A Delicate Balancing Act: Environmental Responsibility in Firefighter Training

Image courtesy of TEEX.When you hear about firefighter training, you might think that between the water, smoke and foam runoff, it would negatively impact the environment. But at TEEX’s Brayton Fire Training Field, the largest firefighter training field in the United States, they have environmental responsibility down to a science.
Instead of wasting millions of gallons of fresh water in training every day, the environmental engineers at TEEX have developed an industrial wastewater treatment plant so students can reuse it day after day. Last year, the plant treated nearly 226 million gallons of water, recycling and reusing more than 65% of that. They are able to do this with the help of millions of microbes that live in the water and eat the fuel and foam.

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