Electrolux Laundry Systems has developed highly advanced laundry solutions to reduce health risks for firefighters by keeping their uniforms safer and cleaner.

Together with the Swedish Healthy Firefighters program, Electrolux Professional has developed a new method to decontaminate clothing and other equipment exposed to hazardous substances during fires that cannot be eliminated with a standard concept.

Electrolux Professional through its branch in Sweden was approached by a group of national organisations including the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and the Swedish Firefighters Union, following a recent study, which revealed that the number of cancer cases among Swedish firefighters had risen over the last few years.

Eugenio Filoni, Global Segment Manager Special on Premises Laundries explained that Electrolux was asked to help find the right process to minimise the risk for health and safety of firefighters in their everyday work.

The Electrolux Barrier concept was selected as the ideal solution and best defence against contamination of uniforms and garments. These washers prevent all contact between dirty and clean clothing, maximising clinically hygienic textiles. Unique intelligent features such as Hygiene Watchdog, which ensures that the wash programme is fully completed before the washer can unload on the clean side, allow easy and safe management of the laundry process on the firefighters’ work premises.

Setting a benchmark for all fire brigades throughout Sweden, this model will be shared by Electrolux Professional as best practice across the globe.