A new system for fighting chemical fires which uses a light-water foam, has recently been installed by the United States Navy on all U.
A new system for fighting chemical fires which uses a light-water foam, has recently been installed by the United States Navy on all U.S. aircraft carriers. The Navy's land-based departments are currently testing the new foam system to see whether they too should install it.
The foam has a synthetic agent which keeps it in better condition when not in use, giving it a longer "shelf-life". The foam also tends to spread a film over the flaming liquid chemical which suppresses the inflammable vapours being given off.
The foam presents no additional problems for fireman as it is applied in just the same manner as existing foams. The manufacturer claims that the light-water foam extinguishes fires up to five times faster than other methods.
SYNOPSIS: The United States Navy has been testing a new fire-fighting light-water foam system in its land based establishments. It's already been installed on the Navy's aircraft carriers. A fireman explains its significance: