Fire Fighting Foams with Perfluorochemicals – Environmental Review, by Dr Jimmy Seow, Manager, Pollution Response Unit, Department of Environment and Conservation Western Australia

Published:  05 April, 2013

Hemming Fire exclusive: download the most exhaustive paper on the subject to date.

This position paper discusses the current issues regarding the use of fire fighting foams containing perfluorochemicals and of fluorine-free foams now commercially available on the market.

The paper’s aim is to highlight and discuss:

  • Environmental and human health issues associated with the use of perfluorochemicals in fire fighting foams;
  • Current legislation and policy in Australia and overseas (namely the US, UK, Norway, Germany and the EU) pertaining to the use of perfluorochemicals in fire fighting foams;
  • Environmental acceptance criteria for the use of fire fighting foams;
  • Recommendations for the use of fire fighting foams containing fluorochemicals and fluorine-free foams in Western Australia for the Department of Environment and Conservation to consider or adopt as its policy.

You can download the document on THIS page.

The paper was presented at the 5th International Fire Fighting Foam Conference that took place in March 2013 in Reebok Stadium, Bolton, UK. The presentation accompanying this paper can be found at:

A report on the conference will appear in the June issue of Industrial Fire Journal, as well as on

  • Operation Florian

Sign up: eMagazine & eNewsletter

The latest issues in your inbox.

Company Profiles

HazSim - Bringing situational HazMat training to life

HazSim, LLC provides innovative simulation training to ensure your team works safely and effectively. HazSim Pro simulation equipment is in use by hundreds of fire departments, training schools, industrial fire teams, and private trainers across the US, Canada and further afield as well as the US Army.

Revolutionizing fire fighting foam technology

The one-stop resource for fire fighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware.

Advancing rescue technology

The specialist supplier of quality PPE and Rescue Equipment to Emergency Services.

The ultimate in innovation, quality and service

For 60 years Lehavot has been delivering the world’s most advanced fire detection and suppression automatic systems

Trust the best, let us be your foam solution

AUXQUIMIA is a Spanish company whose main activity is the design, manufacture and commercialization of firefighting foam concentrates.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control offers a full line of specialized fire response equipment for oil and gas platforms

From storage tanks and pipeline emergencies to offshore platforms and vessels at sea, Williams' response personnel and specialized equipment quickly address adverse fire emergencies.

Foam fights fire

Europe’s foremost fire fighting foam manufacturer has been developing and producing foams since the 1920s.

The leader in truck-mounted hydraulic platforms

Our mission is to provide the best and the safest solution to professionals that work at height.

The independent alternative

Dafo Fomtec AB is a privately owned company with head office in Stockholm Sweden and manufacturing in Helsingborg in the south of Sweden.

If you want quality, you want Zico

Since its inception Ziamatic Corp has provided the men and women of the fire service with products designed to make their jobs safer and easier.