2016/18: Greenacre Fire and Rescue (NSW) – PFAS

Greenacre Fire and Rescue NSW

1 and 1A Amarina Avenue


Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has investigated the presence of per-and-poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination stemming from the historical use of fire-fighting foams at its Greenacre site.

PFAS was detected in soil, sediment, surface and groundwater. The detection of PFAS is not unexpected given the past use of PFAS-containing fire-fighting foams at the site. PFAS has also been used in many domestic and industrial products and background levels may be present from these other sources.

Further investigations are now underway however, it appears that exposure to PFAS through groundwater is limited.


Elevated PFAS concentrations were reported in three on-site groundwater wells. The extent and source of this impact is not fully understood and further investigation is required to understand the extent of impact including off-site migration.