Global Excellence 2021

Acquisition International - Global Excellence 2021 39 10 Acquisition International - Issue 10 2021 Fire Fighting Innovation UK-based Firexo takes the confusion out of extinguishing fires with its pioneering solutions for the fire industry, enabling anyone to respond in the event of a fire emergency with a solution suitable for all fire types. irexo provides user-friendly and sustainable fire extinguishers suitable to use on any class of fire regardless of one’s expertise, though as with any fire emergency, only if it is safe to do so. Until recently, several different fire extinguishers have been necessary for tackling the varying types of fire, however Firexo’s all in one solution can be used on all fire types. The fire industry has not been positively disrupted in this way for several decades and Firexo’s extinguishant solves a range of critical problems in one fell swoop. Firexo’s solution unifies these extinguishers into one comprehensive solution, meaning that organisations and households only need one product to ensure their safety. This also means that procuring fire extinguishers can be rationalised, and as such can prove to be more cost-effective. In addition to vastly simplifying and helping to improve fire prevention, Firexo helps to reduce the risks which most fire extinguishers commonly pose to the environment. Containing less damaging and more environmentally friendly fluids, Firexo extinguishers also appeal greatly to the conscious consumer as far preferable to those products containing CO2 or other environmentally harmful fire-fighting chemicals, such as powder. Furthermore, the larger vessels provided by the company are rechargeable and their smaller, non-rechargeable counterparts can be recycled. Reducing environmental impact is at the core of Firexo’s values and it provides all the information needed for customers to recycle their smaller vessels. As part of the Firexo mission ‘to save lives’, this company understands that a solution which adversely affects the environment is not the best solution at all. The need for this type of eco-conscious problem solving has become more apparent in the wake of recent international wildfire events such as those in Australia and California. As climate change worsens, horrors such as these are becoming increasingly common. For example, according to the USA’s Insurance Information Institute, there were 45,244 wildfires between January and November in 2019, which increased by 3,614 during the same period in 2020. It is now clear that as well as protecting the environment, work must be done to combat the more immediate consequences of human society’s impact on the Earth. In the UK alone, 27,000 fires occur on grass, heathland, and moorland every year – an average of 73 wildfires in the UK every day! Firexo recently performed successful tests at RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden AB, an independent, ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory) on both small and large lithium-ion multi-cell batteries, consisting of 30 individual batteries within a casing, and insulated. Thermal runaway of the batteries was observed before spraying Firexo onto the fires via an extinguisher. The test results indicated that Firexo lowers the internal temperature of a battery cell F Aug21807 undergoing thermal runaway, reducing the size of resulting jet flames as well as inhibiting thermal runaway and temperature propagation in the cells; all critical factors in the suppression and control of lithiumion battery fires. Dave Breith, CEO of Firexo Group reported “We are beyond delighted; the positive testing of these initial li-ion battery fire tests, means we can progress with further testing in the very near future and believe that the Firexo solution could become the product of choice for tackling lithium-ion fires.” Firexo’s ingenuity appears to have no bounds; the company has developed a solution to aid in the speed of combating these extreme disasters. After 73 rigorous tests, Firexo’s fx73 wildfire solution boasts superior extinguishing capability and improved fire retardancy. However, the innovative icing on the cake is the fertilising benefits that this extinguishing fluid provides. Not only is the product reducing harm to trees and other vegetation, but it may also help in rejuvenating affected areas in the aftermath of these catastrophes. T: +44 207 9896111