TBA GroupPort of South LouisianaMultimodal 2022TOC EventsCimbriaPort of Stockton
  • Cimbria
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Telestack
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • TBA Group
  • TOC Events

Optimising fire-fighting capability

(Posted on 16/03/19)

Maritime, offshore and defence safety company Survitec has launched a unique backpack in which to carry fire-fighting foam, allowing first responders to fight fires more efficiently, without having to lug cumbersome drums to different locations.

The Foam Buddy backpack is worn over a firefighting suit and designed to carry a 20-25 litre can of marine firefighting foam concentrate.

Normally first responders carry the foam cannister in their free hand as they advance to fight the fire, but with the Foam Buddy fire-fighting teams need only to carry the self-inducting foam applicator (hose) that connects to the cannister on the firefighter’s back. This allows the firefighter to be more agile and safer when attending fires.

Grzegorz Przeradzki, Product Manager, Survitec said: “In every standard application in the past fire-fighters have had to move the foam concentrate cannister each time they move to a different location. With the Foam Buddy the fire-fighters’ hands are free to concentrate on the nozzle and fight the fire, giving the user extra mobility as well as making them more efficient in critical situations.”

The backpack is particular suitable for fighting fires on helicopter decks and open decks on vessels, such as fleet auxiliary vessels, chemical carriers and oil tankers.

The Foam Buddy is comfortable and easy to wear and is based on the FAS plus ergonomic suspension system. It is fully adjustable to ensure a tailored fit for every user and has ergonomic shoulder straps, a sternum strap and removable hip strap. It has with reinforced stitching throughout and there is a quick-release system for immediate removal if required.

Designed to accommodate the standard-size cannister used by manufacturers of marine foam concentrate, Foam Buddy can easily be adjusted to accommodate cannisters of other dimensions.

Deck fires can spread quickly, especially if flammable liquid is spilled and creates pool fires. The first responder must work in a fast and agile way to control the source and extinguish the flames, and to avoid further spills from catching alight.

When using portable equipment to seal a pool fire, foam is one of the best options as it creates a low-expansion foam blanket, cooling the flames and preventing oxygen from feeding the fire. To create a foam blanket big enough the standard-use portable foam applicator with built-in inductor sucking from a foam cannister, connected to the nearest fire water hydrant, is proven to work. However, the speed at which the foam blanket is created is key to its success.

Latest News

Phoenix Lighting expands range

(Posted on 21/06/22)

Phoenix Lighting has announced the launch of the Soar Series, an expansion of its product offering of... Read more


Konecranes Gen 6 MHC to upgrade Venetian port bulk handling

(Posted on 20/06/22)

The FHP Group has ordered an eco-efficient Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbour Crane for... Read more


Shipping fuel and lubes prices skyrocket

(Posted on 12/06/22)

More than 40 marine fuel suppliers from around the world have gathered at this year’s Posidonia... Read more


New Liebherr MHC breaks new ground

(Posted on 08/06/22)

With its new mobile harbour crane, Liebherr is presenting ground-breaking technical developments and... Read more


ABS-approved sterntube-less ship concept to keep oceans clean

(Posted on 08/06/22)

Thordon Bearings has welcomed the announcement by classification society ABS to award Approval in Principle... Read more


Wärtsilä opens world-leading Sustainable Technology Hub

(Posted on 03/06/22)

Wärtsilä Corporation has opened its new technology centre, the Sustainable Technology... Read more


Wärtsilä and Anglo-Eastern reach major safety milestone

(Posted on 31/05/22)

Wärtsilä Voyage, part of the technology group Wärtsilä, and ship manager Anglo-Eastern... Read more


Inmarsat Fleet Hotspot addresses connectivity requirement

(Posted on 31/05/22)

Eight significant amendments have been agreed to update the landmark Maritime Labour Convention 2006... Read more


Trials of innovative Inmarsat solution wrap up in Singapore

(Posted on 25/05/22)

Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has completed the first phases... Read more


Pacific Basin and Nihon Shipyard sign zero-emission vessels MoU

(Posted on 18/05/22)

Pacific Basin Shipping Limited, one of the world’s leading dry bulk shipping companies, has signed... Read more


Sailors SocietyThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology Bühler GmbHVan AalstTelestackCleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Multimodal 2022

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping