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The special extinguishing technique
of the SPITA FireFighter
is also recognized by NATO
as a good method
to prevent
additional damage to
valuable equipment when
extinguishing a fire.


What is a fire extinguisher?
A fire extinguisher is a device for extinguishing the flames of a small fire.
A normal fire extinguisher consists of a cylinder with a limited amount of extinguishing agent. The cylinders are under pressure or are equipped with a pressure cartridge that must first be activated (struck down) via a red impact button on top of the extinguisher. The extinguishing agent can be sprayed onto the fire through an opening.

The SPITA FireFighter consists of a cylinder containing potassium, which is NOT under pressure. After activation, the released potassium mist is directed towards the fire.

Comparison table
 Carbon dioxide Water with
potassium AFFF
 H2O Potassium
 Residuea lot limited non limited evaporatesnon
 Weight 1kg - 20kg  1kg - 20kg 3kg - 15kg 3 - 10kg depending on size of bucket 300 or 500gr
 7 - 20 sec. 5 - 15 sec 10 sec 30 - 50 sec
 one bucket
5 sec
 50 of 90 sec
 Maintenanceannual annualannualannual non NON
 Pressurizedyes yesyesyesno NO
 Class A / B / C A / B B / C / E A / F A
 A / B / C
 E / F
 Price € € €€€ €€€€ € €€

CE-marking on SPITA FireFighter
In the Netherlands, every extinguisher must comply with the European PED directive (2014/68/EU) and have the CE logo. The PED Directive prescribes the requirements that pressure-containing equipment must meet.
SPITA FireFighter  is not pressurized, but the CE logo means that the device meets all requiremients set by European regulations for a properly functioning fire extinguisher. The mandatory tests have been carried out by TÜV and RINA, among others.

Fire classes
A fire extinguisher is suitable for one or more fire classes. A regular fire extinguisher usually consists of a pressure cylinder, extinguishing agent and propellant. If there were no propellant in the pressure cylinderl, the extinguishing agent would not be able to come out of the extinguisher. Some extinguishers therefore have a pressure indicator (manometer) on top of the extinguisher. This shows whether the pressure of the propellant is still sufficient to activate the extinguisher.
The SPITA FireFighter extinguishes by creating a pure potassium mist that is released after activation and is suitable for all fire classes.

Types of extinguishing agents
An extinguishing agent can be liquid, but also in powder or gaseous form. Commonly used extinguishing agents are:
Water (the oldest extinguishin agent of mankind)
This is the cheapest agent having a great cooling effect with (when using a hose reel) an unlimited supply.
The disadvantage is that it is sensitive to frost and water can be dangerous when used on burning petrol or oil. Electrical equipment can also pose a hazard if water is used as an extinguishing agent.

Powder (commonly known as powder extinguishers)
The powder of an ABC extinguisher consists of a mixture of ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate. The powder of a BC extinguisher consists of a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate, the powder of a D extinguisher consists of sodium chloride. A powder extinguisher has a high extinguishing capacity, is suitable for many types of fires, is not electrically conductive and is not sensitive to frost.
The extinguishing power is approximately six times that of CO², for example.
An important disadvantage of a powder extinguisher is the extensive collateral damage to electronic equipment and the risk of fire re-ignition if not extinguished properly. If the fire has been extinguished with a powder extinguisher, the remaining powder must be removed with an industrial vacuum cleaner, but do not use water. The powder can also cause serious health risks.

Foam (commonly known as foam extinguishers)
Foam extinguishers are filled with water and a foam-forming agent. The extinguishing power of foam is based on covering (removing oxygen) and to a small extent on cooling. The most commonly used foam extinguishers are the so-called spray foam extinguishers that interrupt every drop of outflowing liquid with air by means of an adjustment in the nozzle. This creates a mist that is not electrically conductive. In addition, mixing air results in a longer extinguishing time.

CO² (carbon dioxide)
These extinguishers are easy to recognize as they have a black expansion tube or snow tube at the end of the hose. There is a handle between the expansion tube and the hose, which you must hold while using the extinguisher. The handle is necessary because the end of the unprotected sleeve becomes very cold (up to approximately -80 °C) and this extreme cold can cause third-degree burns. It is therefore important that gloves are worn when using such an extinguisher. These extinguishers are very suitable for electrical fires and do not cause collateral damage.

Since January 1, 2004, the use and possession of halon fire extinguishers and fire protection systems has been prohibited in the European Community, albeit with some exceptions for critical applications (especially in civil aviation and the military). The ban on halon is related to the environmental damage that halon causes to the Earth's ozone layer.
However, until the ban, it was the most versatile extinguishing agent and the only one suitable for all fire classes.

Due to all its features, the 
SPITA FireFighter can therefore be seen as the successor to the Halon extinguishers and is increasingly popular at the military forces as an alternative extinguisher (especially since its approval by NATO).

SPITA Smart Products B.V.
Industrieweg 18-9           
3846 BD Harderwijk (NL)
Tel. +31 (0)341 - 414993

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