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Ultra High Pressure Firefighting Technology

By GREGORY G. NOLL The United States Air Force (USAF) is imple-menting a new tool in its fire protection toolbox for aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) applications. Over the past decade, the USAF has conducted extensive testing on the application and use of ultra high pressure (UHP) firefighting technology for ARFF operations. This testing has resulted in the delivery of a new ARFF vehicle in the USAF's fire protection community, an operational capability that will likely influence ARFF fire protection in both the military and civilian communities over the next decade. This article provides an overview of the USAF UHP program, the new USAF P-34 rapid intervention vehicle (RIV) (photo 1)...

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