To Transition the World to Environmentally Safe Fire Protection

Our Mission


PFAS chemicals, known as “forever chemicals,” are found in firefighting foam (AFFF) and are extremely toxic to the environment as well as our bodies. AFFF is widely used to fight hydrocarbon fuel fires in aircraft hangars and industrial facilities. When these foam fire suppression systems go off (often by accident, not in response to a fire), the AFFF runs into sewer systems, consequently polluting local drinking water. This is a much larger problem than the general public is aware of and affects tens of thousands of communities.

Many studies have linked these chemicals to family-destroying illnesses, causing birth defects and various types of cancers. Having a child with a birth defect or losing a loved one early to cancer is every family’s worst nightmare. We, at Safespill, are convinced that we can eliminate this problem by protecting military and commercial aircraft hangars with Safespill floors instead of AFFF systems. Therefore, it is Safespill’s mission to transition the world to environmentally safe fire protection.

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Our Story


Safespill’s founders discovered the potential for a system that removes fuel spills while working on aluminum helidecks (helicopter landing platforms) for offshore oil & gas platforms and drill ships. Some of these helidecks had a perforated top surface to drain potentially spilled jet fuel. This application was hardly successful as it did not eliminate the need for fire suppression systems (AFFF systems) installed on the helidecks, and the holes tended to clog up.

In the aviation hangar industry, AFFF systems are also used to protect against the risk of a fuel spill fire (aka pool fire) spilling out of a hangared aircraft. The problem is that these systems have a tendency to accidentally discharge, creating havoc on aircraft engines and avionics (frequently seen in YouTube videos or news articles). If a hollow flooring system could remove a fuel spill before it posed a “pool fire” threat, the need for an AFFF suppression system would be eliminated.

The founding team developed multiple prototypes of the flooring system and following preliminary fire testing, a demo was presented to the US Navy. After receiving positive responses, Safespill was founded as an LLC in late 2013. Safespill developed a fire protection system that turned out to be a solution for a much bigger environmental problem than we knew of when founding the company in 2013.

Our Team

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Andy Newman

CEO

Alicia Keys

Marketing Director

Mike Divor

Finance

Patricia Ralph

Designer

Nick Zale

Developer

Amanda Gray

PR Manager

Greg Silmer

Support

Rossa Pelmar

Support

Transitioning the world to environmentally safe fire protection

Instead of reacting to a fire, our system takes away the liquids fueling the fire proactively.