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Haz-Mat Survival Tips - Beyond the Rule of Thumb

09/26/2006
Survival Tip 8 - Preplanning Foam Fire Suppression CapabilitiesBy Steven De LisiHaz-Mat Survival Tip 7 discussed how first responders, upon arrival at a spill fire involving flammable liquids, can determine the amount of foam concentrate and water necessary to extinguish the fire. Included in these calculations were the dilution ratio for the foam concentrate as determined by the manufacturer of the concentrate, and the minimum application rate for the foam solution (the mixture of concentrate and water) as determined by National Fire Protection Association Standard 11, entitled Low, Medium, and High-Expansion Foam (2005).While it is beneficial to calculate the requirements for foam conce...

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