Shamrock Gear Restoration LLC

Firefighter Turnout Gear Cleaning, Inspection, and Repair 330-313-1220

  • Oct 2


    Fire coat covered in Tar & Oil

    Fire coat covered in Tar & Oil

    Checkin’ the oil, kickin’ the tires, and fillin’ the tank are simple little things we do to ensure that our vehicles are going to run when we want them to.  Sure these are simple efforts that we take for granted, but,  go without easy “minute maintenance” and the outcome could be catastrophic.  What does any of this have to do with fire gear?  I am just trying to relate.  (As the husband of a 1st Grade teacher, I have learned how to help people relate thoughts to what they know.) 

    Fire gear needs the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly inspections the same as your car does.  If your car is dirty, you wash it.  If your fire gear is dirty, you “look cool”.  If your tire is flat, you put air in it.  If your fire gear has a scorch, you are “tough”.  If the car runs out of gas, you fill it up.  If your moisture barrier, outer shell, or thermal liner is in poor repair, you could—  oh yes!  DIE!Trouser Advanced Inspection

    It is simple math– we take better care of our cars than we do of our fire gear- the HEART of protection for a firefighter.  Why?  Is it too hard to look over our gear?  In less than five minutes, you can give your gear a quick once over at the start of shift.  Are there rips or tears?  Is the reflective trim torn, coming loose, or not reflective?  Do all the closures work properly?  Velcro clean?  Snaps snap?  Clips clip?  Does it still fit?  Yes, I know gear shrinks in the waist- our bellies never get bigger!  Finally, is it clean?  Does it smell like last week’s fire?  Diesel fuel?  Or a moldy jock strap?  Yes, the sweat for our finely tuned bodies can smell and rot our gear! 

    What happens in your department if you find any of these minor flaws in your gear?  Overlook it?  Maybe, but always remember that the firefighter ensemble you wear is your first line of defense to staying alive.  A quick inspection of the “Heart” of firefighter protection can help to keep your heart pumping!

    For more rants and raves, give me a call- I can go on all day!


    Fire coat after removing Tar & Oil

    Fire coat after removing Tar & Oil

  • Sep 8

    The following statements are TRUE:

    1- Shamrock Gear & Repair is located is Stark County, Ohio.


    2- In the Northeast corner of Ohio, there are over 400 fire departments.


    3- In Northeast Ohio, there is only 1 Fire Gear Care & Repair Facility.


    4- Shamrock Gear can and will pick up, clean, inspect, repair, and return your fire gear in a timely fashion.  This ensures your gear is compliant to NFPA 1851 and safe for your firefighters. 


    5- Shamrock Gear can come to your department and perform Advanced Inspections while keeping your gear in service.


    6- Shamrock Gear helps your department get the full life of your gear and saves you money for replacement.


    7- You can’t afford not to call our office and find a Maintenance Program  that fits you department.


    8- You will not regret your call!!

  • Aug 20

    At Shamrock Gear, we are offering even greater discounted rates on our Maintenance Programs.  The Bronze Program- Cleaning and Advanced Inspection- is the first big step to proper gear care.  We want to help your department get the most out of your budget.  Contact us for the DEEP DISCOUNT fire gear cleaning and inspection program.


  • Apr 7

    At Shamrock Gear and Repair, we pride ourselves in the fact that many times, when we receive calls asking if we have received fire gear ensembles for repairs, we are able to respond by saying “We cleaned, inspected, made all repairs, and shipped it back already.”  Many times customers are expecting us to receive fire gear for repair a day or two after we have already completed work on the turnouts.  This ability to service gear quickly is one of the reasons that fire departments, oil refineries, and industry continue to contact us for their fire gear cleaning, inspection, and repair.  Your fire turnout gear does your firefighters no good while it sits on a shelf waiting for repair.  Your fire gear does Shamrock Gear no good sitting on a shelf.  For these reasons, we skip the shelf that many repair facilities use.  We see what needs done to your fire gear, and we do it then ship it back to you immediately.

    Do you measure your fire gear repair facility’s turnaround time in days, or do you measure it in weeks or months?  Shamrock Gear customers measure turnaround time in days.  We cannot control shipping companies, but we do control our operations.  If you would like to talk to us about our fire gear cleaning, inspection, and repair programs, including our turnaround times, call us at 330-313-1220.

