Firefighting Foams and Substances

FOI Number: 22037

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Freedom of Information

Published on 24 August 2022

Ref: FOI/22037 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST    

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request. 

I am requesting freedom of information from your fire service to request whether your fire service has ever used Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) for firefighting purposes?  

Reply 

We only hold information from 1990 onwards and therefore cannot confirm or deny if WMFS PFAS for firefighting purposes.   

Request 

What firefighting foam/s system/s did your fire service use?    

Reply 

Alcohol Type Concentrate which is provided by Angus Fire Tridol 3-3 C6 in our bulk foam carrier 

Niagara C6 in our PRL’s (100L) this is detergent free  

Expandol for Hi Expansion Foam (Fluorine Free so no PFOS or PFAS) 

Please note: Our C6 foams contain no PFOA and no PFOS, in accordance with US EPA Stewardship Programme 2010/15 and EU Directive 2006/122/EC and amended Council Directive 76/769/EEC 

Request 

If available what type of PFAS were these foams?    

Reply 

As above 

Request 

What dilution was used in firefighting foams by your fire service?  

Reply 

Dilution is at 3% final product. 

All our current foams are fluorine free, as such do not contain PFAS or PFOS 

Request 

When did the West Midlands fire service start using current foam in operations?  

Reply 

From 1990 

Request 

Does your fire service have a current policy regarding PFAS firefighting foams?  

Reply 

No, as we do not use PFAS foam, to ensure compliance with EU Directive 2006/122/EC and amended 76/769/EEC 

Request 

Does your fire service have a policy regarding the disposal of PFAS firefighting foams held by your fire service?   

Reply 

As we don’t use PFAS foam this is not relevant, however in the event that we do need to arrange disposal this is done in consultation with our Disposal Officer and Procurement Team. Disposal is done in consultation with a waste contractor which may include high temperature incineration 

Request 

Do you have stock information on the PFAS containing products? Can you please share this information as far back as possible?  

Reply 

None 

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. 

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW 

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