COMPRESSED AIR FOAM - SUCCESS STORIES

CompressedAirFoam.com likes to publish CAF success stories. Send us yours, and if it promotes CAF success, it may be published here. The best stories would include a short description of the situation, extinguishment facts (department name and location, gpm/cfm flow, total water used, hose line size/length, CAF system manufacturer, foam brand used) and of course, photos. Send your success story to Fire-e for review. 

  Following is a sample story!

A COUPLE OF SAVES!!!!!

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In June, 2002, a large forest fire (Chediski Fire) ripped through the town of Overgaard, Arizona. 245 structures were instantly ignited. Caminos Fire, based on Mt. Lemmon, Arizona documented two saves (photos above) utilizing a Pneumax 250/120 CAF System and Fire-Trol Class A foam on a Type 3 wildland engine. Both saves were accomplished utilizing a 100 ft, 1" hose line, flowing 30 gpm/15cfm. Winds gusts at the time were above 70 mph. The first save was a wooden duplex. There was a blizzard of fire brands (embers) and nearby structures were burning on all sides. This building was coated with fluid foam using approximately 35 gallons of water. Note the wood fence in the upper right photo. This fence was surrounded by 1-2 foot grass. A small amount of CAF was applied to the bottom of the fence just to see what would happen - it saved the fence. A second, similarly constructed building next door was coated by another department using foam solution on a fog nozzle. This structure burned down.

The second save, just down the street from the first, is a large Baptist Church. The church building consisted of a brick assembly hall, wood office complex in back, and a large bare wood, new construction section, again in the same fire brand blizzard. The office complex was on fire. The crew could not make entry (wildland equipment only) but did force open the door, pulled ceiling and applied the CAF. Fire was in three rooms, the ceiling and under the floor. 68 gallons of CAF was used to completely extinguish the fire. The crew was on the scene for 15 minutes. The crew patrolled the area way into the night, watching for a church rekindle that never happened.  

Note - The spots in the photos are not foam drops, but flying fire brands (embers)!

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8-31-06

Our department is a small rural volunteer fire department on the Texas coast. We were successful in writing a FEMA grant to obtain the first CAFS pumper in the 4 surrounding counties. The Rosenbauer CAFS pumper should be delivered in the next 2 weeks. We are fortunate in that we have access to training from a department located in Central Texas, that uses CAF almost entirely. We chose the extra expense of a CAF system for several main reasons. ( 1) In the entire 109 square miles of the district, there are only 2 low pressure water fill points and a CAF system gives the department a higher volume of extinguishing media than just the 1000 gallons on board. (2) Quicker knock down, (3) our day response teams are mostly women and a CAF hose weighs only 1/2 of a water only hose (4) the reach is greater than with just water (5) CAF is particularly good for use on an exterior attack.


This site has the potential as an excellent media for training and for answering questions regarding CAFS. I look foreword to watching the site develop!


Jack T. Ward
Training officer
Carancahua Community Vol. Fire/EMS Dept.

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