11/04/12 217 W, 1 I - + 5 - 2 Foam Truck at Station 12

Here's one of the last foam carriers operated by the Raleigh Fire Department. This 1973 Mack CF pumper, formerly originally Engine 4, served as Foam 12 from around 2002 until January 10, 2004, when it was moved to Station 26. It replaced a 1968 American LaFrance 900 series pumper. (Were other former engines also used?) Foam 12 was placed in service on September 1, 1988. Station 12 was chosen for its proximity to the Beltline, if memory serves. All engine companies also carried four five-gallon buckets of foam and application equipment. This was one of the first actions of the department's haz-mat response team, when they were organized earlier in that decade.

Foam 26 was removed from service on June 8, 2005. At that time, if memory serves, the foam was moved to Station 2, to be transported as needed on the haz-mat units. The fire department also operated a pair of high-expansion foam units, from 1965 to 1990. Those were stored at Station 1 and Station 5. See this company/unit history document (PDF) for dates. See this Special Apparatus page of Mike's apparatus registry for more information including pics. See this posting from June, about Raleigh's foam trailer and class B foam supply, placed in service this summer.

What other foam apparatus have departments and cities operated in our state? Click to enlarge this scanned photographic print from the early 2000s:

In Cumberland County, Vander FD had/has a foam trailer. Greensboro runs a foam task force (trailers and trucks located around the city)
Swiman - 11/04/12 - 08:33

Here in cumberland county the foam trailer that was at Vander was owned by the Cumberland County Fire Chiefs Association. We have 3 stationed around the county. At one time there was one at Vander, Cumberland Rd and Spring Lake. The last I remember though they were all at Lake Upchurch for refurbishing and replacement of AFFF foam to AR-AFFF foam. I think they have been redistributed and are now at Vander, Spring Lake and Fayetteville Station 12.
2407 - 11/04/12 - 14:07

Charlotte operates Foam-1 out of station 25 with a nearby tank farm and terminal. I believe it gets dispatched for alarms at the terminal.

Andrew - 11/07/12 - 08:16

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