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N.S.R. Develops “Wet Water” Fire Extinguisher

Issue 9 and Volume 108.

N.S.R. Develops “Wet Water” Fire Extinguisher In submarines, and interior spaces of surface vessels as well, the difficulties of fire fighting are aggravated by a lack of control over ventilation. For example, in a submarine during surface cruising, fresh air is drawn down across hatches to ventilate the ship and provide new supply for the engines. As a result, the large quantities of air, which pass through several compartments, produce strong currents of air in the vessel. The problem of ventilation in a submarine necessitates fire fighting, if called for, under circumstances much different than fighting land fires where the first act is to clear away the products of combustion by providing proper ventilation. Stowage aboard the submarine, and the presence of almost limitless miles of wiring and piping, further complicate matters. Satisfactory fire extinguishers for submarine use must not contribute any substantial amount of toxic materials, whether inherent in…

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