Jan Knappert: Fluorine-free Foams and the Environment

Published:  10 November, 2009

As a major supplier to German municipal and industrial fire brigades, we are constantly asked to provide solutions for new risks and to satisfy the strict requirements of the German environmental protection agency (UBA). The majority of municipal fire brigades in Germany use multipurpose detergent-based foam which provides good Class A and small Class B fire protection capabilities. However, with the increasing calls for bio-fuels, these foams are ineffective when used on fuel spills of ethanol-enriched petrol and diesel following a vehicle accident. Brigades are having to look at all aspects of firefighting foam usage and disposal of fire-water runoff.

This has resulted in a culture change within the Fire Service and individual brigades are investigating: (i) the types of foam they have in stock; (ii) its effectiveness on Class A and Class B fires; (iii) ease of cleanup post-discharge; (iv) their historical use of foams; and (v) environmental data on COD and BOD.

In line with these efforts, we have recently launched a new environmentally friendly fluorinefree alochol-resistant foam, which is ideal for fire brigades increasingly dealing with conventional and ethanol-enhamced fuel incidents.

About the speaker:

International Sales Director - Dr Sthamer Hamburg, since November 2006, appointed to grow the international business of the company. Jan has 25 years experience in the Fire Industry, with companies such as Gent, Kidde, Preussag Minmax and Tyco, designing products through to systems and managing sales and engneering teams.

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