Eric Magnuson of Kenmore Washington was recently announced as the winner of Ram Air’s Hometown Heroes Gear Dryer Giveaway. Magnuson was awarded a Ram Air 4-MU Gear Dryer for Northshore Fire Department—the fire department he serves in.

Sponsored by Ram Air Gear Dryer, the Hometown Heroes Gear Dryer Giveaway was established as a salute to the firefighters that serve our country. Launched at the 2016 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), the sweepstakes ran from April 15, 2016 through December 31, 2106 and was open to employees, volunteers or retirees of any fire department within the United States or Canada.

“As a firefighter-owned company, we have a sincere appreciation of preserving the safety of firefighters and those they serve. Our gear dryers help reduce the risks associated with dirty, wet gear and, as such, we are thrilled to give Northshore Fire Department the tools they need to ensure the safety of their firefighters,” said Lance Dornn, president of Ram Air.

Chosen from more than 2000 entries, Magnuson entered the sweepstakes online after reading about it in a fire-industry publication.

“My fire department knew about the benefits of gear dryers, but we didn’t have the funds to purchase one yet,” said Magnuson, deputy chief of Northshore Fire Department. “As a standard practice, our department mandates that our turnout gear be cleaned after exposure to carcinogens and hazardous materials but air drying our gear sometimes takes up to a week. Winning this dryer means we will cut the gear dry-time to just a few hours so we are better equipped when duty calls.”

Photo caption: Ram Air Gear Dryer Director of Sales David Adams (left) presents a dryer, won in his company’s Hometown Heroes contest, to Northshore Fire Department staff in Kenmore.

Photo Credit: CATHERINE KRUMMEY/Kenmore Reporter

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