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San Francisco firefighters frustrated by unused washing machines

The industrial strength washing machines push out toxic particles from firefighter clothing


KTVU

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco firefighters said industrial strength washing machines they received roughly a year ago could save their lives, but they're not being used.

The jackets firefighters wear often collect cancer causing particles at fires and need to be specially cleaned.

Image KTVU videoOne of the washing machines is seen in a KTVU news report.
Image KTVU videoOne of the washing machines is seen in a KTVU news report.

Getting the jackets cleaned has become a source of frustration in fire stations throughout the city.

Last December, KTVU reported that the San Francisco Fire Department received five new industrial strength washing machines that push out toxic particles from firefighters clothing.

That was the first and last time the washing machines saw the light of day.

Full story: Firefighters: New Washing Machines Not Being Used

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