RI Fire Departments Receive 10,000 Gallons of ‘Green’ Foam

EXETER, RI (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Fire Academy received more than 10,000 gallons of firefighting foam on Thursday.

But it’s not just any old fire-fighting foam.

This foam, according to Rhode Island State Fire Marshal Tim McLaughlin, is environmentally friendly and safer to use.

The old foam contains PFAS, according to McLaughlin, a chemical known to cause cancer with repeated exposure.

“It’s a green moss, which means it’s completely free of any kind of carcinogens,” McLaughlin explained. “It will protect our firefighters.”

McLaughlin said a task force has been organized to replace the old foam, which will be stored at the fire academy until it can be properly disposed of.

In the coming days, McLaughlin said fire departments will begin to transition to using green foam.

“They’re going to drop in the next week and we’re going to replace their old foam with the new foam,” he said.

The foam delivery was made possible with $725,000 in state funding. McLaughlin thanked the heads of state for allocating for the purchase of the foam from the state budget.

“It was a big ask and they pulled it off,” McLaughlin said. “It was a very collaborative effort to make sure all of our firefighters are safe.”

Lee J. Murillo