Hillman Fire Department
Posted By: Donna Szlag (June 25, 2018)
Over the past few years the 22 volunteer firemen of the Hillman Fire Department have been working towards the purchase of a commercial quality washing machine. A commercial quality machine would allow the firemen to properly decontaminate (remove chemical carcinogens) from their turnout gear that can be re-absorbed into the body at a later time if not properly kept clean. Keeping gear clean is important for fighting different types of cancers that can be absorbed through the skin. According to data from the International Association of Firefighters; "Cancer caused 61 percent of line of duty deaths from January 1 to March 31, 2017. The opportunity to help the firemen with the purchase of a washing machine would not only keep the firemen safe but also the families and the community they serve.