The Essen fire safety to inform service EBS F-500 the certified alternative to harmful foam due to the directive 2006/122/EC will be banned firefighters from January 27, 2011, to use AFFF foam containing harmful perfluorooctane sulfonates (PFOS). At least until this final ban date, all existing stocks of such substances of the disposal should be collected separately. As a result, nationwide fire departments must reorganize their fire equivalents and create replacement products. Fire protection experts of the Essen fire service EBS report in this context F-500, a particularly efficient, health – and environmentally friendly water addition. F-500 is the U.S. companies of hazard control technologies, Inc. (HCT) manufactured by and sold through a subsidiary in Europe. It was both by NATO, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as well as the MPA Dresden and the Italian RINA for use by European Fire departments certified and can point to an international success story in professional fire fighting.
In Germany, F-500 is already used in the whole country with success. In contrast to many previously common extinguishing systems, F-500 is not toxic or harmful to health. It does not contain cancer-causing, and mutagenic substances or halogens and is subject to any marking according to the hazardous substances Ordinance. Even as a concentrate the innovative extinguishing agent has no corrosive qualities that were significantly stronger than that of water. In addition, it will biodegrade within a short time and may the usual dilution be inserted, provided easily by domestic sewage in sewage treatment plants.
HCT strives to meet highest quality standards, which is similarly reflected certification in its ISO 9001 as in the product durability guaranteed for F-500 by 15 years. F-500 was designed as a multifunctional extinguishing agent additive with special properties. As Surfactant F-500 has an amphiphatischen molecule’s chemical properties. It has a hydrophilic (Polar) and a hydrophobic (non-polar) part on molecular level.