Mining operations, oil refineries, fuel-storage depots, airports and airfields, and small industry all require a rapid response in the event of any fire emergency on site to minimise potential damage and loss of life.
I-CAT Fire Solutions has developed the Blaze Buster, a rapid-response, self-contained foam mist system. The system has a large cannon with a discharge range of about 40 m, in addition to a retractable mist hose reel. This is fitted with an additional gun that can be used in conjunction with the cannon, thus enabling two fire-fighters to combat a fire simultaneously, increasing the effectiveness of the system dramatically.
The Blaze Buster consists of four 230 litre self-contained and premixed foam cylinders. A total of 600 litres of water available with a continuous foam discharge duration of up to three minutes means its capacity is comparable to that of three commercial 8 500 litre fire engines. “The main advantage of the system is that no diesel engine, pumps, or any external water supply is required,” I-CAT business development and marketing director, Lourens Jansen van Rensburg explains.
Another major benefit is that the foam unit does not require any start-up time, which means it is primed and ready for immediate deployment. The system is also exceptionally lightweight and therefore highly portable, clocking in at under a tonne. It can be fitted to a single or club/supercab pick-up or trailer.
The Blaze Buster can be reinstated on site rapidly by simply refilling the cylinders with the necessary quantity of water, using the measuring equipment that is included, and adding a 1% foam additive, also included. It is then repressurised within minutes with nitrogen.
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