Originally Posted by CoolHipJim56
This was a new kind of foam that is still in trial. It's mixed with compressed air in a special pump on a special truck.
I know normal foam is used in structural fire fighting all the time, but thatís the kind that comes in the little buckets of it and you mix it into an already charged attack line, this foam was coming straight from a pump on a truck.
OUr local department has a CAFS on its new truck. Knockdown in about half the time of water alone. Great stuff and seeing as we are a wildland urban interface area, this is great for firebreaks and stuff as well.
It is fun stuff to play with.
in terms of you cooking your head... DUMB FIREFIGHTER!!! You are so lucky. If there was enough heat to crack your facepiece and melt your helmet, you were seconds away from flashover. Just what were you thinking you would save in that room? Your training officer should be flogged for letting you take that much heat. The air inside your mask at that temperature is hot enough to damage your lungs. I don't mean to sound harsh, but I was the occupational safety and health officer on our department for years, and these kinds of risk management issues save lives.
Think of it from a risk/benefit perspective: You were in an environment that is imcompatible with life or the saving of property. Solution: DON"T GO IN IT!
There is even very little training benefit to injuring your firefighters and destroying your equipment.
Sorry for the rant, but that **** scares me -- don't ever put yourself in that posistion again. A cooked helmet is not a trophy of honor, it is a badge of iexperience and foolhardiness..
besides, we just put you on staff a while ago, it would suck to have to find another moderator.