Buffalo, New York (CNN) — The Buffalo Fire Department said Tuesday that it has purchased an automatic fire extinguishers that can be used to fight natural disasters.
The department said the first two units were delivered to firefighters at the scene of a massive fire in the Buffalo Niagara-Syracuse International Airport parking lot early Sunday morning.
The fire department said that while the department has not yet been able to confirm the number of units in use, the two fire extinguishes are one of the more popular types of fire extinguish available.
The Buffalo Fire Chief said that his department had been using the extinguishers in emergencies involving large fires for many years, including a natural disaster incident in 2014 when it used them in a natural gas leak in an airport parking lot.
In 2016, Buffalo Fire used the extinguisher in the death of an elderly man who had suffered a heart attack and died in a Buffalo hospital.
Buffalo Fire said in a news release that the extinguishes were being manufactured by an international manufacturer, and that the company was currently testing them in firefighting efforts.
The extinguishers have an internal flame, which will heat and expand when they hit a hard surface.
They are also equipped with an electronic warning system that can automatically activate when a fire starts or when the extinguish is applied to a combustible object.
The extinguishers are also designed to work in water.
The Department of Homeland Security is in charge of the Buffalo Fire Protection District.