CAFS And Its Impact In Fire Scene Investigations

Investigators were concerned about how the use of the foam would impact the use of accelerant detection canines, conceal scene hazards or create slippery conditions and how much time was required for the foam to dissipate in order to conduct an origin and...

The authors hope that the information provided will be helpful to the fire investigation community conduct origin and cause examinations where the use of Compressed Air Foam has been used as the primary extinguishing agent. Readers with questions should contact them directly.


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