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Firefighters evaluating a new tool to help knock down fires

Winnipeg, MB-Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a fire around 2:50 am Friday morning, November 13, 2020, in the 800 block of Burnell Street.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene they encountered a two-storey house with an attached garage. The garage was fully engulfed in flames. An immediate offensive attack was launched but due to uncertain condition firefighters transitioned to a defensive attack and deploy a new tool to them called a Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool.

The X-Tinguish is a one-time use aerosol device that is placed into a fire and within a minute can not only knock down flames but also reduces the temperature of the fire by hundreds of degrees and prevent flashovers. It does this by generating an aerosol mist that expands to flood the space and suppress the flames.

Once the X-Tinguish tool was used firefighters were able to re-enter the the garage put out the flames. The fire was declared under control at 4:00 am.

No occupants were found inside the home after a search and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

WFPS is evaluating the effectiveness of the X-Tinguish as part of a pilot project. According to the companies website the cost of each tool is about $700.


New tool used to extinguish house fire in Daniel McIntyre neighbourhood

Charles Lefebvre Supervising News Producer - Digital


Published Friday, November 13, 2020 9:57AM CST

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) used a new tool to help extinguish a house fire in the city’s Daniel McIntyre neighbourhood Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to a fire in a vacant two-storey house in the 800 block of Burnell Street at 2:51 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the attached garage was fully engulfed in flames and heavy smoke could be seen coming from the house.

Due to uncertain fire conditions, crews began fighting the fire outside of the home and deployed a Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool. The tool is an aerosol device that can help knock down fires, reduce temperatures, and prevent flashovers, allowing safer access for crews. The WFPS is currently using the tool as part of a pilot project.

Crews were able to re-enter the home after it was used, and the fire was under control at 4 a.m.

No occupants were found in the home, no injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Drivers in the area should drive with caution, as water used to fight the fire covered the road and froze. The city said it will monitor the area and apply sand and de-icing agents when needed.


No injuries in North End house fire; firefighters testing new device
10/29/2020 6:38 AM

Winnipeg, MB –Firefighters put out a blaze in a house in Winnipeg’s North End on Wednesday with a tool that knocks down fires with an aerosol mist, reducing overall water use. 

According to a city release, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a one-and-a-half-storey home in the 600 block of College Avenue at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 28. 

All occupants self-evacuated before authorities arrived — although crews did locate a snake in an aquarium and brought the animal to safety. No injuries were reported, and the fire was declared under control within half an hour.

As part of an ongoing pilot program to evaluate a new device, crews used the Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool when they encountered smoke and high heat conditions on the scene. 

The device, which generates an aerosol mist that expands to flood a space and suppress flames, significantly reduces temperatures and prevents flashovers. It results in safer conditions for occupants and firefighters and reduces water use, the city said in a release.

An investigation into the cause of the Wednesday fire is underway; no damage estimates were immediately available.


'You pull the two pins': How a new grenade-style tool will help Saskatoon firefighters

Janella HamiltonOn the Go Reporter

@janellactv Contact

Published Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:04PM CSTLast Updated Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:39PM CST

SASKATOON -- The Saskatoon Fire Department has added a new piece of equipment to its firefighting toolbox, that aims to keep firefighters safe when battling a blaze. 

The X-Tinguish FST is a tool that when deployed in a fire, sprays an aerosol mixture, helping suffocate the flames which allows firefighters to gain access to an area, in a much safer way.

“Unlike a fire extinguisher, this tool is on a time delay, so you do not have to be close to the fire to apply it. You pull the two pins. There is an eight-second delay. The unit which weighs about 12 pounds is then tossed into the compartment that is on fire," Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Rodger said on Thursday.

"Once it starts to work, there is an aerosol that will then interact with the heated gases within that space, reducing the temperature and depending upon the size of the fire."

Data shows it the device can take the room temperature from around 540 C degrees celsius to around 90 C in about a minute, according to Rodger. 

By suppressing the fire temporarily, Rodger said it makes it safer for firefighters to gain access to the area that is on fire so firefighters can continue extinguishing the fire more efficiently) and search for occupants. 

The new tool was used for the first time this past weekend, during a large fire at two homes on Ave R South in the Pleasant Hill Neighbourhood.

The X-Tinguish FST is made by Flame Guard USA with units costing about $900.00.

New Tool Improves Safety For Firefighters

Saskatoon, SK, Canada / Country 600 CJWW

Carol Thomson

Aug 20, 2020 4:46 PM


















A new tool that the Saskatoon Fire Department has had on hand for a few months had its first official use in a fire on Sunday afternoon that turned out to be    2 fires on Avenue R South.

Assistant Chief Wayne Rodger says this high powered fire extinguisher is deployed and has an 8 second delay so it can be thrown into a building to suppress the fire and the heat before the firefighters go in, making it safer, but it’s not effective in all circumstances.
It’s up to the incident commander to make the decision when it should be used.

