Ron has 40 years experience in all capacities of the fire services:
- 12 years as full-time paid firefighter.
- 28 years for Manitoba Provincial Fire Commissioners Office.
- The last 12 years as Fire Investigator.
- Credentials include Hazmat and Water Rescue Instructor
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May 5 – 6, 2013
Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Canada
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May 17 – 19, 2013
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ALBERTA FIRE CHIEF ANNUAL CONFERENCE
May 26 – 29, 2013
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May 24 – 26, 2013
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April 22-27, 2013
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ram Air introduces boot-drying accessory for 4-IHT models
August 29, 2012 –LOVELAND, COLORADO – Ram Air Gear Dryer, a manufacturer of gear dryers made exclusively for drying personal protective equipment, recently introduced a boot-drying accessory for the company’s 4-IHT model. The new boot-dryer fits easily into one of the four drying ports. With this new accessory, fire departments and emergency service organizations will have the ability to dry 8 boots per accessory, or up to 32 boots at one time.
“As a firefighter myself, I know how uncomfortable working in wet boots can be,” said Lance Dornn, president of Ram Air. “The 4-IHT model has always been able to dry boots, but now departments can dry a large number of boots simultaneously after emergency or training situations. The new boot accessory quickly removes the moisture that can cause mold and mildew to form if left for too long. It gets departments back to a state of readiness fast.”
The optional boot-drying accessory can be ordered with new 4-IHT models or can be added to 4-IHT models currently on the market. By allowing for inverted drying, Ram Air’s 4-IHT model is able to dry hazmat, immersion and dive suits that standard gear dryers cannot accommodate while still drying standard bunker gear and accessories. Each of the machine’s four drying positions features adjustable height to properly dry specific sizes of gear. The 4-IHT quickly and efficiently dries personal protective equipment without turning gear inside out and causing damage to the gear. Since it operates using ambient air, manufacturer’s warranties remain intact and Ram Air’s 4-IHT models are NFPA compliant.
For more information or to order the new boot accessory or Ram Air’s 4-IHT gear dryer, please visit www.ramairgeardryer.com or contact us at 888-393-3379.
About Ram Air
A firefighter-owned company, Ram Air provides a full range of dryers made exclusively for drying personal protective equipment including bunker gear, immersion/hazmat suits, helmets, gloves, boots, face masks and SCBAs. Their patented dryers use heated or ambient air with powerful fans that push air through gear from the inside out. The large volume of air effectively dries gear in a fraction of the time—getting firefighters back to action fast. NFPA compliant, Ram Air gear dryers are built with the highest quality components and set standards beyond any other competitor’s products. The company strives to provide unmatched customer service and quality products that ensure personnel gear is in top operating condition—ultimately preserving the safety of firefighters and those they serve.
Ram Air has added 6 additional drying ports to the popular 4-IHT – 4 Place Immersion / Hazmat / Bunker Gear Dryer. The dryer now has 6 ports on each side for a total of 12 drying ports.
Ram Air now has an optional boot dryer that can be ordered with your new dryer or added to your current model 4-IHT.
ETL Testing Laboratories has been conducting electrical performance and reliability tests since 1896. Intertek Testing Services (ITS) acquired ETL from Inchcape in 1996. ITS is recognized by OSHA as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), just as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and several other independent organizations are recognized.
ITS tests products according to nearly 200 safety and performance standards. The ETL Listed Mark and C-ETL Listed Mark are accepted throughout the United States and Canada when denoting compliance with nationally recognized standards such as ANSI, IEC, UL, and CSA.
This certification mark indicates that the product has been tested to and has met the minimum requirements of a widely recognized (consensus) U.S. product safety standard, that the manufacturing site has been audited, and that the applicant has agreed to a program of periodic factory follow-up inspections to verify continued conformance.
