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Washington,DCFD  1966 IH 4X4/Ansul
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No: 37196   Contributor: Warren W. Jenkins   Year: 1992   Manufacturer: International   Country: United States of America
Washington,DCFD 1966 IH 4X4/Ansul

This little International 4x4 rig ran as TAU 2 (Twin-Agent unit) It carried 50 gal. AFFF foam and 400lbs. of Purple K.
In 1992 it was parked outside the DCFD shops awaiting retirement.
Warren W. Jenkins
Picture added on 31 January 2014 at 08:36
add commentComments:
Warren,
For us non fire fighters can you let me know what Purple K is, I suspect it may be a dry powder product.
Regards,
Steve

Added by Steve Prosser on 31 January 2014.
Purple K is potassium bicarbonate powder. A very effective class "B" extinguishing agent. It is called "purple K" because its color is purple. The FAA requires its use at all US airports.

Added by John Harris on 01 February 2014.
and its called "K" because the chemical symbol for Potassium is "K". The chemical compound abbreviation is KCl. Incidentally, KCl is also one of the substances used during lethal injections of prisoners condemned to die; The injection of KCl stops the heart function.

Added by Gary Flint on 03 February 2014.
ADDENDUM - I posted facts about Potassium Chloride, which was also used as fire extinguishing agent until the advent of Potassium Bicarbonate (KHCOɜ)

Added by Gary Flint on 03 February 2014.
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