Testing & Training
The AFAST System… Not just for attic and confined space fires anymore! See how this Michigan fire department decided to try it on vehicle fires during a training evolution:
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Take a look at this short video from Brentwood Tennessee, showing the A-FAST-1 on an exterior application during a training fire.
A test was conducted on an actual attic fire situation at a training evolution in Bardstown Kentucky. The training fire that was initially started on the lower floors extended into the attic area and a very active attic fire evolved. Firefighters deployed the A-FAST-1 system up to the second floor hallway, where they were able to punch the nozzle through the drywall ceiling. Opening the nozzle between 10 and 15 seconds, then moving down the hallway to another location and punching through again. A total of 3 applications of about 10 to 15 seconds each resulted in the near total heat absorption in the attic and extinguishment of the fire. A total of approximately 100 gallons of water was used.
Watch the entire test HERE!
In another training fire, the A-FAST-1 was used to attack a superheated attic fire with outstanding results! Watch HERE.
Here is video of a training fire where the A-FAST-1 was used to attack a well involved living room fire where the fire is free burning from the picture window. NOTE how the firefighters open the nozzle on approach, shielding them from the heat. Also note there is NO PUSHING of fire gasses and smoke! This tactic helps knock the heat out of the fire to assists in safely entering and searching the structure in a conventional manner.
During a test compartment fire, the A-FAST system extinguished this straw and pallet fire in 15 seconds. The nozzle was inserted when the fire was around 1056 degrees and within 15 seconds the interior temperature dropped to 400 degrees and the fire was nearly extinguished.
Here is a video of a training fire where the AFAST-1 is used to attack a well involved garage fire that has limited ventilation from the overhead door window. Again this helps facilitate save entry into the garage without fear of backdraft. This video shows it from the air (drone!)