2016/18 – Deniliquin Fire and Rescue, Deniliquin (New South Wales) – PFAS

Deniliquin Fire and Rescue NSW


Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is investigating per-and-poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination stemming from the historical use of fire-fighting foams at its Deniliquin site.

Investigations have detected PFAS at and around the training facility. The detection of PFAS is not unexpected due to the historical 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.

To assist with the investigation, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and FRNSW are conducting a water use survey with nearby residents who may be affected by PFAS. These surveys will help identify the ways residents might come into contact with PFAS, and whether they need to follow any precautionary advice to minimise their exposure to PFAS.

The EPA will continue to work collaboratively with FRNSW to ensure timely and robust investigations are undertaken. The EPA and FRNSW will keep the community informed of any developments.

Site investigation here: https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=9176