Edwards AFB High Expansion Foam Training Event
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks to listeners about firefighters at Edwards Air Force Base in California training with high expansion foam (HEF) during an exercise involving an aircraft hangar. The HEF foam contains hazardous chemicals similar to AFFF yet, firefighters were unnecessarily exposed to toxic foam who likely believed the material was safe thereby why they were lacking proper PPE.
Kevin provides his opinion about how leaders in the fire service seemingly enable exposures like that at Edwards Air Force Base and other military and civilian locations to occur without accountability. Kevin also speaks about previous incidents involving AFFF at active and former military installations where firefighting foam has contaminated local communities and to date, no clean-up has occurred.
Link to OSHA Hazard Classification Guidance for Manufacturers, Importers, and Employers: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3844.pdf
Edwards Air Force Base Hangar Search & Rescue Exercise: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/762455/edwards-afb-firefighters-conduct-search-and-rescue-training-during-foam-test
Additional video of exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV3uClQK4wg&fbclid=IwAR14scX4vnBEDsdwfNZZnzxnN5bVTUz2Y9gsSiH8Y-3XiY7jUkkV9wvmXA8
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