Solberg recognized by State Department for emergency supply of firefighting foam to Iraq
November 14, 2016
An emergency response request for firefighting foam to battle oil and sulphur fires in Iraq was answered by Solberg. A total of 75,437 gallons of foam in 1,372 drums was delivered for airlift out of Oslo, Norway, Chicago, Illinois, and McGuire AFB in New Jersey. The order came to Solberg through two channels. In Norway, the request came through the U.S. State Department, while in the United States the order was issued through the U.S. Military. Delivery of foam to each of the airlift locations was a critical measure. Foam concentrate had to be delivered in the shortest time possible. Orders were received, product manufactured, packaged and shipped for delivery within four to five days.
The importance of what the Solberg Team responded to can be read in the Time Magazine article Darkness at Noon: ISIS Sets Oil and Sulfur Fires in the Battle for Mosul. The fires were extinguished thanks to efforts of the Solberg team and the quality of their products.
In a letter to Fredric Pettersson, sales manager of Solberg Scandinavian, Phillip Dolliff, director of the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction in the U.S. Department of State, wrote, “ This effort was truly the result of interagency and international cooperation. The Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction is extremely grateful to all of you that answered phone calls and emails well after midnight, reached out to friends of friends, and worked tirelessly and creatively to quell the blaze. We could not have accomplished this task without you, and we deeply appreciate your partnership and support.”
Congratulations to the Solberg team for a job well done!