Strange particulates in AFFF tanks

Published:  04 November, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an alert following disturbing findings that could affect AFFF production or nozzle discharge.

The FAA has issued a CertAlert for airport operators and ARFF departments after crystalised particulates have been found in some AFFF tanks on ARFF vehicles.

The FAA is asking airports to check their vehicles, foam trailers, and bulk storage tanks to help determine whether this is a widespread issue.

The issue had previously been encountered only once, several years ago, in the reserve AFFF storage tank of Oklahoma City Airport.

According to the FAA, the issue has resurfaced again and has been found in at least four different ARFF stations around the US.

Although to date these crystals have not been found to affect the firefighting capabilities of AFFF, the FAA is concerned is that the crystallisation might possibly restrict the AFFF proportioning system and alter the AFFF production or nozzle discharge.

The FAA is asking Certificated Part 139 airports to proactively inspect the AFFF tanks on all ARFF vehicles, foam trailers, and bulk AFFF storage tanks as soon as possible.

The potential particles are grey/white in colour and are hard to the touch, with a crystallisation structure. A high concentration of particulates will be settled in the bottom of the tank, visible with a strong flashlight.

The FAA is advising affected organisations to contact the AFFF manufacturer for guidance; complete a survey; and send a sample to the FAA.

For more information, click here:

http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_safety/certalerts/media/part-139-cert-alert-16-09-particles-afff-tank.pdf

Particulates drained AFFF tank

Drained AFFF tank.

  • 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.

Calendar

  • 18 April, 2018, 9:00 - 19 April, 2018eRIC