Local company, Ram Air Gear Dryer (Ram Air), donated an 8 place Ram Air Gear Dryer ($12,300) to the Brandon Fire Emergency Services on behalf of Norman Roziere on
Thursday, September 18th, 2021. Roziere was a Brandon fire fighter for 35 years and a mentor to Ram Air owner, Lance Dornn. Roziere passed away in 2016 at the age of 66 and Dornn made the donation in his memory.
The ceremony was at Brandon Fire Emergency Services – Hall 1, at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Roziere’s wife Norma, two children, grandchildren and Fire Chief Scott McDonald were in attendance to receive the donation.
Gear dryers have become vital to fire fighters over the years as cancer is now the leading cause of death in the industry, not fires. Their specialized personal protective equipment shouldn’t be placed in a standard tumble style dryer. Without gear dryers like theirs the drying process can take 24-48 hours to hang dry. This is often not enough time between shifts for a fire fighter to wash their gear after a structure fire and return to dry gear the next day. They are left using the same soiled suit which can be covered in carcinogens from man made products burning at the fire.
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