ACAF Systems manufactures portable Fire Fighting apparatus using Compressed Air Foam. Our systems are designed for fast suppression.  The CAF apparatus is self-contained easy to use. It is designed to be stationary or mounted on a pickup truck or it can be towed behind a small vehicle.

The ACAF Fire Fighting Apparatus are perfect for municipal or private airports that don’t have a need for firefighting capabilities on site. This equipment can help to save lives by containing the fire until the local fire department can arrive.

Depending on the location, studies show the expected response for an engine company is 7 to 10 minutes. The ACAF portable CAF Fire Fighting unit can buy time in fire emergencies and make a critical difference.


Extreme environments call for extremely efficient fire suppression equipment to protect aerospace engines, fuel tanks, main landing gear, auxiliary power units, and much more. On-board and shore-based situations, as well as the typically common flammable, hazardous, and fire accelerating materials found in and around most aircraft, create an enormous potential for fire-related crises. CAF is currently used on helipads and aircraft hangars.


State of Rhode Island - Airport Authority

  • Owner: RIAC  State of RI Airport Authority
  • Project Engineer: Jacobs Engineering
  • Location: Smithfield RI
  • Project Description:  20,000 Sq. Ft. Small Aircraft Hangar
  • Installing Contractor: GEM Plumbing



ACAF System Solutions

" In less than two minutes the system had established the minimum ROA over the entire hangar floor area"

The ACAF System solution for this project includes one self-contained, automatic CAF (compressed air foam) system with eight self-oscillating monitors.  The system was selected because ACAF was able to provide a highly effective CAF system that did not require the expense of a fire pump and water tank.  

The ACAF self-contained system has a very small footprint making it a perfect solution when a reliable water supply is not available or is not strong enough to support the system demand.   In less than two minutes the system had established the minimum ROA over the entire hangar floor area.  This is one minute less than NFPA 409 requires of such a system design.

As CAF systems are able to be designed with a lower rate of application than an air aspirated foam system, the lower water demand made self-contained system design possible.    The system is powered by nitrogen gas, 42,000 SCF is made available in one store energy supply located out of the hangar.  The same nitrogen gas that makes the expansion of the foam water solution will power the water from two 6,500 gallon storage tanks through a FireDos foam proportioner pump.  

Eight Spectrex  IR Flame detectors watch over the Hangar area in a crossed zoned detection pattern make for maximum coverage and security of activation.