South Portland FD brings foam trucks to sub fire

5:41 PM, May 24, 2012   |    comments
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fire departments from three different states answered the call to help put out a fire that broke out on a nuclear-powered submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

South Portland send more than a half dozen firefighters and two foam trucks, vital in fighting fuel fires.

The Maine Emergency Management agency requested help from South Portland because of trained fire personnel and foam equipment.

South Portland has more than 150 tanks that store crude oil, gasoline and home heating oil making it one of the largest fuel ports on the East Coast.

THe city also has five marine terminals and an oil pipeline that runs to Canada. Fire officials say foam is key combating fuel fires because it suffocates it.

'It makes a foam blanket, it looks a lot like dish soap bubbles, just a bubble blanket that takes away that air and seperates the air from the fire so that the fire goes out' said Lt. Robb Couture of the South Portland fire department.

Massport, the fire department that oversees Logan Airport in Boston also sent foam equipment to the shipyard. BUt the equipment and crews were not used to fight the blaze, but remained on stand by until early Thursday morning.


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