Fire on the battlefield is a pressing and constant problem that can have catastrophic results for personnel and equipment. Due to the explosive nature of military ordinance and the use of many caustic materials for the production of military vehicles, effective fire suppression is a significant factor in mitigating fire damage incurred through accidents and attacks. If fire suppression of burning surfaces is not
- Accomplished quickly and
- Rapidly cooled and prevented from re-ignition, then the loss of life and equipment can be devastating to the unit.
Coupled with the problem of constant attacks targeting vehicles is the problem of extricating persons who are impinged or trapped in an area because of fire or wreckage. This is complicated and exacerbated by fire from materials that readily combust (like tire and fuel) and then cause second and third order combustions while super heating the rescue space and preventing the retrieval of trapped personnel. In order to combat this hazard and lessen the damage to personnel and equipment two things are needed:
- A fire suppression technology that works immediately, prevents re-ignition, and is layered throughout the force for a multi-dimensional response and
- Training to make the entire force effective in the tactics of not only fire fighting but also of operational rescue of personnel who are impinged by fire or actually on fire.