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.
GV Fire hose playing on burning oil
CU Deputy fireman speaking (SOUND OVER firemen extinguishing fire with foam)
GV Another fire being extinguished with foam
FIREMAN: "I has a synthetic agent, in that this gives a better shelf-life so that it lasts longer when not in use. And also it has a tendency to spread a film out over the flammable liquid product which tends to hold the inflammable vapours into the surface, rather than letting them escape."
REPORTER: "Does it take a lot of training for the department to get to use it?"
FIREMAN: "No, it's applied the same method that we currently apply with regular foam."
NARRATOR: "The manufacturer claims that the light-water foam is up to five times faster than any other method. That kind of time advantage is the single most important factor when holding down the potential loss of property or lives.
"In New Jersey, I'm Andy MacMillan."
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Background: 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: