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No, it's not snow.. it's foam! All NBFD crews recently took an abbreviated CAFS (Compressed Air Foam System) course taught by San Antonio Battalion Chief Russel Johnson. Chief Johnson is an ex-NBFD firefighter paramedic himself. Crews spent about 3 hours in the classroom then were able to experiment with different nozzles and foam proportions. When pumped and applied properly, the foam solution
reduces heat and stops fire spread much faster than water. More photos are available here. Also available on our NBFD Training Mobile Site (http://m.nbfdtraining.com).
Paramedic Course Underway
12 New Braunfels Fire Fighters attended orientation today (Mar 26th) for a paramedic class taught through the University of Texas Health Science Center. The class begins Mar 31st and firefighters will attend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next 9 months! They also will fit in ride outs and clinicals periodically throughout the course. The majority of attendees were selected from the Engineers promotional eligibility list. Other area departments have firefighters in the class for a total of 21 students. This is the second year in a row NBFD has hosted the course at our FD Training Center at 1311A Industrial Drive in New Braunfels.
Stubborn Fire in Century Old House
New Braunfels Firefighters responded to a well involved structure fire at 4:40 AM on Tuesday, March 12th. First arriving units found a well involved fire that had already extended into the attic. Engine and truck companies used heavy streams to knock down the bulk of the fire before effectively deploying hand lines. Firefighters remained on scene well into the morning conducting overhaul following a partial roof collapse.
The home was built in 1907 and had been recently renovated and contained offices for an attorney, an engineer and a real estate company. The fire originated in the kitchen area, and while the cause of the fire is still under investigation, investigators do not believe the fire was intentionally set.
Fire officials made preliminary damage estimates of $300,000 for the structure and $200,000 for the contents. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.
(photos by BC Wehman [click photo above] article by Capt Oconnell)
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