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    With all the research I have done, A complete system such as the CET is going to be the way. I am going to send out specs this weekend, as you can Imagine I have been working on this a while.

    Lebanon on Wednesday most likely.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    With all the research I have done, A complete system such as the CET is going to be the way. I am going to send out specs this weekend, as you can Imagine I have been working on this a while.

    Lebanon on Wednesday most likely.
    Sounds like the way to go (having the work in). When we got our grant, I figured it was going to be a long-shot and hadn't done a lot of work. Had to do a lot in a hurry. We didn't do too bad with our CET unit, though. We've used it several times now and it's worked great.

    I think what I'm going to do is get the adapter to go from 1" to the 3/4" garden hose fitting on that CAFS-30 unit. Theoretically I'll be able to fill the CAFS-30 with the unit on the truck to get the mix directly into it with the mix I want.

    Now that I think about it, we might do a pre-mix foam solution into the Polaris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    What does Lebanon call that thing? I will try requesting one.

    Got my award this morning. I dropped a couple of emails to tri-max with no reply, but the price estimates from here I did get are, well, more than I would have figured. Time to make a decision and put out specs though.
    They may be off for the holidays. I'd forgotten how much we paid for ours, kinda gets lost when you're spec'ing a big truck. How much are the CAFS units running? We looked at one for our engine a few years ago, but just couldn't justify the cost with our ability to tank in water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch22 View Post
    I just wanted to thank you for posting that link. I went there just out of pure curiosity.

    As it works out, we have one of the CAFS-30 units. We obtained it through the FFP program and it looks like it's never been used. Now I have the owners manual, training video, and a bunch of other stuff for it.

    Now I just need to figure out a way to convert the little trailer into something we can use off-road behind our Ranger.
    That's what we put in our rescue. Gives us just enough knockdown for a vehicle fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsb View Post
    They may be off for the holidays. I'd forgotten how much we paid for ours, kinda gets lost when you're spec'ing a big truck. How much are the CAFS units running? We looked at one for our engine a few years ago, but just couldn't justify the cost with our ability to tank in water.

    The ballpark figures we have gotten run from 23k and up, pump, compressor, skid, 200 gallon tank, foam cell, 200 foot hose on an electric reel, 1 3/4 preconnect with tray, etc.


    But rest assured I am going to also go after some of the units from our forestry - I have plenty of need.

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    Another option is Snuffer Corporation out of Canada. Very very simple unit to operate, Turn on the motor, flip on the air compressor switch, stretch hose and charge line. there is no tank to pump valve to mess with. The units have built in lines for cooling the air compressor and pump so in case you would have forgot to crack your tank fill lline its not an issue and it always circulates. As long as it has water, foam and gas to run the skid motor you can walk away from it. If you run a company with short manpower this may be an option for you. We used to use our unit for overhaul on structure fires as well as brush fires. On really cold nights we would fire the unit up and leave the station so it did not freeze when we traveled. Unit is even able to accommodate a room and contents fire if you have a aggressive nozzleman. Our unit was purchased in 2000, i don't know if the same problem occurs now but it took us a little bit to get it in from Canada and having to pass customs. If you call them they would be able to answer those questions. The water pump is not that great if flowing just water, not alot of capacity but the main function is to supply the CAFS side of the unit. The model we have which i cant for the life of me remember the number, will supply 2 one inch CAFS lines or 1 1-1/2 line CAFS and 1 inch water line. It can draft however we have never tried it and usually fill off a 1-1/2 line from an engine.

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    Default UHP with foam may be a better choice

    We have a local department who gave up their CAFS units for a HMA Fire ultra-high pressure system with foam; the department has found the unit easier to maintain, easier to use and more effective at putting out fires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDevils83 View Post
    We have a local department who gave up their CAFS units for a HMA Fire ultra-high pressure system with foam; the department has found the unit easier to maintain, easier to use and more effective at putting out fires.
    I understand, I also understand that you are with HMA, but as I pointed out I HAVE to buy a CAFS unit to comply with the grant.

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