The chemical reaction at the basis of the extinguishing action of FireFive® enables it to reach the best suppression performances, even higher than compared to the traditional foams. In fact, where foam has to form and maintain an insulating blanket on the combustible surface to be effective, FireFive® merely needs to contact the fuel and vapours to be able to isolate and neutralize them, suppressing the most dangerous fires in the shortest time. Further more, FireFive® removes the heat from the source of the fire and lowers the temperature under the combustion point, dramatically reducing flashover and re-ignition.
This difference is particular evident for three-dimensional fires on vertical surfaces. In such cases, foam is not able to suppress the fire because it needs to completely immerge the surface to be effective. On the contrary FireFive®, thanks to its double nature of wetting agent and micelle encapsulator, is able to penetrate effectively the most porous materials.
Unlike foams, FireFive® can be premixed with water optimizing spaces and costs of the system.
Moreover, you have the possibility to use it with long range nozzle as monitors or hydrants which enable water to reach long distances.
FireFive® can also be used in combination with the traditional film forming foams. We tested it in the laboratory and on the test field on real scale, proving that the simultaneously action of FireFive® and the film forming foams generates the most efficient suppression, eliminating the danger of re-ignition.
The following diagram compares the costs of traditional foams and the multipurpose agent FireFive® for the same applications in a 20 years’ period of time.
By choosing FireFive® as fire solution, the amount of money saved is substantial.
The life cycle cost analysis of the products takes into account an industrial plant with costs recorded in a 20 years’ period of time and a 3% inflation rate on five-years.
The hypothesis considers 18000lts of Foam vs 12.000lt of FireFive®. The difference of the quantity is assessed in accordance with the mixing ratio certified by UL (2%). It also takes account of the product disposal’s costs: the Foam every 5 years and FireFive® at the end of 20 years.
Even though the initial cost is more onerous, due to the price of the product, considering the space of time of 2 decades, FireFive® allows a total cost saving of nearly 40% with respect to foam.