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Long Beach Fire Department acquires a new rig and increased capabilities with “Foam 12”

By Will Nash | January 23, 2014

After years of planning and development, the Long Beach Fire Department has recently acquired a new addition to its fleet of emergency service vehicles. This government grant funded rig is designated as “Foam 12”. Its primary function is to respond to:

An extensive amount of fuel and hazardous cargo travels throughout Long Beach daily on its freeways, railways, and within the port area. Because of this, Foam 12 is critical to public safety. It replaces a much older, lower capacity, antiquated unit that was put out of service years ago.

There is no other unit like this in the southern California area, making it a regional asset. With Foam 12 in place, the Long Beach Fire Department will be adequately prepared to respond to these low frequency, high risk, and potentially devastating types of calls.

Foam 12 carries the following extinguishing agents:

No on-board pump or water tank is built in. Thus being, Foam 12 will be dispatched on calls with an accompanying Fire Engine. The engine is needed to plug into a fire hydrant to supply water and a method of propulsion for the foam.

Fire Chief Mike DuRee said, "This new grant funded asset will give the Long Beach Fire Department the ability to respond to complex petroleum based fires in a way that we have not seen before. The need to be ready, on a moments notice, is the hallmark of the Long Beach Fire Department and this new tool will help our Firefighters continue to respond to the needs of our community in a world class way."

The Long Beach Fire Department is committed to protecting lives, property, and providing for a safer community. The addition of Foam 12 will certainly assist in that mission.

Foam 12 Rig

Topics: Public Safety | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Long Beach Fire Department acquires a new rig and increased capabilities with “Foam 12””

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    January 23rd, 2014 at 5:13 pm

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    January 23rd, 2014 at 5:40 pm

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