Success: Firefighters’ Health Prioritized in Search for Nontoxic Firefighting Foam

Target: Barbara M. Barrett, Secretary of the United States Air Force

Goal: Applaud the United States Air Force for working to find an alternative to toxic firefighting foam.

A senate panel urged the United States Air Force to find a less toxic alternative to firefighting foam, which contains per-and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS). PFAS, which are found in many items, including non-stick pans and popcorn bags, are linked to cancer. The harmful impacts of firefighting foam on firefighters is detailed in this petition.

In addition to finding PFAS-free firefighting foam, the Air Force was asked to work with communities affected by contamination. According to the U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, they are cleaning up PFAS pollution at a base in Clovis, New Mexico and have banned the use of toxic foam during training exercises. Sign below to thank the Air Force for working to clean up PFAS pollution and find a safer alternative to firefighting foam.


Dear Secretary Barrett,

Your efforts to actively address the harmful impacts of firefighting foam containing PFAS will protect the health of firefighters, as well as the general public. This decision will serve as a powerful example for other large companies and corporations who deal with PFAS to prioritize the health of their workers, the public, and the environment.

Thank you for working to find an alternative to cancer-causing firefighting foam and cleaning up PFAS pollution.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Samuel King Jr.

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