06/15/12 251 W, 1 I - + 10 - 10 Raleigh's New Foam Trailer

Speaking of haz-mat, the Raleigh Fire Department has taken delivery of a foam trailer. The two-axle unit is equipped a 500-1000 GPM monitor and twin 275-gallon portable tanks, called totes. Each carries alcohol-resistant Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) concentrate, a foam designed for class B (flammable liquid) fires. The foam is proportioned between one and three percent. The trailer and the foam add an additional layer of protection for the many hazardous materials that are transported by road and rail through town.

The trailer is stored at the Keeter Training Center and will be towed by either training vehicles during day hours, or by the mini-pumper at Station 3. Three additional 275-gallon foam totes are planned to be stored at the training center as well. The trailer is supplied by two five-inch intakes, and can also supply a couple hand-lines. The estimated reach of the big gun is 100 to 150 feet. There's also a transfer pump, for connecting to other totes or foam concentrate supplies. The trailer is a Raleigh Fire Department asset, and can be requested as mutual aid equipment through the usual channels.

Next step, how about a history of Raleigh's foam apparatus and equipment? (Foam powder, then high-expansion generators, then inductors for hand lines...) We'll work on that. Who else has notable foam equipment in and around town? The airport, of course. The Apex Fire Department also has a foam trailer. Here are some action shots of same from a tire fire in 2010. Click to enlarge:

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