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Foam Floods Army Aviation Facility

A test of the fire suppression system at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Saint Cloud developed into a much more thorough test of the system's capabilities than the dry run that was planned

A fire suppression contractor, while performing maintenance on the system, inadvertently activated the foam fire suppression system Feb 11 The hangar filled with high-expansion foam, nearly covering eight UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft and related maintenance equipment before it could be turned off According to Pat Rolph, a Project Manager with the Department of Military Affairs, if it had been a full discharge "it would have filled the hangar many times over"

After accounting for all personnel the cleanup began

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The soap-based foam was quickly washed away, with the assistance of the local fire department, and should not damage the aircraft When the foam dissipated, all aircraft and equipment in the hangar received a detailed wash According to the staff at the hangar, the normal aircraft maintenance schedules will increase to address any lingering effects from the soap residue

After the initial $65 million installation, the soap and water dispersal system is very inexpensive to use In the event of a fire at the $34 million facility the cost savings of the suppression system is obvious

While the 68 gallons of soap dispensed is biodegradable, the city of Saint Cloud was notified to expect a high level of detergent as the foam was washed away

By Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ewer
34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
11 Feb 2011





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