Lately, there has been great debate on the clean cab concept, specifically removing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) from the crew cab and placing them in a cabinet. At its core, this modification is based on a desire to minimize firefighters’ risk of cancer. The logic goes, if the dirty or contaminated SCBA are not in the crew cab, they will not pose a risk to the firefighters. The desire to minimize or manage firefighters’ exposure or risk is a well-placed and justified concern. However, is removing the SCBA from the crew cab the best option?

Managing risk is an important responsibility of our leaders, and part of this responsibility is managing risk caused from occupational exposure. Firefighting is an inherently dirty job. How can we best protect firefighters from contamination and cross-contamination from occupational exposure to the toxic residue of the fireground? This is the question the fire service has been trying to answer. Read More...