Gaithersburg Washington-Grove Volunteer Fire Department
Gaithersburg - Washington Grove
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Montgomery County Maryland
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Gaithersburg Washington-Grove Volunteer Fire Department
Station 8 801 Russell Avenue . Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879 . (301) 948-0660
Station 28 7272 Muncaster Mill Road . Rockville, Maryland 20855 . (301) 921-9330
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Protecting the Protectors

We call it "Running Gear." It is the protective equipment we issue our firefighters and emergency medical technicians to wear at the scene of an incident (helmets, coats, boots, etc.) and it is not inexpensive. It costs more than $1,200 to equip one GWGVFD member.

The gear must protect our emergency responders from heat and, to some extent, flame. It must protect their heads from falling objects and their hands from shards of glass. Some of the gear must be resistant to blood pathogens. It must also meet the standards of the Occupational Health and Services Administration (OSHA). Because the gear takes a beating, and because improvements are constantly being made and OSHA standards also constantly change, the average set of gear lasts only 5 - 6 years.

Here are some price tags:

TURNOUT COAT pbicoat.jpeg (11115 bytes) $580
TURNOUT PANTS PBI%20pants.jpeg (12244 bytes) $355
HELMET helmet1.jpeg (6744 bytes) $146
BOOTS boot.jpeg (8720 bytes) $85
WORK GLOVES $20
PROTECTIVE HOOD $15
GOGGLES $25

TOTAL $1,216
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