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Home in Prominent Shelter Island, New York, Ablaze; Saved by the FIT-5 Fire Fighting Device
Date:7/2/2008

New technology suppressed basement fire, allowing for less time and water

needed to fight fire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- As the first firefighter to arrive at the Shelter Island, New York, house fire, Shelter Island Fire Department First Assistant Fire Chief William Rowland made a decision that likely saved the burning home -- he used ARA Safety's FIT-5, a new handheld fire interruption device that quickly knocked down a basement fire and protected the home from potentially being engulfed in flames.

The FIT-5 is gaining recognition as a supplementary tool in aiding fire fighters in challenging interior fires, including basement fires. This is the third FIT-5 deployment over the last seven months in the New York/New Jersey region.

In December 2007, the FIT-5 was credited with saving buildings and lives following a third floor house fire in Port Jervis, New York; and in May 2008, a fire department in West Milford, New Jersey, put out a basement fire by using the FIT-5. Currently, 23 fire departments on the East Coast are equipped to use the FIT-5 to extinguish structure fires, similar to the Shelter Island basement fire.

"Basement fires are uniquely difficult and dangerous to fight. This can be further amplified in areas like Shelter Island where there is limited access to water," said Michael Gardiner, ARA Safety Director of Marketing. "ARA Safety's FIT-5 can be an especially important tool in the toolbox in these circumstances."

At the Shelter Island fire, First Assistant Fire Chief Rowland kicked down the basement door and activated the FIT-5 which emitted a non-toxic aerosol powder that quickly suppressed the basement fire -- which originated in an electrical panel -- and decreased the amount of water required to fight the fire.

"As the first to respond, I had limited resources and time to extinguish the fire," said Rowland. "The FIT-5 knocked down the fire preven
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