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NOAA Hurricane Hunter Hangar Will Be Filled With Foam as Part of Fire Suppression Testing

Who: Lakeland Linder Airport Director, Gene Conrad.

What: High expansion foam generator test at NOAA Hangar. The hangar will fill up with foam to approximately 12 feet in height. The test only lasts about three minutes but because of the hangar size (58,000 SF), there will be a great deal of foam.

Why: High expansion foam is a fire suppressant system that totally floods a space to help secure three-dimensional fires that could occur from such sources as flammable liquids storage. The test is required by code prior to occupancy of the tenant.

When: Tuesday, May 9th at 9 a.m.

Where: NOAA Hangar at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport located at 3450 Flightline Drive, Lakeland Florida 33811. Parking will be available along Flightline Drive.

On Tuesday, May 9th at 9 a.m. there will be a great opportunity for the media to see something that doesn’t happen very often. A fire suppression system that disperses high-expansion foam will be tested at the NOAA Hangar at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport located at Flightline Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811. Event is open to the media only.

The 58,000 square foot facility will be filled with foam. The test will last approximately three minutes. Gene Conrad, Director of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and Carl E. Newman, Executive Officer, NOAA Aircraft Operations Center will be on hand to answer questions about the test and they will be glad to answer questions about the new home of NOAA’s hurricane hunter operations. Tours of the entire facility will not be available at this time due to the final completion schedule.

Applications suited for high-expansion foam include aircraft hangars, hazardous waste storage, paper product warehouse, tire warehouse, flammable liquid storage, mining, ship holds and engine rooms, power stations, gas turbine generators, cable tunnels, engine test cells, transformer rooms, basements, cellars and enclosed spaces, and communications switching stations.

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