Common Questions and Answers of. Cold Fire® Products
IS Cold Fire® UL Listed?
Yes. Cold Fire® is listed as a Class A & B Wetting Agent. Listing Number 2N75.
IS Cold Fire® listed with the NFPA?
Cold Fire® has been tested in accordance with NFPA Standard 18 for Wetting Agents.
IS Cold Fire® authorized for use on Federal lands?
Yes, Cold Fire® has gone through an 18-month test program by the U.S. Forest Service Fire Laboratory and is approved for fire service applications.
Does Cold Fire® agent require special training?
No special training is required; follow directions in its use.
Does Cold Fire® agent require special equipment in handling and applying agent to wildfires?
No, existing fire fighting equipment and application methods are used.
How is Cold Fire® applied?
A percentage of Cold Fire® is added to water and can be applied to wildfires by several methods: using engines or from pumping stations along a fire line, by helicopters using Bambi buckets or other approved airborne methods.
What class fires can Cold Fire® be used on?
Cold Fire® can be used on Class A, Class B, Class D, and Class K fires along with being used for structure protection and in portable units. It is also capable of rapidly extinguish all types of Bio-Fuels (Including E85 & E95) as well as any Alcohol based fuels.
What percentage of Cold Fire® is used to extinguish the above classes of fire?
Class A: use 1 – 3% of Cold Fire® (ex. 500 gallons at 3% = 15 gallons of Cold Fire®.)
Class B: use 3 – 6% of Cold Fire® (ex. 500 gallons at 6% = 30 gallons of Cold Fire®.)
Class D: use 6 – 10% of Cold Fire® (ex. 500 gallons at 10% = 50 gallons of Cold Fire®.)
Why use Cold Fire®?
It’s a non-toxic, non-corrosive product and can be dumped directly into booster tanks with no need to flush out lines. Has indefinite shelf life when stored in closed containers. Its thermal insulation capability prevents re-ignition when properly applied. See Cold Fire® link for more information.
Is Cold Fire® hazardous to fire fighters?
No, Cold Fire® has an HMIS rating of 0,0,0. We encourage you to compare MSDS of other products.
What are the recommended percent of Cold Fire® added to water?
Check out the Dilution Rate link.
Was Cold Fire® developed primary for fire suppression?
Cold Fire® was developed to provide the fire fighting industry with an efficient and effective fire-fighting agent that not only extinguishes fire quickly, but also does so without harming the environment, fire fighters, and fire victims. Cold Fire® was developed with enhanced safety and future generations in mind.
How does Cold Fire® work?
- To understand how Cold Fire® works, you must first understand the basic structure of fire. In order for a fire to be created, three components are necessary: fuel, oxygen, and heat. These three components form what is called a “fire triangle”. Most agents extinguish fires by breaking down one leg of the fire triangle, heat and fuel.
- Cold Fire® is considered to have 6 times the penetrating capability of water. This characteristic, coupled with its extraordinary capability to absorb heat, allows Cold Fire® to penetrate a fire faster, absorb the heat, and bring the fuel source generating the fire under its flash point more quickly.
- Cold Fire® also works to encapsulate the fuel source and its vapors and simultaneously begins to break down the molecular structure of the hydrocarbon fuel source preventing re-ignition.
Is Cold Fire® a Foam?
No. Cold Fire® is a unique agent that when applied breaks the chemical chain reaction of fire. Cold Fire® works to encapsulate the fuel source and eliminate the heat of a fire. By encapsulating the fuel source, the vapors of the fuel can no longer be vaporized to cause re-ignition.
Foam works to “blanket/smother” the fuel source and works to eliminate the oxygen of a fire. It does not encapsulate or cool the source. Cold Fire® is advantageous in comparison to AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) because if the foam blanket of a AFFF is disrupted, the vapor of the fuel underneath the blanket can easily re-ignite.
Other advantages to Foam:
- Cold Fire® is non-toxic and non-corrosive. Foam is toxic and corrosive. Cold Fire® can be dumped directly into booster tanks or inducted without fear of clogging lines or corrosion of hoses and tanks.
- When using foam, lines need to be flushed out. Foam is also not a good agent for fighting vertical fires because it has minimal if no penetration value to penetrate and extinguish a fire faster.
- Cold Fire® has 6 times the penetration capacity of water, extinguishing and cooling a surface 6 times faster than water. Cold Fire® is also non-slip and does not leave a residue.
- AFFF is a Class B foam. There are also many Class A foams on the market. Many fire departments purchase both Class A and B foams. Cold Fire® allows fire departments to purchase only one product. Cold Fire® extinguishes both Class A and B fires. By purchasing Cold Fire®, Fire Departments will save money and time as they will no longer need to purchase two products and flush out lines or tanks due to fear of clogging and corrosion.
What are the advantages of using Cold Fire® in place of other agents?
- Cold Fire® is environmentally friendly, 100% biodegradable, non-toxic and non-corrosive.
- Cold Fire® reduces the density of hydrocarbon smoke, thereby increasing visibility.
- Cold Fire®’s unique rapid cooling capability enhances safety. Cold Fire®’s rapid cooling effect reduces the chances of flashover.
The shelf life of Cold Fire® is indefinite as long as it is stored in closed containers between 28F and 120F.
Cold Fire® can be added directly into your booster tank. Cold Fire® is non-corrosive and 100% soluble. It will not corrode your equipment or clog your hose lines.
Cold Fire® is non-slip.
What is the advantage of using Cold Fire® in place of water alone?
Cold Fire® is significantly more efficient than water alone. It enhances the water’s ability to penetrate the source of the fire; thereby extinguishing the fire with significantly less water and reducing the amount of water damage.
Cold Fire® greatly enhances the water’s ability to absorb heat, allowing fire fighters to gain entry into a structure or rooms much faster.