Firefighting Foams: Fire Service Roadmap

Project goal

The overall goal of this project is to develop a strategic roadmap for the fire service while transitioning from fluorinated foam (i.e., AFFF) usage to fluorine free foam technology. The project aims to enhance firefighter safety and health by developing recommendation of best practice for firefighting foam operations and handling, by summarizing currently available information, reporting existing knowledge gaps, including all types of applications of firefighting foam that provide possible exposure pathways to firefighters and others. The project is funded by a DHS/FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Read the full project summary.

Workshop: Firefighting Foams: Fire Service Roadmap, October 12 – 14, 2021

The overall goal of this workshop is to support enhanced firefighter safety & health and control Class B fires, by developing a strategic fire service roadmap to effectively and efficiently transition from fluorinated foam (i.e., AFFF) usage to fluorine free foam technology. Topics will include: firefighting foams and their replacements; review of baseline information, common aspects and regional differences; recommended best practices for acquisition/operations/handling/disposal; identify knowledge gaps; prioritize research needs; and stimulate dialogue between key groups.

This three-day virtual workshop consists of two parts: (1) presentation series by subject matter experts using a condensed format addressing the following themes, followed by (2) multiple breakout group discussions on the topics being addressed.

Presentation & breakout group times:

  • Day 1: Oct 12, 2021 - Presentation Times: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Breakout group times: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Day 2: Oct 13, 2021 – Presentation Times: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Breakout group times: 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Day 3: Oct 14, 2021 – Presentation Times: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Breakout group times: 3 – 5 p.m.

Times shown are Eastern Time Zone (ET)

See the tentative draft agenda for this workshop. Note that the agenda is subject to further update.

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We encourage you to attend the breakout group discussions as well. To attend one or more breakout group discussion, use the opt-in option from the above registration page.