Howard County (MD) Fire Officials Demonstrate Foam Firefighting

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services demonstrated foam firefighting capabilities.


The department has two fire trucks that not only can put out a fire with water but two different types of foam as well as an agent called Purple-K.

Foam firefighting is especially useful for fires caused by combustible or flammable liquids as well as when a rail car or industrial facility catches fire.

“It puts the fire out in a different manner whereas water most likely cools the burning product, the foam will pretty much smother the oxygen from the fire,” Howard County Fire Chief John Butler said.

The department sent two dozen people to Texas for special training on the foam firefighting equipment.

The equipment can be requested by neighboring counties and Baltimore City as needed.

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