GelTech Solutions’ FireIce High Visibility Orange — a nontoxic firefighting chemical — has been actively used by more than 10 state and federal wildland firefighting agencies so far this season to fight more than 100 fires in the US and Canada.
FireIce is an advanced, nontoxic, non-corrosive polymer that when hydrated produces a water-based fire retardant and suppressant, which makes it safer for the environment than traditional firefighting chemicals, according to GelTech. FireIce also weighs significantly less than other commonly used chemicals, enhancing the safety of pilots and their aircraft, the company says.
FireIce has been deployed in more than 10 different types of aircraft for both initial attack, extended attack and large fire operations. GelTech says pilots, tanker base managers and wildland firefighters on the ground have praised the product’s effectiveness, ease of use and environmental friendliness.
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