  • Mar 2

    At Shamrock Gear and Repair LLC, we get several calls every week asking us for fire turnout gear inspection forms.  We have decided to add these forms online so that they are available to you anytime you need them.  At Shamrock Gear and Repair, we are all about firefighter safety, so if you need fire gear inspection forms after an incident, you should not have to wait until we open our doors in the morning to get them.

    Here is a link to the Fire Gear  Jacket Inspection Form.

    Here is a link to our Fire Gear Trouser Inspection Form.

    Here is our Fire Gear Inspection Work Order

    We hope that these inspection forms will help you during your fire gear inspection.  Remember that you may always call us at 330-313-1220 with any questions.  We are here to help firefighters.  We are a firefighter owned and firefighter operated company.

    Shamrock Gear

    Safety for Firefighters, by Firefighters

  • Mar 1

    In the recent months, we have received many inquiries from fire departments about turnout gear maintenance.  It has been great to hear that so many are really focusing on the safety of their firefighters.  One question we have heard repeatedly from both new and old customers is “Where are you located?”.  Yes, we have moved and yes our new facility helps us to maintain the growing needs of our customers. 

    Shamrock Gear & Repair LLC has moved to 9522 Main Ave. SE in East Sparta.  The 2 story 3000 square foot building allows us to keep “dirty gear” completely separate from “clean gear”.    ”The Flow” of our specialized cleaning and repair process has been a great fit in this building, and has made Shamrock Gear the most efficient ISP in Ohio. 

    Please feel free to stop by and take a brief tour of YOUR Fire Firefighter Ensemble Maintenance Facility.  We are here to keep you safe!

    Shipping Address:

    Shamrock Gear & Repair LLC
    9522 Main Ave SE
    East Sparta, OH

    Safety for Firefighters, by Firefighters.

  • Feb 18

    OVERVIEW OF NFPA 1851-2008

    NFPA 1851- 2008 Standard on Selection Care and Maintenance of Structural Fire Fighting Ensembles and Proximity Fire Fighting

    · Became a document effective February 2001. Revised in 2007 with the newest edition taking effect January 1, 2008.

    · Developed to be a companion document to NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensemble for Structural Firefighting.

    · NFPA 1851 is also applicable to all previous revisions of NFPA 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974.

    · The goal of NFPA 1851 is to reduce the safety and health risks associated with the inappropriate selection and use of fire gear and fire gear elements as well as, the use of poorly or non-maintained turnout gear and turnout gear elements.

    · To accomplish this goal, NFPA 1851 provides criteria for the development, and implementation of a Program for the selection, care, maintenance, retirement and related issues affecting protective ensembles and  fire gear elements.

    · The NFPA 1851 Program consists of Standard Operating Procedures detailing the following:

    · Selection Process
    · Inspection of fire gear
    · Cleaning of fire gear
    · Repair of fire gear
    · Issuing and Storage of turnout gear
    · Record Keeping
    · Retirement and Disposition of turnout gear
    · Procedures for Events Involving Injury or Death to a Firefighter

    NFPA 1851 is considered a user standard rather than a manufacturing standard and therefore becomes the responsibility of the authority having jurisdiction rather than the fire gear manufacturer.

    Feel free to cal us with any questions you may have about NFPA 1851 and how your department can become compliant with this standard.


  • Feb 16

    Shamrock Gear & Repair LLC specialty services help to save your budget.

    Let Shamrock Gear & Repair LLC help you save time and money. Shamrock Gear & Repair offers On-Site Advanced Inspections and Ensemble Maintenance Programs.

    On- Site Inspection of all three layers of the fire gear elements by certified personnel include:

    Hydrostatic testing of the Moisture Barrier
    Visual and light test of the Thermal Liner
    Outer shell inspection and test of fabric and hardware integrity and safety properties
    Tracking of each individual element
    Estimates for repairs, if needed
    Fire Department maintains NFPA 1851 Compliance

    Maintenance Programs are tailored to fit your department’s needs and budget and can include:

    Annual Cleaning & Advanced Inspection of fire gear
    Repairs to fire gear when needed or necessary
    Tracking of all turnout gear elements
    Fire Department maintains NFPA 1851 Compliance

    Call today for more information, a quote, or to schedule your On- Site Inspections.


