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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:22 pm    Post subject: Oops! That's what you call a bubble bath! Reply with quote

http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_11197778 Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:50 pm    Post subject: Oops Reply with quote

See post below.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:51 pm    Post subject: Oops Reply with quote

Needless to say, there is an opening for a maintenance man at the hangar, and I guess whatever contract they had is now terminated.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooh...foam party in the hangar! Cheers! headbang



"It was unknown how the foam would affect the one helicopter that was inside the hangar, although most speculated the chopper will not be operational for quite some time."

Er...shouldn't they have thought about that before they installed the system? Whistling
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also I wouldn't want to be in that building if a fire broke out as it mentioned that anyone in there when the foam went off would have likely been suffocated!!

Can't they find a system that doesn't kill the humans? Oh I don't know something like water? Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Know what you mean WG, it's like the gas systems some buildings use to remove all the oxygen therefore extinguishing the flames -
(said in scoffing manner) "what do you mean you need to breath? what about the fire? do you want to get burned? health & safety don't you know?"

Guess they don't use water as aircraft related fires involve fuel, be it directly or indirectly and as i'm sure you and most know trying to chase a floating flame is alike to holding oil without the bottle.

always wondered about foam parties, having never been to one, how do people not suffocate??? or get lost? and how do you not end up with unintentional bubbles in your drink? Can you imagine a health & safety man stood in the middle of a foam party Laughing it would send the fun police mad Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That foams nasty stuff. Its what airport fire service use.

Your right animalsticks in so much as they use foam as well as water in the event of there being a fuel spillage but also talking to our AFS its far faster at extinguishing a fire and thats the majority reason, as if theyve got 100 odd people trapped in a tiny tube of a fuselage there isnt anyway they are going to get them all out, make sure everyones accounted for before the whole things goes up. So aim 1 is to get the fire out.

It works by smothering the fire, filling everything up with an expending foam which leaves no place for a sufficient supply of oxygen to get to the fire. The fire service use a more 'wet' mix though so they can get more range out of the hoses before it expands. as if it expanded as much as that stuff in the hanger as soon as it came out of the nozzel you'd have to be stood on the fire!

Downsides, its nasty stuff, it will ruin an aircraft engine if its fired in there. Hence i don't think that helicopter will be going anywhere fast. Hopefully because its engines will sit up on top perhaps they are close to the top level of foam and won't have been so effected by its expanding properties. Certain types go off also, the AFS have to empty all their fire engines every month or so i think and the foam takes bloody ages to disappear.

I remeber when the Saab at coventry started up and flames shot out of one of the turbo props, and kept burning. The controller who had just unplugged said something on the lines of bloody hell the saabs on fire. The controller that just took over hit the crash alarm and all the fire service went out to it, the pilot was on the radio so fast telling them NOT to spray his engine lol. It was just some unburnt fuel he thinks.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the crash alarm a big red button with the word crash written on it??? my thoughts started towards the bat phone or a big old style red telephone with one button where the dial would be Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite the damage to the helicopter, some good will come of the incident. The job of catching criminals is always made so much easier when someone gets bubbled up...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is the crash alarm a big red button with the word crash written on it??? my thoughts started towards the bat phone or a big old style red telephone with one button where the dial would be Very Happy


Its not huge but it is red and it does say CRASH on it Smile You have to lift the little plastic flap up and then push it to prevent accidentally setting it off and pissing off the fire men by turning off all their electrics and such (it kills all the non essential electrics in their mess to prevent any accident occuring while they are on a job, it also opens all the doors on the station and activates a PA system in the garage so we can speak to them as they kit up).

We do have big red batphones tho! They are 3333, which is the number you should call in an emergency on the airfield from an internal phone. They are also dotted about apparantly. But it comes streight through to us with a load of sirens in the tower hehe.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Its not huge but it is red and it does say CRASH on it Smile We do have big red batphones tho! They are 3333, which is the number you should call in an emergency on the airfield from an internal phone. They are also dotted about apparantly. But it comes streight through to us with a load of sirens in the tower hehe.


that is so cool, do you think they'll let you get a light to shine into the sky when things get really bad? Idea
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

got any job openings up there? Batman
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly not Jen Sad

We have an Oldis lamp animalsticks! We can do red/green/white light as you require!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sadly not Jen Sad

We have an Oldis lamp animalsticks! We can do red/green/white light as you require!


Just be careful of the blue windows though or so you told me Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well indeed yes! Its a shame that you use the lamp during radio failure because you can't check whether the green light you saw was green or white through blue windows!
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