Perimeter Solutions Launches Next-Generation, Flagship Long-Term Fire Retardant

New PHOS-CHEK® LCE20-Fx offers improved environmental profile, performance, visibility and handling

 

 

Clayton, MO—Perimeter Solutions has introduced PHOS-CHEK® LCE20-Fx, the next-generation of its flagship PHOS-CHEK® Fire Retardant line.

PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx combines the ease of mixing and handling a liquid with the aerial drop advantages of a gum-thickened retardant. The elastic nature of the thickener in PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx reduces drift, dispersion and evaporation, while increasing coverage, wrap around, and canopy and ladder fuel penetration, making it more effective in targeting ground vegetation. An innovative, 100 percent phosphate product, PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx fire retardant utilizes an environmentally friendly formula to offer superior performance, product safety, and enhanced stability, resulting in easier handling. PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx fire retardant is qualified by the USDA Forest Service under the recently updated specification for Long Term Retardant, Wildland Firefighting: 5100-304d (published January 7, 2020), for use in fixed-wing and single-engine air tankers, helicopter buckets, and ground engines. After an operational field evaluation conducted earlier this year, the product is currently included on the USDA Forest Service Qualified Product List (QPL) for use on Federal and State land.

See also  Power Tool Clearing Brush Causes Los Angeles Fire

This next-generation fire retardant is the result of the company’s continuing commitment to R&D for the fire safety market in developing solutions that save lives, according to Edward Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer of Perimeter Solutions.

“PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx is another big step toward delivering superior firefighting performance with the low environmental footprint our Agency customers are asking us for. It is the culmination of two years of work by the Perimeter Solutions R&D team in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. This 100 percent-phosphate formulation is an improvement in virtually every aspect of environmental and operational performance over previous technologies,” Goldberg said. “As we continue to see the growing impact of wildfires on communities in the United States and around the world, we’re gratified that we can help firefighters by providing them with technologies that help them do their jobs more effectively and with greater safety.”

See also  Chainsaw Training for BLM Firefighters Ahead of Fire Season

 

 

An Improved Tool to Fight Wildland Fires
PHOS-CHEK fire retardants are used for wildland fire control in forest, brush or grassland. Perimeter Solutions’ PHOS-CHEK LC95 product has been the global standard fire retardant for more than a decade. Once applied, PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx reacts with and alters the thermal decomposition mechanism of wildland fuels, rendering them nonflammable, depriving the fire of fuel while reducing fire intensity and the rate of flame spread. PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx fire retardant is also a useful tool for prescribed burns and fire breaks. When applied at lower concentrations, fire intensity can be dramatically reduced, while only slow and controlled burning remains supported.

Produced as a concentrate, PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx is delivered to application sites as a low-viscosity liquid. During application, it is diluted and mixed with water in-line as it is transferred to delivery systems. PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx is an Ultra-High Visibility Fugitive (Fx)-colored concentrate that offers better ground visibility than any product on the market to date, which improves in-field effectiveness and also enhances the safety of pilots engaged in firefighting operations. The fugitive color maintains visibility during application, and slowly fades after exposure to sunlight.

See also  Australia Turns Offensive in Wildfire Battle

According to Shannon Horn, Business Director, North America Retardant and Services at Perimeter Solutions, PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx was developed in response to the company’s Agency customers’ requests.

“Improved environmental performance is a topic that is particularly important to our customers. The new formula, compared to previous formulas, offers lower metals content, lower fish toxicity, lower overall toxicity, enhanced product safety and lower costs for disposal. In addition, the new product has better stability, which translates into easier handling, and reduced concentrate separation,” said Horn. “We think PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx can be the standard for fire retardants for the next 20 years. We look forward to rolling it out to our customers as they look to save lives, homes, property and communities around the world,” he added.

For more information, visit www.perimeter-solutions.com.

Topics

Subscribe to Our Monthly Newsletter

Stay in the loop with our wildland newsletter.

New PHOS-CHEK® LCE20-Fx offers improved environmental profile, performance, visibility and handling     Clayton, MO—Perimeter Solutions has introduced PHOS-CHEK® LCE20-Fx, the next-generation of its flagship PHOS-CHEK® Fire Retardant line. PHOS-CHEK LCE20-Fx combines the ease of mixing and handling a liquid with the aerial drop advantages of a gum-thickened retardant. The elastic nature of the thickener […]

Get The Wildland Firefighter Newsletter

Related Articles

ID Orders Evacuations as Wildland Fire Takes Off

ID Orders Evacuations as Wildland Fire Takes Off

By Kerri Sandaine Of The Tribune  -  Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Moscow, Idaho Jul. 17—A rapidly growing wildfire about 26 miles southwest of Clarkston kept firefighters from the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies busy throughout Tuesday and into the...

CA Reports First Wildfire Death of the 2024 Season As Fires Persist

CA Reports First Wildfire Death of the 2024 Season As Fires Persist

By RIO YAMAT and JANIE HAR Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildfires fueled by strong winds and an extended heat wave have led to the first death in California of the 2024 season, while wind-whipped flames in Arizona have forced hundreds to flee from what tribal...