What is the situation regarding the use of fluoro compounds in Firechief® fire extinguishers?

Firechief® Global is staying up to date with any regulatory changes and actively developing products with PFAS-free firefighting technology

There is heightened concern about fire-fighting foams that contain or may contain Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) or Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

These fluorine chemicals are associated with C8 technology and are extremely stable, they remain mobile in the environment for many decades.

All film-forming foams used in our extinguishers do not contain fluorosurfactants based on C8 technology and therefore do not contain PFOS or PFOA.

PFOS was banned in Europe in 2009 and PFOA in 2020 and the vast majority of foam manufacturers based in Europe have not used these types of fluorosurfactants for some years.

All film-forming foams manufactured in Europe for the EU/UK market are manufactured using fluorosurfactants based on C6 technology.

A discussion document has been issued by the ‘Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) proposing restrictions on Undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) salts and related substances ECHA/RAC/RES-0-0000006976-57-01/F dated June 2021.

If this proposal is adopted by Europe, then all C6-based fire-fighting foam will be included in this, which will lead to an eventual ban on the use of AFFF and all film-forming foams.

UK authorities are discussing similar proposals.

Firechief® Global is committed to developing PFAS-free firefighting technology, enabling the elimination of PFAS-based fire-extinguishing compounds from the Firechief® product range.

To support this, look for the PFAS Free symbol used on product pages to which it currently applies.