Rodger says on Sunday, when firefighters first responded to a blaze on Avenue R, there was only 1 reported fire, but when they got there, they realized there were 2, so while more crews were on their way, the fire suppression grenade was used on the second boarded up home.

Rodger notes that new technologies have really improved the tools they have.
For instance, the breathing apparatus has changed lots in the last 50 years and the nozzles have better options in hose stream applications, so this new extinguisher is just another example of the advancements in technology.


Crews called to Beverley Street apartment fire

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a fire in a two-storey apartment building on Beverley Street at Ellice Avenue minutes after 9:00 pm Tuesday night, January 5, 2021.

As crews arrived heavy smoke was coming from the building and an offensive attack was launched. Firefighters deployed the Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool, an aerosol device that dramatically reduces temperatures making the area safer for firefighters. The fire was declared under control within an hour.

There is no word on injuries.

Crews remained on scene after the fire was out to ventilate the building. Residents were able to return to their suites once crews completed their work.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Workboat Magazine introduces the X-Tinguish® X-Treme as a Method of quickly responding to onboard fires!


Vernon Hills, IL USA

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Wind Turbine Generators (turbines) experience failures that may lead to small contained fires and, at times, devastating large fires that render the turbine a total loss. Causes such as loose glowing electrical connections, short circuits, arcing and component failures can cause direct and secondary damage throughout the equipment. Secondary damage, also known corrosion, is caused by residual chemicals after a combustion event. When measured in remediation cost, secondary damage can be 10-15 times more severe than direct damage.


Flame Guard USA, an industry leader in aerosol fire suppression systems, released the X-Tinguish® XT-3000, a fixed condensed aerosol generator that is used in early stage and fully developed fires. Once the X-Tinguish®XT-3000 generator is triggered, an aerosol mist is generated. The mist expands volumetrically, engulfing the space and suppressing the flames within seconds. This tool successfully reduces the temperature by as much as 1,000°F in as little as 30 seconds, reducing the need for water by as much as 80 percent in applicable environments.


In an effort to quantify what, if any, adverse effects the aerosol mist may have on various metals and electronic circuitry, Flame Guard USA partnered with AREPA, a professional equipment reconditioning firm, to conduct an experiment.


AREPA Page 1 Turbines contain metals such as copper, aluminum, stainless steel, galvanized steel, as well as both non-conformal coated and coated circuit boards.


In an effort to simulate extreme field conditions, AREPA secured the noted metals and electronic circuitry, exposed them to the X-Tinguish® XT-3000 aerosol mist and placed them in a chamber with elevated moisture and heat.


AREPA harvested analytical samples on the exposed components after seven days, 14 days and 30 days in order to properly understand the chemical reaction that was taking place on the sampled surfaces.

Click here to review the results:

AREPA has more than 200 employees with 25 different locations across Europe and North America. We’ve helped businesses in more than 60 countries. And although we’ve been in business nearly 40 years, we still hold the title as one of the largest, and most experienced teams of technical restoration specialists in the industry and the world.

Flame Guard USA moves to a new facility

August 1, 2019

Flame Guard USA has relocated its headquarters to a newer, more visible facility in Vernon Hills, IL.


Located north of Chicago in Lake County, Vernon Hills offers the company a better location for transportation and shipping along

with a facility more in focus with the companies future needs.




Village of Waterford successfully deploys X-Tinguish® FST in structure fire.

April 23 


On Tuesday, 04/23/2019 at 01:47 hours the Racine County Communications Center (RCCC) received a 911 call reporting a possible Structure Fire in the 200B of 1st Street. Within 5 minutes from Time of Call, Incident Command reported a haze in the street and active fire on the first floor of the structure.


An off-duty firefighter from WFD, responding direct to the scene from home, was able to successfully deploy a department-issued X-Tinguish FST into the front room of the building and maintain control of the flow path.


Within 6 minutes from Time of Call, E721 arrived on scene and performed an aggressive Targeted Transitional Positive Pressure Fire Attack using the Ultra High Pressure (UHP) Attack line equipped on the engine. Utilizing thermal imaging technology, E721 crew was able to see the “seat” of the fire from an exterior window and get water flowing onto the fire within 8 minutes from the original time of Dispatch. Because of the speed in which the E721 crew worked, the Under Control Benchmark was achieved within 16 minutes from Time of Call.

After preliminary interviews and investigation into the cause of the fire, it was determined that the area of origin was a bedroom used for storage. An electrical appliance, plugged into an extension cord running along the floor, had failed and ignited the mattress, bed frame and nightstand. Fire extension was limited to the room of origin. Property damage is estimated at $65,000. At the time of this release, the investigation remains open and on-going.

1 Firefighter was treated for fatigue and ultimately released at the scene. There were no other reported injuries.

Additional Customer Service was performed and concluded without incident - crews were able to assist the displaced occupants with the retrieval of some personal effects.

Reporting to the incident were 1 staffed Engine company and 1 staffed ambulance. 2 Chief Officers and 11 members made up the On-duty and Off-duty personnel resources.

