Ryan Booth looks at the new multi-gas meter he won in a Facebook contest for the Stamford Fire Department.
STAMFORD, Vt. — Volunteer firefighter Ryan Booth and the department were awarded a multi-gas meter after winning a random drawing on Monday, Aug. 12.
The department received a Dräger X-am 5000 multi-gas meter after Booth entered a Facebook drawing. Dräger, a company that creates medical and safety technology, partnered with FireRescue1 in the contest.
"I think the Dräger X-am 5000 is really going to help the department as far as saving time on calls," said the 19-year-old Booth. "With our old meter, we had to fresh air calibrate every time, which took at least four minutes. With this device, you just turn it on and instantly find out what gases we have and where the problem is so we can take care of it."
The meter is the smallest five-gas detector on the market, an ideal device for personal protection — especially during overhaul in searching for dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide.
Dräger Regional Sales Manager Bob Carroll, who presented the prize, explained that one key benefit of the device is that it tests for hydrogen cyanide, which contributes to heart attacks — the number one killer of firefighters in the country.
"The damage to the heart and other vital organs is irreparable and builds up over time, so it is critical that firefighters protect themselves against this deadly gas," Carroll said.
Dräger, a global leader in medical and safety technology, recently partnered with FireRescue1 to host a contest to win the meter. Five hundred people entered the contest on the Dräger US Fire Facebook page
, which was open to all firefighters in the country.
Fire Chief Paul Ethier said this won't just only help Stamford, but other communities as well.
"Our fire department provides mutual aid to Readsboro, Vt., and Clarksburg, Mass., so this gas detector will benefit all three towns," Ethier said.
Booth joined the department two years ago after he moved to Stamford from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with his family.