If the mark includes a small US and/or C, it follows product safety standards of United States and/or Canada, respectively
IAFC On Scene: August 15, 2010
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was first identified in the 1960s, and in the last 10 years, it has become a major pathogen. MRSA can be transmitted from any inanimate object (formites) to a person as well as person to person. Because of this, patient-to-firefighter and firefighter-to-firefighter transfers have become an increasing concern.
MRSA has also been isolated from razors, towels, gym equipment, bar soap, mops and a variety of medical equipment. MRSA colonization—the presence of the bacteria, but no signs of illness or infection—is a known risk factor for future MRSA infections. Other known risk factors for MRSA infections in the community at large include previous antibiotic therapy, extensive hospital stays, surgery, living in a long-term care facility, kidney dialysis, the presence of invasive medical devices and interaction with people infected with MRSA.
Unfortunately, community-acquired (CA) MRSA infections are on the rise, and outbreaks of skin and soft-tissue infections have occurred among healthy firefighters with no health-care exposure or known classical risk factors. Some risk factors associated with CA-MRSA outbreaks include:
- Shared personal care products
- Frequent skin-to-skin contact
- Skin abrasions
- Crowded living conditions
- Treating people with MRSA infections
In today’s environment, it’s likely that firefighters and paramedics will treat patients with current or past MRSA infections or who are currently colonized with MRSA. A recent Tucson, Ariz., study sampled commonly touched sites at nine fire-related occupational and training facilities. Of 160 sites sampled, 6.9% were MRSA-contaminated.
In that study, the couches with soft, porous material had the highest percentages of MRSA contamination while no MRSA was found on the surfaces of their ambulances or fire trucks. In contrast, a 2010 study found 49% of ambulances in southern Maine were contaminated with MRSA.
There was no statistical difference between fire-based vs. non-fire-based ambulances or annual call volume. There was, however, a statistically significant lower rate of contamination in services that provided paid, 24-hour coverage versus those that didn’t.
A recent yearlong study of two Northwest fire stations from two different fire districts was conducted by Dr. Roberts (one of the authors) and colleagues at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. The study isolated MRSA from 44 (4.2%) of 1,060 samples examined and included USA300 and hospital-like (HA) MRSA isolates.
USA300: Genetically related isolates which causes >90% of common CA-MRSA infections in the USA; infects people with no risk factors in the community and is now found in the hospital.
MRSA was isolated from samples taken from the inside and outside surfaces of fire apparatus (medic/aide rigs, engines and trucks) as well as specific equipment and equipment bags, fire-station garage floors, water coolers, computer keyboards, kitchen appliances, phones, TV remote controls, cloth chairs, desks, bathroom and gym surfaces, washing machines and fire-protection clothing. The same strains of MRSA were found in both the dirty apparatus sections and the clean living quarters.
A recent study from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles suggests MRSA can survive on some nonporous surfaces up to eight weeks following contamination—and skin transmission takes only three seconds. In addition, the presence of organic matter generally increases the survival of pathogenic bacteria fomites. Surfaces visibly soiled provide the perfect medium for the possibility of increased exposure to surviving pathogens, causing a higher probability of exposure to MRSA than a cleaned surface.
In the community at large, 25-35% of the population is colonized with S. aureus and 0-2% with MRSA. As part of the University of Washington study, nasal colonization was examined in 40 firefighters within one of the fire districts. In this small sample, 22.5% of the personnel were colonized with MRSA and 10% colonized with Staphylococcus aureus. The majority of the nasal MRSA/S. aureus isolates were genetically related to the environmental fire station MRSA strains, suggesting transmission between personnel and environmental surfaces may be occurring.
The University of Washington MRSA grant was funded by Washington State Safety & Health Investment Projects.