Fire Chief Rick Mueller commented, stating "this was a textbook example of a research based, data-driven fire attack using the latest technology by well-trained firefighters. I couldn't be more proud of their professional display of effectiveness and safety, saving this customer's home and property."

Assisting fire departments at the scene:

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Flame Guard USA receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

January 3, 2019

Lake Barrington, IL USA

Flame Guard USA was issued their certificate by AMTEC / American Management Technology, Inc. on Thursday, January 4, 2018.


ISO 900:2015 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Because ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard, it has become the basis for creating a quality management system around the world, replacing many previously published requirements. ... Attaining ISO 9001 certification can be a powerful marketing tool.

The ISO 9001:2015 standard is recognized worldwide. Companies and customers alike understand the benefits of working with companies that are            ISO 9001:2015 certified. Some entities will only do business with certified companies because it gives them assurance that the management systems are constantly assessed and approved.

They will know from experience that working with ISO 9001:2015 certified company provides many advantages:

  • Minimizes mistakes

  • Improves reporting and communications

  • Better quality products and service

  • More reliable production scheduling and delivery

  • Standards maintained by annual assessments

We are very proud to have passed all the requirements for ISO 9001:2015,

enabling our Certification.

Our certificate is available in the download section of our website.

Columbus Fire Department uses fire suppression tool to save house

January 3, 2019

Columbus, WI USA


Columbus Fire Department put one of its newest devices to action recently, snuffing out a fire that could have threatened a home in Columbus.


Fire Chief Randy Koehn used the X-Tinguish FST, a fire suppression tool produced by Flame Guard USA, during a basement fire in mid-December. The fire suppression device, housed in a portable red box with a durable black handle, is a highly effective tool which has been used by fire departments, police, first responders and the armed forces for several years.


“It breaks down the air and interrupts the chain reaction of the heat, fuel and oxygen that it takes to produce a fire,” Koehn said. “It more or less snuffs the fire out. It does not take oxygen away so if someone were in the room yet it wouldn’t harm anybody.”


Columbus FD purchased two fire suppression tools in February 2018 for $600 each. Since the devices can only be used once, the department must be selective when they are used. Koehn said the device works best in smaller, more confined areas.


“If a house is fully engulfed, we’re not going to use it,” he said.


Last month, Koehn responded to a house fire, noticing heavy smoke coming from the basement. He entered the home, found the basement stairway, pulled an activation pin on the device and flung it into the basement.


Within minutes, the fire had been expunged. Koehn said the tool cuts down on water usage, which can sometimes damage a home.


“Insurance companies love it because you don’t have the water damage that’s typical when you go in there and put it out with a hose,” Koehn said. “If we can put a fire out and minimize water damage, hopefully people won’t be displaced as long as they used to be.”


After the device is activated, it generates an aerosol mist, containing potassium-based chemical components that expand volumetrically, flooding the space and quickly suppressing the fire.


The device can reduce temperature inside a room by 1,000 degrees in 30 seconds. Koehn knew departments in Waupun and Hartford also used the suppression tool and was intrigued.


“I talked to the chiefs at both departments and they endorsed them,” Koehn said. “I wish I had gotten them sooner.”


Koehn said the device may also be used in a car fire, especially if a person is trapped inside. Columbus FD carries one in Koehn’s truck and the other in the first-out vehicle.


Koehn thought about purchasing the device for awhile, but was skeptical. After talking to chiefs in Waupun and Hartford and hearing about the tool’s success, Koehn believed in the investment. He said the tool could help save a life.


A video demonstration highlighting the X-Tinguish FST can be viewed on YouTube by searching “fire suppression tool.” Koehn said battery life lasts five years, but chemicals in the device are good for about 15.


“Even within five years’ time we would have enough opportunities to use both of them,” Koehn said..

Thanks for visiting!! FDIC 2018 

Indianapolis, IN 

April 24-26 2018

We would like to thank the hundreds of firefighters, first responders and attendees for stopping by to find out more information about the X-Tinguish FST and Flame Guard USA. 

This year, we were located in booth 4249 in the Indiana Convention Center. We could not have had a better spot. 

We met many new departments as well as more than a few that already use the FST. The 2018 expo was the best yet in all the years we have attended. 

Many new distributors found us from a host of countries as well as many new fire departments from across a few different continents.

We truly look forward to attending in 2019.

Fire suppression tools now in city squads

By Carl Cooley  Editor; Chetak Alert Newspaper

Mar 7, 2018 Chetak, WI

A new handheld firefighting device has been added to the equipment that Chetek police officers carry in their squad cars, in hopes they can knock down interior fires and prevent them from overtaking a whole building.


Chetek Police Chief Ron Ambrozaitis recently purchased two X-Tinguish FST units—which stands for fire suppression tool—from Flame Guard, based in Lake Barrington, Ill. He came across the FSTs while at a police chief convention earlier this year.


The fire suppression device is about the size of a large purse and weighs just under 12 pounds. Once activated and thrown into a room on fire, it emits a cloud of aerosol that smothers any flames. The units have a 15-year shelf life and batteries must be replaced every five years.


