Greater initial fire attack capability
CAFS ability to reduce the knockdown time allows firefighters a better chance of gaining control of fires. This also results in an overall reduction of resources and time.
Reduced water usage
By expanding the foam, smaller water volumes are required. This means CAFS is perfectly suited for mobile applications where water volume is limited by maximum vehicle payloads and space limitations. Mobile CAFS units are also nimbler allowing firefighters to be better positioned to fight fires.
CAFS reduces the safety risk for firefighters
Quicker fire knockdowns means firefighters are less exposed to fires and less prone to fatigue.
Reduced steam and smoke
CAFS generate minimal smoke and stream, increasing the interior visibility, and further reducing the risk to firefighters.
Reduction in personnel
The increased effectiveness and reduction in final stream density means that hoses are easier to handle and fewer personnel are needed to effectively engage fires.
CAFS reduces property damage
Water damage can account for as much as 90% of insurance claim costs after a fire. Since less water is used, CAFS is often a favourable option.
Reduced air and water pollution
A lower environmental impact is an additional added benefit of the system, especially as clean water becomes such a valuable resource.
Source: Greg Behrens, Engineer, Cobra Projects