"It's no longer just about going home
at the end of each shift, but about living long and healthy into retirement."

~ Ed Cunningham


The Official Rehnke
Decon Kit

The Issue

We know that up to 90% of our toxic exposures from fire scenes come from our gear itself and can continue to be a health hazard for says following an incident.

To truly make a difference, a full and true decontamination needs to be accomplished before a firefighter come off of air.

Our profession is full of dangerous and hazardous situations as it is, but a growing body of research and data shows the contributions that job-related exposures have in chronic illnesses, such as heart disease. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently undertook two large studies focused on firefighter health issues and concluded that we as firefighters, face an increased incidence of occupational related health issues, compared to the general population in the U.S.

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What is the Rehnke Decon Kit?

The Official Rehnke Decon Kit started as a charity initiative in the Phoenix west valley at the Firehouse Subs in Surprise Arizona. The goal was to help local firefighters combat the growing trend of occupational toxin exposure and related health issues in the Fire service. We were driven with three things in mind:


To create a thorough, complete and true decontamination that is a step above and beyond the cleaning that 90% of departments and products actually do.


To be simple to use, yet small enough to fit in one compartment, without sacrificing any efficacy.


To be affordable enough that it will be an easy choice for cities and departments to add to their budgets.

Created and tested by retired firefighters Ed Cunningham and Dave Rehnke, with great help from Mesa Fire and Medical Department as well as the engineers at Decon7, these kits are being placed on front lines nationwide. Analytics from FBI field use and 18 years of military use in incidents from Iraq, Afghanistan and even on home soil such as the aftermath of the Boston Bombing, attest to the efficacy of our compound and systems.

The Kit contains the “best in field” military grade decontamination compound as well as all the tools and resources needed to execute the complete decon process on site as firefighters and other first responders come off the line; both for the line equipment AND for the body/skin of the first responder.


When it comes to a true Decontamination, there are three main components:

  1. Adhesion and binding of contaminates
  2. Removal and extraction of contaminates
  3. Detoxifying (neutralization)

Cleaning by most common products reduces the number of toxins but does not neutralize them. If a department is using this method for toxin mitigation, they then become responsible for the run off of “toxic soup” created and have to incur the responsibility and expense of proper disposal or face liabilities fiscally and environmentally. With the patented technology behind the creation of the TruDecon compound the process begins immediately on application as the solution begins binding to the carcinogens and toxins that it comes into contact with. With the cationic state of the solution, toxins are pulled from the gear, bound to, and then are neutralized.

Our products, using the patented D7 technologies, are the answer for these issues. Created for and used by the DOD to handle theater of war chemicals as devastating as serine and mustard gasses, TruDecon with D7 technologies, can handle toxins that we face on even the harshest fireground. It  can also detoxify our gear from exposures in other harsh environments such as meth labs, chemical spills etc.  TruDecon compound effectively detoxifies the harsh chemicals, poisons, biologicals, and carcinogens, neutralizing them to the point that they are no longer harmful to our first responders, the public, or the environment. As if the detoxifying capabilities were not enough, the cleaning agent that is part of the Rehnke Decon Kit also cleans our turnouts better and more thoroughly than any cleaner we have found on the market.

Finally, when you factor in the protection of local water tables from receiving these toxins, we expand our area of protection from our gear and our health, to that of the health and safety of the communities that we serve.

This is why we have chosen to use D7 technologies in our products.

Like the Official Rehnke Decon Kit, FireWipes was invented out of necessity and with the goal of drastically minimizing the exposures that we face on fire-grounds.

What was needed, was a powerful, effective, yet easy to use and derma-friendly way to remove toxins. After trying several brands of wipes that left residues and oils and sometimes caused allergic reactions, Creston Ludlow of the Phoenix Fire Department, decided to research and produce his own product. After extensive R&D and Field Testing, Creston and his partners launched FireWipes.

Our ‘The Official Rehnke Kit’ team met with representatives, sampled and tested most of the available wipes on the market. In our opinion Fire Wipes is the most effective, safe, and widely respected decon wipe in the industry.

The standards and vision that FireWipes adheres to, are in sync with ours and make them a great partner for our game changing decon kits.

The Official Rehnke Decon Kit

“We must ensure that all current and future firefighters are with their families; today as they serve and later when they retire. This terrible health problem is the target of our fight using after action, onsite and ultimate effective decon methods and tools.”

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