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USAF tests fire trucks in cold weather

5th April 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The US Air Force’s (USAF) fire service has tested the discharge systems of firefighting agents on the force's fire trucks, the USAF announced on 3 April.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, conducted the tests in sub-zero weather in January and February 2018 to ensure functionality in extremely cold climates.

Winterisation tests of both the bumper turret and hand line discharge systems using the P-34 Rapid Intervention Vehicle as the platform confirmed that the USAF’s firefighters are well-equipped to suppress fire in even the coldest weather conditions.

The FES vehicles are generally stored inside climate-controlled fire stations until they are needed. For the testing, the vehicles were taken outside as the temperatures ranged from zero to -7° degrees Fahrenheit. Vehicles were tested by running engines at a high idle of about 1300 revolutions per minute and their ability to satisfactorily store firefighting agents and discharge them in a maximum condition of zero degrees Fahrenheit was confirmed.

The tests revealed that the low heat of the vehicle’s idling diesel engine during the tests created warm air that helped prevent freezing of the discharge system’s piping and other components.

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