An Eastern Ontario company has come up with an environmentally friendly replacement for the petroleum-based foams and gels used by firefighters to get flames under control.
Napanee-based FireRein has created a foam made entirely from edible products, including corn grown in the province.
The company has signed a deal with a U-S-based technology holding company to develop applications for its trademarked “Eco-Gel” within the U-S military.
FireRein’s president and C-E-O, Rui Resendes, says the product behaves as water when it’s sprayed, but resembles a thick slime when it lands.
He says the material is derived from food, is safe enough to eat and draws on raw materials that are grown in farmers’ fields across the country.