Why Us?

Our goal at GCS is to provide NFPA 1851-compliant cleaning, inspection, and repair services to fire departments from all communities in the most responsible, efficient, professional, and cost-effective manner possible. We are end-users, i.e., firefighters helping firefighters, and we treat your gear as if it were our own.

Firefighter Gear Maintenance Program

What is your department’s most valuable asset? Wrong! It’s not your truck apparatus; it’s your personnel! You can replace your apparatus truck with insurance or a loan. But how much time and monetary commitment does it take to train an experienced firefighter?

Statistical data indicates that today’s firefighters’ health and safety are at a much higher risk due to exposure and the buildup of contaminants found during fire department operations. In the latest revisions to NFPA 1851, the industry has improved contamination reduction procedures, further reducing the health and safety risks associated with contaminated turnout gear by requiring that protective clothing be cleaned at a minimum of twice (2) per year and recommended after every exposure or as soon as it has been soiled or contaminated.

Our services include advanced cleaning, advanced inspections, repairs using OEM-approved methods, and fire gear extractor advanced cleaning.

fire gear extractor advanced cleaning

Advanced cleanings must be performed by a verified ISP (Independent Service Provider), verified cleaner, manufacturer, or trained organization personnel (Fire Department). The training of an organization’s personnel shall be performed by the garment manufacturer or a verified ISP, a garment manufacturer verified in cleaning, or a verified cleaner. Advanced cleanings of ensembles are required every six months at a minimum, according to the 2020 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 of structural and proximity firefighting garments.

fire gear advanced inspection

The NFPA 1851 standard 2020 edition calls for advanced inspections of all elements at least once a year or as needed based on findings found during routine inspections. Advanced inspections must be conducted by the manufacturer, verified ISP, or trained personnel within the organization (Fire Department) who have been recognized by a manufacturer or verified ISP to perform such inspections.

The findings of the advanced inspections need to be documented and records kept until the garment is retired. GCS is recognized by all manufacturers for providing advanced inspections on structural firefighting and proximity firefighting garments.

fire gear advanced repair

Repairs must be performed by the manufacturer, a manufacturer-trained representative of the department (for basic repairs), or by a verified ISP. All repairs and alterations to garments must be performed according to the manufacturer’s approved methods, meet manufacturer’s specifications, and use the same materials as the manufacturer’s.

GCS is a third-party verified company, tested by Underwriters Laboratories for performing advanced repairs on all firefighting garments. Our repair methods have been evaluated for conformance to OEM standards of quality by most manufacturers.

Reasons to use Gear Cleaning Solutions Professional Cleaning Services:

  • GCS processes and procedures are recognized by all major manufacturers and exceed minimum NFPA 1851 standard requirements.
  • GCS is a firefighter-owned and operated Verified ISP. We can take care of all of your NFPA 1851 needs.
  • GCS is heavily involved in NFPA standards development processes and can assist you with any information and education within NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1971 standards.
  • GCS offers fully comprehensive rental gear programs.
  • GCS provides in-house training and support programs for those departments wishing to perform their cleanings and inspections. GCS can also provide all products and services for your in-house cleaning and inspection programs.

Why use GCS, why not?



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Contact us for firefighter turnout gear repair, rentals, inspections, PPE turnout cleaning, NFPA 1851 training and compliance, or our NFPA compliant in-house service and support program. We are firefighters helping firefighters, and we treat our customers like our family.

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