Who We Are
The Fire Fighting Foam Coalition (FFFC) is a coalition of manufacturers, distributors and users of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) fire fighting agents and their chemical components. All of us believe strongly in the value of our products and their potential for fighting fires quickly and safely. Our products have been proven to provide knockdown, resist burnback and secure the enflamed area in flammable liquid - or Class B - fires. From aircraft fires to major flammable liquid spills, our products have provided quicker, more effective results with less risk to firefighters, less property damage and reduced environmental impact.
Why A Coalition?
Not too long ago, 3M had environmental concerns about a chemical in their product and decided to withdraw from the AFFF market. Even though no other manufacturers used the questionable chemical, the withdrawal of 3M from AFFF production raised a red flag. As a direct result, a lot of half-truths and misinformation published by some well-meaning, but misinformed, groups began to surface. One organization went so far as to label our products as "hazardous waste" and as posing an "occupational health or environmental hazard." At the same time, the Federal government was focusing its attention on the industry and needed to identify an industry representative that could provide fact-based information and serve as a focal point for dialogue. We decided, therefore, to form the FFFC in order to educate, inform and help persuade regulatory and legislative decision-makers that fire fighting foams are a value-added component to any fire fighting capability.
Support users of AFFF by serving as a single source for accurate, balanced information on environment related questions.
Establish a dialog with EPA and other regulatory authorities to ensure that accurate information about PFOS alternatives, including telomer-based products, is disseminated into the marketplace.
Participate in EPA's ongoing review of PFOA and telomers as they relate to AFFF.
Establish a dialog with DoD to ensure that the differences between AFFF agents are well understood.
Serve as a focal point for information on the development and approval of environmentally acceptable and effective alternatives.