Local fire agencies are benefiting from several public and private donations of specialized equipment and foam concentrate to assist in the effort of extinguishing flammable liquid fires.
According to a release, the Muskegon Charter Township Fire Department and the City of North Muskegon Fire Department have received funding and Alcohol Resistant Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AR-AFFF) donations as part of the effort.
The project was led by Muskegon Charter Township Fire Chief Dave Glotzbach and City of North Muskegon Fire Chief Steve Lague as a combined effort to improve the resources of area fire departments.
Glotzbach acknowledged there has not been a major flammable liquid fire in the area in recent memory. However, he said the acquisition of specialized equipment and foam concentrate allows both departments to be prepared for a potential incident.
“It’s more from a planning and trying to prevent stage because we want to prevent it from happening,” he said. “The amount of product that moves through our area, it’s likely a matter of when and not if. We felt it necessary to try and address this issue.”
Muskegon Charter Township Fire Department received 1,705 gallons of AR-AFFF in 2011, valued at $51,150, through a private donation by Melching Inc., via the former Sappi Fine Paper site in Muskegon. Adding to the effort, Bayer CropScience donated shipping containers to transport the foam and will store it their own heated warehouse, per the release.
Marathon Inc., contributed an additional 3,450 gallons of AR-AFFF, which is valued at $127,926, and it will be stored in the Bayer CropScience facility.
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