|Technology Is On Our Side with CAFS (Compressed Air Foam System)|
|By Member Timothy Scott|
|October 29, 2018|
Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) is the way of the future in fighting structure fires. When used as a firefighting agent, a CAFS fire stream has a very high heat absorption quality that will suppress a fire in a fraction of the time when compared to conventional firefighting tactics using plain water.
This improved effectiveness results in a decreased risk to firefighters during combat operations, enlarges the window of opportunity for rescue of occupants, reduces property damage and lowers overall operational costs.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation first published the 16 Life Safety Initiatives, part of its Everyone Goes Home program in March 2004. Initiative 8 states: "Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety."
Initiative 16 states: "Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment." The executive summary for the 16th Initiative concludes with this statement: "The 16th Initiative ratifies the belief that no firefighter should die in the line-of-duty due to apparatus or equipment-related issues."
4 Major Points why Fire Departments need to start using CAFS
1. CAFS reduces water used.
2. CAFS reduces hazardous chemical exposure to fire fighters and occupants.
3. CAFS reduces property damage.
4. CAFS reduces firefighter safety risk.
Down Side: The cost
Water flow (gpm)
Water needed for knockdown (gallons)
Average time for interior temperature drop to 200 degrees F (min:sec)
Currently BGVFD does not utilize CAFS, BGVFD has set its sights on a new replacement equipment for their ageing pumper. BGVFD will soon make this new technology a focal point for fund raising and the target for future grants. This may be the most significate development in firefighting technology in decades. Fighting fires is extremely dangerous, new technology can help save the lives of the home occupants of a burning structure and the volunteer that runs out leaving his or her family safely at home as they go and help their community. If you don't have time to volunteer, you can be part of the BGVFD team by sending us your hard-earned money. New CAFS pumper currently are $350k to $400k. As a community, we know this will soon be in our arsenal of tools that will help protect the residents of Buffalo Gap and surrounding communities.
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