Roger A. Klein: Fire Fighting Foams in Context – A Broader View

Published:  10 November, 2009

This presentation will briefly cover a variety of issues related to Fire Service use of fire fighting foams including: (i) environmental sustainability; (ii) risk management of operational incidents involving foam; (iii) foam training and legal responsibilities; (iv) patterns of use seen from a global perspective; (v) the concept of ‘fit-for-purpose’; (vi) stability and available options for disposal; and (vii) degradability versus toxicity

About the speaker

Dr. Roger A. Klein trained as a medical doctor, including a period doing obstetrics during the Nigerian civil war in 1967, and as a physical chemist at the University of Cambridge. His research interests have covered aspects of surface chemistry, the structure of water, gas-phase kinetics and quantum chemistry. Roger Klein has 35 years experience advising and working with the Fire Service both in the UK and internationally, in areas that include hazardous materials (Hazmat and CBNR), personal protective equipment (PPE), risk assessment and management, incident command and control, and the impact of fire service operations on the environment. In the late 1990s he was asked by HM Fire Services Inspectorate to produce the first draft of guidance on risk assessment and management for the Emergency Services, which later became part of the Fire Service Manual. In 2002 he was involved in providing input for the McKinsey report on the fire department operations at the 9/11 incident in New York. Over the years he has published extensively in the technical literature.

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