External Opportunity Program: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Program Area: Weapon Systems and Platforms
Objective of Proposed Work:
The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) is to identify and develop per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)-free firefighting formulations that approach the performance characteristics detailed in the latest revision of MIL PRF 24385 and can enhance fire-suppression performance across multiple scenarios. Proposals should address development of a PFAS-free firefighting formulation that is effective under one or more of the following scenarios:
- Firefighting operations at extreme temperatures (as low as 32 degrees F and up to 125 degrees F)
- Firefighting operations involving various fuels to include polar solvents, gasoline, or gasoline alcohol blends
- Firefighting operations with salt and freshwater
Proposals should establish a lifecycle framework that can mature as the technology progresses through the acquisition process. This tiered approach aims to develop and document a minimum data set at each stage of research and development that can be used to make informed decisions and streamline transition to an acquisition program. The sustainability analysis may include varying depths of data and information that can inform the goal and scope of an analysis; the identity and quantity of relevant inputs and outputs to the system; and the estimation of life cycle impacts and costs.