Dan Sinclair, the owner/Inventor/Founder has come up with an ingenious way to keep our Wildfires to a minimum, possibly preventing them all together.
About 5 years ago, Dan had his first "brain child". F.A.C.S. Operations was born, a complete solution for fire protection. His inspiration, His Dad was a Fireman, so Dan was intrigued at a young age. Living in Aurora, IL, a small town you can imagine, what more is a kid going to do but think of fun things to do. Being a Superhero, a "fireman", was first on his mind. Dan started out as "Boulder" Dan. That job entailed blowing things up with sticks of dynamite. He also carved sculptures out of the boulders that he recovered from the blasts. From there he decided to shift careers to the Owner/Founder/Inventor of a potential Superhero position, F.A.C.S. Operations. Which stands for; FAST APPLICATION CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS.
F.A.C.S. does not only help with fire safety, it also can be used as a dust suppressant,dust control and a tool to clean-up oil spills. Dan does have one more accomplishment under his belt. Remember the idea behind the BP Oil spill clean-up in 2005? Yes, you guessed it, Dan had a hand in that too! Just a little background on the man who is going to change Firefighting for the better.
F.A.C.S. Operations Announces Advancement in Wildfire Management Technology
F.A.C.S. Operations LLC, of Scottsdale, AZ, in cooperation with Surface Science Technologies of Peoria, AZ, are pleased to announce a recent advance in the formulation of its Fast Application Containment System. Dan Sinclair, President of F.A.C.S. Ops, explains the fundamental principles of this cutting edge product. “Essentially the system consists of a patented gluten based substrate which when combined with, glycerin and water in varying amounts, results in a protective coating that can be readily applied to any surface providing instant protection against the ravages of wildfires and extreme heat”.
The resultant coating has been tested to temperature extremes of over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit while forming a “temporary” protective barrier that mitigates the effects of fire through two basic elements of wildfire containment.
The first is preemptive encapsulation on surfaces with the F.A.C.S. System, as the blaze will no longer have an accessible fuel source, it may be readily extinguished as the ignited surface area will be greatly reduced or the conflagration will seek surrounding combustible material, at which point it may be directed to a controlled burn pathway and targeted away from valuable property while substantially minimizing water consumption.
The second is direct application of the product onto existing ignited materials, in this scenario, the System acts as a “blanket” barrier, literally smothering the flames by oxygen deprivation as it forms a containment layer.
Additionally a lessening of smoke release, particulate matter and hazardous ember propagation is realized as the natural “tacky” properties of the system have been shown to both trap smoke, noxious gases and reduce the amount of airborne particulates and ash. The advance in this technology stems from the innovative incorporation of Surface Science Technologies line of fungicidal preservatives. This addition of a complex polymer molecule renders the system virtually odorless while incorporating a component with known antifungal properties.
Being that the F.A.C. System and the integrated preservative are both composed of all organically based components it is wholly biodegradable, carries no Governmental, Department of Transportation or storage use restrictions which negates concerns over runoff into municipal water sources or aquifers usually associated with conventional chemical foams. One of the most unique properties of the F.A.C.S. is its cost effective manner of elimination from burn sites. Following the successful outcome from a blaze, any residual material will “release” within normal weather conditions over the course of several days, simply falling to the ground. This rapid decomposition provides beneficial soil nutrients while negating any costly cleanup efforts.
F.A.C.S. Operations LLC, of Scottsdale, AZ, in cooperation with Surface Science Technologies of Peoria, AZ, has now made available its advanced gluten based, “Eco-friendly” temporary roadway material. Recent developments made by Fast Application Containment System Operations (F.A.C.S.) are noted by company President-Dan Sinclair; “Through a proprietary patented mixture of food grade gluten, in combination with water and glycerin, we have created an organically derived, ecologically friendly substance which can be easily applied though current commercial application methods. It is cost effective, durable and holds multiple advantages over conventional paving methods.”
Sinclair explains that several advantages that the FACS retains over standard asphalt or concrete include:
Looking at the structural qualities of this technology one concludes it is an organically based product even with the incorporation of Surface Science Technologies, organo-silane based preservative. The SST preservative is proven to have antifungal properties which renders the product virtually odorless and should assist in lessening the propagation of indigenous mold and fungi forms which may come in contact with the roadway. As this is a temporary, biodegradable structure, once the material has outlived its usefulness, it simply decomposes through normal use releasing beneficial soil nutrients back into the ground and avoiding the need for expensive excavation and removal.
Routine maintenance costs are minimized as expensive specialized labor, machinery and transportation expenses are not required to install the F.A.C.S as it carries no Department of Transportation or Governmental restrictions and requires no special licensing or permits. F.A.C.S. can be easily transported and applied with a commercial sprayer utilized by trained workers.
Since the initial development of this material was in the area of Wildfire prevention, management and suppression, it maintains superior flame retardant properties especially over petroleum based asphalt products. The F.A.C.S allows rapid dispersal to remote areas via all existing transport measures, providing a superior barrier to aide in the control of a blaze. This also may play a role in the initiation of such events, as casually discarded smoking materials will be rendered harmless when left ignited on the surface.
In terms of the lessening regarding subsequent water run-off, once the material is allowed to “cure” over 24 to 48 hours, it forms a highly porous, granular matrix. When water strikes the surface it is absorbed and drawn into and through the surface barrier through the natural capillary action of these channels and is deposited to the underlying ground. The resultant surface becomes more stable due to the retained excess weight of the water. Additionally as the water passes through the structure it deposits solubilized minerals from the air into the roadway, thus intensifying the calcification effects and actually creating a harder, denser structure which adds to the product’s life. This property lends itself to exceptional resistance to areas plagued by difficulties with erosion, as it may easily be applied and stabilize surrounding ground structures. The F.A.C.S also excels in the area of dust suppression and particulate matter reclamation since the initially treated surface is in effect largely “granular” and the system possesses a positively charged, slightly “tacky” tactile exterior along with negatively charged particles, such as dust and hydrocarbons which readily attach to the material and are not released back into the atmosphere in a particulate state. A self-repeating action also occurs as the larger granules are continually compressed as they are driven over by vehicles, exposing new surface area and creating newly charged binding sites.
Intended applications in development by F.A.C.S. Operations include various uses within the mining, logging, forestry, farming industries as well as an adjunct to flood prone areas.