Diane Cotter
4 min readOct 30, 2023

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BOLO.

FIREFIGHTER PFAS INDUSTRY DISINFORAMTION CAMPAIGN ON THE HORIZON FOR 2024. WATCH FOR UPCOMING FDIC 2024 WORKSHOP BY JIM REIDY — NFPA PRIMARY MEMBER, WITH DECADES IN THE FIRE SERVICE INSTITUTIONS.

https://www.tcfp.texas.gov/about/committee-advisory

Updated 11.21.23.

Maybe it all began back in the 2000’s .. or before?.. but when Jim was lurching over my Linkedin last week and the week before well.. you know ~ fuck around and find out.

The campaign will launch at FDIC 2024.

Classroom Session — Jim Reidy.

he sounds a tad angry

https://www.fdic.com/conference/classroom-sessions

He hasn’t gotten over this haymaker from Dr. Whu ~

Jim voted against removing the ‘fallacious uv light test’ from NFPA 1971 He is concerned about unintended consequences. He messaged me to ask if I was trying to kill firefighters during a heated exchange of messages. I replied I heard he sits at the table with the big boys of industry.

The campaign began in Europe in September 2023. The European Chomical Agency sets limits and asks ‘stakeholders’ for comments. The PPE manufacturers in 2012 said ‘NO’ to any limits of PFAS in turnout gear as it was essential. ECHA said, ‘yeah no, that’s not happening boys and girls’. You got stuck with a industry compromise that your gear makers touted to you as a ‘safety limit of 25 ppb PFOA and 1ppm PFOA precursor’. So here is the latest from ECHA. But please continue to scroll down if you’re not a PFAS nerd. I want you to see what’s coming and how it’s packaged.

I’ve been following the ECHA European Chemical Agency progress on PFAS restrictions and produced a blog relative to firefighter PPE here:

I came across a post on ‘X’ recently that stuck out as it looked ‘industry’ driven.

So who and what are part of this group that is speaking about ‘necessary’ PFAS in firefighter turnout gear?

MILLIKEN and TENCATE.

Download the entire pdf from this link directly above the Milliken and TenCate logos: https://www.textile-services.eu/news/etsa-provides-comprehensive-feedback-to-echa-consultation-highlighting-the-integral-role-of-pfas-in-vital-equipment.cfm?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--rbFVk_04hjhgVnJr_T9sIYjn2o-NtcrKCWmaKuCPjE2eZsDs4RMoe0uOfT82XJ35zTjEY

But Milliken went PFAS FREE WITH THEIR OUTER SHELL? DIDN’T THEY? .. because “it was the right thing to do”.. and they’re … leading ??

But this old girl won’t forget the 2017 work of Milliken.. so yeah, that’s not leading Milliken.. you followed after your impaled yourself on your sword.

MILLIKEN 2017 WHITE PAPER…

In 2017, after The Real Cancer In Your Gear, Milliken produced a White Paper to tell you the new C6 product was TEN TIMES LESS TOXIC !!

So why are they still at it? Because if you read the comments from the Textiles Services EU group — THEY ARE STILL PUSHING C6.

https://www.firedex.com/materialselection/

FireDex uses Milliken material. For which they now have PFAS free Outer Shell. ( A trusted leader in NC told me TenCate didn’t want Graham Peaslee to test it though. They didn’t want to work with ‘that guy’.)

So why is Jim Reidy still at it? I think it has to do with a well respected leader and ally of his. Bob Keys. Of Milliken. Bob’s job for Milliken is to engage with large municipalities — and he does:

https://www.tcfp.texas.gov/Services/GetPdf?filename=%2FMeeting%2FFFAC%2FMinutes%2Fffac_2020_1210_minutes.pdf

Jim’s arms are long and reaching. Decades in the fire service institutions — just like John Granby of Lion Gear.

Be smart people. If it sounds like bullshit — it is.. but please, make sure you attend Jim’s workshop at FDIC !!

https://www.nfpa.org/Assets/files/AboutTheCodes/1971/1971_A2017_FAE-SPF_FDmeetingagenda_9-15.pdf

10/30/2023

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Diane Cotter

A very private individual who fell into a very public rabbit hole of epic proportions. I call it the #greatestdeceptionever - really, EVER.