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ARA Safety Inc.: Home in Prominent Shelter Island, New York Ablaze; Saved by the FIT-5 Fire Fighting Device
July 2, 2008 2:27 PM EDT
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - ARA Safety Inc. -
As the first firefighter to arrive at the Shelter Island, New York house fire, Shelter Island Fire Department First Assistant Fire Chief William Rowland made a decision that likely saved the burning home - he used ARA Safety's FIT-5, a new handheld fire interruption device that quickly knocked down a basement fire and protected the home from potentially being engulfed in flames.
The FIT-5 is gaining recognition as a supplementary tool in aiding fire fighters in challenging interior fires, including basement fires. This is the third FIT-5 deployment over the last seven months in the New York / New Jersey region.
In December 2007, the FIT-5 was credited with saving buildings and lives following a third floor house fire in Port Jervis, New York; and in May 2008, a fire department in West Milford, New Jersey, put out a basement fire by using the FIT-5. Currently, 23 fire departments in the East Coast are equipped to use the FIT-5 to extinguish structure fires, similar to the Shelter Island basement fire.
"Basement fires are uniquely difficult and dangerous to fight. This can be further amplified in areas like Shelter Island where there is limited access to water," said Michael Gardiner, ARA Safety Director of Marketing. "ARA Safety's FIT-5 can be an especially important tool in the toolbox in these circumstances."
At the Shelter Island fire, First Assistant Fire Chief Rowland kicked down the basement door and activated the FIT-5 which emitted a non-toxic aerosol powder that quickly suppressed the basement fire - which originated in an electrical panel - and decreased the amount of water required to fight the fire.
"As the first to respond, I had limited resources and time to extinguish the fire," said Rowland. "The FIT-5 knocked down the fire prevented its spread, and bought five minutes until 32 volunteers from my department arrived at the scene."
Rowland and his volunteers remained at the scene for 1.5 hours and used only 250 gallons of water to fully extinguish the fire as opposed to 750 - 1000 gallons that would have normally been used.
"Without the FIT-5, we would have required at least three more hours to fully extinguish the fire. The FIT-5 saved the home and made interior attack safe," said Rowland.
Brian Lynch, owner of US Fire Tech Corp., the ARA Authorized Dealer that provided the unit to Shelter Island Fire Department said that he is proud to have played a role in protecting a home.
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Fire Interruption Technology Training Session
Positive comments are coming in from our training session at The Connecticut State Fire Academy.
Read answers to our questions and comments below;
Fire Interruption Technology,
Presented by US Fire Tech on October 8, 2008 at The Connecticut State Fire Academy, Windsor Locks, CT.
Comments from the Chiefs present at The Fire Interruption Technology live burn training session.
William Fitzmaurice, Hamden FD
How did the device perform with regards to the actual fire? The fire was knocked down and almost completely extinguished.
How did they device perform with regards to the internal temperature?
The internal temp dropped significantly, several hundred degrees.
Did the device not only knock the fire down, but did it succeed in "buying time"? By knocking down the fire and dropping the internal temps significantly it gives firefighters extra time to get hand lines in place and secure a water supply making the offensive operations safer.
Can you see a positive use for this device within the fire service? This device may not be something we will use every day but does have a place in the fire service for those times where there may be a delay in response or establishing a water supply.
Would you recommend the FIT-5 to your own and surrounding fire departments? I would recommend departments take a close look at this product to see if it will fit into their particular situation. If they can afford to purchase this product it can be a valuable tool in our tool box.