Patrick firefighters battle tanker blaze
By Eric Brian, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 26, 2011
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. -- Firefighting personnel from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., aided community firefighting agencies to battle a blaze to a burning fuel truck tanker Aug. 15 here.
An 8,500-gallon gasoline tanker truck was southbound on Florida State Route A1A when it crashed into a pole on the west side of the highway near Shearwater Drive and the trailer caught fire.
The Patrick AFB Fire Department dispatched a P-19 Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Vehicle, a P-26 5,000-gallon water tanker and a safety officer, for a total of four personnel, to aid in fighting the fire, said Fire Chief Mark Palm, 45th Civil Engineer Squadron.
"The department responded as part of its mutual aid agreement at the request of Brevard County Fire Rescue," said Chief Palm.
The P-19 sprayed Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) onto the burning fuel tanker truck. AFFF is used primarily for fighting aircraft fires.
The accident and fire forced police to close the road for eight hours. No injuries were