Joseph Kuesis, a partner with Flame Guard, explained that the aerosol emitted doesn’t remove oxygen from the air, but instead disrupts the fire’s thermal reaction, essentially sucking all the energy out of the flames and rendering the fire’s combustible gases inert. It also reduces the risk of flashovers.


Because the potassium-based aerosol compounds are nontoxic and don’t displace oxygen in a room, they are safer to use for firefighters, or anyone who might still be stuck in the building, Kuesis said. But smoke from the fire itself is still a concern, he noted.

Tests show that 1,000-degree fires drop to 200 degrees or less in less than a minute. The device is designed to suppress flames in a room 5,300 cubic feet or smaller—about the size of a 2.5-car garage.


For example, if a fire is larger than what a normal, handheld fire extinguisher could handle but still contained to an enclosed room, an FST could be used to knock down the flames.

Many modern furnishings and materials burn fast and hot, meaning fires spread quickly. Fires double in size roughly every 30 seconds, and every second counts. Because Chetek has officers on duty 24/7, they are usually the first to arrive at any emergency. Volunteer departments, like the Chetek Fire Department, cannot respond as quickly as professional departments that are always on call.


Still, it won’t turn police into firefighters. It is designed to keep officers outside and out of harms way. The FST’s large handle makes it easy to throw it from a safe distance.

The FST won’t replace the need for fire departments; firefighters will still need to come in and make sure any deep-seated embers and other hot spots are extinguished. But it will make their job easier and safer if the initial fire has been knocked down.


Remodeling a damaged room is a lot cheaper than rebuilding a whole house lost to a blaze, Ambrozaitis said. If police would have had a FST to use earlier this year, Ambrozaitis believed it would have saved a building that was destroyed by a fire in January.


Ambrozaitis noted an FST doesn’t need extensive training to use. Pull a safety pin, pull the ignition pin to activate it and throw it at the base of the fire, or near it. Within eight seconds of pulling the ignition pin, it will start emitting a cloud of extinguishing aerosol.


It will work on class A, B, C and K fires—like wood, paper and plastic; gas and liquids; electrical; and cooking fires, respectively.


Kuesis said in Wisconsin, it has been used successfully around 12 times. In one case, it saved the Christmas presents under a tree, and in another case, firefighters barely had to use any water in the mop-up. He also noted that SWAT teams are purchasing the units to use when responding to subjects threatening to light themselves on fire with gas or other accelerants.


Kuesis noted the technology was developed in Russia and arrived in North America around 2004. Their company has improved upon the original design.


Costing $600 per unit, Ambrozaitis has asked the Chetek Fire District and the Chetek Chamber of Commerce, as well as the public, for donations in support of the devices. Donations for the FST can be dropped off at Chetek City Hall or the Chetek Police Department.


“I don’t want to have to use it, but I’m a firm believer that it will work,” Ambrozaitis said.

Woodruff Fire Department donates fire suppression tools to Woodruff Police, $600 item given to each patrol unit

1/23/2018 7:28:00 AM

The X-Tinguish FST.

Evan J. Pretzer
Lakeland Times reporter

Last year, the Minocqua Fire Department was the recipient of a new piece

of equipment and, this year, on Jan. 19, the same thing happened for law

enforcement in Woodruff. 

On Friday, assistant fire chief Victor Gee gifted detective William Nichols the first of five

X-Tinguish FST tools, one for each unit, from the Illinois-based Flame Guard USA LLC.

As Gee tells it, the desire to give the items out was driven by police in the area beating

the fire department to a number of calls. 

"They've really helped us out on several occasions by using fire extinguishers and things like that," he said. "In a couple of cases they stopped flames before we even arrived. After that happened in December, I asked the department if this device would be useful and when they said yes, we used some leftover fundraising money to buy five of them."

The X-Tinguish FST can reduce temperatures by as much as 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit in less than a minute and has a shelf life of 15 years. Though the items do expire, Nichols expressed confidence they would have no problems replacing them in the future. 

"I don't see any problems in getting more money for new ones. It is a very good tool and is good for safety," Nichols said. "People in the community very seldomly have trouble supporting us. They care and when we need something we see a lot of support that way." 

Evan J. Pretzer may be reached via email at

Assistant Fire Chief Victor Gee (L), Det William Nichols (R)

Woodruff Fire Department used money from fundraising to help police officers stay safe.


Note: An earlier version of the article quotes Woodruff Assistant Fire Chief Victor Gee saying the device removes the oxygen in the room. This is incorrect. According the company that makes the "X-tinguish FST", the device breaks up the oxygen bond. 

The unit also does not work like a BOMB. It is not dangerous.

A Northwoods fire department used some of its money gained through fundraising to help other first responders stay safe. 

"For lack of a better term it works like a bomb," said Woodruff Assistant Fire Chief Victor Gee. 

