This commentary is by Dick St. George, former chief of Charlotte Fire/Rescue.
I would like to clear up some misconceptions with regards to a fire our department responded to last winter at the garage located on Church Hill Road. Questionable statements have been published in multiple places that need to be set straight.
Type and use of foam at fire scenes: Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue uses — and has used for the last 20 years — PHOS-CHEK 881 class A foam, which is a forestry service-approved Class A foam. It is a surfactant (a compound that lowers the surface tension or interfacial tension between two liquids, between a gas and a liquid, or between a liquid and a solid). It is equivalent to Dawn Dish soap. It contains no added PFAS.
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