Knowing how to dry your bunker gear & personal protective equipment including turnout gear, hazmat suits, helmets, gloves, boots, face masks, and special ops gear is important. Keep moisture from ruining the integrity of your gear and make sure your gear is back in operating condition quickly.
So what’s the best way to dry bunker gear, turnout gear, and other PPE safely? Fire-End is proud to carry Ram Air Gear Dryers specifically made to dry firefighter gear to comply with NFPA 1851/FEMSA recommendations.
Read on to learn what that entails and why the Ram Air product line is first-in-class when it comes to drying firefighting gear, special ops gear, and personal protective equipment.
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What’s NFPA Compliant When it Comes to Gear Dryers?
Because heat may damage and shrink protective garments, NFPA requires that gear be dried using a no-heat method. Also, a dryer’s mechanical action can degrade PPE and bunker gear. This is why the commercial-grade dryer must use a drying cabinet instead.
Best Way to Dry Bunker and Turnout Gear?
Following a response to a structure fire, your gear typically will be washed and dried at the fire station. This is done using a commercial-grade washer and dryer.
Read How to Wash Turnout Gear for tips from Fire-End on how to properly wash and extend the life of your gear.
Properly dry the suit with a commercial non-mechanical action dryer to ensure no moisture is locked in the vapor barrier or other area of your gear. (You should be inspecting the vapor barrier at least once a year for signs of damage from moisture or other risks)
Gear should be dried using a high volume of air. The Ram Air Gear Dryers are backed by a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty. They are built with quality components to ensure gear remains in top operating condition. Designed by a firefighter, these gear dryers are easily operated with touchscreen control. All models align with gear manufacturer requirements and comply with NFPA 1851/FEMSA recommendations for drying gear.
Moreover, Ram Air Gear Dryers can be adapted to different types of gear. We are the Ram Air Gear Dryer dealer for the state of New York.
Contact Your Local Fire-End Rep to discuss your department’s requirements.
When to Replace Turnout Gear?
You should be routinely inspecting your gear for signs of damage and replacing compromised ensemble elements immediately.
NFPA 1851 (2008) section 10.1.2 states structural firefighting ensembles elements shall be retired no more than 10 years from the date the ensemble elements were manufactured. We offer a wide selection of top-quality turn-out gear and PPE options. Select from well-known and respected brands like LION, Haix, Majestic Hoods, Honeywell, and more.