The Woodruff Fire Department invested in five "X-tinguish" fire suppression tools. You pull the two pins on here and throw it in and it essentially extinguishes the fire," said Gee. 

But the fire department didn't buy the tools for its own firefighters. "The tool is a lot more effective in knocking down a fire than a single fire extinguisher," said Woodruff Police Detective Bill Nichols. The $600 devices were purchased for each Woodruff Police squad car. Nichols says police officers have often used fire extinguishers to help slow down fires. "Officers are out on the road driving around all day, if we get a call somewhere we might be a block away, so our response time is going to be a lot quicker," said Nichols. 

"Anytime that they can get in there and get a head start on things for us it makes it safer for us because it exposes us to less of the dangers that we come across on the fire ground," said Gee. 
The devices will help ensure officers don't have to get too close to a fire. "The officers have to get close to utilize a fire extinguisher, with this unit they don't have to enter the area of the fires," said Nichols. Detective Bill Nichols appreciates the fire department's support. "We're all here for the benefit of the people. So it feels good to work together like that," said Nichols.

Gee says the investment will help both departments. "As part of their daily job they're helping us out, and by doing this it keeps them safer and it makes our job easier, so it's just a good fit to do this," said Gee.

The fire department gave the devices to the police department last week. 

Grand Rapids, WI Volunteer Fire Department Saves Home 

December 23, 2017 

This was the results of our 1st use of a new fire suppression tool this morning. Fire contained , minimal water damage.

Another successful FST (Fire Suppression Tool) deployment! Congrats to this department in Wood County, WI! The fire was contained to this room, with less than 50 gallons of water used (including to fill hoses and mop up hot spots). Fire suppression started when the first emergency vehicle arrived on seen. Another house saved (this one for Christmas)! Both their fire and police departments understand the value of the FST's!

The X-Tinguish FST was deployed 4 to 6 minutes before the Fire Chief got on scene by a police officer. The engine company was behind the chief by a few minutes. The fire was free burning from all the information that we received. Bottom line, less than 50 gallons of water were used during this fire and much less damage to the home because the Police officer started the fire suppression arriving first on scene. Second save in the past month were police started the fire suppression.

Flame Guard USA attends a Very Successful Firehouse Expo 2017 in Nashville, TN

October 17-21, 2017

Nashville, TN

Behind every great firefighter is a department. And behind every great department is Firehouse Expo, the leading trade show and expo for the fire industry, offering all the behind-the-scenes tools, training, equipment and exposure to the ideas and inspiration firefighters need to be the best, the brightest and the bravest in the business.

Flame Guard USA hosted a booth at the 2017 edition of Firehouse Expo at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN last week. 

This venue offered an exceptional and excellent opportunity to talk to fire departments and first responders that other shows do not. 

We had an excellent show and would love to thank all of the firefighters, first responders and other guests that took the time to stop and chat.

If you did not get a chance to visit, we will see you in San Diego at Firehouse World in March 2018 and at FDIC 2018 in Indianapolis, IN in April.

Flame Guard USA launches new campaign to assist First Responders

October 1, 2017

Lake Barrington, IL

The X-Tinguish FST is now being utilized by Tactical teams as a response to criminals utilizing Fire as a weapon. With the ability to be carried into a building(13 lbs.) and having an extremely robust suppression ability (up to 5,300cu.ft.) , the FST is the perfect tool for all SWAT and Tactical teams to utilize when combating possible Fire as a weapon scenarios. 

RV Fires and Extinguishing Them Safely

September 1, 2017


Posted by Coach-Net in RV InformationRV Safety

Recreational vehicles, campers, motorhomes in all classes contain large amounts of flammable materials. Do you have a plan in the event of a fire? RVs may become fully engulfed in flames within a matter of minutes.  From 2009 to 2013, an average of 5,540 fires per year involved motorhomes and other recreational vehicles, according to estimates provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The absolute first rule of RV firefighting is:

  1. Save lives first and property second.

  2. Get your occupants and yourself to safety before attempting to extinguish a fire.

  3. Use the firefighting tools on hand only if you can do so without endangering your life or that of others. READ ARTICLE 

Flame Guard USA is proud to support Ladders Up for the Foundation

May 6, 2017

Toronto, ON Canada

Ladders Up for the Foundation - Funds for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation

All Funds raised go to supporting the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation which honors firefighters

who have been killed in the line of duty and helps support their families. Every dollar raised

goes to towards the foundation’s education fund for the families of fallen firefighters.

Waterford adds 'fire bomb' tool


Apr 28, 2017


The Waterford Fire Department is testing a new tool some departments call “the bomb” for tackling a fire before fire engines can get on scene.

The X-Tinguish FST or Fire Suppression Tool is a handheld device that when electronically activated sprays an aerosol that helps suppress the fire.

Waterford Fire Chief Rick Mueller explained how easy it is to use.

“You pull the pin and throw it in,” Mueller said.

The spray coming out of the device doesn’t completely put out the fire, but does stabilize conditions so firefighters can finish the job.

