Help Fund Industrial Washers

Fully Funded!

In partnership with the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation this initiative has been fully funded! Cleaning bunker gear reduces firefighters exposure to carcinogens. Thank you to all our generous donors! Your generosity funded the purchase and installation of 25 washers in fire houses around the city of Boston.

Please see below for information regarding the Washing Machine Initiative.

7News Boston WHDH-TV

In Boston, firefighters have 2.5 to 3 times the risk of developing cancer than other residents of the city. (Michael G Hamrock, M.D.) The Last Call Foundation is working to ensure that firefighters have access to the washing machines, which are called extractors, necessary to help reverse this trend. With the support of our generous donors and sponsors, the Last Call Foundation has provided the first 16 of the 36 needed extractors.

Contaminated protective gear exposes firefighters to potentially life-threatening carcinogens, chemicals, biological agents and particulate matter. 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 contaminants. Maintenance of turnout gear is essential not only for garment longevity, but most importantly for firefighter protection.

The washers we are working to install have the capability to wash two sets of gear at a time. Professional Boston firefighters are often the first responders on a wide variety of emergency calls, as they are trained to handle more than 80 different kinds of incidents. From car accidents to medical emergencies, Boston firefighters responded to more than 75,000 calls in 2014.

In order to ensure that all Boston firefighters are able to decontaminate their gear after each incident, the washers must be made available at every single firehouse in Boston. Protective gear should not be a health threat to our firefighters.

Protective gear should not be a health threat to our firefighters.