The radiative lifetime and the quenching rate constants of the PF(A3$PI0,1,2) state have been measured using a microwave discharge to generate PF(X3(Sigma) -) in a flow reactor incorporating laser-induced fluorescence. A radiative lifetime of 4.2 +/- 0.2 microsecond(s) has been determined for a 300 K Boltzmann distribution of rotational and spin- orbit states of PF(A,v' equals 0). The two-body quenching rate constants for PF(A3$PI) by diatomic and polyatomic molecules and rare gases were determined at 300 K from the pressure dependence of the first-order decay constants. Electronic quenching by He, Ar, CF4 and SF6 is inefficient and upper limits to these deactivation rate constants are 2 - 4 X 10-14 cm3 molecule-1 s-1. Except for highly fluorinated molecules, the quenching constants for most molecules are in the range of 0.05 - 4.0 X 10-10 cm3 molecule-1 s-1. The available data suggest that the PF(A3$PI0,1,2) state has some promise as a potential UV laser candidate, providing that an efficient excitation method can be discovered.