Ottawa County buying foam trailers to fight chemical fires

  • Source: WOOD-TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids
  • Published: 09/14/2023 11:37 PM

VIDEO: A plan is officially a go to help Ottawa County fire departments fight any chemical fires that come their way. The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners last week approved using $125,000 in federal coronavirus relief funding to buy three foam-filled trailers uniquely designed to suppress chemical fires. Chemical fires are much harder to put out than an average house fire, needing a special foam that starves the flames of fuel. “Fire foam is so unique in that it literally smothers a chemical fire,” Ottawa County Commissioner Jacob Bonnema told News 8. “It puts it out almost immediately. It’s almost shocking how quickly it will address a fire.” Fire departments across Michigan used to have the foam. But the material was discovered to have PFAS, the ‘forever chemical’ linked to cancer.


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