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Actual Crash Footage - Firepanel

Memorial Day, May 31, 2004
Johnston County, North Carolina

06:43:58

The last frame before the bullet vehicle glances off the backup unit. The lead patrol car and minivan can clearly be seen over the hood of the CVPI.

06:43:58

The bullet vehicle has sideswiped the backup unit and is now impacting the lead unit. The officer seen in the image still has not had time to even react to the impact.

06:43:59

The bullet vehicle comes more into frame, and the FIRE Panel powder can already be seen, creating a cloud of protection to inhibit the start of fire.

06:43:59

The powder cloud grows as the impact continues. The bullet vehicle almost rolls over as a result of the impact.

06:44:00

The powder cloud grows as the impact continues.

06:44:00

The bullet vehicle has come to rest

The FIRE Panel powder has completely enshrouded the front of the bullet vehicle as well as the lead CVPI and minivan.

06:44:15

Even 15 seconds after the vehicles have come to rest, and the majority of the ignition sources, such as dragging metal) have ceased, FIRE Panel’s powder still lingers around the scene, inhibiting the chance of a fire.

The FIRE Panel’s fire suppressing ability remains in full effect as long as the powder can be seen. As rule of thumb, if the powder cloud appears to be as thick, or thicker, than cigarette smoke in a typical bar, then the environment is inert and the fire cannot start.

While FIRE Panel maintains that our testing in November 2003 was the most accurate, real-world, worst-case scenario test conducted yet, we have now found even more compelling footage – an actual accident with a FIRE Panel equipped CVPI captured on an in-car police video camera from Memorial Day 2004.

The incident occurred around 7 am on the morning of May 31, 2004 in Johnston County, North Carolina. A North Carolina State Trooper had pulled a minivan over for a traffic stop along I-95 with a second NC Trooper responding as backup. During the stop a pick-up truck drifted out of the traffic lanes, sideswiping the backup unit and making hard contact with the rear of the lead unit.

The accident was clearly videotaped by the in-car camera in the backup unit, showing the pick-up’s impact into the lead car and the subsequent plume of fire suppressing powder released from the FIRE Panel. Those captured images can be found above.

Fortunately, neither State Trooper was critically injured.

FIRE Panel is proud of our product and we have gone to great lengths to test its ability to enhance the safety of the CVPI in situations such as these. However, this real world demonstration of the panel’s ability to effectively disperse fire-suppressing powder during the accident on May 31, 2004 clearly answers any criticism of the responsiveness of the technology. To receive a copy of the in-car video along with the FIRE Panel test footage from November 2003 please contact us at (866) 607-0747 or at info@firepanel.net.