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Firefighters test new firefighting gel

August 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Ventura County Fire Department is trying out a new firefighting tool called Thermo-Gel.The gel mixes with water to create a protective, fire-resistant coating. During a fire emergency, the gooey mixture can be sprayed on houses, vehicles, vegetation, and people.

The Ventura County Fire Department purchased enough Thermo-Gel for 10 engine companies this fire season.

They say the mixture is a little expensive. However, they hope to see the price go down as Thermo-Gel proves its value, and production of the mixture increases.

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