It is proven that CAFS attacks all three sides of the fire triangle simultaneously. The foam blankets the fuel, thereby reducing the fuel’s capacity to seek out a source of oxygen. The CAFS solution adheres to ceilings and walls, more readily aiding in rapid reduction in heat. The opaque surfaces of the foam, as it adheres to walls and ceilings, shield the fuel source from radiant energy.
On the wildland interface side of things, the fire service owes a great debt to the forestry or wildland agencies for the introduction of CAFS and Class A foam in fireground operations. What better example than them, with large fire loads, limited manpower, and often limited water supply. That’s a true test of the effectiveness of CAFS.
For exposure protection, CAFS is the answer, a quick application of a CAFS- generated foam blanket can buy you valuable time and protect property from fire.
Think for a moment what CAFS can do at an attic fire. A traditional attack will usually result in extinguishing the fire, but often “puts the ceiling on the living room floor.” CAFS applied in a dry foam isolates the fuel from the source with its blanketing action and uses low volumes of water to achieve this result, thus limiting water-induced damage.
How about a Dumpster or Trash fire? Is there anything more trying than a trash fire? Because of the ability and consistency of the foam, troublesome fires, like dumpster and trash bin fires are easily controlled by CAFS without extensive runoff of contents.
Car fires are certainly an appropriate place to use CAFS. Car fires generate tremendous amounts of heat and smoke. The ability of CAFS to reach and penetrate from greater distances aids in firefighter safety. In addition, CAFS allows the user to blanket the vehicle with foam thus removing stubborn sources of fuel, such as tires, from the fire. Knockdown is achieved with significantly less water.