Bubbles Still Beat Water

Wilmoth, Janet
May 2007
Fire Chief;May2007, Vol. 51 Issue 5, pFF3
Trade Publication
The author reflects on the effectiveness of foam methods in extinguishing fires in the U.S. She campaigned for the use of the foam method due to its numerous benefits and added that it does not require high maintenance due to the entry of modern technology and state of the art equipment. She enumerated varied reasons for its ideal use including less exposure of firefighters to fire and heat, demand less water to extinguish the fire and caused less damage to buildings than with water.


Related Articles

  • Viscosity of Foam Concentrate Products Used for Extinguishing Fires in the Oil Industry. Dumitru, Elisei; Tudor, Ioan // Petroleum - Gas University of Ploiesti Bulletin, Technical Serie;2009, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p73 

    This paper presents the experimental researches regarding viscosity of foam concentrate products used for extinguishing fires in the oil industry and the dependence between the foam concentrate's dynamic viscosity and it's temperature. In order to perform the experimental research the authors...

  • Earthbound halon alternative. Proctor, Paul // Aviation Week & Space Technology;7/11/1994, Vol. 141 Issue 2, p13 

    Reports on the availability of an environmentally friendly replacement for the ozone-depleting Halon fire extinguisher agent called Inergen. Chemical composition of Inergen; Ground-based applications; Ansul Fire Protection Co. as producer of Inergen; Cost effectiveness.

  • Our Department Has Class A Foam; Now What? Cotner, Jeff // Fire Engineering;Jul2007, Vol. 160 Issue 7, p121 

    The article reports on the use of foam systems in firefighting, how these systems work, and what Class A foam is. Class A foam reduces surface tension and allows water to penetrate Class A fuels more quickly. Firefighters must know their foam system's operation and performance levels. Compressed...

  • CLASS WARFARE. Hubert, Mitch // Fire Chief;Oct2003, Vol. 47 Issue 10, p60 

    Compares Class A and Class B fire extinguishing foams. Formulation; Active chemical agents; Effectiveness.

  • Foam for All. Cavette, Chris // Fire Chief;Nov2006, Vol. 50 Issue 11, p126 

    The article presents information on the usage of foam to extinguish fire. All sizes of foam pumpers can be used to tame more kinds of fire than water pumpers. Those cars that use ethanol-based fuels need alcohol-resistant foams to extinguish fire in case of highway accidents. Small leaks or...

  • Glendale Hosts Foam Academy.  // Fire Chief;Mar2010, Vol. 54 Issue 3, p8 

    Information about several topics discussed at the International Class A Foam and Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) Academy conference held in Glendale, Arizona is presented. Topics include foam basics and concentrates for chiefs and officers, foam system and CAFS types for technicians and...

  • Time for a New Tradition. Wilmoth, Janet // Fire Chief;Apr2010, Vol. 54 Issue 4, Special section p18 

    The article details how pre-conceived ideas and misconceptions about foam delay its use for structural firefighting. It stresses that the traditional thinking that Class A foam only was a device for fighting wildland fires created a gap that many chiefs have not been able to make the leap to...

  • Technology scene.  // Australian House & Garden;Aug2004, Issue 8, p28 

    The article presents an overview of some of the latest super-smart products that makes life a wholelot easier. Zip Heaters has released the HydroTap, which provides boiling and chilled filtered water instantly. The new A-BUS multi-room audio system from Leisure Tech.The system uses discreet...

  • HotFoam outperforms CO[sub 2] systems.  // Offshore;Jul2001, Vol. 61 Issue 7, p110 

    Compares the effectiveness of using carbon dioxide systems and HotFoam systems in extinguishing fires in enclosed spaces. Information on the HotFoam System developed by Svenska Skum company; Problems related to the use of carbon dioxide systems in fire fighting; Comparison of the storage...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics