• Carna Bunker Gear aims to shift the precarious, long-standing culture of outfitting firefighters in structural firefighting gear when training in atmospheres that are not immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH)
    • “70% of firefighters will eventually die from cancer.”
    • For every 1 in 100,000 firefighters, 350 firefighters can develop cancers from clothing contaminated with PAHs via dermal absorption.
  • Some of the carcinogens expected to increase cancer in firefighters is due to elevated exposure rates of PHAs, PFAs, PBDEs/ PBB, and DEHP
  • These chemicals are found on fire scenes from incomplete combustion of a wide variety of materials found in residential, commercial and vehicle fires (PHA, PFA, PBDEs, DEHP) and even in basic fires with organic fuel sources such as wood (PAHs)
  • Some of these chemicals are even found in brand new unused bunker gear (PFAs, PBDEs, DEHP)
  • Current laundering techniques do not appear to effectively remove PAHs, OPFRs and PBDEs and there is no such thing as “clean” bunker gear once it’s used in a fire
  • Laundering SFG is not ‘iron clad’ and its ineffectiveness in removing PFAs, DHEPs, or PBDEs or other flame retardants and plastics chemicals found in bunker gear is unanimously consistent.5,11
  • “Several important protective properties of turnout gear are significantly changed after repeated (between 0 cycles and 40 cycles) simulated fireground exposures followed by cleaning (laundering, decon) or laundering alone.”12
  • Using training gear that mimics structural firefighter bunker gear in design, bulk, weight, and heat retention is essential for proper training
  • Only Carna Bunker Gear provides all of the benefits of training in gear with NONE of the risks