Rapid-response, self-contained foam mist system

MODERN MINING – APRIL 2017

Mining operations and many other indus-tries all require a rapid response in the event of any fire emergency on site to mini-mise potential damage and loss of life. It is for this reason that I-CAT Fire Solutions has developed the Blaze Buster, a rapid-response, self-contained foam mist system, says I-CAT Business Development and Marketing Director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg. 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 firefighters to fight 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 are required,” 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, weighing 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 re-pressurised within minutes with nitrogen. I-CAT, website: www.i-cat.co.za