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Meeting Minutes - April 2011

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Speakers – Michael Clowdus, Ansul Foam Systems Manager, Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products
Topic – Foam Fire Suppression Systems
Location – Benjamin Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
Meeting Called to Order – 3:05 PM
Meeting Adjourned – 4:10 PM
1. Michael covered several areas including:
a. Low Expansion foam – 10 to 20 PPM
b. Medium Expansion Foam 20 to 40 PPM
c. High Expansion Foam – over 40 PPM.
2. Ansul products can be used for “Green Projects”
3. Ansul products are considered as “Slight Health Hazards”.
4. Foams are tested for “Fish Toxicity”.
5. Foam testing information can be found at
6. The cost of foam is going up like everything.
7. The water hydraulic design is the main issue with foam systems.
8. High expansion foam breaks down in 12 to 24 hours.
Further details can be found on the Tyco web page.
For additional information the following contact information may be used:
Michael Clowdus
Ansul Foam Systems Manager
Phone (256) 492-6337
Fax (256) 492-4022
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Chapter would like to extend many thanks Michael for providing an informative and interesting presentation.
Chapter Business:
Jerry Vuoso mentioned that the annual SFPE Conference and Technical Meeting will be held October 23-28, 2011 in Portland, OR. Visit the SFPE web site at for more information and registration information.
Minutes as recorded by Alan Otts.
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