SANFORD, N.C. Afterburner 2000, a new smoke generator set to revolutionize emergency services training and response, will be unveiled locally on May 25 in a free public demonstration designed for law enforcement officers, firefighters, military leaders and others working in emergency services.
Developed by MSI Delivery Systems Inc. of Rocky Mount, N.C., and manufactured in partnership with Red Wolf LLC of Sanford, Afterburner 2000 is described as a "man-portable, multi-mission aerosol delivery system" capable of rapidly blanketing large areas with dense smoke.
Afterburner 2000 is designed to generate smoke for fire and rescue emergency training as well as emergency response for police and military operations. It has many other wide-ranging uses, from generating special effects in the entertainment industry to leak testing.
Though the product is just entering production, it already has been demonstrated to rave reviews in on-site simulations recreating situations as diverse as aircraft accidents and prison riots.
Felix Batts, chairman and CEO of MSI Delivery Systems Inc., says a one-second trigger burst releases over 1,500 cubic feet of smoke with a range greater than 100 feet under 400 pounds per square inch of pressure. A stand-alone version generates 50,000 cubic feet of smoke on a single charge, while the high-capacity backpack version generates 320,000 cubic feet of smoke.
Afterburner 2000 is designed to produce non-lethal training smoke, but can be upgraded by qualified military and law enforcement agencies with less-than-lethal irritants and used for a variety of missions, including suppressing civil unrest or neutralizing chemical attacks.
This month's free demonstration runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at a Red Wolf manufacturing facility located at 1824 Boone Trail Road in Sanford. The large white building stands along U.S. Highway 421 in an industrial corridor north of the city. Lunch will be served, followed by outdoor and indoor demonstrations by MSI Delivery Systems Inc. and a question-and-answer session.
Anyone interested in attending the demonstration should make a reservation by contacting Jane Wesley at Lee County Economic Development, 919.774.8439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
about the sponsors
MSI Delivery Systems Inc. develops and markets a broad range of products for firefighters, law enforcement, military and homeland security. Products are manufactured in ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Major Steps Inc.
Red Wolf LLC provides contracted manufacturing, working from engineered drawings, as well as kitting and inventory management services for a growing list of domestic and international customers. The company also works with customers to help them achieve productivity and cost goals, and is certified for federal contracts as a woman-owned business.
The Lee County Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit organization established to attract industry, enhance job opportunities and promote sound planning across Lee County. Funding is provided by the county, as well as the City of Sanford and Town of Broadway, the county's two municipalities.