Massive amounts of fire fighting foam were released into the Fort Drum aircraft hangar


FORT DRUM, NY (WWTI) – Officials at Fort Drum have released details of an incident in a storage shed last night.

According to Fort Drum Public Affairs, fire fighting foam was released into the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, refrigerated hangar shortly after midnight on December 17.

A preliminary investigation indicated that a mechanical malfunction had resulted in the release. Officials confirmed that no one was injured and the foam did not damage the plane.

According to officials, the specific foam that was released was an alcohol-based expansion foam, known as Ansul JetX. This foam is usually released in the event of a fire because it is designed to cool the fire and embed the fuel. It does not contain perfluorooctane sulfonate or perfluorooctanoic acid.

“This fire fighting foam is an integral part of our Hangar Safety Plan, and while malfunctions like this are unfortunate, I remain grateful that we have this environmentally safe technology to protect our team. aviation here “, Fort Drum and senior commander of the 10th Mountain Division. Major General Milford H. Beagle, Jr., commander-in-chief, said in a press release.

“I appreciate the quick reaction of the soldiers in the hangar, our emergency responders, the environmental team and experts from the Department of Public Works who immediately contained the foam and implemented the clean-up plan,” said added MG Beagle.

Officials said the hangar cleanup is expected to last through the weekend. The fire fighting system will be repaired and recharged over the next week.