From airborne illnesses to toxic gasses and chemicals, firefighters are exposed to a variety of hazards. Their face masks are life-saving devices that protect them from harm.
So every year, Queen Creek firefighters go through rigorous testing to ensure these masks are sealed tightly to provide proper protection.
"These masks play a big role in protecting the health of our firefighters," said Queen Creek Fire Chief Vance Gray. "These tests ensure the masks have an adequate seal and fit well around their faces. Fit testing is critical because firefighters are constantly working in environments that are constantly changing and they can be exposed to unknown inhalation hazards while working."
The Town of Queen Creek regularly tests these face masks and all other equipment to be sure the town's firefighters are safe and have the proper working equipment to perform their jobs.
"The face masks are part of every firefighter's standard gear," added Sonu Wasu, public information officer for the department. "They get tested for fit routinely every year. Every firefighter has one. If they're damaged or not working, just like any other part of their uniform, they get a new one."
The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department can be reached at 480-644-2400 for non-emergency issues. Call 911 for an emergency.