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A Foam Authority Foam Concentrate Usage Statement

The A Foam Authority is a third party training and educational resource that is committed to providing non-corporate biased information to the international fire service. The A Foam Authority must be responsible in ensuring that the products/ equipment utilized by our member agents meet national and international regulations, standards and/or best practices.

Currently, the foam concentrate industry is contending with the fluorinated surfactant issue. The A Foam Authority in July of 2021 changed its mission statement to include- The non-fluorinated foam concentrate educational resource.  This statement change now places non-fluorinated (F3) Class B foam concentrates along with the traditional Class A Foam concentrates under the organizational umbrella.

A Foam Authority recognizes Class A Foam Concentrates that meet the following organizational benchmarks:

  1. QPL
  2. NFPA
  3. SDS Sheet (Providing full disclosure of chemical content and properties)
  4. pH
  5. Environmental Toxicity
  6. Proprietary Security is not sufficient for A Foam Authority acceptance.
  7. A Foam Authority, Training Site management or Authority having Jurisdiction reserve the right for product exclusion.

The A Foam Authority recognizes the new non-fluorinated (F3) Class B foam concentrates due to the absence of fluorine coupled with the increased use of hydrocarbon- based surfactants. With the greatly varying chemical formulas created by Foam concentrate manufacturers to meet the standards for Class B foam concentrates, the A Foam Authority must rely on benchmarks to ensure A Foam Authority is utilizing fire health and environmentally safe foam concentrates.

A Foam Authority recognizes non-fluorinated (F3) Class B Foam Concentrates that meet the following organizational benchmarks:

  1. Green Screen Certified
  2. UL 162 certification to current standard
  3. Concentrates are free from Silicon/Silicate and/ or Chlorine based chemicals
  4. Foam concentrates are blended on a fluorine free production line. The production line cannot have once been used to produce fluorinated surfactant based foam concentrates. This is directly related to the extremely high levels of persistence in other materials.
  5. SDS review
  6. Proprietary Security is not sufficient for A Foam Authority acceptance.
  7. A Foam Authority, Training Site management or Authority having Jurisdiction reserve the right for product exclusion.

As the foam concentrate industry continues to evolve through the fluorinated concentrates and the F3 foam concentrates, the A Foam Authority Subject Matter Experts will also educate the international fire service about the use of fluorinated Class B Foam concentrates as they apply to emergency response scenarios and the future potential impact the situation may present.