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Using Cobra to absorb heat radiation and limit spread of the fire

– a case study from Höganäs Fire and Rescue Service Sweden

Just after 7 pm on November 22 2018, the Fire and Rescue Service in Höganäs, a small rural town in southern Sweden, received a call to attend a fire in a farm building. The farm consisted of 3 agricultural buildings in a U-shape and one detached residential dwelling.

Upon arrival, the incident commander was confronted with a serious fire which had broken through the roof of one of the agricultural buildings. The prevailing wind was pushing the fire and flames in the direction of the other buildings.

At that point in the incident, the aim was to limit the fire so that it did not spread beyond the building of origin. The incident commander ordered Cobra to be deployed to reduce the radiant heat and use the water mist as a shield between the buildings.

The distance between the buildings was only 1.5 m.  Cobra was deployed for around 25-30 minutes until reinforcements arrived at the scene and were able to deploy.

The spread of the fire was limited to the building where the fire started and, as a result, the rest of the farm buildings were saved. The economic cost of this incident could have been considerably higher.

Read more about Cobra's ability to absorb radiant heat in a scientific report from RISE (Research institutes of Sweden).

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