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Posted on December 28 at 2 p.m.

This is not a tree hugger story. There are a number of chemicals on the market that are environmentally safe and actually extinguish fires.

This is a story of a chemical company that had the vision, about 9 years ago, to hire a 36 year veteran of the US Forest Service (fire science laboratory leader). Shortly after this ex-US Forest Service person was hired, the visionary company patented a retardant formula. Once the patent was perfected the US Forest Service changed the retardant specification. Certainly, unknown to the US Forest Service, the US Forest Service's new specification could only be met by the company that had just patented their retardant formula.

On March 24, 2006 the National Interagency Fire Center issued a document titled "2006 Wildland Fire Talking Points". Page 19 of this document has a heading called "Retardant". The first sentence under this heading states: "Retardant does not put out fires."

A spokesperson from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said that although County Fire works with Cal Fire and other agencies during wildland fire suppression efforts, the county itself does not use flame retardant.

Interestingly, the California Department of General Services entered into a contract with this visionary chemical company that makes it mandatory for Calfire to purchase its retardant, gel and Class A foam.

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Posted on December 22 at 10:14 a.m.

This is not a tree hugger story. There are a number of chemicals on the market that are environmentally safe and actually extinguish fires.

This is a story of a chemical company that had the vision, about 9 years ago, to hire a 36 year veteran of the US Forest Service (fire science laboratory leader). Shortly after this ex-US Forest Service person was hired, the visionary company patented a retardant formula. Once the patent was perfected the US Forest Service changed the retardant specification. Unknowingly, the US Forest Service's new specification could only be met by the company that had just patented their retardant formula.

On March 24, 2006 the National Interagency Fire Center issued a document titled "2006 Wildland Fire Talking Points". Page 19 of this document has a heading called "Retardant". The first sentence under this heading states: "Retardant does not put out fires."

A spokesperson from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said that although County Fire works with Cal Fire and other agencies during wildland fire suppression efforts, the county itself does not use flame retardant.

Interestingly, the California Department of General Services entered into a contract with this visionary chemical company that makes it mandatory for Calfire to purchase its retardant, gel and Class A foam.

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