  • Feb 16

    Here is a short list of items from one of our handouts that we take to trade shows.  This is a short list of do’s and don’ts for the care of fire turnout gear.  This list has been very helpful to many people and departments, so we are publishing it here.



    “DO’S & DON’TS”


    DO- Launder your turnout gear every 6 months, and more if necessary. 

    DO- Routinely inspect your fire gear for any signs of damage or wear. 

    DO- Fasten all closures prior to laundering, insuring that all hooks are fastened, snaps are closed, and any Hook & Loop is covered.

    DO- Machine wash your turnout gear using a front load extractor (if possible) at a water temperature no warmer than 105 Degrees. 

    DO- Allow your fire gear to dry in a well ventilated area and out of sunlight. 

    DO- Contact your fire gear manufacturer or ISP if you have any question on the integrity of your garment that may compromise the protective properties. 


    Don’t store your garment where it exposed to Ultra Violet rays.

    Don’t use chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or “OXY” cleaners. 

    Don’t use turnout gear that is soiled, torn, damaged, or otherwise compromised.

    You hope that this list is helpful to you.  If you have ANY questions about your fire gear, please call us.  We help many people by answering questions that have never used our services.  We are a firefighter owned business, in business to help firefighters.

  • Feb 11

    One of the most frequent questions we receive is “What does NFPA 1851 say?”  We are posting this NFPA 1851 summary to help you know what is contained in NFPA 1851 and how it affects fire gear cleaning, inspection, and repair.

    The following is a summary of NFPA 1851, the standard on firefighter turnout gear ( PPE, bunker gear, fire gear ) selection, cleaning, inspection, repair, and record keeping. The NFPA calls it “NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.”

    NFPA 1851 standard was developed to reduce the safety risks and potential health hazards related to turnout gear care, maintenance and repair. Its intent, first and foremost is to protect firefighters, their families, and the general public – anyone they might come in contact with may be contaminated. A subordinate or ancillary development to these standards is their bearing on liability issues at the administrative level as well workman’s compensation cases pertaining to the implementation and practice.

    The following is a series of excerpts or “highlights” of the NFPA 1851 Standard. This document defines explicit guidelines concerning standard operating procedure, and roles and responsibilities of record keeping, inspection, cleaning, decontamination, and repair of fire protection ensembles (turnout gear). You may obtain a complete copy of NFPA 1851 by contacting the National Fire Protection Association at


    1.2 Purpose.

    1.2.1 The purpose of this standard shall be to establish a program for structural fire fighting protective ensembles and ensemble elements to reduce the safety risks and potential health risks associated with poorly maintained, contaminated, or damaged structural fire fighting protective ensembles and ensemble elements.

    1.3 Definitions. Cleaning, Advanced. The thorough cleaning of ensembles or elements by washing with cleaning agents. Advanced cleaning usually requires elements to be temporarily taken out of service. Examples include hand washing, machine washing, and contract cleaning. Cleaning, Routine. The light cleaning of ensembles or elements performed by the end user without taking the elements out of service. Examples include brushing off dry debris, rinsing off debris with a water hose, and spot cleaning. Cleaning, Specialized. Cleaning to remove hazardous materials or biological agents. This level of cleaning involved specific procedures and specialized cleaning agents and processes.


    2.1.1 General.

    2.1.2 Program Part for Structural Fire Fighting Protective Ensembles and Ensemble Elements

    2.2.1 The organization shall develop written standard operating procedures (SOP) that shall identify and define the various roles and responsibilities of the organization and of the members.

    2.3 Records

    2.3.1 The organization shall compile and maintain records on their structural fire fighting protective ensembles or ensemble elements.

    2.3.2 At least the following records shall be kept for each ensemble element:

    Person to whom element is issued
    Date and condition when issue
    Manufacturer and model name or design
    Manufacturer s ID number, lot number, or serial number
    Month and year of manufacture
    Date(s) of and findings of advanced inspection(s) by organization
    Date(s) of advanced cleaning or decontamination by organization
    Reason for advanced cleaning or decontamination by organization
    Date(s) of repair(s), who performed repair(s), and brief description of any repair(s)
    Date of retirement
    Date and method of disposal


    4.1 General.

    4.2.1 Each individual member shall conduct a routine inspection of their personal ensemble or ensemble elements after each use.

