What is an AFFF system?

What is an AFFF system?

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant used to extinguish flammable liquid fires such as fuel fires. AFFF is often used in shipboard and shore facility fire suppression systems, fire fighting vehicles, and at fire training facilities.

What is the difference between AFFF and AR AFFF?

AR-ARFF should be used at 3 percent on non-alcohol fires and 6 percent on ethanol fires. AFFF foam will not work well on fires involving alcohol because water is miscible in alcohol meaning it absorbs it. With regular AFFF foam, it can be metered at 1 percent, 3 percent or 6 percent.

What is AFFF fire extinguisher?

Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF) is perfect for tackling any sudden fire as they look to starve the flames of oxygen by covering them in an effective layer of foam. The fire is then cooled as the evaporation process takes place. AFFF is environment friendly and no harmful residue remains after use.

How does AR AFFF work?

When AR-AFFF is used on a polar solvent fuel fire, the polar solvent fuel tries to absorb water from the foam blanket. A polymer precipitates out forming a physical membrane/barrier between the fuel surface and foam blanket. This barrier now protects the generated foam blanket from destruction by the alcohol fuel.

Does Purple K contain PFAS?

Dry chemical products like Ansul’s Purple-K, Foray, and PLUS-Fifty can all be used to combat fires in Classes A, B, and C. These dry chemical agents have been developed to achieve optimum effectiveness, and they do not present the same PFAS human health and environmental concerns.

Does all AFFF contain PFAS?

All AFFF products contain PFAS. This applies to foams used in the past and those being sold today. Foam currently in stock or new foam that is labeled as AFFF or AR-AFFF, contains perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances, or both, as active ingredients (DOD 2018; Darwin 2004).

Is AFFF Class A or B?

Class B Foam (also called AFFF): Used to extinguish Class B materials, which include gasoline, oil, and jet fuel.

What type of water is used by firefighters?

About the Static Water Supply (SWS) Program The backyard swimming pool provides an ideal emergency water supply for firefighters, using small portable pumps and hose lines, to protect your home and possessions. Your pool water will only be used as a last resort during major bushfires.

How do AFFF extinguishers work?

When applied to a hazard, AFFF produces an aqueous film that spreads across the surface of the fire to extinguish the flame. This film is what gives AFFF its name, and it works by suppressing flammable liquid vapor, effectively suffocating the fire hazard.

Which extinguishing agent is best for use of a magnesium fire?

Class D extinguishers
Use approved Class D extinguishers or smother with dry sand, dry clay, or dry ground limestone and dry graphite. DO NOT use carbon dioxide or halogenated extinguishing agents. DO NOT use water or foam.

When should I use foam firefighting?

Firefighters use aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) to help extinguish difficult-to-fight fires, particularly fires that involve petroleum or other flammable liquids ‚ known as Class B fires.