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Comment by Mark Cummins on August 10, 2012 at 2:31pm

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this comment. This was an actuall emergency call and CAFS foam was requested after the initial attack with water was not effective. It is common to use CAFS when water shuttle is obviously wasting water and loosing the structure. I wish more departments would use the CAFS for first attack and save more of the structure. Not to mention the workload on the fire fighters.  The CAFS foam sticks to the smoke as well as it does to the structures to prevent toxic smoke exposure to the downwing population. This is our way of reducing the cancer risk.  The foam can be adjusted by the operator to deflate quickly or slowly by how much concentrate he adds to the foam, this can preserve evidence for the post fire investigation. There are special nozzle techniques for applying CAFS foam in interior attacks to establish quick control of the fire and smoke. I hope this helps you make the decision to use the CAFS first.

Comment by Michael J. Northrup on February 28, 2012 at 10:38pm

Just curious; is your foam application pictured here after the completion of your investigation or applied at the initial attack? Our area has run into concerns about the use of foam for initial attack and the difficulties to perform the investigation.  Or was this photo of a foam training evo?

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