Leadership

The Use of Fog and Foam by Small Fire Departments

Issue 1 and Volume 99.

The Use of Fog and Foam by Small Fire Departments THERE has been much discussion among men whose business is that of fighting fires regarding the use of fog and foam streams and comparisons between the effect of their use and that of straight water streams. It is remarkable how individual opinions of men, who are good and expert firemen, vary from one extreme to the other. The writer has heard more than one man of long experience in a fine city fire department state that “foam is no good”; others express lack of confidence in fog as an extinguishing agent, and yet many others say that foam and fog have been of great value to them. It would seem that the truth is at neither extreme; that no one extinguishing agent is the answer to all problems; that straight water streams must be employed for most ordinary fires, that…

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