protection has always been a major consideration in the design
of combat vehicles. Uncontrolled fires can spread quickly to
flammable materials and explosives, causing catastrophic results.
In Iraq, insurgents have begun using fires as a tactic to attempt
to penetrate armored vehicles - targeting vulnerable fuel tanks
to Michael H. Freeman, CEO/COO of fire-proofing expert Global
Safety Labs, Inc. (GSL) fire proofing can help avoiding instances
where troops must abandon the safety of an armored vehicle because
the tires, hydraulic or fuel tanks caught fire. Mr. Freeman
announced that GSL is working on TACOM Engineering approvals
in order to fulfill request for installations of GSL's Automatic
Vehicle Fire Extinguishment & Survivability System (AVFESS).
The system uses patented vehicle spray system to extinguish
both external and internal vehicle fires, protecting occupants
and coating tires to prevent re-ignition. The system uses GSL's
Arctic Fire-Freeze (AFF) Agent on both the interior and exterior
of the HMMWV stopping the fire and providing a fire-proof coating.
The AFF has a unique ability to shield human skin, equipment
and clothing from direct exposure to fire, heat and flame. Each
“Fire-Proofed” HMMWV includes five different Vehicle/Warfighter
fire protection and extinguishment systems. “With the
AVFESS, not only is the fire extinguished, but a Warfighters’
clothing and skin are protected from blazing fires for up to
several minutes, giving them critical time to assess the situation
and react.” GSL Executive VP and Military Liaison, Brig.
Gen. Richard C. Freeman, (USAF Ret.)