Our department has a 1 engine station with a 2002 Interantional 1250 gpm engine. We have no hydrants but have many large ponds in the area. We have recently applied for a FEMA grant to convert this engine to a CAFS engine.The reasoning was, this engine is on scene without tanker support for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. We feel this was the best option untill we can build a new station that will house more equipment. We have been told that with this CAFS engine, we may not need a tanker. Any opinions on this move?

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We are also triing to get a truck with CAFS to try to cut down on the number of tankers needed, and to free up those people to help fight the fire.
This has worked for us. Our engine carries 500 gal and is typically followed out the door or within minutes anyway by our tanker. between the two trucks 9 times out of 10 that is all we need.
Our dept has three trucks with cafs on them and that has saved our butts many times. We dont have hydrants in half of our district and we have a very small volunteer dept. There are many times where we don't have the personelle to drive our tankers and have to conserve our water until mutual aid gets there. We put a car that was fully engulfed (thankfully the driver got out) with around 70 gallons of water with our CAFS system.

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