Mueller said potentially the device could reduce the heat in the room in which a fire is burning from 1,000 to 1,700 degrees down to as low as 200 degrees in as few as 30 seconds.

“It will suppress fire in a 5,000 cubic feet (space). It works best in an enclosed area. If I can open the door, throw it in and close the door, it works better than if the windows are out.”

Mueller ordered 10 units and a training unit and put his firefighters through the training last week.

“If a volunteer firefighter looks out his window and sees fire coming from the Village Hall, he could throw this in the window before the engine gets there and reset the fire for us,” Mueller said.

FDIC 2017 is a complete success.

The largest show turnout ever.

Indianapolis, IN

April 26-28th Booth 3369

This year, FDIC set record attendance for the show and at our booth.  Flame Guard USA switched from Lucas Oil center to the Indiana Convention Center and Booth 3369.

We enjoyed hundreds of conversations from individuals representing fire departments all over North America. We look forward to working with many of our visitors in the near future as they adopt the X-Tinguish FST as part of their departments tool box. 


Washington County Insider

by Ron Nabb

Posted in Allenton, Kewaskum and Washington County 

Jan. 8, 2017

Scott, WI –Beechwood FD used an X-Tinguish® FST successfully to stop an attic fire.  

A call came in around 7 p.m. that there was a structure fire in a one story, two-bedroom ranch on North Mapletree Road, Beechwood, WI. Crews arrived at the scene to smoke showing from eaves of the home and flames visible around chimney. The fire had started in the chimney and spread through to the attic.


Firefighters opened the scuttle hole to the attic and deployed X-Tinguish® FST. Chief Mark Muench said “the device stopped the fire in its tracks in less than 30 seconds”.

All in all, it is estimated a couple hundred gallons of water were used in this fire.

Mutual aid companies responded from Cascade, Silver Creek, Batavia, Boltonville, Waldo and Adell.


By Staff | January 9, 2017

TOWN OF SCOTT — Firefighters were called out Sunday night for a chimney fire 10 miles west of Random Lake.

At approximately 6:32 PM on Sunday, January 9th, the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from the homeowner at N571 Maple Tree Road in the Town of Scott, stating they had a fire in their chimney and the fire was going into the walls.

The first arriving sheriff’s deputy confirmed that there was an active fire in the chimney according to Lieutenant James Gottsacker. All residents of the home had evacuated. When firefighters arrived on scene, they reported embers in the attic. The fire was extinguished and confined to the chimney and a small section of attic.

Firefighters deployed X-Tinguish FST, which is a fire suppression device, to successfully to stop the fire said Chief Mark Muench of the Beachwood Fire Department. The department is the first in Sheboygan County to deploy it.

The Beechwood Fire Department was assisted by Batavia, Cascade, Waldo, Silver Creel and Adell fire departments.


Hartland, WI USA

December 29,2016


On 12/29/16 at approximately 7:45 p.m., the Hartland Fire Department was dispatched to a structure on the 1000 block of Lisbon Ave in the Village of Hartland.

First Responders arrived to find smoke and flames visible from the structure. Command deployed an X-Tinguish FST "fire grenade" into the structure prior to the arrival of the first engine company.

Fire crews conducted interior attack upon arrival. Fire damage was held to the area of origin and the attic, with smoke and water damage throughout the structure. Searches of the building were negative, though two pets perished in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

HFD thanks our automatic aid departments (Lake Country Fire & Rescue, Town of Delafield Fire Department, The Okauchee Fire Department) and our neighbors for additional engines provided by the Lisbon Fire Department​ and Pewaukee Fire Dept.

Anyone interested in helping the family may drop donations off at the Hartland Fire Department or contact Chief Dean 262-367-6878.

All photos credit to Mary Fallon, HFD Photographer. Additional pictures to be posted at a later date.

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Waupun, WI USA

December 6, 2016

The Waupun Fire Department successfully deployed an X-Tinguish® FST (Fire Suppression Tool) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.   A fire call came to the department at approximately 12:27 pm for heavy smoke coming from a single story, multi-unit motel, approximately 900-1,000 sq ft per unit.  


Upon arriving at the scene, Chief BJ DeMaa observed heavy black smoke coming from the building.  He retrieved the X-Tinguish® FST unit he carried in his command vehicle.  Chief Demaa deployed the FST through a window in the unit that was on fire.  The Chief said after approximately 8 seconds, he heard the unit deploy its aerosol.  He observed the heavy black smoke turn from black, to gray and then to white. 


While Chief DeMaa was waiting for the first engine to arrive, approximately 5-6 minutes after the FST unit was deployed, he stated, “the X-Tinguish®FST took the fire back to zero.”   Once the engine crew arrived and made entry into the dwelling the Chief stated “the Fire Department used approximately 10-15 gallons of water”. 


Chief DeMaa also stated that they realized upon clean up and overhaul the X-Tinguish® FST unit was thrown into a bathroom inside the unit instead of the main room where the fire existed.  Even though the FST was thrown into a room adjoining the fire, the aerosol from the FST was still able to reach the area of the residence where the fire was and fully suppress it in its tracks, containing the fire.


