PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - While certain parties are claiming that they accomplish things, the only things that they actually accomplished were UPP initiated projects. Recently a solution was offered to contain the fires at the dump at a reasonable price.
While Minister Lee was open to the solution, Prime Minister Marlin was dragging his feet and is holding off the solution that actually tackles the very costly fires at the dump which are damaging to our citizens’ health”, Member of Parliament Frankie Meyers said.
Referring to a Class-A foam that has been proven effective on many deep-seated Class-A firessuch as tire fires, paper fires, coal fires, structure fires, and wild firesMP Meyers continued: “The product does not destroy or retard new greenery growth, and will not harm fish or wildlife; it is biodegradable in soils, aquatic ecosystems, and sewage treatment facilities.
This product provides excellent penetrating, wetting, cooling and blanketing characteristics. In a 0.1% to 1.0% solution, this Class A foam can be applied using a variety of methods including portable discharge devices, compressed air foam systems or aerial drops.
“To explain a little more about the product in question, some of the firefighting mechanisms in effect when using this product are: reduction of the surface tension of water, which provides the product with superior wetting and penetrating characteristics, this renders Class A fuels less combustible and allows the product to penetrate past the char to control deep seated fires; extended drain time provides longer surface wetting, reducing the risk of ignition/re-ignition.
Also, the product creates a foam blanket which provides an insulating barrier between the fuel and air. This Class-A foam suppresses combustible vapors while cooling the fuel and the brilliant white foam reflects heat.
“It is beyond my comprehension that when literally the entire island is screaming for a solution to the fires on the dump, someone can just ignore a solution that is offered on a silver platter.
It is high time that PM William Marlin gets of his high horse and embraces a solution to the many dump fires.” MP Meyers concluded: “Not because election is near and someone can’t take credit for the solution to the disasters on the dump, it should be ignored. It is clear that this NA-led Government doesn’t care about the people.
My advice: Jump over your shadow and accomplish the containing of fires on the dump.