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Bulletin #58, Pre-Test! Independent third-party firefighting foam testing – currently available:               NFPA 18               UL 162               ICAO A, B & C               EN 1568: Parts 1–4               LASTFIRE               Total Fluorine Testing               US Forestry               MIL-SPEC There…

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Bulletin #57, Prop 65 Awareness As fire departments are working through obtaining a ‘clean’ foam, they should be aware of California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). This law came into effect in 1986 with the intention to allow consumers to make…

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Bulletin #56: Multidistrict Litigations Because there are so many PFAS-related lawsuits occurring, the ‘Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigations determined that the AFFF cases filed involved common questions of law and fact such that centralization of the cases was appropriate.’1 Any…

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Bulletin #53, PFAS Effects on Heart Health From David’s wife Kristi: When my boys were little, every night from the time they could talk, they asked me if their daddy was going to be home tomorrow. And I always said,…

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Bulletin #52: Endocrine disrupting PFAS ‘The endocrine system, made up of all the body’s different hormones, regulates all biological processes in the body from conception through adulthood and into old age, including the development of the brain and nervous system,…

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Bulletin #50, Airport Twists The Department of Defense (DoD) estimates replacements for ARFF apparatus ‘may take over 18 years at current commercial production rates, assuming DoD could acquire 50 percent of current commercial production.’1 However, commercial airports in the United…

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Bulletin #49: Airports, Fire Training & ARFF Training Facilities Christopher Higgins, a scientist who studies PFAS contamination at the Colorado School of Mines, said Pittsburgh and many of these other airports almost certainly do have contamination. ‘If they have their…

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Bulletin #45, PFAS and the Firefighter When PFAS are found in drinking water contaminated from Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF), what happens? The chemicals are ‘persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic.’1 PFAS are very difficult and costly to remediate. Callie Lyons reported:…

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Bulletin #41, A Duty to Warn Firefighters have been unaware of the known toxicity in Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF). ‘Aside from standard workplace safety requirements regarding hazardous materials right-to-know, there has been no legal duty to warn or to…

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Bulletin #40, FAA Fail, 15 October 2021 Congress had directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to transition firefighting foam from Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) to fluorine-free foams through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018. The FAA missed…

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Bulletin #38, Companies that have switched over to F3 products, 1 October 2021  These listed companies have already transitioned to fluorine-free firefighting foams for their industrial facilities and corporate owned properties. Company Year Transitioned to F3 Products 3M 2018 1…

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International entities using PFAS-free firefighting foams, Bulletin #37 International entities Location Year Auckland Airport Auckland, New Zealand 2019 1 All 27 major Australian airports including Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (changed over in 2014) Australia 2018 2 Bristol Airport Bristol, England,…

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Bulletin #36, monitoring PFAS exposure in fire service personnel There is growing awareness and concern for the fire service and their exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This concern has led to several research efforts to study and better…

Bulletin #29, US Department of Veterans Affairs – PFAS Health Concerns

Active-duty military firefighters can obtain a PFAS blood test only during their annual physical. Retired military firefighters have no option for a PFAS blood test through the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They can, however, obtain a PFAS blood…

Foam Exposure Committee: calling out all Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF)

Don’t dump fluorinated (AFFF) firefighting foams into a storm drain, the sewer or landfills1 Don’t sell or give away fluorinated AFFF or AR-AFFF to other fire departments Do not send it to a training site or a fire academy to…

Foam Exposure Committee Bulletin #18: Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is not ‘safe as soap’

The fire service has always been told that AFFF is as ‘safe as soap’ to use in their communities and for their firefighters. It is actually not. This is now evidenced by nationwide PFAS water-contamination issues. AFFF should not hit…

Bulletin #7 from the Foam Exposure Committee: PFAS at additional sites

Fluorinated firefighting foams known as Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) are being identified nationwide as a water contamination source issue. The Foam Exposure Committee (FEC) lists possible contaminated areas that have yet to be addressed on a national level: 27,184  …


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