July 8, 2021
Innovative company delivers advanced formula long term fire retardant technology. Moving to final operational field evaluation at the U.S. Forest Service air tanker base in Missoula, MT. (pg. 54)
June 16, 2021
Fortress FR 100 was successfully loaded onto Neptune Aviation Tanker 01 and dropped on a live fire, setting up the first use of a new brand/formula of long-term aerial fire retardant in over 2 decades.
June 11, 2021
In February 2021 the U.S. Forest Service awarded a contract to design and build a 16,000-gallon mobile retardant mixing tank for the air tanker base at Medford, Oregon. The agency wanted the ability to relocate the tank during the off-season and needed one large enough to refill very large air-tankers (VLAT). Fortress delivered the tank/trailer in Medford on May 24.
June 2, 2021
Fortress will be conducting a real-world test of their product this year in Montana. When fully approved, it will be the first newly formulated long-term retardant product to make it onto the Forest Service’s Qualified Products List in over two decades. The retardant has successfully completed all US Forest Service laboratory tests for fire retardancy, toxicity, corrosion, and viscosity.