October 17, 2016
SEE VIDEO BELOW OF RECENT DEMONSTRATION IN SPRUCEHEAD, MAINE WITH THE ST. GEORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT
From left to right: Fire Chief Tim Polky (St. George FD), Ray Sisk (Director, Knox County EMA), Jeff Jones (Lobsterman from Owls Head, ME) & Fire Chief (Owls Head FD)
October 21, 2016
NEW FIRE SUPPRESSION TOOL SAVES VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER'S HOME
Boltonville, Wisc. - On October 14, 2016, The Boltonville Fire Department received a 9-11 call for a house fire at approximately 4:45 p.m. The house in question was of tri-level construction located in a rural, non-hydrant area. The home owner had been inside the house when it started along with her children. She evacuated her family from the home and then called 911 and waited for the fire department to arrive.
Upon receiving the call, Tim Ramthun, son of the Boltonville FD Chief Ken Ramthun, immediately responded from his home to the fire. Tim was armed with a new technology Boltonville had just adopted, an X-Tinguish® FST. Both Tim and Chief Ramthun, each about 2 miles away, converging from different directions, could see heavy brown smoke which was growing rapidly in size and density. Via a short cellphone conversation, the two determined that Tim Ramthun should go directly to the house an attempt an extinguishment of the fire with the FST. Upon arriving on the scene, Tim reported brown smoke rolling out from the eaves and the windows which were brown in color from the smoke and heat on the first floor of the ranch style home.
According to Dave Dobson, retired fire battalion chief from Colorado, “Brown smoke is usually a sign that untreated wood is burning, meaning the fire has grown from being a room and contents type event to a structural event where the rafters and building itself are burning.”
The home on fire is the home of a fellow Boltonville Firefighter.
After failing to gain access to the exposed basement area, where it appears the fire originated, Tim entered the house through the garage entrance where he found that smoke was very heavy and about 2 feet from the floor. He crawled into an area where he was able to safely pull the igniter pin on the X-Tinguish FST and toss it into the burning room. Tim closed the door he entered through and immediately noticed a significant change in the smoke and heat level within the building.
Outside, Chief Ramthun requested two 1-3/4” hose lines deployed from their engine equipped with Compressed Air Foam (CAF) System; one to the basement and one to the first floor. Approximately 130 gallons of water was used to extinguish a small fire and flush the hoses of the foam. It is estimated 30 to 40 gallons of water was used in the basement area near the electrical control panel.
“When I entered the house, I was amazed how the FST “stopped the fire in its tracks.” There was a couch next to the open stair case that had been on fire and about half of the back of the couch was burned off with no extension of the fire,” said Chief Ramthun.
“I believe that the fire would have consumed much of the house if the FST had not been deployed as it was another 4 minutes for the fire trucks to travel the distance to the residence,” said Chief Ramthun. “We had windows which were cracking from the heat and a few had already broken,” the Chief continued. The crew that entered the upper floor found NO fire whatsoever, even though fire was present in the room prior to the deployment of the FST.
Rick Cohn of Ten 2 Communications, the Wisconsin based distributor of the FST stated: “This is at least the third successful deployment in the past 12 months of a X-Tinguish FST that suppressed the fire significantly and greatly reduced the need for huge amounts of water.”
“The X-Tinguish FST is way better for rural departments, even better than MABAS [Mutual Aid Box Alarm System]. Considering the limited manpower available during the day, distances to travel to a rural home from the fire station, and limited water, the faster we can control the fire and suppress it the better it is for homeowner,” said Chief Ramthun.
August 3, 2016
GREENEX AEROSOL GENERATORS NOW UL CERTIFIED
Underwriters Laboaratories issued certifications today to GreenEx for all of our Fixed System Condensed Aerosol Generators.
GreenEx Condensed Aerosol Generators are now certified to the following UL Standards: UL 2775, Standard for Fixed Condensed Aerosol Extinguishing System Units. These requirements cover the construction and operation of fixed condensed aerosol extinguishing system units inclusive of aerosol generating extinguishing system units and aerosol generating automatic extinguisher units intended for total flooding applications when installed, inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with the Standard for Fixed Aerosol Fire Extinguishing Systems, NFPA 2010.
This lisiting also includes UL 864, Standard for Control Units and Accessories for Fire Alarm Systems.
These requirements cover discrete electrical control units and accessories for fire alarm systems to be employed in accordance with the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards:
a) NFPA 12, Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems;
b) NFPA 12A, Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems;
c) NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems;
d) NFPA 15, Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection;
e) NFPA 16, Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems;
f) NFPA 17, Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems;
g) NFPA 17A, Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems;
h) NFPA 70, National Electrical Code;
i) NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code;
j) NFPA 92A, Recommended Practice for Smoke-Control Systems;
k) NFPA 92B, Guide for Smoke Management Systems in Malls, Atria, and Large Areas;
l) NFPA 2001, Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems.
