Independent guidance on
fluorine-free foam and AFFF

Situation assesment, concepts and project management.

I will guide you through the tranition from AFFF to fluorine-free foam!

„The Commission will ban all PFAS as a group in firefighting foams [..], allowing their use only where they are essential for society.“

European Commission 2020: Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment

The Problem

All AFFF will be banned!

All PFAS-based foams, like AFFF, FP or FFFP, have come under the scrutiny of legislators – in the European Union and worldwide. While there will be transition periods, likely, they will all eventually be banned. AFFF have always been considered the best performing foams for many applications. The capability to form an aqueous film and the “fuel water repellency“ make them superior in fighting fires, especially in industrial facilities. So, what should you do if they are to be banned? The transition to fluorine-free foam doesn’t come as a drop-in replacement: Extinguishing performance, expansion ratio, application rates, viscosity, and tank cleaning are just some of the issues that need attention.
  • 1 Situation Assessment

    Understanding your situation always comes first. The foam concentrate you have, the equipment you use, the risks you face and the constraints you need to consider are the basis for any project.

    At the end of the situation assessment, you will understand which issues need to be addressed and you will know the scope of the project.

  • 2 Project Planning

    Now it's time to plan. We find the right foam concentrate, identify the necessary technical modifications, plan the cleaning of the systems and ensure that everything runs smoothly.

    At the end of the project planning phase, you know how to solve the problems, what it will cost, and how long the project will take.
    You can start the project execution.

  • 3 Project Execution

    Now the project will be executed. We identify the suppliers and service providers, monitor implementation, and find solutions if something does not go as planned.

    At the end of the project execution, the new fluorine free foam concentrate is in the systems, the vehicles are ready for use and the extinguishing systems are operational. The old foam concentrate was disposed of properly.

  • 4 Training , documentation, and quality assurance

    Now the knowledge transfer from the project must be ensured. This includes training, the handing over of the documentation, and the establishment of a quality management system.

    At the end of the last phase, your employees are familiar with the new technology and the new foam concentrate and ensure that both are always ready for use.
    The project is completed

The Solution

Your roadmap to fluorine-free foam

I will guide you through the foam transition – independently. It starts with the analysis of your situation and your risks. Based on this assessment, I will develop a concept for the foam transition and guide you through the implementation. The solution will consider the latest research and tests – sometimes so new that they have not even been published. And it is based on years of solid practical experience.

References

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Knowledge

What you need to know about foam

About me

Eike Peltzer

I have worked for more than 13 years as a deputy fire chief for an industrial fire service. I am an expert in fire-fighting foam, specialising in all aspects of the phase-out of AFFF and the transition to fluorine-free foam. I am involved in several research and testing projects for the performance of fluorine-free foam. I have also developed and implemented concepts for tank fire-fighting.

Since 2016 I have chaired the working group on fire-fighting foam of the WFVD, the German Industrial Fire-fighters organisation and advise the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency, and the Stockholm Convention on the legislation of PFAS in fire-fighting foam.

I received a Bachelor of Engineering in Rescue Engineering from TH Köln (Germany), a Master of Science in Disaster Management from Coventry University (UK). I also attended the national training program for fire officers in Germany (senior management level).

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This quality issue of firefighting foam is called phase separation or stratification. It can occur with alcohol-resistant foam concentrate – both with AFFF and with fluorine-free foam. In this video I show what happened to us and explain how to ensure the quality of firefighting foams.

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Email: info@epfire.de
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