Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The Tide Is Turning For Palm Beach Firefighters

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fighting fires is a dirty job, so the detergent used to clean the uniforms is more important than you might think.

That’s how firefighters in Palm Beach, Florida, see it.

For the last 23 years, the fire department has been cleaning its clothes with Tide. That is, until the county’s purchasing department decided to put the laundry detergent up for competitive bid.

The winning bid saved taxpayers $4000 but the decision got firefighters hot under the collar because, as one firefighter put it, “My uniforms don’t smell fresh.”

Even worse: The chosen detergent was deemed unacceptable for decontamination and had chemicals that could corrode the fire station laundromats.

Things got so heated up that the Palm Beach firefighters actually filed a class action grievance against the county for dropping the soap.

Luckily, the tide is now turning in what insiders are calling “Detergent-Gate.” Officials at Tide have donated hundreds of boxes of detergent, which makes the whole controversy a wash.

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