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Old 28-11-07, 01:02 PM   #1
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Default Fire bike!

Just heard this on the radio and found it on the BBC Website...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7115077.stm

Its the Fire bike, a BMW R1200RT with extra large tanks designed to put out car fires apparently.

So new job maybe? Think its a fad or useful? Opinions please...
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Old 28-11-07, 01:07 PM   #2
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Everyone knows BMWs don't filter though!
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Old 28-11-07, 01:15 PM   #3
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We have a new system on our pump known as CAFS ( Compressed Air Foam System ). It basically comprises of minute soap soap/crystals that expand to foam when in contact with water.

Water is used as a Firefighting medium to cool, where as this is use to smother and is better for vehicle fires. It uses a lot less water so there's no need for huge water tanks.

I can see the idea but not sure its completely practical.
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Old 28-11-07, 01:38 PM   #4
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Will come in handy when people start using these to have hot dinners on the road...

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Who's Hungry?
Be it fire, flood or mass evacuation, emergency service personnel need to eat.
Hot Pack meals give new meaning to the term "just add water" - but this is no pot noodle.
A tiny amount of water added to the outer box creates a chemical reaction that gives you piping Lancashire hot pot or vegetable curry in a pouch in just 10 minutes without the need for fire, flame or heat of any sort.
Philip Goding from Hot Pack said when it comes to supplying emergency services, a hot meal matters.
"This is something that gives somebody a morale boost as well as a hot meal," he said of the instant dinners.
I'm pretty sure this was tried with instant coffee cups a while back that went faulty and burst into flames...
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Old 28-11-07, 01:40 PM   #5
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Will come in handy when people start using these to have hot dinners on the road...

I'm pretty sure this was tried with instant coffee cups a while back that went faulty and burst into flames...
An urban myth unfortunately.
Instead they turned....luke warm.
They cost a fortune and had a tiny bit of coffee in. A bit of a flop really.
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Old 28-11-07, 01:49 PM   #6
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Hotcans hang from the highest branch on the minging tree.

They are truely awful, I think there designed like that so FF finish the job quickly and get back to the station for proper grub.
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Old 28-11-07, 01:57 PM   #7
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There's one of them there fire bikes in this months Ride mag
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Old 28-11-07, 02:19 PM   #8
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Sorry to be a cynic but it seems like a complete gimmick to me.What is a single person on a bike going to do at a fire?
What is it with the emergency services these days?The cops send no one at all,the fire bods send a two wheeled BMW and the ambulance service send a car or a bike.Anything but send the actual resources required.
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Bikes get places fast in big cities.Fire response times in big cities are around the six minute mark.So whats the point?All these things are really for is to stop a clock which is measuring response times.Thus government targets appear to be met,even though there is no fire engine (or ambulance or whatever)actually there.
A cynical con trick whick dont fool a real cynic like me.
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