GelTechs FireIce Aids in Saving Race Car Drivers Life

During the past few years, drag racing fans have come to know FireIce as the corporate sponsor of multi-time world champion Jay Payne. Now Payne’s fellow competitors are learning that FireIce can save their lives.

Earlier this month during a special event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., Pro Mod racer Benny Alfonso suffered a high-speed crash in a severely bashed-up car that was on fire. First responder Russ Hedge said, “A fire was present in the now-open engine bay inside and around the fuel cell. There also was fuel pooling in front of the vehicle.

The first responder continued, “The fire was attacked with FireIce gel. A two and a half gallon pressurized water can with FireIce gel also was deployed to cover the driver in the event fire spread toward him. Water was not used due to the rapid knockdown of the fire with the FireIce gel, which also formed a thick, protective barrier over the fuel spill that eliminated the chance of ignition. Because of this, we were immediately able to begin extricating the injured driver.”

“This is a prime example of how with products like FireIce, race teams, racing facilities, EMS units, and their rescue resource safety teams can keep safety and preparedness as the top priority,” Hedge said.

GelTech Solutions creates innovative, Earth-friendly, cost-effective products that help industry, agriculture, and the general public accomplish environmental and safety goals, such as water conservation and the protection of lives, homes, and property from fires. FireIce(R) is a patent pending fire suppressant used for direct attack of fires as well as a medium term retardant for structure protection. FireIce can be used in all types of apparatus; fire extinguishers, pumper trucks, aerial units for wildfires and home defense units for personal home protection.