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The Transformer Fire That Changed How Transformer Fires Are Attacked

Below, you can click on a link to a series of excellent articles in the 2nd/2010 issue of the FDNY magazine WNYF.  These articles describe a transformer fire in Queens, NY that led up to the considerable commitment by ConEdison to begin testing fire suppression agents on energized transformer fires.

F-500 Encapsulator Agent was the only suppression agent tested that could be applied to energized transformers, up to 345 kV, without harmful electrical feedback to the firefighter’s nozzle (the recommended safe distance is streaming from 125 feet). F-500 EA does not create a blanket of foam, so it is excellent on three-dimensional fires. F-500 EA has a unique ability to rapidly cool the massive metal in transformers and encapsulate the hot mineral oil, rendering it nonflammable. Also, F-500 EA interrupts the free radical chain reaction, greatly reducing the thick, black smoke and carcinogenic toxins in seconds.

In the Queens, New York transformer fire, F-500 EA extinguished the transformer fire in less than two minutes, after foam and powder failed.

According to the Department of Energy, the average age of transformers in the US is 40 years and failures are expected to increase 500%.

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You should read this article.

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