Firefighting

Alliance moves toward model voluntary halon collection program

Issue 11 and Volume 150.

Alliance moves toward model voluntary halon collection program Developing and implementing a model voluntary halon collection program that will divert nonessential halon to more critical uses are the objectives of a recently formed coalition. Once developed, pilot halon collection programs are expected to be instituted in the state of Rhode Island and areas in the states of California and New York. The goal of the voluntary halon collection effort, explains the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), “is to preserve the availability of halon for essential uses (such as national security), while allowing for the transition to more environmentally acceptable fire suppressants for other needs. By removing existing halon from facilities, the transition to more environmentally friendly halon alternatives can be expedited. The coalition`s efforts, according to the NASFM, will encourage more fire departments to become involved in and build on initiatives such as the Friends of the Earth…

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