Auxquimia has been in the SAA-IAFPA FireFighting Foam Seminar in Singapore presenting some very interesting results about firefighting foam testing with AFFFs and Fluorine Free foams. Over 6 months, Auxquimia´s technical department has analyzed many of the current products in the market in order to shed a light on the limits, if any, of Fluorine free foam concentrates to fight flammable liquid fires.
In the past, environmental considerations such as the toxicity and biodegradability of fire-fighting foams were not fully addressed. However in 2002, 3M voluntarily stopped production of a number of products such as the Aqueous Film Forming Foam which contain and degrade into perfluorooctane sulfonate considered to be persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic by environmental authorities. It was then that the environmental impact of firefighting foams became a critical issue. The recent development of Fluorine Free Foams, which claim to be environmentally friendly alternatives to fluorinated foams, seems promising but some face issues with performance.
For the first time ever, Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) in collaboration with the International Aviation Fire Protection Association (IAFPA) has organized a two and a half-day fire-fighting foam seminar titled “The future of fire-fighting foams: Minimising its environmental impact for greater sustainability” in answer to these concerns.