Extinguish or Let It Burn?

Today, fire departments are faced more than ever with the decision of extinguishing a hazardous materials fire or letting it burn and weighing the environmental impact that decision may have. As always, life safety and protection of property are the...


Today, fire departments are faced more than ever with the decision of extinguishing a hazardous materials fire or letting it burn and weighing the environmental impact that decision may have. As always, life safety and protection of property are the primary decisive factors. A common type of...


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Twenty-five to 30 gallons of Class B foam was used at the incident. Approximately 500 to 600 gallons of water was used. Damage was estimated at $175,000. The highway was closed for 24 hours while cleanup operations were completed and road repairs were made. There were no injuries.

JAY K. BRADISH/IFPA, Firehouse® news editor, is a former captain in the Bradford Township, PA, Fire Department. He has been a volunteer firefighter and fire photographer for more than 25 years.