Healthy CAFS

Published:  25 July, 2018

A CAFS-themed conference has announced a new speaker who will discuss the reduction of carcinogens when using compressed air foam.

ICAFS will be held on 19-20 September at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol in The Netherlands,

For this reason, the organisers invited the Deputy Fire Chief of the Reddick Community Fire Protection District Gary Baum over from the US. Baum is a Field Staff Instructor at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, and he will inform the audience about his recent research into whether a Class A compressed air foam system could potentially reduce the carcinogens in residential-structure fire atmospheres.

‘As the request for emergency services ever increases globally, the need to encompass hazard mitigation, fire suppression, property loss prevention, responder safety and environmental protection also has grown exponentially. The use of CAFS provides an invaluable tool to meet such demands. The international fire service is a dynamic fraternity and the need to share forward-thinking ideas and cutting-edge technology is so very important. This is the very reason why the ICAFS symposium is necessary to attend for all hazard mitigation organisations to attend,’ commented Baum.

The event also welcomes two Australian experts in the field of CAFS. Leon ‘Alfy’ Smith has 33 years of experience in the emergency services sector in Australia, where he has worked as a career and volunteer firefighter as well as emergency fleet manager, fire investigator and trainer. Smith is known all over the world. He will provide an insight into a range of considerations concerning scoping, designing and effectively using CAFS capability to maximise safety and effectiveness during both rural and urban operations.

Another new addition to the speaker programme is Dr John Gorrie, who has a PhD in environmental toxicology. He spent over 10 years with the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority. Gorrie will be presenting on the collaborative work the Tasmanian Fire Service and Environment Protection Authority undertook while the Tasmanian CAFS capability was being developed. He will also discuss the use of Net Environmental Benefit Analysis in fire ground decision making. His presentation will include several case studies where CAFS was used, and where he considers the technology should have been used from an environmental perspective.

For more information, please visit

  • Operation Florian

Sign up: eMagazine & eNewsletter

The latest issues in your inbox.

Company Profiles

Renka´s Fire Engine No. 1

Firefighting, fast, safe, everywhere. Michael Renka GmbH, based in Germany, is a manufacturer of firefighting vehicles, pumps and rescue equipment.

Waterax - We move water

Trusted by wildland firefighters around the world, WATERAX sets the industry standard by developing innovative, portable fire pumps and water-handling equipment designed to withstand demanding applications and rugged environments.

Big Water Flow for Industrial and Municipal Firefighting Applications

Protecting the lives of the public and firefighters while limiting the structural damage caused in large scale fires is our primary mission

We are committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way

We have a unique mix of capability and culture that we refer to as 3M Science and we strive to develop products that improve people’s daily lives in a multitude of ways.

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.

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

Advancing rescue technology

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

Revolutionizing fire fighting foam technology

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

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.

The leader in truck-mounted hydraulic platforms

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

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.

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.