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Turnout Gear Washer/Extractor/Dryer Award Program
2019 Program (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)
Despite being more physically fit and healthier than the general
population firefighters, both career and volunteer/paid-on-call, experience
cancer at a higher rates than those in the communities they serve. Studies continue to show that firefighters
are acutely exposed to known carcinogens during structure and other fires and
are continually exposed via turnout gear that is soiled due to exposure to toxic
In recent years, fire departments across Minnesota have implemented
turnout gear decontamination procedures post fire events to help reduce
firefighter exposure to toxic combustion byproducts. At the same time mechanical turnout gear
washers/extractors have been introduced as an effective and efficient means by
which firefighters can best clean their soiled turnout gear and greatly reduce
their exposure to combustion byproducts.
Many fire departments, however, have found commercial turnout gear
washer/extractors, which can cost upwards of $10,000, to be cost
prohibitive. Therefore, the Minnesota
Department of Public Safety, with funding from the Fire Safety Account, through
the State Fire Marshal Division, has authorized a $300,000 matching award
program to assist eligible fire departments in the purchase of commercial
turnout gear washer/extractor. Along with a $300,000 matching award program for
Since 2015, the first year of the Turnout Gear washer/Extractor Program,
the Department of Public Safety has awarded over $500,000 to over 60 MN fire departments
for the purchase of turnout gear washers/extractors.
A good turnout gear decontamination program should also include
equipment to quickly dry turnout gear after washing so that it can be more
quickly played back into service. Turnout
gear dryers can dry wet gear in 4 hours or less as opposed to the much longer “hang
dry method”. Wet turnout gear is difficult to don and can cause steam burns to
the wearer. Also, if the decontamination process (washing/drying) can be
accomplished more quickly and efficiently, firefighters will be more likely to
regularly clean their gear thus leading to more healthy firefighters in the
Individual Grant Amounts:
Available funding will pay for individual grants of no more than $10,000 for a gear washer/extractor and $8,000 for a dryer. A local match of the grant award, as indicated in the chart below, is required. The required local match amount will be based on the population of the applicant’s fire department coverage area. The type of equipment purchased will first need to meet the approval of the State Fire Marshal prior to funds being awarded. Fire departments will indicate whether they are applying to purchase a gear washer/extractor, a dryer, or both.
|Up to 10,000
|10,001 - 25,000
|25,001 - 50,000
Only Minnesota fire departments that currently use the MNFIRS reporting
system will be eligible to receive funds.
Any fire service agency applying for an award must include a letter from
the jurisdiction indicating their intent to purchase a turnout gear
washer/extractor/dryer(s). The letter
must be from the governance entity (e.g. the city council, township board). A fire service agency is defined as having a
fire department identification number (FDID) from the State Fire Marshal
Awards will be made to the jurisdiction submitting the award
application. The award contract must be
signed by a representative of the lead jurisdiction having the legal authority
to sign contracts for that jurisdiction.
Legal authority may be documented by a resolution or official minutes
from the jurisdiction and will be required at the time that the award contract
is to be signed. It is not required for
the grant application.
The Committee will consider the following factors and prioritize awards
based on, but not limited to:
- Overall jurisdiction/fire department budget
- Number of firefighters
- Population serviced
- Current inventory of turnout gear cleaning equipment
- Average annual number of fires
Jurisdictions of two or more, in close proximity, may submit joint
An evaluation committee will review and score the applications based on
the above criteria and present a recommendation to the Commissioner of Public
Safety who will make the final determination. Once a request has been awarded,
a formal award agreement will be prepared and must be signed by the awardee
organization and the Department of Public Safety. Once the signature process
has been completed, the award is considered fully executed and becomes a
legally binding agreement between the grantee organization and the Department
of Public Safety.
The award funds are available on a cost reimbursement basis for FY19
(July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) where costs are reimbursed after they are
incurred and paid by the grantee agencies.
The grantee organization will be required to provide to the State Fire
Marshal Division the written summary of all expenditures, including
documentation on how the award and matching funds were spent.
A complete application packet must be received by 4:00 pm CST Tuesday October 16, 2018, preferably by email at email@example.com
or by mail:
State Fire Marshal Division
Attn: Nolan Pasell
445 Minnesota Street, Suite #145
St. Paul, MN 55101-5145
Applications not received by this deadline will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicants to
ensure that their application is received by the deadline.
Any questions about the application process should be directed to Nolan
Pasell at (651) 201-7218 or Nolan.firstname.lastname@example.org.