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Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners, Fire Soaps by Defensive Solutions, and FireWipes have joined forces to provide a more comprehensive approach to Preliminary Exposure Reduction


In an effort to help reduce occupational cancers risks faced by firefighters every day, Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners, Fire Soaps by Defensive Solutions, and FireWipes have joined forces to provide a more comprehensive approach to Preliminary Exposure Reduction.

Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners provides cleaning and care of PPE for thousands of fire departments nationwide from small volunteer departments to large metropolitan departments such as the FDNY. Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners is committed to providing the firefighting community with the finest maintenance care program available with six locations (NY, OH, CO, NC, GA, & FL) to serve the fire service.

Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaner’s sister company, Defensive Solutions Corporation, is the creator of Fire Soaps, a line of cleaning agents to effectively and safely clean bunker gear. All Fire Soaps products are easy to use, Eco-Friendly, Third Party Tested and surpass all NFPA 1851 requirements regarding cleaning agents. Fire Soaps is specifically designed for use with all PPE ensembles, i.e., Turnout Gear, Wildland, Industrial and Aviation Fire Fighting Apparel, Fire Protective Garments (FPG’s) for shipboard personnel and Proximity Suits.

Created by a firefighter for firefighters and first responders, FireWipes are designed to provide a quick on-scene decontamination solution for firefighters after exposure to hazardous environments. Firewipes are a biodegradable industrial strength disposable wipe infused with cleansing compounds for use on all external dermal areas. The wipe is saturated with a unique formula specifically designed to minimize additional carcinogenic exposure through dermal absorption for the user.

Occupational cancer is one of the leading causes of death for firefighters and they have statistically higher rates of multiple cancers than the general population.  Research has shown that most of it is caused by carcinogens they are exposed to through soot particulates, and dermal absorption is a likely route of exposure. Particular areas of concern are the face, jawline, neck, and wrists were skin is most permeable.

Firewipes use only premium ingredients that are hypoallergenic, latex-free, paraben-free, MI (Methylisothizolinone)-free, SLS free and contains no alcohol. Each wipe is individually packaged to prolong shelf life, eliminate cross contamination, maintain consistency, limit waste, reduce costs, and provide a quick on-scene decontamination solution for firefighters after exposure to hazardous environments.

FireWipes will be available for purchase though all six Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners facilities and the Fire Soaps website, with this partnership Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners and Fire Soaps can be your one stop shop for helping firefighters reduce occupational cancer risks.

About FireWipes
FireWipes is committed to providing the highest level of quality products that are specifically formulated and designed to aid in the removal of potential carcinogenic contaminants from exposure to hazardous environments.

About Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners
Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners is committed to providing the firefighting community with the finest maintenance care program available. We have six facilities (NY, OH, CO, NC, GA, & FL) dedicated exclusively to the cleaning, repair and inspection of PPE as well as Wildland, Industrial and Aviation Fire Fighting Ensembles, Fire Protective Garments (FPG’s) for shipboard personnel and Proximity Suits. We are fully NFPA 1851 compliant and verified by Intertek and UL, both leading third-party verification services, to the current 2020 edition. Minerva Bunker Gear Cleaners is recognized by all PPE manufacturers and is authorized to do extensive repairs and alterations.

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