ARA Safety Inc.

ARA Safety Inc.

April 16, 2008 13:41 ET

ARA Safety and Commercial Solutions Join Forces to Reduce Fire Loss in Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - ARA Safety Inc. announced today that it has appointed Commercial Solutions as its exclusive Fire Interruption Technology™ fire service and industrial distributor for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

"Commercial Solutions is a leading supplier of life safety gear and equipment to fire departments and heavy industry, from British Columbia to Quebec," said ARA Safety spokesperson Michael Gardiner. "They are an ideal partner for ARA Safety as we introduce the FIT-5 to the Canadian fire and industrial markets."

The FIT-5 is a revolutionary firefighting tool that quickly and safely knocks down fully involved fires, buying fire fighters time to extinguish fires completely with little or no water. The FIT-5 fills the burning room with a safe, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly powder. The powder knocks down the fire without affecting oxygen levels.

"Commercial Solutions believes that widespread deployment of the FIT-5 will reduce loss to life and property," said CSI spokesperson and Calmar and Leduc County fire fighter Troy Mutch. "We are proud to help ARA Safety bring this exciting new technology to the Canadian market."

The FIT-5 is available for sale to Canadian fire departments at introductory pricing of $1199, bundled with a high visibility Pelican Case. The FIT-M5 is available for industrial fire fighting applications at $1295.

About Commercial Solutions

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Commercial is one of Canada's leading independent industrial distributors with 37 Services Centres and approximately 369 employees located across Canada. Commercial offers more than 160,000 items critical to maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers. The Company represents 450 leading manufacturers and serves over 11,000 customer accounts within a broad cross-section of industries, including oil and gas, forestry, food processing, chemical processing, mining and aggregate, utilities, agriculture and construction. Commercial trades under the symbol "CSA" on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For further information on the Company, please visit and for detailed financial information visit

About ARA Safety

ARA Safety is a world leader in innovative fire and life safety technology. ARA Safety's revolutionary Fire Interruption Technology (FIT) fire knock down tool is saving lives and reducing property loss in cities and towns across North America.

ARA Safety's fire and life safety technologies also include the Zero Combustion line of fire proof sprays, paints and coatings, and its world leading line of Photoluminescent products. ARA Safety's technologies have been used by NASA, the Pentagon, the United States Military and are featured prominently on the Vancouver Shangri-La. ARA Safety Inc. is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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