Goodyear’s new fire truck is not just shiny and clean, it’s billed as being safer.
“It provides additional safety levels to the firefighters, the crews that are going to be responding to the emergencies and help the community,” said Goodyear Fire Captain Jose Aguirre.
The Goodyear Fire Department has had two of its members diagnosed with cancer in recent years. Gilbert Aguirre continues to fight Leukemia after his diagnosis in 2015. He has been battling in court after being denied workers’ compensation.
Goodyear firefighter Austin Peck died Aug. 31 from sinus nasal cancer.
“There was a lot of thought and effort put into our clean cab initiative which is part of our cancer-preventive program we have in the fire department,” said Aguirre. He is one of the firefighters who helped design the truck.
In many fire departments, after battling smokey blazes, firefighters climb into spacious cabs and hang their “turnout gear” — suits that could have carcinogens.
Aguirre said there will be no gear allowed in the cab of the new truck, which has a separate storage compartment.
“Equipment exposed to fire scenes and smoke will be stored separately from the cab,” said Aguirre.
This will leave “a very wipeable, cleanable cab.”
He called it “a paradigm shift” that is taking place nationally.
As the website for the National Fire Protection Association states, “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently undertook two large studies focused on firefighter cancer and concluded that firefighters face a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses, and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths, compared to the general population in the U.S.”
The “clean cab” design was part of the $1.3 million that Goodyear City Council authorized last year for the ladder truck.
According to the July 2018 agenda packet, “The 2005 ladder truck has reached replacement thresholds such as age, use and cost of maintenance. With the approval of the budget for (fiscal year 2019), funds were allocated for the purchase of a replacement ladder truck. The Fleet and Equipment Management Division, in collaboration with the Fire Department, diligently went through the specification and procurement process in order to select this vendor.”