To reduce the levels of MRSA contamination, the recommendations derived from the University of Washington study included the following:
- Use cleaners/disinfectants that are EPA-registered for MRSA
- Daily clean each of the following:
– fire apparatus and medic/aid car interiors with appropriate disinfection products
– kitchen area, including appliances
– all apparatus floors
– all fire station floors
- Weekly cleaning of mop heads and sponges with disinfectant
- Station uniforms cleaned and left at the station
- Discontinue placing feet on furniture
- When buying new furniture make sure it is easily cleanable surface and eliminate cloth fabrics
Skin rashes and/or infections, which do not improve within 2-3 days with topical over the counter antibiotics, should be seen by a clinician.
Personnel with repeated MRSA infections should discuss with their doctor decolonization of fire personnel and potentially family members.
Record keeping should be done to determine if any one station is having a cluster of MRSA infections, which would require additional protocols to reduce spread between personnel from continuing.
Marilyn C. Roberts, PhD, is a professor in the School of Public Health, University of Washington. Her current research includes identification of MRSA on environmental surfaces and how to reduce contamination levels of these surfaces. Kim C. Favorite is the Occupational Health & Fitness Coordinator for the Seattle Fire Department. She’s a member of the IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival Section and has been a technical advisor for the Fire Service Joint Labor-Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative since 1996.
Feb. 1, 2008
By Rick Markley
“Whether it has just come out of the laundry or off an intense fireground, turnout gear gets wet. And when it does, it must be dried thoroughly before the next call. McKinney, Texas, Fire Chief Mark Wallace says it is important to have personal protective equipment that is fully dry. At a fire, the water in partially wet gear can boil, causing steam burns to the firefighter wearing it.
Air drying gear is cheap but takes a long time. Using a dryer has purchase and use costs, but works fast. There also are space considerations and the likelihood that gear will get cleaned. So like most things, choosing the best method for drying turnout gear comes down to departmental circumstances and resources.
The National Fire Protection Association’s regulation 1851 on turnout gear briefly touches on drying techniques. NFPA says to first follow manufacturers’ care instructions. If there are none, NFPA says that air drying should be done in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight. For machine drying, 1851 advises that all closures, such as snaps, hooks and zippers, be fastened. It also says to use no-heat or air-dry options when available. If those options are not available, the maximum drying temperature must not exceed 105°F. The regulation says not to allow the machine to fully remove the moisture during the heat cycle, but rather to switch to no heat or remove the gear and allow it to air dry the rest of the way.
Lion Apparel, a turnout gear manufacturer, recommends that after laundering, the gear be turned inside out to expose the inner surfaces. The company says to dry the gear by hanging it in a shaded area that receives good cross ventilation or using a fan to circulate the air. The company says not to use automatic dryers because the mechanical action and excessive heat may damage or shrink the garments. Also, it says that hanging garments to dry in direct or indirect sunlight, or in fluorescent light will severely reduce the strength of the seams and discolor the garments.”
“In McKinney, Wallace has been buying drying systems by Air Ram. That system blows unheated air through perforated pipes. McKinney has six fire stations and a seventh under construction. It is a career department with 146 firefighters that covers 60.5 square miles. Wallace says some stations still are using low-heat tumble dryers while others air dry bunker gear. The switch to drying cabinets follows recommendations by the department’s safety gear committee, he says.
“Heating the outside of the gear as it tumbles in a low-heat dryer doesn’t dry the gear evenly,” Wallace says. “Air drying using no system and without exposing the gear to direct sunlight takes a long time, and the gear may not be dry for the next shift.”
The Air Ram system will dry as many as six sets of pants, coats, boots and gloves in about four hours, Wallace says. Because of the time it takes for air drying, he says, firefighters are less likely to wash their gear often. Another downside to air drying is the amount of space required if there is a lot of gear to be dried after a big call.
For a small department, getting eight or 10 sets of gear quickly cleaned and dried is an issue following a large fire. As a fallback, Rielage keeps several sets of older gear on hand to use in such emergencies. But the number of sets and the sizes are limiting factors.”
“Like Wallace, Rielage says air drying alone can keep gear out of service for one day or longer. His plan to combine low-heat and air drying should shave a few hours off drying time while still preserving the gear’s integrity, he says.”
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