Our crews at Fire Stations #3 and #4 recently placed new rescue units into service. Each vehicle is equipped with a fire suppression system that shoots high-pressure water that simultaneously inducts a fire-rated detergent to make a heavy foam barrier. This foam mixture covers the fire area and bonds to all surfaces to cool the fire, break up flammable chemicals (fuel, plastics, etc) and essentially starve the fire by displacing air around the fire area extinguish the fire. This helps type of apparatus helps us fight fire using less water, reducing overall damage, and being able to fight larger fires longer without requiring water refill.
Our crews in the photos below are at a department wide training recently to grab on to a newer style fire hose (looks like a pressure washer doesn’t it?) and quickly tackle some practice fires using our new equipment.