Goodyear Fire Department unveils cancer-conscious fire truck
PHOENIX — A new fire truck has hit the streets of Goodyear.
It may look like a typical ladder truck, but this one has unique features, including a clean cab design.
“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,” Goodyear Fire Captain Jose Aguirre said.
Goodyear is one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a clean cab process aimed to keep carcinogens away from firefighters.
“What that means is no more gear, no more turnouts and no more SCBAs will be allowed in the cab,” Aguirre added. “It is a very wipeable and cleanable cab on the inside.”
Located on the outside of Ladder 184 are sealed compartments that have roll-up doors. Firefighters can place their gear after calls inside those areas, essentially quarantining themselves from the carcinogens that are found on their gear after 911 calls.
The inside of the cab has no hooks or storage for firefighters to place their helps or jackets.
Captain Aguirre believes that alone is a paradigm shift and with that new idea, they hope to better prevent the widespread cancer the fire service sees.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) firefighters face a 9% increase in cancer diagnoses and a 14% increase in cancer-related deaths compared to the general population in the U.S.
The Goodyear Fire Department is aware of the reality of cancer in the fire service.
Goodyear firefighter Gilbert Aguirre continues to fight Leukemia after his diagnosis in 2015.
Late Goodyear firefighter Austin Peck passed away at the beginning of September from a rare sinus nasal cancer.
Both believed their cancer was a direct result from their jobs as firefighters.