Chief DeMaa stated that he believes if he had not used the X-Tinguish®FST when he did, the fire would have had the opportunity to spread considerably and probably would have consumed more of the structure, if not most the building before the engine arrived at the scene.  The successful deployment of the X-tinguish FST, the fire was contained to just the original apartment of origin.


The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and still under investigation by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department.


Pacific Marine Expo is the largest commercial marine trade show on the West Coast, serving commercial mariners from Alaska to California.

If you make your living on the water, you just can’t afford to miss it!

The Expo lasted from Nov 17th through Nov 19th. Flame Guard USA attended this show as the guest of our Pacific Northwest Distributor, North American Fishing Supplies, Inc. We enjoyed visits from hundreds of interested companies and individuals.

On Friday Nov 18th, Fred Mattera, President, American Fire Suppression, Inc. & North East Safety Training Company USCG Marine Safety Instructor and Joseph Kuesis, Partner with Flame Guard USA presented an educational session called:

Extinguish the Fire – Save The Crew And The Assets

The session was attended by approximately 120 individuals.


Boltonville, WI, October 21, 2016

On October 14,2016 The Boltonville Fire Department received a 9-11 call for a house fire at approximately 4:45 PM. The house in question was of tri-level construction located in a rural, non-hydrant area. The home owner had been inside the house when it started along with her children. She evacuated her family from the home and then called 911 and waited for the fire department to arrive.

Upon receiving the call, Tim Ramthun, son of the Boltonville FD Chief Ken Ramthun, immediately responded from his home to the fire. Tim was armed with a new technology Boltonville had just adopted, an X-Tinguish® FST. Both Tim and Chief Ramthun, each about 2 miles away, converging from different directions, could see heavy brown smoke which was growing rapidly in size and density. Via a short cellphone conversation, the two determined that Tim Ramthun should go directly to the house an attempt an extinguishment of the fire with the X-Tinguish® FST. Upon arriving on the scene, Tim reported brown smoke rolling out from the eaves and the windows which were brown in color from the smoke and heat on the first floor of the ranch style home.

According to Dave Dobson, retired fire battalion chief from Colorado, “Brown smoke is usually a sign that untreated wood is burning, meaning the fire has grown from being a room and contents type event to a structural event where the rafters and building itself are burning.”

The home on fire is the home of a fellow Boltonville Firefighter.


After failing to gain access to the exposed basement area, where it appears the fire originated, Tim entered the house through the garage entrance where he found that smoke was very heavy and about 2 feet from the floor. He crawled into an area where he was able to safely pull the igniter pin on the X-Tinguish FST and toss it into the burning room. Tim closed the door he entered through and immediately noticed a significant change in the smoke and heat level within the building.

Outside, Chief Ramthun requested two 1-3/4” hose lines deployed from their engine equipped with Compressed Air Foam(CAF) System; one to the basement and one to the first floor. Approximately 130 gallons of water was used to extinguish a small fire and flush the hoses of the foam. It is estimated 30 to 40 gallons of water was used in the basement area near the electrical control panel.

“When I entered the house, I was amazed how the X-Tinguish® FST “stopped the fire in its tracks.” There was a couch next to the open stair case that had been on fire and about half of the back of the couch was burned off with no extension of the fire,” said Chief Ramthun.

“I believe that the fire would have consumed much of the house if the X-Tinguish® FST had not been deployed as it was another 4 minutes for the fire trucks to travel the distance to the residence,” said Chief Ramthun. “We had windows which were cracking from the heat and a few had already broken,” the Chief continued. The crew that entered the upper floor found NO fire whatsoever, even though fire was present in the room prior to the deployment of the X-Tinguish® FST.

“The X-Tinguish® FST is way better for rural departments, even better than MABAS [Mutual Aid Box Alarm System]. Considering the limited manpower available during the day, distances to travel to a rural home from the fire station, and limited water, the faster we can control the fire and suppress it the better it is for homeowner,” said Chief Ramthun

U.S. DoD, GSA and NASA issue a Final Rule; Use HFC Alternatives Whenever Feasible

June 16, 2016

Washington D.C.

Action Plan, President Obama directed his Administration to purchase lower GWP alternatives to high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) whenever feasible. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and General Services Administration (GSA) issued a final rule to amend their acquisition practices to meet the plan’s goals.

It’s official. Effective June 15, 2016, the U.S. DoD, GSA and NASA issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the President’s Climate Action Plan to procure, when feasible, alternatives to high GWP HFCs.

This final rule impacts high GWP HFCs used in many common applications, including fire suppression, aerosol cleaning and precision cleaning and specifically states:

Unless a particular contract requires otherwise, specify that, when feasible, contractors shall use another acceptable alternative in lieu of a high global warming potential hydrofluorocarbon in products and services in a particular end use for which EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program has identified other acceptable alternatives that have lower global warming potential.

