The Fire Fighting Foam Coalition (FFFC) is a not-for-profit trade association whose members are manufacturers, distributors and users of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) fire fighting agents and their chemical components. The Coalition was formed to represent the fire fighting foam industry's interests on all issues related to the environmental acceptability of AFFF agents. The coalition provides a focal point for technical reviews, development of industry positions, and interactions with relevant organizations such as environment agencies, militaries, and standards organizations.
Best Practice Guidance for Use of Class B Firefighting Foams
FFFC has published a guidance document and flyer that outline steps that should be taken to protect the environment when using fluorinated Class B foams such as AFFF, AR-AFFF, FFFP, AR-FFFP, FP and AR-FP. They include guidance on proper foam selection, containing and eliminating foam discharge, and disposal of foam and firewater.
AFFF ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE
FFFC has recently updated its AFFF environmental issues fact sheet to provide the latest information on the environmental impact of AFFF agents and the fluorosurfactants they contain as key ingredients. The updated fact sheet reviews the voluntary phase out of AFFF production by 3M in 2002, the subsequent regulation of PFOS around the world, and EPA' s decision to address the production of telomers through a voluntary program. AFFF and fluorochemical manufacturers are currently doing the research and testing necessary to incorporate into their AFFF formulations the new fluorochemicals that are being developed to comply with the EPA program. This work will ensure that safe and effective AFFF agents that meet all environmental requirements will continue to be available to fight flammable liquid fires.