Steve Kleber, owner of EXTAN Distributors, the local representative of Intelagard, Inc. has requested that the company bring its resources to the Hales Corners Fire Department, under the supervision of Fire Chief, Pete Jaskulski, to demonstrate how to cost-effectively decontaminate a fireman's ‘turn-out gear’, after being exposed to a fire induced carcinogenic contamination. “We have been doing this for years around the world with great success,” said Intelagard’s President, Dennis Smagac, adding “We would love to help the state of Wisconsin's firefighters protect themselves from the silent dangers of chemical exposures.” Firemen safety from carcinogenic chemicals Firefighters have a 68% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general population" First, responding firemen are exposed to high levels of carcinogenic chemicals, every time that they are near a fire or in an industrial establishment suffering a fire incident. “In all, researchers found that more than two-thirds of firefighters, 68 percent to develop cancer, compared to about 22 percent for the general population. Firefighters have a 68% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general population.” according to the Firefighters Cancer Support Network. EasyDECON During this time of national crisis, Intelagard, Inc., a 30-years old Broomfield Colorado company, is coming to Milwaukee with a proven solution to this problem. EasyDECON has been used within the Federal Government, all military branches, along with all of the health agencies, to prevent the carcinogenic exposure of chemicals to protect firefighters and first responders, in times of emergency. EasyDECON was developed at the Sandia National Laboratory, with the assistance of Intelagard, in response to all the unnecessary exposure deaths due to the first responders entering the towers and all the subsequent anthrax attacks, post the Sep 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Besides the dangerous exposure to carcinogens, the cost incurred by the local firehouse to replace contaminated equipment is also very high. Decontaminating turn out/Bunker gear “This EasyDECON non-toxic protocol not only extends the life of the equipment, but of those that use them,” said decontamination expert and company owner, Bill Young from Mold n’ More Decontamination, Inc. Firefighter's personal gear can range from about US$ 3000 to US$ 10,000 or more. For the last 13 years, EasyDECON has been the standard issue for all military firefighters and the special force units. It has recently gotten acclaim for being the only non-toxic decontaminant to protect the White House and Capitol Buildings. Protecting first responders from viral and chemical exposures EasyDECON is considered the gold standard for protecting critical personnel from viral and chemical exposures" “EasyDECON is considered to be the gold standard for protecting important and critical personnel from viral and chemical exposures,” stated Lt. Col Robert Hollocher. He adds, “It has recently been introduced to the civilian population to help eradicate the COVID-19 (Corona) virus with its low cost, easy application and unparalleled 99.99999% viral stopping effectiveness, you can understand how this has saved thousands of lives already. The fact that it is also non-toxic makes this a no-brainer. Eventually, everyone will have to use EasyDECON.” Highly effective, easy-to-use decontamination product Also planned on this trip is a stop at the Salvation Army and Marquette University High School (MUHS). Due to the extremely high viral exposure rates in Milwaukee, Intelagard, Inc. will, upon the request and help of some local civil minded philanthropists, decontaminate a few buildings for the Salvation Army-Milwaukee County, along with the Paul Noack Athletic Fieldhouse and their Jesuit Residence at the Marquette University High School. All interested parties and the general public are invited to first-hand witness the demonstration of the most effective and cost-efficient way to decontaminate and preserve turn-out/bunker gear, EasyDECON. The goal is to protect firefighters from the dangers of reusing carcinogenically contaminated equipment while lowering their monthly operation costs with one highly effective and easy-to-use product.