Firefighters have revolutionary tool to save lives -and you can use it too

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WEST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Firefighters started a fire and got it cooking to 1,400 degrees inside a West Lampeter Township training building. Using a mixture of water and a product called "Cold Fire," they put it out in less than a minute.

"This is like a force multiplier which actually beefs up the ability of the extinguisher to put out the fire quickly," said President of MIC Industrial, Richard Balmer.

"Using the product we used about seven gallons of water. If we were to use a hand-line we might have used 50 to 100 gallons of water," said J. Hatfield, Lead Facilitator with the Lancaster County Firemen's Association.

Firefighters then tried to re-ignite it, to no avail. "I doused it pretty good and I can't get this to reignite," said one firefighter.

State officials, firefighters, and other fire agencies watched demonstrations Wednesday of the product being called a revolutionary firefighting tool.

The product is also touted as a cooling agent. "If you have a burn victim trapped in a car, even if you are able to put the fire out, they are still in a hot car and you can't get them out. If you spray this on the metal when you start to see the product stick you can touch the car and open the door or whatever," said Balmer.

To prove it, Balmer held a blow torch flame against his arm after coating it with Cold Fire. He then sprayed the product on a towel and lit magnesium in his hand, which can burn at more than 5,000 degrees.

"If I spray it on a piece of hot metal, it actually draws the heat out of the metal and it allows you to touch it quicker," said Balmer.

Balmer said the product is used in the racing industry and some fire departments nationwide. It's also marketed as environmentally friendly, and it's easier on your wallet. "It's not hazardous, non-corrosive, non-toxic, its environmentally friendly, it breaks down in 21 days because its made of plant extracts," said Balmer.

From 13.5 ounce cans of spray to industrial size, Cold Fire is available for anyone to purchase. For more information click here  or contact Richard Balmer at MIC. (, or 717-823-6540)