AFFF FIREFIGHTING FOAM
WHAT is AFFF?
Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a firefighting suppressant which is mostly used by firefighters, military personnel and at airports for commercial use. For over 50 years, AFFF has been effectively used to fight petroleum-based fires.
AFFF contains the chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) which are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS is referred to as a “forever chemical” because the elemental bonds of fluorine and carbon are extremely strong and difficult to break down in the environment and in our bodies…. This means that the carcinogens in AFFF, when consumed by people, stay in the body for a very long period of time.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS HAS ALSO BEGUN WARNING VETERANS about the increased risks of breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and kidney cancer after being exposed to the fire-fighting foam in military facilities.
Military, Aviation, and Fire Fighter organizations are warning their members about the dangers of being exposed to AFFF and making huge changes as a result. However, the exposure of AFFF can spread so whether you were working in the facilities or spent time near one, you may have been exposed to AFFF.
Exposure to PFAS in AFFF has been linked to:
- Testicular Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with any of the above listed cancers after exposure to Firefighting Foam, you may have a claim for substantial compensation from the manufacturer.