GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - "First Strike Class-A" foam is five times more effective than water at fighting fires, but it also had some people worried about its effect on the environment.
In high concentrations (higher than the concentrations used by GJFD) and if introduced to a river untreated, the foam can be harmful to river wildlife.
However, the GJFD is working alongside Persigo Water Treatment to ensure the foam is used and disposed of safely.
"What we're currently doing is allowing folks in the fire department to go to Persigo" says GJFD training officer Mike Gazdak, "They have a special area - it's basically a large concrete basin - where we can discharge the foam, and it will just evaporate and won't run into the waterway system."
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