    4.3 Advanced Inspection.

    4.3.1 An advanced inspection of all personal ensembles and ensemble elements shall be conducted at a minimum of every 12 months, or whenever routine inspections indicate that a problem may exist The advanced inspections shall be conducted by a members of the organization who have received training in the inspection of structural fire fighting protective clothing and equipment.

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    5.1 General.

    5.1.3 Soiled or contaminated elements shall not be brought into the home, washed in home laundries, or washed in public laundries unless the public laundry has a dedicated business to handle fire fighting protective clothing.

    5.1.4 Commercial dry cleaning shall not be used as a means of cleaning or decontaminating ensembles and ensemble elements.

    5.1.5 When contract cleaning or decontamination is used, the contract cleaner shall demonstrate, to the organization’s satisfaction, procedures for cleaning and decontamination that do not compromise the performance of ensembles and ensemble elements.

    5.2 Routine Cleaning.

    5.2.1 After each use any elements that are soiled shall receive routing cleaning.

    5.2.4 Should routine cleaning fail to render the element(s) sufficiently clean for service, the element(s) shall receive advanced cleaning.

    5.3 Advanced Cleaning.

    5.3.1 Every six months, at a minimum, elements that have been issued, used, and are soiled, shall receive advanced cleaning. Chlorine bleach or chlorinated solvents should not be used to clean or decontaminate. Cleaning or decontamination solution shall not be greater than pH 10.5.

    5.5.3 Heavy scrubbing or high velocity power washers shall not be used.

    5.6 Drying Procedures.

    5.6.1 Organization shall consult with the element manufacturer for instruction on drying. In the absence of manufacturers’ instructions, one of the drying procedures provided in this section shall be used.

    5.6.2 The following procedures shall be used for air-drying:
    (1) Place elements in an area with good ventilation.
    (2) Do not dry in direct sunlight.


    6.1 Garment Repair.

    6.1.10 Major A seams are critical to the integrity of the garment and restitching of more than 1 continuous inch of a major A seam shall require consulting the manufacturer, or shall be performed by the manufacturer or by a manufacturer recognized repair facility in a manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.

    6.1.12 Major B seams in the moisture barrier shall be repaired or altered only by the manufacturer or by a manufacturer recognized repair facility and shall not be repaired in the field.

    6.1.14 Minor seams in the moisture barrier shall be repaired or altered only by the manufacturer or by a manufacturer recognized repair facility and shall not be repaired in the field.

    6.1.15 All repaired stress areas shall be reinforced in a manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.

    Appendix A

    The importance of maintaining the cleanliness of ensembles and ensemble elements should not be underestimated. Soiled or contaminated ensembles and ensemble elements are a hazard to fire fighters since oils and contaminates can be flammable, toxic, or carcinogenic. Additionally, soiled or contaminated ensembles and ensemble elements can have reduced protective performance.

    Health risks of soiled or contaminated ensembles and ensemble elements. Soiled or contaminated ensembles and ensemble elements can expose fire fighters to toxins and carcinogens that enter the body through ingestion, inhalation, or absorption. Repeated small exposures to some contaminants can add up over time and cause health problems.

    Although great emphasis is placed on safety to avoid injury or inhalation hazards while working on the fire ground, many of the toxins which lead to health risks are being carried away from the fire scene on personal protective equipment used by the fire fighter.

    Toxins that a fire fighter will come into contact with are found in soot, trapped within the fibers of soiled ensembles and ensemble elements or absorbed into the materials themselves. Contact with the soiled ensembles and ensemble elements increase the risk of the contaminants being introduced into the body.

    Clothing contaminated with blood or other body fluids presents a potential risk of a communicable disease being transmitted to the person coming into contact with the contaminated clothing system.

    Reduced performance hazards of contaminated ensembles and ensemble elements. When clothing or equipment becomes laden with particles and chemicals, other problems are faced in addition to being exposed to toxins, such as the following:

    (a) Soiled ensembles and ensemble elements typically reflects less radiant heat. After materials are saturated with hydrocarbons, they will tend to absorb rather than reflect the radiant heat from the surrounding fire.

    (b) Ensembles and ensemble elements heavily contaminated with hydrocarbons are more likely to conduct electricity, increasing the danger when entering a building or vehicle where wiring can still be live.

    (c) Clothing materials impregnated without grease and hydrocarbon deposits from soot and smoke can ignite and cause severe burns and injuries, even if the materials are normally flame resistant.

    The full NFPA 1851 document can be purchased at