Laundry Equipment for Fire Departments

Soiled Gear is a Health Hazard!

After a fire, car accident or similar event, firefighter protective gear can be thick with life-threatening chemicals, blood, body fluids or particulate matter – putting firefighters at risk. If not properly washed, dirty gear can also spread contaminants to the public at large.

NFPA Guidelines

That’s why NFPA guidelines are in place for properly washing and drying protective apparel.

For a summary of how Continental laundry equipment is compliant with NFPA 1851 and FEMA Guidelines, please see our gear laundering recommendations sheet. For a complete listing of guidelines, visit

Commercial Laundry Equipment for Fire Departments

  • The Best Way to Clean Gear? A Highly Programmable, Soft-mount ExpressWash Washer
    Industry experts agree highly programmable commercial laundry equipment is key to washing fire department gear correctly in order to avoid damage to the gear itself. Continental ExpressWash Washers properly remove contamination from protective gear—keeping firefighters safe! The front-load washers can automatically inject the right type and quantities of detergents at the appropriate water temperature and level—preventing inconsistent and damaging results.

  • Why is a Soft-Mount Washer Design Critical?
    Continental ExpressWash soft-mount washers slide into place easily without need for a concrete foundation or rebar reinforcements. This means fire departments can install washers in truck bays, utility rooms or storage areas—without bolts and new foundations—saving money and time.

  • Programmability is Key
    Fire department gear is costly and should be washed carefully according to manufacturer guidelines to prevent damage. That means water temperatures and levels, extract speeds, baths and cycle times must be programmable. Using different programs, a fire department can wash a variety of items—turnout suit shells and linings, truck towels, EMS jump suits and more. A highly programmable Continental ExpressWash Washer makes it simple to wash a variety of items according to a wide range of specifications.

  • One-Touch Operation
    Once programmed, operators simply choose a program number, and press start. The ExpressWash Washer automatically blends optimum water temperatures, water levels, chemicals, extraction speeds and cycle times—ensuring gear gets clean without damage to protective fabrics.

NFPA Compliant

Continental ExpressDry Gear Dryers use non-heated air to dry protective items—without damaging agitation. The dryers are engineered to safely and quickly dry protective equipment—turnout gear, helmets, gloves, boots, face masks, and self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA)—by blowing a large volume of air, at high pressure, safely through the garment. NFPA compliant, the Continental ExpressDry Gear Dryer and Continental ExpressDry Special-Ops Gear Dryer ensure firefighter gear is safely dried and returned to service in hours, not days.

Does your Department Qualify for the Firefighters Grant Program?

Each year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides hundreds of millions in grants to help fire departments better protect their firefighters and the greater public. Hundreds of fire departments each year receive funding for new laundry equipment—essential for decontaminating protective gear. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. Funds are used by the nation's firefighters to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, emergency medical service programs and fire prevention and safety programs. To find out more about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program visit