What Is Decontamination Day ?
It all started on a warm August afternoon with a random donation of a case of Responder Wipes to Georgetown City Fire Department in Georgetown, SC. The donation brought comfort and happiness to Carney's family, doing something spontaneous and good for fellow brothers and sisters. From there, Decontamination Day was born. To honor BC Josh Carney, on the anniversary of his passing on October 19, 2018, Carney Strong volunteers across the country made small donations of decontamination wipes to suburban and rural departments. Volunteers stopped by 20 fire departments in 11 states with donations of over 2,000 wipes. It was a perfect way to bring sunshine to what could have been a cloudy day.
In 2019, volunteers from across 13 states made stopped at 30 fire departments . With the challenges of 2020, Decon Day took a different approach. Carney Strong teamed up with Wife Behind the Fire to work with firefighter spouses that donated wipes directly to their firefighters. This allowed us to follow CDC guidelines, but still make donations, thus continuing Decon Day. We were able to donate decontamination wipes and educational material to 70+ Firefighters in 27 states, plus Washington D.C., and Canada. We also made several donations to fire departments in California that had firefighters on the front lines of several forest fires.
To us, Decon Day is more than just making a donation to a fire department near you, it is a way to celebrate the lives affected by this dreadful disease and to keep their memories alive. That is why we will continue into 2021, making donations across the country on October 19th. If you would like to make donation to a department near you, please submit a Volunteer Request. To request that your department receives a donation, submit a Grant Request.