Who else uses firefighting foam containing PFOA/PFOS chemicals? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Who else uses firefighting foam containing PFOA/PFOS chemicals?

Posted: Updated:
Spokane Fire Department does not use foam that contains PFOA and PFOS. Spokane Fire Department does not use foam that contains PFOA and PFOS.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Airway Heights water was contaminated by PFOA/PFOS chemicals. These are commonly found in firefighting foam agent. It’s believed that the chemicals came from Fairchild Air Force Base. The base discontinued use of that type of foam in 2016, but is the same type of foam used elsewhere in the region?

There are different kinds of foam that can be used.

KHQ spoke with Mark John, the operations chief for Spokane Fire Department. The foam they use does not contain PFOA and PFOS. He says they’ve been using this foam for the last 25 years.

“I think the city and the department recognized some time ago that there would be an adverse impact to the environment by utilizing that type of foam,” John says.

The foam is used to extinguish fires like petroleum fires.

“They give us a great advantage and they allow us to extinguish the fire more quickly and effectively,” he says.

Spokane International Airport tells me the Federal Aviation Administration has specific types of foam airports can use. They used to use a foam that had PFOA and PFOS, but they ordered new foam that doesn’t have those two chemicals three weeks ago. As for the old foam, they’ll dispose of it responsibly.

The airport also says they hardly used the foam. They were required to test it 2 times a year and they did so on an old runway.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • EBT Cards And Social Security During Government Shutdown

    EBT Cards And Social Security During Government Shutdown

    Tuesday marks the eighth day of the government shutdown, and there's still no deal made on Capitol Hill.>>
    Tuesday marks the eighth day of the government shutdown, and there's still no deal made on Capitol Hill. Some federal employees are back to work but 500,000 are still furloughed. All non-essential government offices have been closed for a week now. But House Democrats and Republicans are still no closer to making a compromise.>>
  • The forgotten fallout shelter: An inside look underneath one of Spokane’s oldest buildings

    The forgotten fallout shelter: An inside look underneath one of Spokane’s oldest buildings

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:44 PM EST2018-01-20 02:44:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Cobwebs hang from the exposed pipes running along the ceiling of a dimly lit, dirty basement. The underground labyrinth is used as storage space at Mount Saint Michael’s Academy in Spokane. But several decades ago it served as a safe haven. During the Cold War, the Office of Civil Defense designated the basement at Saint Michael’s as one of hundreds of fallout shelters throughout the city. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Cobwebs hang from the exposed pipes running along the ceiling of a dimly lit, dirty basement. The underground labyrinth is used as storage space at Mount Saint Michael’s Academy in Spokane. But several decades ago it served as a safe haven. During the Cold War, the Office of Civil Defense designated the basement at Saint Michael’s as one of hundreds of fallout shelters throughout the city. 

    >>
  • The Latest: Government shutting down amid partisan standoff

    The Latest: Government shutting down amid partisan standoff

    Saturday, January 20 2018 12:54 AM EST2018-01-20 05:54:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 12 midnight  The U.S. government shut down at midnight after Congress failed to resolve a partisan standoff over immigration and spending. In a late-night vote, Senate Democrats joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running for another four weeks. A flurry of last-minute negotiations failed to beat the deadline. Democrats have tried to use the F...

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 12 midnight  The U.S. government shut down at midnight after Congress failed to resolve a partisan standoff over immigration and spending. In a late-night vote, Senate Democrats joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running for another four weeks. A flurry of last-minute negotiations failed to beat the deadline. Democrats have tried to use the F...

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Scammers target Spokane Valley grandmother

    Scammers target Spokane Valley grandmother

    Saturday, January 20 2018 9:59 PM EST2018-01-21 02:59:02 GMT

    Spokane Valley, Wash. Karen Viszneki phone rings off the hook. Starting before the sun rises and even after she goes to bed. On a typical day, Karen will receive over 50 different phone calls from scammers. Karen Viszneki signed up with Career Builder a job search engine website in hopes to find a job. “There’s a lot of stress there, to begin with, but I applied on career builder, and since then I would say a week or two receiving nonstop calls," said Karen. The calls

    >>

    Spokane Valley, Wash. Karen Viszneki phone rings off the hook. Starting before the sun rises and even after she goes to bed. On a typical day, Karen will receive over 50 different phone calls from scammers. Karen Viszneki signed up with Career Builder a job search engine website in hopes to find a job. “There’s a lot of stress there, to begin with, but I applied on career builder, and since then I would say a week or two receiving nonstop calls," said Karen. The calls

    >>
  • Authorities say Washington teens used dead deer as bait to hunt eagles

    Authorities say Washington teens used dead deer as bait to hunt eagles

    Saturday, January 20 2018 9:24 PM EST2018-01-21 02:24:04 GMT

    KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police say three teens in Klickitat County were using a dead deer to bait and shoot eagles last week.

    >>

    KLICKITAT COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police say three teens in Klickitat County were using a dead deer to bait and shoot eagles last week.

    >>
  • Doughnut-eating contest winner arrested for doughnut shop robbery

    Doughnut-eating contest winner arrested for doughnut shop robbery

    Saturday, January 20 2018 8:28 PM EST2018-01-21 01:28:21 GMT

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - A North Carolina man who gained national attention four years ago after he was arrested following his victory in a police-sponsored doughnut eating contest has been arrested again -- this time for robbing a doughnut shop. 27-year-old Bradley Hardison was charged Thursday with felony breaking and entering, felony safe cracking and felony larceny of Dunkin' Donuts back in November, according to a release from the Elizabeth City Police Department.

    >>

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - A North Carolina man who gained national attention four years ago after he was arrested following his victory in a police-sponsored doughnut eating contest has been arrested again -- this time for robbing a doughnut shop. 27-year-old Bradley Hardison was charged Thursday with felony breaking and entering, felony safe cracking and felony larceny of Dunkin' Donuts back in November, according to a release from the Elizabeth City Police Department.

    >>