F.I.R.E. Panel LLC
8435 N. 90th St., Suite 2,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
888-282-8394
(480) 607-0595
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FirePanel

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FirePanel Advantages

Frequently asked questions regarding FIRE Panel

 

  1. How long has your organization been in business?

Firetrace International, LLC was formed in 2000 to provide fire protection for microenvironments.  In 2002 Firetrace purchased the patent for powder panel technology and formed FIRE Panel LLC to supply state-of-the-art vehicle fire protection for the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI). Firetrace International now has over 100 employees located in our offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, the U.K., Singapore and Sydney, Australia.  Firetrace International has also achieved ISO 9000/AS91000 registration.

  1. Why is fire protection necessary for the CVPI?

The fuel tank is positioned the “crumple zone” behind the rear axle. This can lead to a higher likelihood that the fuel tank will be damaged during a rear-end collision, which can cause a fire. Law enforcement personnel are at increased risk of being rear-ended due to the nature of their work.  In addition, the car doors often jam shut because of the rear impact, making it difficult to escape the vehicle during a fire.

  1. Are there different models of FIRE Panel depending on the model year of the CVPI?

No, the same model FIRE Panel fits all model years of the CVPI from 1998 to the present.

  1. Do you manufacture FIRE Panels for any other police vehicles besides the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor?

At this time, FIRE Panel is made only for the CVPI. FIRE Panel is also used extensively by the military (more than 10,000 panels in service), in racing and as part of the protection package on many VIP limousines and vehicles. We currently protect several heavy-duty vehicles in combat zones.  The U.S. Army has conducted 45 successful tests on custom FIRE Panels at their test facility in Aberdeen, Maryland.

  1. Can you provide testing data for FIRE Panel?

FIRE Panel LLC commissioned independent tests.  The final tests were performed by the BF Goodrich Testing Facility at Hurricane Mesa, Utah.  You may view the actual test videos on our website at http://www.firepanel.net

  1. Has FIRE Panel ever failed to perform during a rear-end collision?

No, we have never been notified that FIRE Panel failed to prevent or extinguish a fire. In fact, we have been notified several times that FIRE Panel deployed as designed after a rear-end collision, and there was no fire. No product can guarantee there will never be a fire, but with over 25,000 FIRE Panels sold, we have an excellent record of success.

  1. Are you the manufacturer of FIRE Panel?

We are the manufacturer of the FIRE Panel.  We own the patent for powder panel technology, and we are the Sole Source Supplier.

  1. Is FIRE Panel made in the USA?

Yes, FIRE Panel is completely made in the USA.

  1. Do you have to drop the fuel tank to install FIRE Panel?

No, you do not drop the fuel tank to install FIRE Panel.  The FIRE Panel is easily installed by raising the CVPI on a lift.

  1. Who can install FIRE Panels?

Anyone can easily install FIRE Panel.  Agencies often install the Panels at their own fleet maintenance facility.  They can also be installed by a local garage or vehicle upfitter.

  1. Does the installer need to be certified by your company?

No. There is no installation certification/authorization required from FIRE Panel.

  1. Can FIRE Panel be moved from one vehicle to another?

Yes, FIRE Panel is easily transferable to another CVPI.  A transfer kit is available for purchase.

  1. What are the advantages of FIRE Panel over your only competitor?

The table below provides a quick comparison of the FIRE Panel Vehicular Fire Protection System and the Ford Fire Suppression System.

 

FIRE Panel

Ford Fire Suppression System

Can be installed by your maintenance staff, typically in less than 30 minutes

YES

NO

Can be installed on your current fleet

YES

NO

Requires changes to maintenance and towing procedures due to danger of accidental deployment.

NO

YES – Battery must be disconnected and the FSS system fuse removed, plus a 1-minute wait for the system to de-energize before lifting/servicing vehicle.

Performed as intended in an actual crash

YES

No known in-service incidents

Cost to protect one Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

Under $600          

Reported to be over $3,495

Compatibility with existing equipment

YES – no known conflicts with vehicle or aftermarket accessories.

Not compatible with certain rear plastic seats and certain in-car video unit installations due to equipment location conflicts

Transferable to new vehicles

YES – The main FIRE Panel, as well as the heat shields, can be transferred to a new CVPI using a transfer kit costing only a fraction of the full system.

NO (1)

Could extreme conditions affect system operation

NO

Potentially:  Ice, snow, mud and road debris may build up on discharge nozzles rendering the system inoperable based on similar systems from other manufacturers

Could the physical characteristics could affect the performance of the vehicle

NO – System weights approximately 11 lbs.

The Ford system adds 5% to the Gross Weight of the vehicle which can adversely effect handling, performance and fuel economy

Time required replacing or recharging deployed system

Less than 20 minutes and not more than the initial system cost of under $500

More than 6 hours and reportedly more than $18,000

System Limitations in very high energy crashes

Designed to function in even very high-energy crashes

In some very high-energy crashes, the fire suppression system could be so damaged by the crash forces that it cannot deploy

 

 

 

The Ford system is integrated with the vehicle’s computer, which precludes retrofits for existing vehicles not equipped with the system. Further, modifications are made to the vehicle frame to support the additional weight at the mounting locations.  Thus, only vehicles built at the factory, with this system in mind, will have the frame modifications to support the additional weight.