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Guidance for Reimbursement to Municipalities for Costs Related to Removal of AFFF Firefighting Foam from Fire Apparatus

December 2023

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection - Commission on Fire Prevention and Control (FPC), has received an appropriation of $3 million in FY 2024, to administer a grant program to reimburse municipalities * for the cost of removing Class B firefighting foam, containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from fire apparatus, including costs associated with: 

*Reimbursement will also be provided to Fire Districts.

  1. Draining and disposal of foam from fire apparatus on-board foam tanks/cells, the foam system, and associated piping and valves;
  2. Triple rinsing on-board foam tanks/cells, the foam system, and associated piping in accordance with guidance established by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and FPC and disposal of the resultant rinse water;
  3. Disposal of foam PRO/paks and foam extinguishers;
  4. Disposal of any additional drummed waste generated through the completion of the above activities (e.g., PPE, containers, etc.)


Disposal of foam concentrate, rinseate, PRO/paks, and foam extinguishers, and/or drummed waste must be conducted by a permitted hazardous materials spill clean-up contractor List of Permitted Spill Cleanup Contractors.

**DEEP is requesting municipalities work with their vendors to insure that the material is disposed of at a properly licensed landfill and not sent for incineration.

Please note, reimbursable expenses may have only been incurred since July 1, 2023.  At present, any expenses prior to that date are deemed not reimbursable.  We expect the General Assembly to take legislative action during the 2024 Legislative Session to possibly permit retroactive payment for services performed prior to July 1, 2023.   

The main goal of the reimbursement package is to ensure audit quality documentation has been collected prior to reimbursement.  This will help prevent grantee audit findings which may result in a return of funds to the State of Connecticut.

To meet this goal, the reimbursement request should be organized in a manner that completes the following tasks:


  • Submit a fully completed and signed PFAS Removal from Fire Apparatus Grant Program Application Form. This form must be downloaded for a signature.
  • Provide a detailed description of work that was accomplished (letter or short report), including identification of the waste transporter and receiving facility.Documentation must show that the project was completed no earlier than July 1, 2023.
  • Provide receipts and documentation of payment for all activities for which reimbursement is sought.
  • Provide copy of Hazardous Waste Manifest or bill of lading for the transportation and disposal of the AFFF concentrate, rinsate and any drummed waste (e.g. PPE, containers, etc.).
Should you have questions or require further directions please do not hesitate to contact Jeffrey Morrissette, State Fire Administrator or (860) 566-0690 prior to submitting your reimbursement application form and associated documentation.