CAF FACTS

What people are saying about Compressed Air Foam (CAF)

   

  • The U.S. Fire Administration conducted a series of studies and test fires and found that a CAF hose line is significantly lighter and easier to handle than a conventional water line. This is because the foam in the hose is mostly air.
  • National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, showed that 90% of water used on test fires failed to extinguish because the water did not penetrate the fire.
  • NIFC also did a study and found that in the state of Oregon, 75 cents of every dollar paid in fire claims was the result of water damage.
  • A test by Salem, Connecticut showed that CAF is 480% faster at cooling than plain water when applied at the same rate.
  • CAF stream having a 33% greater reach than water or Class A foam, firefighter safety is greatly increased.
  • Six fire departments that currently use CAF stated that they had an average reduction in water usage ranging from 26% to 35%. Property loss reductions ranged from 16% to 25%, with one department reporting 36%. All six departments responded that they would purchase a CAF system again and wished that the purchase had been made sooner. They also stated that improved firefighter safety and faster knockdown are benefits to both the department and the firefighters.