The United States is making substantial progress in limiting use and reducing emissions of high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Not only has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently changed the status of HFCs to “unacceptable” for certain uses under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, the U.S. DoD, GSA and NASA have joined forces to better align with the President’s Climate Action Plan and move toward using more sustainable substances.

The amended FAR clarifies the definition of "high global warming potential hydrofluorocarbons" to mean "any hydrofluorocarbon in a particular end use for which EPA’s SNAP program has identified other acceptable alternatives that have lower global warming potential." Clearly, SNAP has identified multiple sustainable alternatives to HFCs in fire suppression. The FAR final rule also impacts HFCs used in precision cleaning and aerosol cleaning applications.

According to the rule, this amendment will allow agencies to better meet the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and reporting requirements of the Executive Order 13693 on “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade”

The X-Tinguish® FST is featured in the May 2016 edition of Workboat magazine. 

April 28, 2016

National and International


The following link is for the Brand new May 2016 article about how common sense technology makes sense in on-board fire suppression. The article promptly features the X-Tinguish® FST. We hope you enjoy reading the article as much as we did.. 


Click the picture at left and then proceed to pages 52-54.

The X-Tinguish® FST makes it debut at the Commercial Marine Expo in New Bedford, MA

April 27-28, 2016

New Bedford, MA


American Fire Suppression, our New England based distributor invited Flame Guard USA to participate in this years East Coast Commercial Marine Expo held annually in New Bedford, MA. Mr. Fred Mattera is pictured at left and is the owner of American Fire Suppression. The show was brisk and the visitors loved the unit. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to stop by and say hi. James Mackey, partner with Flame Guard USA, attended. 

Thanks to the hundreds that stopped by during FDIC 2016 


April 22, 2016

Indianapolis, IN


Tens of thousands of firefighters from cities throughout the world made their annual trek to Indianapolis, IN to participate in FDIC 2016. Flame Guard USA had a booth in Lucas Oil Center for the annual products exhibition. We would like to thank the hundreds who stopped by to learn about our products or just to say hi from meeting us at previous venues. 2016 was very successful and we look forward to FDIC 2017!

Alaska villages get new tools to fight fires and potentially save lives

Kendall Bautista/KTUU

POSTED: 12:23 PM AKST Mar 10, 2016    UPDATED: 12:30 PM AKST Mar 10, 2016 


Alaska's Village Public Safety Officers are getting some new tools with which to fight fires.

Alaska State Trooper Captain Andrew Merrill says the fire suppression tool are like a grenade where the person pulls the pin and throws it into the burning building.

Some 200 fire suppression tools were purchased by the Bristol Bay Native Association and Kodiak Area Native Association VPSO grantees and then distributed by the Department of Public Safety's VPSO program, according to Merrill.

VPSOs are usually among the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency like a fire, he said..


National Fisherman Boats & Gear Christmas Giving

Written by Michael Crowley

 Monday, 21 December 2015

All right! Listen up all you highliners and deadbeats. Only a couple of days before — well, you know what I mean — Christmas. Kids are humming Christmas carols while lying near the tree at night, dreaming of eight tiny reindeer dropping down on the roof, landing a sleigh with that jolly old guy and all the toys that are on the lists they gave you. And your spouse, significant other, partner — whatever — continues to come up with a few more trinkets she needs to make up for all those days you’ve been at sea this past year.White Glacier’s Arctic 25 immersion suit on display at Pacific Marine Expo. Doug Stewart photo.That’s why you’ve been wandering the store aisles with pockets crammed full of gift lists. Of course, as always, there’s someone you forgot. You know who it is. It’s you. So I’m here to remind you that it’s socially acceptable and not illegal to buy a Christmas gift for yourself.To assist with your personal gift selection, once again I’m providing a few Christmas ideas from National Fisherman’s 2015 Product and AAG pages. Here are four items that are a worthy gift for you know who, starting with the September 2015 issue.An onboard fire is something no one wants to experience, but if you do, you better have something that puts it out in a hurry. That would be the Flame Guard X-Tinguish FST. When there’s a fire in the engine room, or any other enclosed space, open the door, pull the yellow pin on the X-Tinguish FST, toss it in the room and close the door.There’s an 8-second delay from the time the pin is pulled until the X-Tinguish FST is electronically activated. The fire should be out within seconds


Thanks to those customers who visited our booth during the Pacific Marine Expo 2015 in Seattle.

November 20, 2015


It was the first time Flame Guard USA atended this show in Seattle. Now we wonder why we did not atend sooner. The people we met during the 3 days of the expo were outstanding. The show itself was a complete success for Flame Guard USA. Flame Guard USA took part in a give-a-way and one lucky boat owner won a Brand NEW X-Tinguish FST. 

Flame Guard USA receives its first trademark

April 2015


Flame Guard USA will soon begin to distribute products under it's own Trademarked name "X-Tinguish" We are excited to enter into the US Retail Market and hope this mark becomes synonomous with only the highest quality products available.


Please check back for New Product updates as they become available.


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