Fire Retardant Evolves to Address Challenges from More Intense Wildfire Seasons
Long-term fire retardants were introduced nearly 60 years ago and have continually evolved to address the challenges of longer, more intense wildfire seasons.
In this presentation, Perimeter Solutions CEO Edward Goldberg will discuss the evolution of fire retardant technology, providing context on the innovations that have been made, why they were made, and the impact the decisions to introduce those advancements have had on current and future wildland firefighting efforts.
Most of the innovations in fire retardant have been driven by the desire to develop more effective, safer and more environmentally sound solutions. The length and severity of wildfire season has increased dramatically since the 1980s. Many reasons are cited for this, including climate change, a greater portion of the population occupying the wildland-urban interface (WUI), a history of suboptimal fire management practices, along with a multitude of other causes. The truth is all these variables have made an impact. Unless we can quickly reverse the effects of climate change or convince people to stop building homes and businesses in high-risk areas, agencies and fire officials will need access to better tools to help their efforts to protect homes, property and critical infrastructure against the spread of wildfires.
Goldberg will cover recent advancements in fire retardants and take a look into the future to educate attendees on how we can improve all aspects of wildland firefighting, helping the audience understand what we need to do to ensure future success with wildfire prevention, protection and suppression efforts.