VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - The Valdosta Fire Department has new equipment that will help with sanitizing the inside of fire trucks and fire stations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The fire department purchased an AeroClave decontamination unit with a chemical inside called Vital Oxide solution. It’s safe for vehicles and electronics and it’s also FDA approved.
This chemical fights multiple types of bacteria, viruses and different things that can pose health threats.
“It’s extremely important to have the AeroClave for the fire department because it slows down the sick leave time. We want to be able to come to work, be healthy when we come to work and provide quality service," said Lt. Marcus Haynes with the Valdosta Fire Department.
Haynes said the unit can also clean inside the building and sanitize buildings the size of a typical garage. With just a push of a button — it activates.
The downtime before getting inside the fire trucks or room after it cleans is about 10 to 15 minutes.
Currently, the fire department only has one AeroClave unit, but all of the Valdosta fire stations can use it.
“We want to ensure the safety of our personnel as well as our community. We want to take all the precautionary measures we can take as first responders that we may be able to provide better service,” said Haynes.