At Albert Lea Fire Rescue, you will find signs similar to this one. Why?
Because we have hot, warm and cold zones in the station.
In our station, the apparatus bay is a hot zone. That means this is the space is where the contaminated gear and equipment are. Even when we clean after a fire, we can't guarantee we have removed all of the carcinogens.
In our station, the SCBA repair room is a warm zone. This is an area where we can work on SCBA repairs, fill our SCBA bottles, wash our helmets and face pieces, wash civilian clothes and grab a bottle of water if we are still contaminated or dressed in bunker gear. The room where we store our gear would also be considered a warm zone. This room also has a venting system that draws carcinogens out of the building.
The cold zones, which include the majority of the station, are for living and working. To reduce the amount of exposure in daily work, no contaminated clothing or equipment may be brought into these areas.