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Fire Training Facility Preliminary Site Assessments

DEP has conducted initial environmental assessments related to the historic and current use of chemicals found in aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) at fire training facilities throughout Florida. These chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), are synthetic industrial chemicals that have been identified as Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC).

CECs are chemicals that have been recently detected in the environment which may pose public health or ecological risks. Because of this long-term potential risk to human health and the environment, DEP, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), has been working with fire training facilities across the state to address CECs associated with AFFF.

In 2018, DEP conducted a statewide survey of 45 certified fire training facilities. This survey gathered information regarding each facility’s historic use of AFFF and the source of each facility’s drinking water. In addition, the survey identified the likely locations of nearby public and private potable wells. This information was used to prioritize the order in which the facilities were evaluated.

The department assessed 26 fire training facilities where usage of AFFF was confirmed or suspected. The goal of completing these preliminary assessments was achieved in February 2020.  Where contamination was identified, DEP will help the facility develop a cleanup plan to remove or contain the contamination to prevent future environmental impact and human exposure. DEP is undertaking these same obligations where contamination was identified on properties owned by the state of Florida including the Florida State Fire College.

DEP’s Water Supply Restoration Program provides access to bottled water or other alternative water supply to any affected well owner whose test results exceed the established EPA Health Advisory Level. This voluntary program also provides funding for a filter, well restoration or connection to public water system as necessary to ensure a safe drinking water supply. A temporary water supply is provided until a more long-term solution is established.

DEP is in the preliminary stages of evaluating fire training facilities no longer in operation that may have endured environmental impact caused by AFFF releases. Site information on current and former fire training facility state funded assessments are provided under Assessment Information.

DEP is committed to providing timely information to the public regarding these efforts. This web page will be dedicated to making information readily available and accessible to the public.

Assessment Information

Below is a map and list of links to state-funded fire training facility assessments. To view a list of former fire training facilities, please visit the Former Fire Training Facility Assessments webpage.

Map of current Florida certified fire training facilities with reported usage of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)(Click image for a full-sized map)


Preliminary Site Assessments

Facility Name
ERIC ID
Last Updated
ERIC_7404
06/23/23
ERIC_7393
02/07/20
ERIC_7394
01/08/24
ERIC_7419
01/23/24
ERIC_7422
01/23/24
ERIC_7415
01/23/24
ERIC_7405
12/07/23
Fire Academy of the South ERIC_17235 01/18/24
ERIC_6494
12/07/23
ERIC_7397
01/24/24
ERIC_7410
01/10/24
ERIC_7403
02/07/20
ERIC_7420
12/07/23
ERIC_7396
01/29/24
ERIC_7421
01/18/24
ERIC_7423
01/29/24
ERIC_7416
01/29/24
Orange County Public Schools Education Complex Fire Training Facility ERIC_17862 01/10/24
ERIC_7412
01/29/24
ERIC_7408
01/23/24
ERIC_7395
01/23/24
ERIC_7407
01/29/24
ERIC_7409
01/29/24
ERIC_7411
02/07/20
ERIC_7413
09/27/23
ERIC_7402
01/29/24
ERIC_7414
01/23/24

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Last Modified:
January 30, 2024 - 1:13pm

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