Draw the line with PHOS-CHeK

The Phos-Chek name has been synonymous with world-class fire fighting chemicals for over fifty years. The people at Phos-Chek have been working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and other international fire management agencies since the late 1950's to further the safety and effectiveness of aerially applied fire retardant technology. Our first Phos-Chek retardant product became available in 1962. As additional tools for the fire manager, in 1988 we introduced Phos-Chek WD 881 Class A foam and in 2005 Phos-Chek Aqua-Gel water enhancer. All of the Phos-Chek brand products have a long history of use aiding in effective fire suppression and are recognized world-wide for the excellent benefits they provide. We are committed to continuously providing fire managers and fire fighters with the safest, most effective, and environmentally friendly products available.

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Phos-Chek Australia is Australian owned. We operate with the support of the Phos-Chek group.

Darren Webb

General Manager

Darren manages the Phos-Chek Australia business. Darren is based in Albury and has been in the business since 1994. His primary focus is to support the Fire Authorities with product and equipment. This covers the repacking operations and timely supply of additives and equipment.

Myths versus Realities

Some of the myths getting around about retardant, gels and foam with a Phos-Chek reality check.


Bigger site nearer to the action

Border Mail reports on the opening of the new facility near Albury.

DC10 gets a run

The DC10 was deployed on its first operational mission at a fire in the Murray Sunset National Park near Werrimul, 50 kilometres from Mildura. Pictured is a trial drop of Retardant over eucalpt forest canopy at the Lederderg State Forest near Bullengarook.

The Fireman, 17 February 2010


'Vicki' in the sky is ready to give fire the full load

DC10 pictured dropping its load of Retardant over fields near Avalon Airport on January 30.

The Age, 31 January 2010


DC10 test water drop at Avalon

The DC10 test water drop at Avalon Airport. Phos-Chek Australia will support the DC10 with equipment to facilitate Retardant mixing and loading during the Victorian bushfire season.

The Age, 19 December 2009

Behind the scenes of the bushfire effort

The Daily Examiner took a look behind the scenes of the bushfire effort.  The equipment Phos-Chek Australia operates helps support the aerial fire fighting effort. This is all aimed at supporting the fire fighters on the ground gain the upper hand. 

Bushfire plane a big help

The US Airforce's biggest plane, a C-5 Galaxy, brought a shipment of fire-retardant chemicals to Avalon Airport, Victoria.

Sun Herald, March 2009



Project FuSE - one of the largest Research exercises in Australia

A research project aimed at fuel dynamics and fire behaviour in mallee and heath vegetation. Retardant, foam and gel were dropped by air, and results compared.

NSW Bushfire Bulletin, Vol 30 No. 2, October 2008



We're under siege

Mudgee township engulfed in smoke, while fire fighters battle lightning-instigated  blazes at Byalong and in Wollemi National Park.

Mudgee Guardian, November 2006



Bushfire Research effectiveness & efficiency of Aerial fire fighting

In recent years, considerable attention has been given to supressing bushfires with aerial fire bombing. While the public has strongly identified aerial programs with successful bushfire supression public policy makers and fire agencies have been keen to more fully understand the costs and the effectiveness of using aircraft for firefighting operations.

Bushfire CRC, August 2006


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