Date: 12/1/2023
How it Works

The Northwest Safety Clean process begins with Ensemble and Ensemble elements being received in our Crossed Flags Tracking System. Items arriving with barcodes (provided by NWSC) are scanned into the Crossed Flags Tracking System Database. Items new to NWSC will be have a PDF417 2-D bar code label installed for future tracking purposes. Our bar code contains the following vital data:

  • Serial number
  • Asset Number
  • Date inspected
  • Fire Department name
  • Fire Fighters Name
  • Manufacturer
  • Size
  • Factory Build Date
This label also includes a 1-D bar code of the Manufacturers Serial number on the bottom of the label for Fire Department's that also use asset inventory tracking system modules with their representative city's software they service. Next we officially take the garment 'Out Of Service'(temporarily) for a pre-inspection to determine the garment's ability to 'Return to Service'. This pre-inspection is simply a cursory look over the outer shell and an advanced inspection of the Liner system.

If the garment is less than 3 years old it will receive a hydro static test of the moisture barrier. If the liner is 3 years old or older AND has had 3 years in service, an advanced internal liner inspection is performed. Additional internal inspections will be performed each year in service.

NFPA 6.4.3

Mechanical washing and hand spotting-treating are part of the normal cleaning process to remove soils and carcinogens from the inner fibers of the garment. Our processes are safe on all Aramid Fabrics, Kevlar, Nomex , PBI, as well as WL Gore's Crosstech®, RT7100® and Crosstech 3ply. Also Stedair’s 4000, 3000, and 2000 Moisture barriers, FR Cotton, Nylon, Teflon and Neoprene. Additional decontamination is available for Heavy Petrol and body fluids including Blood-borne Pathogens etc.

After cleaning, garments are hang dried for less stress to the pin fibers of the fabrics, which ultimately is the strength of the garment. If requested, while garments are still damp, a soil/water repellant will be applied. This whole process meets and exceeds NFPA compliance and Manufacturer Requirements.

Repairs and Alterations

Repairs are consistent and correct because we have been trained by the Manufacturers at their facilities on how they want repairs done to their gear. Reports are consistent because our Crossed Flags Tracking System and our in-house touch-screen repair stations, equipped with over 1400 possible combinations of repairs and alterations, semi-automates our processes and provides nearly fool-proof documentation almost to the very stitch.

These methods and processes is what allows us to offer some of the most thorough reports and cost tracking possible.

Now that you know 'How' we do it, feel free to examine and use our Crossed Flags Suite to assist you with all of your asset tracking and cost analysis needs.

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