Fire Department Service Announcement

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…

Fire Department Service Announcement

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…

Fire Department Service Announcement

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…

Fire Department Service Announcement

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:…

Fire Department Service Announcement

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…

Fire Department Service Announcement

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…

Removing PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ will be a costly undertaking for fire services, but help is at hand

A recent Environmental Protection Association (EPA) report, prepared by Sweco, shows the scale of the challenge when it comes to addressing the use of PFAS-containing fire-fighting foam in Ireland. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals commonly used in…

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…

Firefighting foam action in Wisconsin

Water contamination issues from PFAS are creating pressure on the fire service to make changes in toxic AFFF products. PFAS contamination of drinking water is threatening people’s health in many communities worldwide. Firefighters have been and continue to be placed…

Dyne Fire Protection Labs’ New Service – Fluorine Analysis

Dyne Fire Protection Labs is excited to announce the expansion of their laboratory services to include fluorine analysis. The concerns regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continue to grow. In response, regulations continue to impose restrictions on PFAS, a group…

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