Fire Department Service Announcement: Bulletin #76


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The Fire Department Service Announcement (FDSA) Bulletin #76 looks at impactful incidents of AFFF use

During the last several years, there have been numerous incidents using AFFF. Some of these events have been a catalyst for changes in several states and the fire service.

YearIncident / LocationLengthGallons of AFFFIssues  
2019ATC Transformer Madison, WI1 day54A PFAS containing “fluorine-free” foam and 4 gallons of a de-listed MilSpec AFFF from Truax Air National Guard Base were used.  
2019ITC Deer Park Houston, TX3 days130,00020M gallons of wastewater were collected.  
2020Colonial Pipeline Huntersville, NCMonthsUnknownFoam was used on gas leaks as a vapor suppression agent.  
2020USS Bonhomme Richard San Diego, CA5 daysUnknownAmphibious assault ship undergoing repairs while the fire suppression system “was not operational…”  
2021Chemtool Rockton, IL9 days3,200AR-AFFF was used initially and then switched to a non-fluorine  foam when it ‘became available.’  
2021Lithium Battery Warehouse Morris, IL27  daysNonePurple K was ineffective. Then, 28 tons of dry Portland cement was used to smother the fire. Flare-ups occurred for 28 days.  
2021Sugar Camp Coal Mine Macedonia, ILMonths46,000The fire and foam use was unreported until a citizen advised Illinois EPA.  
2022Tyco / Johnson Controls / ChemDesign Warehouse Menominee, MI14 daysUnknown5.5M gallons of firewater waste captured. 36,000 tons of fire debris material was transported offsite to landfills in Michigan and Wisconsin.  

Case studies are being worked up.

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