By PVT Erik S. AndersonFebruary 20, 2009
Fire suppression technology was demonstrated on Kelley Hill Feb. 11. The demonstration showcased products designed to extinguish fire, be environmentally safe and return the burning material back to the ambient temperature in moments.
The fire suppression agent and thermal protective system were designed to increase SoldierAca,!a,,cs effectiveness and lifesaving options in a combat situation, said Andrew M. Allen, with Global Safety Labs, Inc.
Aca,!A"Anything that is going to provide additional safety is worth looking at,Aca,!A? said LTC Kenneth J. Harvey, commander of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment. Aca,!A"This brigade was hard hit by fire-related deaths during the last deployment.Aca,!A?
The demonstration included a humvee, complete with mannequins in Army Combat Uniforms, set on fire using propane bombs. The installed suppression system extinguished the blaze in moments, with no visible damage to the vehicle.
Representatives displayed a fire-resistant cloth designed for mission specific clothing, such as flight suits and protective garments. After repeated blasts with a propane torch, the material showed little to no effects from the heat.
Demonstrators also coated themselves with the product and put a torch to their skin in an effort to prove their productAca,!a,,cs effectiveness.
Aca,!A"Overall there are some valuable applications here for keeping Soldiers safer and increasing mission effectiveness,Aca,!A? Harvey said.