As the political climate throughout the world begins to heat up, protests and counter-protests have become increasingly more animated and angry, and have quite often involved potentially hazardous materials. Within just the past few weeks, the US has experienced some large-scale protests that were steps away from disaster in the eyes of civil servants.

In Charlottesville, protesters marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying tiki torches. Unknowingly, these rioters in Charlottesville were wielding Molotov Cocktails. With one flick of a tiki torch and there could have been a large fire catastrophe in a crowd of people.

For first responders, police officers, and riot control, the potential for major fire is not just a threat but a very real danger that they need to be prepared for. That means having the best equipment for the job.

Many police forces are taking a safer approach to dealing with civil disturbances. The Seattle police prepared for the May Day riots by practicing bike wall formations, wearing riot gear and arming themselves with Cold Fire™ Tactical cans.

Police bike's equipped with Cold Fire Tactical during protests

Cold Fire™ is a non-toxic, non-corrosive wetting agent that serves as a fire extinguisher while being safe to discharge in a crowded area.

Cold Fire™ was created for one purpose: to save lives in the event of a fire. Cold Fire™ has become an invaluable fire suppression agent for service members and has become known as the safest fire extinguishing product on the market today.

And it’s approved. According to the EPA’s website, Cold Fire™ is listed in the SNAP (Significantly New Alternative Policy Program) alternative fire extinguishers as a safer option to Halon.

When you send your team out to protect civilians in a high-tension, potentially hazardous situation, you want to be assured that they have the best, safest, most-effective equipment available to them. And when things heat up, you don’t want to be without a personal Cold Fire™ tactical can to safely extinguish fires. Because, ultimately, it’s all about protection–your service members, civilians, and the environment.

Last December, Dixon Auto Transport driver was traveling on a rural Texas road when he noticed the flames and smoke in his passenger side mirror.  His passenger side drive tire was on fire.  He pulled off to the shoulder, grabbed his new Cold Fire Tactical unit, and ran around to the side of the truck.  By this point, the tire had exploded and flames were shooting six to seven feet in the air.  Mike could see the steel brake drums glowing cherry red in the overwhelming heat.  He deployed the Cold Fire Tactical Unit and, in a matter of seconds, the fire was extinguished.  When the smoke cleared, he could see the heat had melted the aluminum wheels.

Fire losses are among the most devastating losses motor carriers suffer, yet they have always plagued the transportation industry.  Between the equipment and the cargo, the damages may easily range from $200,000 to over $500,000.  Even the best maintenance may not be enough to prevent a fire, as the causes vary widely, such as a defective wheel bearing, worn out wiring insulation, or simply an under-inflated tire.  However the fire starts, it is nearly impossible to extinguish due to the quantity of combustible materials surrounding the fire and the intense heat the fire emits that makes those same materials reignite after the initial flames are put out.

Reignition is one of the most common reasons that turns what may have been a manageable loss into an expensive conflagration.  Most dry chemical fire extinguishers put out fires by driving away the oxygen to smother the flames, but they do not address the retained heat in the object that was burning.  However, newly available fire safety products, such as Cold Fire Tactical, will not only put out the flames but will also super cool the heat source and surrounding areas, thus preventing the heat from reigniting the fire.  With the right product, some fire stories like this one end in success instead of disaster, as Dixon Auto Transport discovered.  The Driver had just outfitted its entire fleet with Cold Fire Tactical RTU 1.5 gallon kits the month before.

A few weeks after the fire, in a phone conversation with Thom Payson, the president of Cold Fire Tactical, Mike explained that he was a volunteer firefighter in his South Georgia hometown and shared his experience with Cold Fire Tactical.  As a trained firefighter, Mike said he knew there was no way a regular dry chemical extinguisher could have even touched that fire, let alone put it out.

Bill Fralic Insurance Services and Cold Fire Tactical congratulate the Driver for his level-headed response and decisive actions that turned a catastrophe into a spectacular success story.

For information on Cold Fire Tactical, contact Thom Payson at (913)908-2167 or thom@coldfiretactical.com.

The following article illustrates the importance of equipping police officers with Cold Fire Tactical Cans.  Cold Fire Tactical is the EXCLUSIVE Law Enforcement Distributor for Cold Fire in the United States and Canada. We work closely with the manufacturer to ensure the highest quality of quick deployed fire suppression systems for Patrol Fleet, Tactical Teams, Field Force, Public Order Units, Riot Squads, Corrections and Warrant Details. Cold Fire extinguishers and Tactical cans are safe, non toxic & biodegradable. Help protect your officers and citizens, everyone goes home safe!

 

D.C. Police officers who helped pull a man out of a burning car spoke with ABC7 News Tuesday night.

The incident happened after 10 p.m. Sunday when police say a man driving on Bladensburg Road near the National Arboretum ran off the road, hit a pole and his car caught on fire.

It happened less than a half mile from the Metropolitan Police Department’s 5th District station. Officer Steven Hines was headed to the station near the end of his shift when he rolled up on the fire.

Video from his police body camera shows him approaching the car and asking if anyone was inside.

“I tried to look in it but there was too much smoke,” Hines said.

On the video, Hines is then seen breaking the window. A man is inside. Although the man repeatedly replies “yes sir” to Hines, he doesn’t do anything Hines asks him to do.

“He wasn’t able to take his seat belt off,” Hines said. “He seemed out of it.”

By then backup had arrived. Other officers who were about to finish the night shift had responded after hearing what was happening.

“We were right in front of the station when the call came out, so we quickly made a U-turn,” said Officer Jacoby Taylor.

Police say Officer Roberto Adams was able to get the man’s seatbelt off, and then the officers pulled the man to safety, but their work was not done. They say they had to make sure no one else was in the car.

“The smoke was very thick, and so it was hard to see,” said Officer John Hayes.

The officers broke several other windows before determining that the man had been the only person in the car.

Police have not released that man’s name but they say he was treated and released from the hospital.

The officers say they’re proud of the way they worked as a team to save him and their Sergeant says she’s proud too.

“It was amazing,” said Sgt. Nicole Brown. “It was definitely heroism at its finest.”

“If [Officer Hines] had arrived even maybe two to three minutes later it would have been too late,” she added.