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ESS Fire Suppression Systems

$410.00
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Properly used, AFFF will create a floating film covering flammable materials that prevents fumes and vapors from igniting, and/or re-igniting after a fire.

Varies sized systems to choose from.

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Fire suppression for race cars!

What is AFFF? AFFF is a water based synthetic animal protein solution that is lighter than oil, alcohol and petroleum products. When properly mixed and aerated into a foam, it will create a floating film on flammable materials that prevents fumes and vapors from igniting or re-igniting after a fire. It is a biodegradable solution that leaves virtually no residue and can safely be cleaned off with water.

Why use AFFF? AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) is a non-toxic, odorless, environmentally safe, fire suppression agent. It is one of the very few approved agents in Europe for both racing and commercial use. It gives off no toxic fumes and, in a properly mixed solution, is harmless to the skin and eyes. Fuel fires and flash-back occur not when the liquid is hot but when the vapor is released and comes in contact with an ignition source. AFFF is not only a suppressant on an active fire, but can be used as a preventative measure in stopping one from occurring. A broken fuel line may not have ignited when first detected but as soon as it finds an ignition source is will. AFFF can be administered as soon as it is detected, the car brought under control, stopped and the foam barrier will have prevented the fire.

How does it work? In the past, foam was created at the nozzle by aerating with available oxygen. All other systems in use today follow this method. These systems are pre-pressurized with nitrogen, oxygen, or other gas mixtures to force the liquid from the cylinder to the nozzle. ESS is using a patented non-pressurized system that creates the foam in the cylinder before it is sent to the nozzle. The propellant that we use is liquid CO2, a firefighting agent on its own, in a cartridge on the outside of the cylinder. The propellant is injected into the liquid creating a foam that is the consistency of shaving cream.

An advantage of this method over the others is that the pressure remains constant as the CO2 is metered into the liquid solution as the system is activated. Pre-pressurized systems are losing pressure as they begin to work and the foam retracts from the target area and becomes less foam and more liquid as this pressure drops.

What about maintenance and recharging? The shelf life for the concentrate in a recharge kit is 25 years. When mixed with water, the solution will remain potent for 10 years, but it should be replaced every 5-7 years. Needless to say, the system will remain effective longer than most sanctioning bodies require. At a cost of under $70 the system can be recharged compared to $200 to $300 for pre-pressurized systems and with no down time. Other systems will also need the seals and gaskets replaced since they are subjected to consent pressure and corrosive liquids, and will have to be re-pressure tested.

Alcohol resistant AFFF-AR is available for any system on request.  ESS provides everything but the tools and the mounting bolts to complete an installation. 

Key Benefits

  • Better target area coverage
  • Lower maintenance and recharging costs
  • Environmentally safe
  • Alcohol resistant AFFF is available upon request at no extra cost

 

Cold Weather Precautions:

Notice: AFFF is a water based agent and will freeze. If freezing occurs, the the rupture disc may need replacing. To prevent damage, the system is designed so you can easily remove the cylinder to bring indoors when freezing weather threatens. The ESS bottle is designed for easy removal and re-installation.

 

The 2.3 liter system is approved by SCCA, NASA, PCA, BMW Club, and others for competition and track days. This is a 3 nozzle system utilizing our T-style nozzle design, a bulkhead tee fitting for two nozzle coverage of the engine compartment, all fittings, stainless steel mounting brackets, pull cable activation, our re-designed pull cable mounting bracket for easy installation, 10 ft. aluminum tubing, and detailed instructions

This system is a two zone system. It is designed to give protection to two zones in the event of a fire - most commonly the driver and the engine. In place of the engine the fuel cell could be the second zone.

Key Benefits

  • Excellent coverage through the use of the new T-style nozzles
  • Field rechargeable in under a half hour
  • Easy to remove for technical inspection

Included Parts

Spun cast aluminum cylinder Aluminum 2 port head
Slotted pull cable bracket Adjustable length pull cable
Safety cup and pin for pull handle Safety pin for cylinder actuator
2 -4 AN to 1/4" NPT head fittings 1 -4 AN bulkhead tee and nut
8 -4 AN nuts and sleeves Insulated "D" clamps
10ft. 1/4" aluminum tubing 3 T-style nozzles
2 Stainless steel t-bolt band mounts with integrated feet Non-fracturing head seal
8 oz. AFFF concentrate Emergency "E" sticker
Detailed, illustrated instruction manual

 

The 5.0 liter system is a racing approved system by SCCA, PRO-SCCA, Trans Am, World Speed Challenge, American LeMans, NASA, and others. This is a 4 nozzle, 3 zone system utilizing the newest T-style nozzle, bulkhead fitting, 20 ft of aluminum tubing and the other features of the 2.3 liter system. This system is available as an owner rechargeable system and as a SFI 17.1 compliant system. The SFI 17.1 compliant system requires that the systems be shipped full, sealed, and certified for 2 years of service. Wss offers a re-certification program for both 17.1 and non-17.1 systems. Call for more information.

This system was created for the hardcore racer. It is designed to provide three zones of coverage - driver, engine, and fuel cell. The aluminum cylinder and hardware keep down the weight and yet the 5 liters of suppression agent provides better coverage than the competition. The 5 liter system will produce approximately 30 liters of foam when activated, enough to subdue the most stubborn fire. In non SFI 17.1 compliant systems, you clean up with water and can recharge the system at the track with a recharge kit (retail under $70) and fresh water. The SFI 17.1 compliant version of the 5.0 liter system requires that the system be shipped back to ESS for recertification. They offer a re-certification program for both 17.1 and non-17.1 systems. The stainless steel t-bolt mounting brackets allow easy access for tech inspection and storage during the off season.

Key Benefits

  • Larger coverage area than the 2.3 liter
  • Meets or exceeds most sanctioning body requirements
  • It is also available in AFFF-AR for use on alcohol based fires

Included Parts

Spun cast aluminum cylinder Aluminum 3 port head
Slotted pull cable bracket Adjustable length pull cable
Safety cup and pin for pull handle Safety pin for cylinder actuator
3 -4 AN to 1/4" NPT head fittings 1 -4 AN bulkhead tee and nut
10 -4 AN nuts and sleeves Insulated "D" clamps
20ft. 1/4" aluminum tubing 4 T-style nozzles
2 Stainless steel t-bolt band mounts with integrated feet Non-fracturing head seal
12 oz. AFFF concentrate Emergency "E" sticker
Detailed, illustrated instruction manual
Suggested Use:
  • Race Level Performance Upgrade
  • Safety - Vehicle
Category:
  • Safety Equipment - Car, (Seats, Harnesses, Nets, Tow Hooks, etc.)
Manufacturer:
Emergency Suppression Systems, Inc