Date: June 22, 2022
When severe wildland fires burn into populated areas, firefighters using CAFS can pre-treat the exterior of homes with a foam blanket prior to the arrival of the approaching fire. Applied on buildings with wood exteriors, the foam application raises the fuel’s moisture content. An effective exposure-protection and fire-prevention tactic, this allows time for the fire crew to egress from the area. This takes firefighters out of harm’s way before exposure to the flames and smoke normally found when using a conventional “defend-in-place” tactic.