.
  • Health Concerns – Absorption of harmful contaminants into body.
  • Safety Concerns – Potential ignition of unburned fuels on outer shell during extreme heat situations.
  • The growing concern for safety in the workplace and the recent revisions to NFPA 1500, 1971 and NFPA 1851 standards for protective clothing and equipment, along with the new OSHA Standards regarding infectious control programs has encouraged Gear Cleaning Solutions to develop this process for the protective garment industry.
  • Recent medical studies have shown that firefighters exposed over a period of time to chemicals, toxins and carcinogens have a cancer rate twice that of the general population. This increased rate is due partly to these contaminants found in protective clothing being absorbed through the skin. As firemen and emergency personnel come into contact with the general public, the potential for biological contamination (HIV, Hepatitis B, etc.) is increasing each day. Proper disinfections and cleaning assures the gear is safe to wear and keeps them in service longer.
  • In addition to the health concerns, the safety of today’s firefighter may also be in jeopardy if hydrocarbons (unburned fuels) are not removed and allowed to build up on the surface of the outer shell. Over the past few years, there have been several documented cases where firefighters have been injured during extreme heat situations when heavy hydrocarbon buildups have ignited on the surface of the protective garments.
  • Primary Reasons for Cleaning Turnout Gear – Reduces health risk by removing hazardous contaminants and breathable particulate. – Reduces safety risk by removing burnable residues. – Improves breath ability of protective envelope. – Reduces heat absorption. – Improves fire retardant qualities. – Reduces wear on fibers due to abrasion from contaminants. – Kills biological hazards. – Prolongs useful life of the gear.

 

Advanced Cleaning

Advanced cleanings must be performed by a verified ISP or trained personnel of the organization (Fire Department). The training of an organizations personnel shall be performed by the garment manufacturer or a verified ISP recognized by each garment manufacturer which training is being  provided. Advanced cleanings of ensembles are required every 12 months at minimum according to the  2008 NFPA 1851 standard.  Advanced cleanings shall also be done when routine cleaning fails to render the ensemble or ensemble elements sufficiently clean for service. GCS is recognized by all manufacturers for advanced cleaning and  Advanced Inspections of structural and proximity firefighting garments.


Contact Gear Cleaning Solutions

Contact us for more information on firefighter turnout gear repair, rentals, inspections, ppe turnout cleaning, NFPA 1851 training and compliance, and to find out about our NFPA compliant in house service and support program. We are firefighters helping firefighters, and we treat our customers like our family.

Email

Call

Phone: 214.774.2213
Fax: 214.774.2438

Business Hours

Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Location

2221 Manana Dr, Suite #190
Dallas, Tx 75220

Resources

Gear Maintenance Program
What is your department’s most expensive and valuable asset?

Wrong! It’s not your truck; it’s your personnel! You can replace your truck with insurance or a loan. How much time and monetary commitment does it take to train an experienced firefighter?

NFPA 1851 Compliance, Advanced Cleaning, Inspection and Repair

Statistical data indicates today’s firefighter’s health and safety are at a much higher risk due to exposure and the buildup of contaminants found in day to day fire situations. In the latest revisions to NFPA Specifications 1500, 1851 and 1971, the fire service has addressed the health and safety risks associated with contaminated turnout gear by requiring that protective clothing be cleaned at least once every six (6) months, or as soon as it has been soiled or contaminated.

GCS Verification
Gear Cleaning Solutions provides professional gear cleaning services that offer inspection and repair on all firefighter turn-out gear, military ensembles, wildland brush gear and station wear.

As a Verified ISP (Independent Service Provider) owned and operated by firefighters, Gear Cleaning Solutions offers complete advanced cleaning, inspection, repair and alteration services that meet and excede the industry established standards and manufacturer requirements, including NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting 2008 Edition, Section 11.

Gear Cleaning Solutions is tested and audited annually to comply with the NFPA Standard requirements for ISP verification. This annual process ensures that your organization is receiving service that meets current safety standards and that the performance of your equipment will not be compromised.

Click here to see GCS Intertek Verification

Rules & Standards - NFPA 1851 Compliance

  • Chapter 11.1 General: 11.1.1 In order for an organization or ISP to be verified, it shall meet the requirements of this chapter.
  • 11.1.1.1 Verification of the organization or ISP shall be limited to repairs of garment elements only. Verification of the organization or ISP shall not apply to helmet elements, glove elements, footwear elements, hood element, or optional CBRN ensembles.
  • 11.1.2 All verification of the organization or ISP shall be performed by a certification organization that meets at least the requirements specified in Section 11.2 and that is accredited for personal protective equipment in accordance with ISO Guide 65, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems. The accreditation shall be issued by an accreditation body operating in accordance with ISO 17011, Conformity assessment ? General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies.
  • 11.1.3 The organization or ISP shall not use the NFPA name or the name or identification of this standard, NFPA 1851, in any statements about its services unless the services are verified as compliant to this standard.
  • 11.1.4 All verified organizations or ISPs shall be listed. The listing shall contain the repair categories that the organization or the ISP is verified to conduct. Repair categories shall be garment outer shell repairs, garment moisture barrier repairs, and garment thermal barrier repairs.”

Cost Saving Tips

Cost Savings Tips for Cleaning of Turnout Gear.

Establish a Routine Cleaning Schedule
Remove contaminants and maintain gear performance integrity. Extends the useful life of your gear and delay scheduled purchases.

Develop Plan for Heavy Contamination or Hazardous Material Situations
Utilize the services of a full service professional cleaning and decontamination company. Improper decontamination and cleaning or neglect can cause both immediate and long-term damage to your gear, putting your Firefighters at an increased risk.

Develop Periodic Inspection and Gear Evaluation Program
Record preventative maintenance on gear similar to track maintenance. Identify garments, which should be replaced or scheduled for maintenance. Replace only that gear which needs replacement and minimize your replacement costs.

Considerations for Periodic Gear Replacement
Period should be a maximum of 10 years to keep up with technology. Evaluate older gear, clean and repair garments, which are cost effective.