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Standards for Cleaning Protective Clothing for EMT & Fire Fighters
Proper maintenance is essential to extend the life of the clothing as well as the firefighter.  Studies have shown that protective clothing picks up a range of highly toxic contaminants (such as soot and other substances) which can lead to health problems.
NFPA 1851 is the code of standards for cleaning procedures for the apparel.
Advanced Machine cleaning is required every 6 months.  The washer must be a programmable washer extractor with a specified maximum acceleration.  These machines use a special cycle with controlled temperatures, multiple rinse cycles, water levels and cycle times. 
It is required that firefighters clean their clothing on a routine basis and especially after structural fires or other emergencies.
There are now requirements for sanitation and disinfection of protective clothing when contaminated with blood, bodily fluids, and other biological contaminants.  Sanitization removes micro-organisms to a safe level.  Sanitization is supposed to proceed advanced cleaning but can also be a part of these procedures.
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