Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Solberg launches fire fighting foam technology development at NFPA Chicago
Published:  17 June, 2013

Solberg's Re-Healing RF3 provides fluorosurfactant-free ‘enhanced fire safety and environmental sustainability’

The UL-listed high performance, environment-friendly 3% fire fighting foam was launched during the 2013 National Fire Protection Association Conference and Exposition June 10-13, Chicago, IL.

Re-Healing RF3 foam concentrate from Solberg is a 3% fire fighting foam concentrate that is formulated using a new high performance synthetic foam technology to replace traditional AFFF, FFFP foam concentrates and older protein and fluoro-protein foams.

‘RF3 is a superior fire fighting foam concentrate for use in industrial high-hazard high-risk industries like aviation, chemical, defence, mining, oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, solvent and coatings,’ explained Solberg vice president of global sales, Bill Smith. ‘We are excited to add RF3 to the family of Re-Healing brand foam concentrates.’

The Re-Healing foam concentrates are fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free and have been formulated to extinguish Class B hydrocarbon and polar solvent fuels with no environmental concerns for persistence, bioaccumulation or toxic breakdown.

The RF3 foam can be used with fresh, sea or brackish water and, according to Solberg, possesses excellent fire extinguishment and superior burn back resistance due to its flow and rapid sealing characteristics. The product takes its name from the foams physical ‘resealing’ characteristics.

The foam was developed as a result of the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

‘Re-Healing foam is the most extensively tested foam product on the market today,’ cited Dennis Kennedy, General Manager of Solberg. ‘Over two years of hands on laboratory and field-testing work went into the development of the RF3 product. As industrial businesses expand their global operations, Solberg is committed to supporting these various industries with leading fire fighting foam technologies and performance products wherever they are needed.’

RF3 foam concentrate is intended for use on Class B hydrocarbon fuel fires. The foam concentrate can be used to prevent re-ignition of a liquid spill and control hazardous vapours. On Class A fuels, Re-Healing RF3 foam concentrate will improve extinguishment in deep-seated fires. Foam discharge devices such as non-air aspirating as well as air aspirating equipment, including standard sprinkler heads, can be used to obtain maximum results. The product is mixed three-parts foam concentrate to 97 parts water. It may also be used as a 3% pre-mix solution.

RF3 foam concentrate is compatible with dry powder agents.