SK Capital-backed Perimeter Solutions to expand fire safety offerings with three add-ons


SK Capital-backed Perimeter Solutions completed the purchase of a group of companies in Post Falls, Idaho, including First Response Fire Rescue, River City Fabrication and H&S Transport. Perimeter Solutions plans to integrate the three businesses within its manufacturing and services systems to expand its offering in the fire suppression sector. Perimeter will retain management and staff of the three companies, the facilities of which will become an operational site under Perimeter Solution’s Fire Safety Group.

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Perimeter Solutions, the global leader in the production of fire retardants, foams, and water enhancing gels, along with a wide range of services for managing wildland, industrial, municipal, and military fires, today announced it has completed the purchase of a group of companies in Post Falls, Idaho, including First Response Fire Rescue (“First Response”), River City Fabrication (“RCF”) and H&S Transport.

As the manufacturer of PHOS-CHEK® Long-Term Fire Retardant, used by the USDA Forest Service, CalFire and many other fire management agencies around the world, for prevention and suppression of wildland fires, Perimeter Solutions plans to integrate the three businesses within its existing manufacturing and service ecosystem to expand its technology and solutions offering in the fire suppression sector.

First Response was established in 2003 by Shannon and Laura Horn as an independently owned and operated service company that provides equipment, field service, and distribution of parts and supplies for fire suppression operations. First Response, with a fleet of mobile equipment, is a key service supplier to the USDA Forest Service and CalFire. Since its inception, First Response, in partnership with the PHOS-CHEK business, oversees operations at more than 126 wildland fire airbases throughout the United States. The company, strategically manages and distributes equipment and fire retardant to assist in wildland fire suppression.

Established in 2009, RCF is a leading fabricator of chemical equipment, structural steel and specialty metal products. RCF is a value-add supplier of tanks and other fabricated equipment to the wildland fire market. In addition, RCF produces emergency response trucks and other firefighting systems for wildland fire management use.

H&S Transport, established in 2003, facilitates heavy equipment and transportation services for the wildland fire market and is a key service provider to Perimeter Solutions.

According to Edward Goldberg, Perimeter Solutions CEO, “These companies, added to the Perimeter Solutions family, greatly increase our ability to offer and supply our customers the products and services they need to accomplish their mission. Our goal is to help the firefighting community save lives and protect property by delivering quality products and exceptional services.”

“There is a great cultural and strategic fit with Perimeter Solutions. As we looked for the right partner to grow and expand our wildland fire management services, it was important to find a partner whose core values align with ours,” stated First Response President, Shannon Horn. “Perimeter Solutions core values of client service excellence, family first, accountability, and high integrity are values we both share.”

The companies operate out of a couple of facilities totaling 75,000 square foot under roof on eight acres of land. With multiple service bays, and dedicated staff, First Response is well respected as a one-stop shop for wildland fire suppression supplies. Perimeter Solutions will retain the management, staff and service technicians of First Response, RCF and H&S Transport. The Post Falls facilities will become a new operational site under the company’s Fire Safety Group with Shannon Horn assuming the new role of Director, Government Contracts and President of River City Fabrication.

About Perimeter Solutions
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Perimeter Solutions operates as a leading specialty chemicals business, producing high quality lubricant additives and firefighting chemicals with a broad product offering across fire retardant and fire suppressant foam applications. Perimeter Solutions is the only company with fire retardant products qualified for use by the US Forest Service (USFS). Perimeter Solutions produces major brands known throughout the world like PHOS-CHEK® and FIRE-TROL® retardant, foam and gel products; AUXQUIMIA® and SOLBERG® foam products; and BIOGEMA® extinguishing agents and retardants. More info: www.perimeter-solutions.com