Our goal at GCS is to provide NFPA 1851 compliant cleaning, inspection and repair services to departments from all communities, in the most responsible, efficient, professional and cost effective manner possible. We are end users (firefighters helping firefighters), and we treat your gear as if it was are own!
Firefighter 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?
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 1851 and 1971, the industry has addressed the health and safety risks associated with contaminated turnout gear by requiring that protective clothing be cleaned at a minimum of once (1) per year and recommended once every six (6) months, or as soon as it has been soiled or contaminated.
Advanced cleanings must be performed by a verified ISP (Independent Service Provider, manufacture or trained personnel of the organization (Fire Department). The training of an organizations personnel shall be performed by the garment manufacture 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 of structural and proximity firefighting garments.
The NFPA 1851 standard 2014 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 manufacture, verified ISP or trained personnel within the organization (Fire Department) who have been recognized by an manufacture 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.
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 manufactures.
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 cleaning, inspection and repair needs regardless of manufacture.
- 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 own cleanings and inspections. GCS can also provide you all products and services for your in-house cleaning and inspection programs.
- Why use GCS, why not?
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 2014 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.
What Verifications Are Required?
This category lists repair service providers and organizations that have been verified to perform one or more of the following services:
- Outer shell repairs
- Thermal liner repairs
- Moisture barrier repairs to specific moisture barriers
Verification includes, but is not limited to, the inspection and testing of repairs to garment holes and seams, a review of the quality management system, and random unannounced visits to ensure continued compliance.
Verification of services is limited to the repair of structural and proximity fire fighting garment elements only. Repair services to other structural and proximity fire fighting ensemble elements (helmets, shrouds, hoods, gloves or footwear) are not covered under this service.
The basic standard used to verify service providers and organizations in this category is ANSI/NFPA 1851 (2008), “Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.”
The UL Certificate is the only method provided by UL to identify repair service providers and organizations verified under its Certificate and Follow-Up Service. Repair service providers and organizations for which Certificates are issued are considered by UL to be compliant with the applicable requirements at the time of issuance. UL assumes no liability for any loss that may result from failure of the repairs, incorrect certification, or nonconformity with requirements. Certificates are valid for up to one year from date of issue.