June 11, 2011
New technology helps in fighting Poland fire Firefighters from the Western Reserve Joint Fire District respond to a basement fire in the 7100 block of Struthers Road in Poland Township. Firefighters used a FIT-5 to extinguish the fire shortly after arriving near 10 a.m. Friday. The fire district purchased four FIT-5s last year. A FIT-5 is a 9-pound device, which resembles a curling puck, that releases potassium carbonate aerosol to extinguish small fires. Firefighters pull a cord and throw the FIT-5 into a contained fire — in a basement or attic for example — and the spray suppresses the combustion at a molecular level. Lowellville and New Middletown firefighters also responded to the scene. No one was injured.