ARFF and recovery: Focusing on the best fire protection
Fire Protection Consultant, Mike Willson, questions whether we are using our best fire protection at airports and major hazard facilities. And if not, why not?
The passing of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Re-Authorisation Act, in October 2018, confirmed that FAA-regulated airports “shall not require the use of fluorinated chemicals to meet the performance standards” within three years. 2018’s version of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 403 has also changed, although this means fluorinated foams can still be used. The USA’s Washington State backed off a proposed complete per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) ban, accepting fluorine free foam (F3) usage for firefighter training from July 2018, plus its amended PFAS restriction legislation passed in March 2018, specifically exempting major hazard facilities – airports, military, oil refineries, petroleum terminals and chemical plants from such restrictions – from July 2020 onwards: a sensible and precautionary approach.
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