Fire services trains with special firefighting foam

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Local fire fighters took part in a special training session Sunday morning at Sperr Park in Big Flats.

They learned how to use a tanker shuttle and foam trailer issued by New York State.

The purpose of the training is for fire fighters to learn how to battle fires that contain Ethanol and other petroleum based fuels that are often shipped through our county and region.

The Big Flats Fire Department specifically wanted to have a tanker shuttle training due to oil depot Griffith Energy's location being in the district and to make sure fire fighters are able to supply enough water for the foam trailer to operate and extinguish an Ethonal fire.

The firefighting foam is a special foam that is for Ethonal type fires, it basically lays on top of the product and it cuts off the air supply and that's how it puts out the fire.

The foam can also assist with larger fires in rail car accidents or a tractor trailer overturned on an interstate.

The big lesson of the day was ensuring the use of the new equipment and the flow of water.

"For this particular situation, just running out of water," said Nick Fletcher, Lieutenant of the Big Flats Fire Department.  "We were fortunate enough that maybe about a minute total we went without a steady flow of water, so in the grand scheme of things that was pretty remarkable."

The fire training is hosted by the Chemung County Fire Service every few years.  The last foam training was two years ago in Elmira.


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