You may have been hearing about a lot of new apparatus being equipped with compressed air foam systems (CAFS). What you may not being hearing a lot about is what CAFS does and why it’s beneficial. If you’re new to the concept of CAFS, a good place to start may be Wednesday’s Webinar provided by Firefighter Nation. The webinar is from 2 to 3 PM EDT and would be an excellent company level training.
If that leaves you wanting for more information, I’ve located a few resources that may give you some more insight.
- CAFS for Structural Firefighting (USFA Technical Report) – This document is from 1994 but gives some good recommendations and experiences from front line firefighters in the Boston Fire Department.
- CAFS in Limited Staffing Situations (Executive Fire Officer Report) – This is a good opportunity to benefit from the fine work being performed by our Executive Fire Officer candidates….check it out!
- NIST CAFS Documents – Again, these are from the early to mid 90’s, but still provide a little more technical information on CAFS.
- Evaluation of the Fire Suppression Effectiveness of Manually Applied CAFS (Report from Fire Technology) – This is a journal based article on the topic. While good, this also means that if you do not have access to a college libary, you’ll likely get stuck with the $34 price tag (for that price you may be able to join your alumni organization and get free library access as a benefit).
- Compressed Air Foam textbook (IFSTA)
- CAFS Info.com – This site provides some general information on CAFS that may be of benefit to you.
- Compressed Air Foam.com – Again, another basic site for CAFS information.