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Firefighters & Former Military Exposed to AFFF Firefighting Foam Can Request a Free, No-Obligation Evaluation

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AFFF has been widely used at a variety of facilities for both training and emergency response purposes, including airports, military bases, firefighting training facilities, oil and gas refineries, and petroleum and chemical bulk storage facilities.

The roles that are most likely to be exposed to firefighting foam include:
Shipboard Firefighters (Damage Control personnel):
These personnel are responsible for combating fires on ships and are frequently trained with, and potentially exposed to, firefighting foam.
Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Personnel
These individuals are responsible for combating fires in aircraft incidents. The foam is widely used in these situations due to the high volume of flammable liquids present.
Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness Personnel:
These teams are often the first on the scene in emergencies and may use firefighting foam to combat petroleum based fires.
Personnel involved in Firefighting Training:
The Navy regularly conducts firefighting training drills, exposing the involved personnel to firefighting foam.
Maintenance Personnel:
Those who maintain firefighting equipment, including foam dispensing systems, may also be exposed to these substances.
Personnel working on Fuel Farms and Aviation on Fuel Handlers:
They might be exposed to firefighting foam during emergency responses or routine testing of fire suppression systems.
The following positions may potentially be exposed to firefighting foam, typically during emergency situation or if their role intersects with firefighting duties
Aviation roles - Administrative Maintenance (AV), Aircraft Director, Aircraft electrician, Aviation Electronics Technician:
In case of fires on aircrafts or in hangars, personnel involved in aviation might be exposed to firefighting foam, particularly if they are part of the emergency response team.
Boatswain's Mate:
Boatswain's Mates are in charge of maintaining the exterior surfaces of ships, including firefighting equipment, and they often participate in emergency drills that may involve firefighting foam.
Electrician's Mate and Interior Electrician:
They may be exposed during emergencies, such as electrical fires, where firefighting foam might be used.
Machinist Mate and Boiler Technician:
In engine rooms or boiler spaces where fuel related fires can occur, these positions might come into contact with firefighting foam during emergency responses.
NBC Nuclear Biological Warefare Specialist:
These specialists may be involved in situations that require firefighting foam, mainly if a fire involves chemicals or hazardous substances.
Seaman:
As a general term for enlisted personnel, seamen may be exposed to firefighting foam during general shipboard firefighing drills or emergencies.
U.S. Army
12M: Firefighter (MOS Military OccupaBonal Specialty)EMT: Emergency Medical Technician (AddiBonal qualificaBon)
U.S. Navy
DC: Damage Controlman (Enlisted RaBng; perform firefighBng duBes among others)F/F: Firefighter (used informally among DCs when describing firefighBng responsibiliBes)
U.S. Air Force
3E7X1: Fire ProtecBon (AFSC Air Force Specialty Code)Lead FirefighterAssistant Chief for OperationsDeputy Fire ChiefFire Chief
U.S. Marine Corps
7051: AircraS Rescue and FirefighBng Specialist (MOS)5711: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Specialist (MOS; includes HazMat and decontamination  may involve working with firefighters)
U.S. Coast Guard
DC: Damage Controlman (RaBng; perform firefighBng duBes among others)FS: Fireman (used historically, but not commonly used anymore)
U.S. National Guard
12M: Firefighter (MOS; same as U.S. Army)EMT: Emergency Medical Technician (AddiBonal qualificaBon)

We believe victims of AFFF firefighting foams—and the families who suffer with them—should have every opportunity to address the manufacturers and get the help and justice they deserve.

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