The purpose of inspecting firefighter turnout gear is to determine the serviceability of the ensemble and if repairs are required or if the gear needs to be retired.  Here at Alberta Fire Gear Cleaning we perform a routine inspection after every cleaning.  We also provide Advanced Inspections which, according to NFPA 1851, should be performed once a year on all turnout gear under 10 years of age (after 10 years turnouts should be retired).

Advanced Inspections include a full evaluation of the:

  • Outer Shell

  • Thermal Liner

  • Moisture Barrier (Hydrostatic Tested)

During an inspection we evaluate:

  • Physical damage such as rips, tears, wear, abrasions
  • Hardware damage or missing
  • Thermal damage such as burns, charring, melting or discoloration of materials
  • Seam integrity, worn or missing stitches
  • Material integrity
  • Damage or loss of reflectivity of the reflective trim
  • Hook and loop functionality

Soiled emergency service PPE including firefighter turnout gear contains many contaminates which is why it should never be brought home, washed at home, or washed in public laundry facilities. Here at Alberta Fire Gear Cleaning we specialize in cleaning and decontaminating PPE for emergency services including but not limited to:

  • Firefighter turnout gear
  • Helmets, gloves, balaclavas, structural boots
  • Wildland coveralls
  • Trauma and airway bags
  • Service uniforms

Our equipment and cleaning agents used for PPE cleaning meets all current NFPA 1851 standards.  Here we provide such services as:

  • Light Soiled Cleaning and Decontamination
  • Heavy Soiled Cleaning
  • Hazmat Cleaning
  • Removal of Blood and Body Fluids
  • Removal of Grease and Tar


Damaged turnout gear should never be used on the fire ground.
Because of the intense heat and hazardous environments firefighters are exposed to, it is important to make sure their PPE is in peak condition.  We repair turnout gear to meet NFPA 1971 standards. 

Here is a list of some of the repairs we do (please contact for full list):

  • Replace Velcro┬«, Reflective Trim and Zippers
  • Restitch Seams and Reflective Trim
  • Install Hardware( Snaps, Rivets, D-Hooks, Etc)
  • Patch Rips, Tears, and Holes
  • Add/Replace Name Plates, and Knee Pads

We also can perform alterations as long as it falls under our current level of Verification and permission from the Manufacturer. These alterations include but are not limited to:

  • Increasing or decreasing sleeve length
  • Increasing or decreasing hem on pants
  • Increasing or decreasing waist size