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Kimtek Foam Multiplies Effectiveness

Issue 7 and Volume 15.

Kimtek Corporation said its integrated around-the-pump foam system increases the fire control capacity of its FIRELITE units, providing greater effectiveness in remote or off-road firefighting situations.
The rugged, lightweight FIRELITE wildland fire skid units, according to the company, offer quality construction at an affordable cost with foam systems designed for fast, flexible application.

Kimtek says its around-the-pump foam system offers a range of advantages.
Kimtek says its around-the-pump foam system offers a range of advantages.

Foam systems not only help cool the fire, but also coat the fuel to prevent contact with oxygen. Foam systems increase the usefulness of the limited water carrying capacity of smaller skid-type fire units.

Around-the-pump systems, according to Kimtek, offer the advantages of variable flow rate, variable pressure and no back-pressure restrictions so the unit is not affected by hose length or elevation loss. In addition, the company said any size or type of nozzle can be used.

At the heart of the FIRELITE’s foam system is the Scotty 4071 around-the-pump foam eductor/mixer with integrated foam tank. The Scotty 4071, mounted between the discharge and suction side of the Darley-Davey pump, is a simple unit that is adjustable, permitting various foam ratio percentages, depending on the nozzles being used.

Both the FIRELITE FDH-10 skid unit for utility vehicles (UTVs) and the larger FIRELITE FDHP-10 skid unit for pick-up trucks are constructed of bright aluminum diamond plate with an aluminum tubing sub-frame. The units feature a stationary Darley-Davey two-stage, high-pressure pump with all metal piping and valves, a baffled tank with integrated sight gauge and a Hannay series 4000 electric rewind reel with booster hose.

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