UPDATE: Concern Over Firefighters Training With Foam At Dog Park

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UPDATE 11/15/2013 10:20 AM

Marietta's Land, Parks and Buildings Committee held a meeting Thursday afternoon after community concern at the dog park.

The concern revolved around the fire department foam training near the park and how it would negatively affect the space.

City Councilman Harley Noland said he received community complaints about how the department should find another space.

No community members showed up to voice their concern.

Chief C.W. Durham clarified what was a miscommunication with how and what they were actually training with up at the park and why this was the best place for them to train.

"We want to be good neighbors, we feel that our presence in the park is actually an asset to the park because there is a higher flow of traffic," he says. "It's kind of a secluded park so when we are up there there is public safety vehicles up there, whether it be police, fire, EMS."

Chief Durham says they only use biodegradable foam, something you would use to wash your hands before dinner.

The department wants to be able to work with the community.

Noland and city council agreed that is was a miscommunication and Chief Durham says his door and phone line are always open for questions.
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Fighting fire with foam.

That's what the Marietta Fire Department trained with Tuesday.

The department has three pumpers and a tower truck equipped with foam systems.

The firefighters started classroom training at 8:00 Tuesday morning and then moved up to the Jackson Hill Park to test it out.

Instructor John Wyman was down from the State Fire Academy training everyone Tuesday.

The pumps are equipped with Class A and Class B foam systems.

The foam is biodegradable.

When fighting the fires it reduces heat, amount of time spent in the building and damage to the home.

"The greatest amount of damage typically done in a house fire, it not from the fire, it is from the water ... and the activities that firefighters have to go through, and if we can reduce the water and those activities, then we reduce damage," says Wyman.

Wyman says he has seen great results with foam systems all over the county.

In house fires, especially when houses are close, we find that the neighboring houses are damaged as well.

Capt. Jack Hansis with the Marietta Fire Department says this foam can be spread on a neighboring house to prevent that from happening.


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