What is AFFF system?

What is AFFF system?

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant used to extinguish flammable liquid fires such as fuel fires. AFFF is often used in shipboard and shore facility fire suppression systems, fire fighting vehicles, and at fire training facilities.

How does fire fighting foam work?

The foam blankets the fuel surface smothering the fire. The foam blanket separates the flames/ignition source from the fuel surface. The foam cools the fuel and any adjacent metal surfaces. The foam blanket suppresses the release of flammable vapors that can mix with air.

When should I use foam firefighting?

Class ‘B’ foam is used for Class ‘B’ fires, which are fires that involve flammable liquids such as alcohol, ether, oil, gasoline or grease. Class ‘B’ fires are best extinguished by smothering or applying a blanket of Class ‘B’ foam, which is meant to float on the surface of burning fluid.

What types foam is used in firefighting?

Foam blanket with AFFF foams is composed of a thin aqueous film which spreads rapidly above the fuel surface separating the fuel from oxygen supply. Whereas, Alcohol resistant foams (AR-AFFF and AR-F3) form a polymer layer to efficiently extinguish class B polar solvent fires. It prevents foam destruction by the fuels.

Why do firefighters use water instead of foam?

Maximizing water All firefighters should know that we use water on structure fires to remove heat from the fire triangle by absorbing the heat in the room and cooling the available fuel.

Which is powder of DCP?

Monoammonium phosphate, ABC Dry Chemical, ABE Powder, tri-class, or multi-purpose dry chemical is a dry chemical extinguishing agent used on class A, class B, and class C fires.

What is difference between ABC type and DCP fire extinguisher?

The answer is that the two terms are largely interchangeable, as most dry powder extinguishers these days are ABC powder extinguishers. To be more precise, the term ‘Dry Powder’ is the general term for a type of extinguisher whereas ABC powder is the type of powder used in most dry powder extinguishers.

Do firefighters still use foam?

Firefighters use aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) to help extinguish difficult-to-fight fires, particularly fires that involve petroleum or other flammable liquids ‚ known as Class B fires. However, not all firefighting foams are classified as AFFF.

What is the two basic types of foam?

Polyurethane foam is divided into two basic types — open-cell and closed-cell.

Does Chemguard contain PFAS?

This foam is also oleophobic (oil shedding) which makes it particularly well suited for sub-surface injection near the base of a Class-B flammable liquid storage tank. Fluoroprotein Foam is produced using PFAS. The PFAS chemicals are not PFOA or PFOS.

How many types of fire foam are there?

This standard amalgamates first three parts, namely, Part 1 Protein foam concentrate, Part 2 Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) and Part 3 Fluoro-protein foam. The purpose of all the three types is same, that is, for use in Fire Extinguishing agent for Class ‘A’ and ‘B’ flammable liquid (Hydrocarbons) fires.

  • September 1, 2022