ARA Safety Inc.

ARA Safety Inc.

December 28, 2007 18:54 ET

ARA Safety Inc.: FIT-5 Saves Lives and Property in Port Jervis, NY

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - Dec. 28, 2007) - ARA Safety's new first response fire knockdown tool, a device called the FIT-5, is being credited with saving buildings and lives following a third floor house fire in Port Jervis, NY, yesterday. The responding Fire Chief's account of the fire situation is appended below.

"The FIT-5 is designed to knock down fire and put time on a fire department's side," said Michael Gardiner, spokesperson for ARA Safety. "Yesterday, the FIT-5 knocked down a dangerous third story fire, likely preventing a 20 lb. propane tank from exploding."

The FIT-5 fire knockdown tool is an easy to use dry powder aerosol that quickly reduces heat and flame, allowing firefighters to attack a fire more effectively, more safely and with less water damage to property.

ARA Safety is a world leader in life safety innovations, providing powerful, safe and environmentally friendly fire suppression and life-safety products. To learn more about the FIT-5, visit the ARA Safety website at or call 1-888-955-8883.

Video of the device can be viewed at For television quality video, please phone 778-836-2108.

"On 12/27/07 at 3PM the City of Port Jervis was dispatched to a structure fire at 19 Elizabeth Street. Upon arrival I found a 3-story building with a fire on the 3rd floor. I climbed the fire escape to the 3rd floor with the FIT-5, broke the window and deployed the unit. There was heavy smoke coming from the window in which I threw the unit. Within a minute after deployment the smoke seemed to die down. This allowed us time to stretch lines up the stairwell to the 3rd floor. Crews found the fire in a bedroom that sustained heavy damage. The rooms adjacent to the fire room only sustained smoke and heat damage. I accredit this to the FIT-5 that held the fire damage to the one room for approximately 15 minutes. There was some water damage to the apartment on the 1st and 2nd floors, but it was minimal compared to other fires I have attended over the past 35 years. After arson investigators finished their investigation we continued our mop-up in the closet of the fire room and found a 20 lb. propane cylinder. It is possible that the FIT-5 saved the lives of our firefighters who were inside the building as well as those outside. A cylinder of this size would have caused a loss to the entire building, the adjacent buildings, fire apparatus, and most importantly, human lives." Joseph J. Kowal Sr., Chief, City Of Port Jervis, N.Y.

City of Port Jervis Fire Chief, Joseph J. Kowal Sr., can be reached for comment at 845-591-7301.

Contact Information

  • ARA Safety Inc.
    Joe McCormick
    (917) 743-1119
    ARA Safety Inc.
    Michael Gardiner
    (778) 836-2108