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Firefighting Module (1978)

NASA and U.S. Coast Guard are working jointly to develop a helicopter transportable firefighting module that can save precious minutes in combating shipboard or harbor fires. Derived from space projects, the compact module weighs a little more than a ton but contains everything needed to fight a fire. Key component is a high output pump which delivers 2,000 gallons of sea water a minute. Pump can be brought up to maximum output only one minute after turning on the power source, a small Allison gas engine. The module also contains a hose, a foam nozzle and a spray nozzle, three sets of protective clothing for firefighters and fuel for three hours of operation. Designed to be assembled without special tools, module can be set up for operation in less than 20 minutes.
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