Fourth Generation Agents

Fire Fighting Procedures

Fire

Fire Fighting Measures

  • See Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook GUIDE 153 and guidance for UN2810 VX (Table 1: Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances).
  • Allow fire to continue to burn unless these actions would result in greater risk to the public.
  • Use protocols established for organophosphorus pesticides.
  • Use dry chemicals, carbon dioxide, alcohol-resistant foam or other foam materials to extinguish fires.
  • Fight fire from upwind and uphill, if at all possible.
  • Avoid using water to extinguish fires. FGAs are highly soluble in water, will persist, are highly mobile, and could contaminate larger areas.
  • Dike fire control water for later treatment and disposal; runoff from fire control or dilution water may be extremely toxic resulting in contaminated water supplies and further complicate clean-up efforts.
  • Smoke/steam plume may be contaminated by the agent; large areas downwind of fire may be affected by contaminated smoke/steam plume.
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