Firefighting

CLASS B FOAM: THE NEGLECTED TOOL

Issue 10 and Volume 154.

BY DAVID F. PETERSON, CHMM Fine craftsmen produce their products with great precision and quality as a result of their training, experience, and skill with their tools. Consequently, they use and maintain their tools and equipment with the highest degree of care. Much of the same could be said of members of the fire service. Most of us recognize the importance of maintaining our tools and equipment in response-ready condition, but we must also understand when and how to use our tools effectively. CLASS B FOAMOne tool that seems to be commonly neglected in the fire service is Class B foam. There are many reasons for this neglect. One is that many responders do not understand Class B, low-expansion foam technology and how it works. It can be confusing and confounding, especially if proper and frequent training is not provided. This is quite often the case. Since foam concentrate is…

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