ScarletHarlot
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Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:30 pm

I found this video on KOMOTV.com in Seattle:

http://www.komotv.com/home/video/12309261.html?video=pop&t=a

But I don't know any details and I couldn't find any in a quick Google search. What a mess!! Does anybody know anything about this?
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:34 pm

Found a bit more:

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=5822595

Today was family day at Agusta Aerospace, located at 3050 Red Lion Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Employees and their families gathered for a day of fun in a helicopter hanger this morning.

Everything was relatively normal about the event until shortly before 11 a.m.. That's when authorities say an employee's child hit a button that said "don't hit button unless in an emergency". The button triggered the fire suppression system, filling the hanger with foam.
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:37 pm



Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 1):
helicopter hanger

Well, they definately need a new editor to catch spelling errors.
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:42 pm

It's also worth emntioning that the foam is corrosive as hell if not removed quickly enough. Hate to have the QAR that corrective action. Was chopper six damaged at all?
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near

Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:50 pm

I did almost the same thing when I was a kid. I pushed an unlabelled red button in the office at my small-town local airport where my dad worked, and the fire trucks came screaming down the runway.

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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:54 pm

What you are seeing is high expansion foam. Basicly it is just soap bubbles formed by a fan type apparatus. This is used only in a confined space, such as a closed hangar. If used outside, the foam rises with the thermal updraft and doesn't do anything other than float away in the wind, as you see in some of the shots. The originally AFFF was VERY corrosive and would eat the impellers in the pumps of the old MB5 crash trucks. You could use it to clean brass. The new AFFF's are a detergent base and not nearly as corrosive.
 
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:04 pm



Quoting ScarletHarlot (Thread starter):

Thread title: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Not to nitpick but the Hangar in question is actually located near PNE not PHL.

Story coverage from a local news channel.

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=5822595
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:10 pm



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 6):
Not to nitpick but the Hangar in question is actually located near PNE not PHL.

Thanks. First news report I saw said only "near Philadelphia"...and you'll note that I didn't say the hangar is at PHL.  Wink
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:34 pm



Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 2):
Well, they definately need a new editor to catch spelling errors.

We could definitely say the same about you. As for the likely culprit, see my signature.
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:44 pm

To update: On last nights news, Fire officials said they now believe the cause to be "Sterno" chaffing dish fuel cans that the caterer was using. They believe the heat or smoke from the fuel set off a fire censor in the hanger.
 
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:02 pm

The heat from the sterno cans are not enough to set off the detectors that would be high in the overhead. However, if the fire detection system had UV detectors, they trigger on flame. Still improbable unless someone somehow spilled one of the sterno cans and created a large enough flame to be detected.
 
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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:20 pm

To elaborate, this occurred at Philadelphia Northeast Airport, a smaller cargo and non-commercial airport still within the city limits of Philadelphia but almost an hour away from PHL by car.

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RE: Kid Triggers Firefighting Foam In Hangar Near PHL

Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:38 pm

That looks like all kinds of fun.  Smile
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