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Fire Fighting System Stops Losses
“It’s a fire station on location,” says James Capers of the Fyrehawk suppression system he manufactures in Oklahoma. Though initially developed for cotton bale fires, it’s been proven beneficial for fertilizer plants and warehouses.
Fires have always been a big problem for the cotton industry. Between the ginning process and baling, sparks can be compressed in 500 lb. bales to smolder and start on fire weeks or months later. After a cotton warehouse fire with $18 million in losses, Capers worked with cotton companies and a fire department to develop Fyrehawk.
“Insurance companies wouldn’t cover fire unless the businesses could fight the fire on their own before the fire department arrives. They needed a machine that can be picked up with a forklift,” Capers says.
The self-contained system holds 400 gal. of water and 10 gal. of fire-retardant foam. When deployed, 5-gal. of foam mixes with the water and shoots from a cannon as far as 150 ft. away from the fire. The operator can use a remote control or be in the cab to stay far enough from danger and the nasty smell of burning cotton bales.
Soon after its development in 2020, one Texas company used a Fyrehawk to put out a cotton bale fire. They had the fire under control before the local fire department arrived.
At just under $40,000, the suppression system also works with fertilizer plant fires as the foam cools the fertilizer so it won’t explode. Warehouses also see it as a good investment. Their only other option is a sprinkler system that destroys everything in the warehouse.
“Fyrehawk pinpoints the problem. It’s sharp shooting instead of shotgun shooting,” Capers says. His company customizes the systems for different hookups to work with all types of equipment used in warehouses.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fyrehawk, 15381 North County Rd. 3213, Pauls Valley, Okla. 73075 (ph 405-444-0204; jamescapers@hotmail.com; Facebook: Fyrehawk LLC).

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