Toxics in firefighting law

Firefighter fighting a fire
In 2018, Washington passed the Firefighting Agents and Equipment law (Chapter 70A.400 RCW).

This law does the following:

In relation to this law, we are developing an AFFF collection and disposal program to help local fire departments and first responders collect and safely dispose of unused AFFF they have on-site.

What does the law include?

AFFF restrictions

Class B firefighting foam (otherwise known as AFFF) can no longer be:

  • Manufactured or sold. Exemptions include: The military, petroleum refineries and terminals, certain chemical plants, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified airports, except Part 139-certified airports (see next section for details).
  • Used for fire training. No exemptions.

AFFF may still be used for emergencies and required testing.

Part 139-certified airports must procure approved non-PFAS firefighting agents

Airports in Washington that are federally-certified part 139 must:

PFAS-containing firefighting PPE requires written notice

PFAS-containing firefighting PPE can still be manufactured and sold, but manufacturers and sellers must provide a written notice to buyers that their products contain PFAS.

Develop preferred purchasing guidelines

The law also directs us to work with the Department of Enterprise Services to develop preferred purchasing guidance to help other public sector partners avoid purchasing AFFF and PFAS-containing PPE.

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