Aviation Foam School & 

Workshop on Industrial Firefighting with Foam

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Fraport Aviation Academy and Dr Sthamer both have a long tradition and huge experience in their respective fields. Outstanding theoretical knowledge and practical experience set the foundation for the development of new products, procedures and guidelines. The partners are committed to increasing firefighters’ knowledge of Fluorine-Free Foam and helping them understand how to best apply this new foam type in order to maximize results.

PARTNERSHIP

Growing environmental awareness and the related requirements are becoming increasingly challenging for the field of firefighting, but they also promote the development of environmentally sound technologies and products. This particularly affects firefighting with foam agents; there is a push to replace the currently most-used foam agent worldwide, AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam), with Fluorine-Free Foam, which has been developed to avoid issues with recent European regulations on fluorine-containing chemicals.

AFFF is known for its high performance, which is based on fluoro-organic compounds such as fluorosurfactants and fluoropolymers. As these chemicals make foam bubbles fuel repellent, AFFF has proven to be very efficient at extinguishing chemical and petrochemical fires. However, apart from its lack of biodegradability, it poses hazards to health and the environment, and so its use is going to become more and more limited by both legal restrictions and the fear of liability issues following AFFF-use.

Fluorine-Free Foam agents have been known for a long time, and under the pressure on AFFF have improved significantly and are now able to yield a fire performance similar to AFFF if properly applied. 

Fraport Aviation Academy provides training for airport firefighters based on several European, non-European and national standards and regulations, which all require safe and realistic training with all the available extinguishing agents. “Although our training field is well-equipped for training with AFFF, we have decided to use Fluorine-Free Foam as the safer alternative. It not only preserves the environment and the health of the training participants, but prepares them for the future,” said Thomas Uihlein, Director of Aviation Academy. 

The new generation of foams require the development of new extinguishing/application methods and tactics to maximise their extinguishing capabilities, which can only be carried out through testing. The partners will work together to develop these tactics, increase awareness of raising environmental demands, and create better understanding of the new generation of Fluorine-Free Foams.  

Fraport Aviation Academy and Dr Sthamer both have a long tradition and huge experience in their respective fields. Outstanding theoretical knowledge and practical experience set the foundation for the development of new products, procedures and guidelines. The partners are committed to increasing firefighters’ knowledge of Fluorine-Free Foam and helping them understand how to best apply this new foam type in order to maximize results.

AVIATION FOAM SCHOOL

The airport firefighter will be acquainted with the following topics:

Fuels at airports

Foam and its characteristics

Foam-types (non-aspirated, low, medium, high-expansion foam) and their application

Function of AFFF verses F3

Pressure fires and combined use of foam and dry chemicals

CAFS at airports

Foam on jet fuels (Foam-Box Demo)

AFFF vs. vaPUREx, presenting application rates with a foam box

Drainage

Personal protection and correct sampling

Hands-on training: low expansion vs. medium expansion

Throwing length and pressure with an ARFF truck

Large test – 120m2 fire pit

Available dates: 2-4.5.2021; 12-14.9.2021        

WORKSHOP: INDUSTRIAL FIREFIGHTING WITH FOAM

The participants will be acquainted with the following topics:

Fuels, types of fuel

PFAS in foam agents

Legal background

Transition to F3 (fluorine free foams): Properties of concentrates and foams, interaction with fuels, factors influencing performance

Foam box Demos (CAFS, fuels, expansion)

Hands-on Training with F3

Presentation of different types of foams

AFFF vs. F3

Purporting including troubleshooting

Case studies

Large test – 120sqm fire pit demo F3

Available dates: 4-6.5.2021

THE TRAINING VENUE

More information regarding the location are available here.

SPEAKERS

Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Leonhardt is one of the leading experts in the field. He is a chemist and ISO 14.000 auditor, with over 16 years’ experience in fire protection – both passive (e.g. fire prevention agents) and active (firefighting agents and technologies). Dr. Leonhardt worked for the fire protection industry in several leading roles such as Technical Director and Managing Director, and finally as Manager of Global Agents R&D of a large international group. In 2015 he joined Dr. STHAMER Hamburg as their General Product Manager. As an internationally accredited expert he has a track record of over 10 years as convener or expert in several standardization groups (ISO, CEN, DIN, UL), and is the founder and Chair of EUROFEU’s Firefighting Agents section. He also contributes to international fire protection research in various roles and groups (e.g. as a lector for “Fire Technology”, LAST-fire, and JOIFF, and as an honorary board member of the journal “Fire Science and Technology”). Dr. Leonhardt is an experienced trainer with more than 25 years’ experience in adult education.

Martin Gorski has more than 22 years of experience in the oil and gas sector. In 2005 he began to conduct training courses for refineries and tank farms. Later he joined Dr. Sthamer Hamburg and became respon-sible for conducting several external training programmes in the national firefighting market. For several years he has been a member of the CTIF airport commission group and the National German Private Fire Brigades Association, and a trainer for the JOIFF accredited foam school and different e-learning platforms.

APPLICATION

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