Municipal Firefighting FAQ
1. How does FireIce® work?
When FireIce® is added to water it produces a fire fighting water enhancing gel. FireIce® breaks the fire triangle by suffocating the oxygen from the fuel by cooling the heat source, thus breaking the thermal barriers of fire. This prevents rekindles, which reduces property damage and increases firefighter safety.
2. Is FireIce® toxic?
FireIce® has been tested to the United States Forest Service Specifications 5100-306A and is nontoxic to mammals.
3. Is FireIce® corrosive?
FireIce® is non-corrosive to fire apparatus and aircraft as tested by the United States Forest Service and 3rd party laboratories.
4. What’s the shelf life of FireIce®?
Unopened buckets of FireIce® can be stored, according to the storage instructions, for up to 15 years. Opened buckets of FireIce® should be used as soon as possible after opening. GelTech cannot assign a shelf life to an open container. If the container has been properly resealed and presents itself in a loose granular form when reopened, the product will perform to design criteria. However, if moisture is present this will contravene the quality of the product; moisture will cause the product to harden. In this case, the product should be discarded. Premixed FireIce® can be stored in a pressurized FireIce® Fire Extinguisher for up to 10 years. Regular maintenance on the Fire Extinguisher, including pressurization, must be performed in order to retain optimal effectiveness. Premixed FireIce® can be stored in other apparatus, such as a fire engine or storage tank, for up to 10 years. The FireIce® must not be exposed to UV light in order to retain optimal effectiveness.
5. Do I need an eductor to use FireIce®?
Yes, the FireIce® Eductor was engineered to draw a dry powder into the water stream, where as current foam eductors are designed to draw a liquid concentrate into the water stream.
6. How does the FireIce® Eductor work?
The FireIce® Eductor works on the same Venturi principle as foam eductors.
7. What’s the minimum water pressure required for eductor usage?
The FireIce® Eductor will operate with a minimum pressure of 35psi.
8. How does FireIce® compare to Class-A foam?
Firefighters worldwide say that FireIce’s® suffocation and cooling ability is far superior to foam.
9. Who is using FireIce® today?
Municipal, County, State, and Wildland Fire Service personnel currently use FireIce®.
10. What are the applications?
FireIce® has been proven on structure fires, motor vehicle fires, wildland fires, and also in creating a fire break in front of an advancing fire. FireIce ® can be used in water canisters, ground apparatus (i.e. Fire Trucks), and aerial operations (all aircraft).
11. What sizes does FireIce® ship in?
FireIce® is available for purchase in premeasured bottles (for use in your Pressurized Water Cans), and 25 lb buckets (for use in Fire Apparatus).
12. What type of fires does FireIce® extinguish?
FireIce® is rated for Class-A fires, although FireIce® has been used by the Fire Service to extinguish other classifications as well.
13. What happens to the FireIce® after the fire?
FireIce® prevents rekindling, which reduces property damage and increases firefighter safety. The FireIce® used in the pumpers and tanks can easily be rinsed out of the equipment with water.
14. Is FireIce® UL tested?
Yes, FireIce® has been tested to ANSI/UL 711 Specifications and is NFPA compliant.
15. Is FireIce® USFS-QPL approved?
This product has been evaluated by the United States Forest Service and meets the requirements of USFS Specification 5100-306a for applications from single engine airtankers, helicopter buckets and ground engines.