The products covered by this standard are intended to be used in combination with other appliances and devices to form a commercial fire alarm system. These products provide all monitoring, control, and indicating functions of the system. An installation document(s) provided with the product describes the various products needed to form a fire alarm system and their intended use and installation.
All Fixed System aerosol generators models including A50,A100,A200,A500,A1000 and A5000 will now carry the UL logo on every unit.
December 6, 2016
X-TINGUISH FST SAVES RESIDENTIAL BUILDING IN WAPUN, WISC.
The Waupun Fire Department successfully deployed an X-Tinguish® FST (Fire Suppression Tool) on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. A fire call came to the department at approximately 12:27 p.m. for heavy smoke coming from a single story, multi-unit motel, approximately 900-1,000 sq. ft. per unit.
Upon arriving at the scene, Chief BJ DeMaa observed heavy black smoke coming from the building. He retrieved the X-Tinguish® FST unit he carried in his command vehicle. Chief Demaa deployed the FST through a window in the unit that was on fire. The Chief said after approximately 8 seconds, he heard the unit deploy its aerosol. He observed the heavy black smoke turn from black, to gray and then to white.
While Chief DeMaa was waiting for the first engine to arrive, approximately 5-6 minutes after the FST unit was deployed, he said, “The X-Tinguish®FST took the fire back to zero.” Once the engine crew arrived and made entry into the dwelling the Chief stated, “The Fire Department used approximately 10-15 gallons of water."
Chief DeMaa also stated that they realized upon clean up and overhaul the X-Tinguish® FST unit was thrown into a bathroom inside the unit instead of the main room where the fire existed. Even though the FST was thrown into a room adjoining the fire, the aerosol from the FST was still able to reach the area of the residence where the fire was and fully suppress it in its tracks, containing the fire.
Chief DeMaa stated that he believes if he had not used the X-Tinguish®FST when he did, the fire would have had the opportunity to spread considerably and probably would have consumed more of the structure, if not most the building before the engine arrived at the scene. The successful deployment of the X-tinguish FST, the fire was contained to just the original apartment of origin.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and still under investigation by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department.
July 28, 2016
X-TINGUISH FIRE EXTINGUISHER WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AT MORE RETAIL LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT USA
X-TINGUISH® products are the "SAFEST and only Non-Pressurized Fire Extinguishers" in the market today! They contain ZERO Propellants and ZERO compressed gases!The Agents used are Biodegradable, pH neutral and can simply be wiped up with a cloth after spraying.
Early detected fires can now be extinguished quickly and safely with the New X-TINGUISH® Fire Extinguisher. The cleanup process is minimal compared to traditional fire extinguishers that can literally blast the flaming oils and grease over surrounding surfaces.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY - 100% RECYCLABLE - TOTALLY "GREEN"
PATENTED ELASTOMER FORCE ELEMENT
EXTINGUISHING AGENT IS BIODEGRADABLE
ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED FOR EASE OF USE -SPRAY FROM ANY ANGLE
NO ISSUES TRANSPORTING OR STORING BECAUSE THE SYSTEM IS NOT PRESSURIZED!
The World's First Fire Extinguisher to utilize stored energy to deploy its agent instead of pressurized gases!
Let us explain in simpler terms how every X-TINGUISH® Fire extinguisher works. Look at the guy in the picture. He is stretching a rubber band. When you stretch a rubber band like he is, the rubber band gains energy.
If you have ever been snapped with a rubber band you know the difference between being snapped by the rubber band and someone throwing a rubber band at you. The Snap hurts! That is because is gains energy when it is stretched and releases energy when it is let go. This is the same principal behind X-TINGUISH®.
Look at the three bottles at the right.
The empty bottle is the way each unit starts out. When fully filled, the "Elastomer Force Element" is stretched just like the rubber band. When you push the button (1.5 and 3.0 models) or pull the trigger (8.0 models) the energy the "Elastomer Force Element" is storing is released forcing the extinguishing agent out until it is empty. Each bottle of
X-TINGUISH® can be used in any direction (360°) and will always spray with 100% force until it is empty.
Being non-pressurized and totally biodegradable,
X-TINGUISH® Fire extinguishers can be shipped via Air Cargo!
X-TINGUISH® products will soon be available at:
- SEARS OUTLET
- BUY THEM TODAY THROUGH AFS! CALL 401-741-4178
This is the home in Sprucehead, ME where the demonstration was conducted.