15 Reasons to Adopt Foam

When fighting a typical structural fire, water is our go-to extinguishing agent of choice.  Water is generally abundantly available, meets standard operating protocol and with enough volume, can get the job done.   However, water can be even more effective and safer when paired with foam.  Consider these 15 reasons why you should adopt foam.

  1. Rapid Fire Knockdown
    Properly proportioned foam has the ability to absorb heat much quicker than water alone. Foam penetrates fire by pulling carbon particles out of the atmosphere and knocks down fires in a shorter amount of time.

  2. Reduced Property Damage
    Excess use of water alone has been known to cause more damage than a fire itself while introducing contaminated water into the environment and exposing fire fighters to additional risks.  With foam, you can provide better customer service to your community.

  3. Property Exposure Protection
    Foam’s clingy effect and deeper penetration helps extend the need to reapply.  You generally need a constant flow of plain water to protect exposed surfaces.  However, with foam, you can leave the foam-covered areas alone for a longer period of time.

  4. Improved Visibility
    Because foam adheres so well to surfaces and you can easily see its white bubbly evidence, you have improved visibility of where water has been applied and where it has not yet reached

  5. Fewer Rekindles
    Comparative studies and actual fire ground operational experience prove that structural fires extinguished using foam versus plain water, have a significantly reduced rate of rekindle.  Foam insulates the flammable material that is not yet caught fire or already extinguished.

  6. Improved Firefighter Safety
    With faster knockdown times and speedier overhaul, firefighter fatigue is limited and can reduce health risks due to stress and the rate of accidents.   Additionally, with quicker extinguish, they will be less exposed to toxic air particles.

  7. Lighter Hoselines
    Foam is lighter than water since it’s comprised mostly of air.  As a result, hoselines are significantly lighter, almost half the weight of hoselines with only water.  Firefighters gain improved maneuverability and experience less stress and fatigue.

  8. Improved Heat Reduction
    Foam acts as a cooling agent on the flammable material and surrounding surface when the water that is drained from the foam, evaporates.

  9. Reduced Overhaul & Cleanup Time
    With less property damage on scene, manual overhaul operations and cleanup is not so daunting.   The wetting agent property of Class A foams allows it to penetrate and extinguish deep-seated fires in combustible Class A materials.

  10. Water Supply Conservation
    Nothing is free, even water.  When water supply is delayed, limited or heavy on the wallet consider using foam because it uses less GPM per hose line.  When combining foam concentrates to water, the difference in effectiveness per gallon of water is as high a 5 to 10 times over plain water.

  11. Less Water Pollution
    Water systems experience less contaminated run-off water from fires, because the clingy nature of foam adheres so well and less water is used overall.

  12. Less Air Pollution
    Fighting fire with foam, warms the hearts of environmentalists with less smoke and toxic particles in the air.

  13. Reduced Exposure to Toxic Gases
    Quicker extinguishment creates a safer working environment for firefighters and limits exposure to

  14. Versatile Applications
    Foam systems and CAFs technology has come a long way, morphing from a wildland firefighting tool into a structure fire suppression instrument.  And, CAFs is ideal for a wide array of fire suppression and exposure protection applications including flammable liquid suppression applications with Class B foam concentrates.

  15. Intuitive Operations
    The days of complex CAFs are over. Foam systems in market today offer preset configurations, taking the guesswork out of foam proportioning and allowing firefighters to focus on the mission at hand.

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