We are pleased to provide you with this information received this weekend. Please be sure to listen to the "MY VIEW" segment of Episode 4-7 of "5-Alarm Task Force" being released on Monday, September 23, 2019! We will need your help to get this legislation passed!
We are beyond grateful for this legislation introduced Friday, September 20th by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) with bipartisan support from Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) specific to the PFAS in our turnout gear.
As you will see in the announcement below, Senator Shaheen has been a fierce and relentless fighter for PFAS studies and testing for firefighters since learning of the amounts of PFAS in our gear in June 2018..
In the coming weeks we will see the results of Dr Peaslee's study on a near 20 year span of turnout gear, both new and used. I have seen the shocking of this study. There is no doubt in my mind the fire service must be warned, educated, tested, monitored and protected.
Without this funding we will not secure the studies required to understand the health effects of wearing the toxic soup of PFOA a known carcinogen, PFOS, a known carcinogen,as well other PFAS in staggering amounts.
We have no alternatives at this time. Imagine being the firefighter who will reach for his/her PPE knowing they are immediately exposing themselves to the staggering amounts of PFOA that is in their new, never-worn and their used turnout gear. There is no other occupation in the nation whereby this is acceptable.
We are also seeking NFPA 'Fast Track' a PFAS protocol that not only educates firefighters about the PFAS in their gear, but requires manufacturers to find alternatives to PFAS used in firefighter turnout gear.
We are seeking your support in asking that Congress approve the NDAA which will designate PFAS as a hazardous substance. This will expedite the replacement coatings in our gear, as well as ensure safe disposal of the textiles like turnout gear, and fund cleanup of the many PFAS contaminated military and non-military locations across the nation.
Please also share this interview with Senator Shaheen from WMUR as she discusses her bill, and Paul and I discuss the need for action.
Steve Greene is the president of 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., a 501 (c) (3), non-profit company and the Creator/Host of the "5-Alarm Task Force" podcast.