ANCO’s locally produced CAF system offers un-matched fire fighting capability
Click here to ediThrough the recent launch of the ANCO CAFS300, ANCO Manufacturing has responded to the cry from South African Fire Fighters to offer a locally designed and produced Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS). The team at ANCO adapted existing technology into an easy to use but very effective, 100 percent South African, Mini CAFS system. CAFS is an acronym used for compressed air foam system and is a system used in fire-fighting to deliver fire retardant foam onto a fire. A CAF-System uses a Class A or B foam concentrate combined with water and compressed air to create a continuous supply of fire extinguishing foam that has a greater fire fighting ability than the sum of its parts. Compressed Air Foam has proven to be a superior fire fighting medium compared to water only.
When used as a fire fighting agent, a steady stream of compressed air foam has a very high heat absorption quality (almost 10 times that of water) that will suppress a fire in a fraction of the time when compared to conventional water. This is due to the fact that CAFS attacks and works on all three elements of the fire triangle by penetrating carbon based fuel loads, depriving the fire of oxygen and absorbing heat. CAFS is one of the most effective methods to suppress fires and has been in use for many years in fighting all types of fires and is considered an excellent force multiplier in fire fighting situations. Similar systems are currently used by US, European and Australian fire fighting agencies with great success.
“Traditional CAFS units have been available from the USA and Europe for many years but in our typical South African way we had to respond to continued demands from the local industry to come up with an effective, locally produced and more affordable system. Producing the unit locally not only allows for a reduction in cost compared to imported units but also allows us to offer better after-sales support” said Andre Scheepers, MD of ANCO Manufacturing and chief designer on the ANCO CAFS300 project.
The ANCO CAFS300 is a self-contained CAFS generator that can be installed onto almost any fire fighting vehicle platform, even onto a standard single cab, LWB bakkie. Two variants of the machine are available; a petrol engine driven model and a hydraulic driven model. Both models offer the same performance in terms of foam delivery with the petrol engine derivative being more suited to installation on smaller carrier vehicles while the hydraulic driven model is more suited for installation on truck platforms with power take off (PTO)/hydraulic drive systems.
Many hours of development, pre-production experimentation, burn testing and real-life deployments have enabled the ANCO team to offer another tried and tested product that will assist the South African fire fighter in dealing with the huge challenges they face every day.
Contact André Scheepers or Casper Pieterse
ANCO Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
Tel: +27 (0)17 826 6023
Cell: +27 (0) 83 556 3309