Fighting fires is an inherently risky occupation. There is a new danger facing Firefighters, Cancer.
Research shows that a Firefighters are 2.2 times more likely to get cancer than the general population. It is a known fact that carcinogens out gas in a fire get into the turnout gear.
The new revision of NFPA 1851 states turnout gear must be washed every time it is exposed to combustion. NFPA 1851 also requires 2 cleanings per year with one of them being a major inspection.
Pay very close attention to your hood. The carcinogens that are in your hood is laying on top of 2 glands in your neck.
Protect yourself, keep your gear clean and dry.