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Airport Fire Services - Articles and news items

Fuel depot protection increased at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Airport news  •  26 June 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

Abu Dhabi International Airport has enhanced its fire protection system at the newly extended aviation fuel depot.

Edinburgh Airport reinforces commitment to fire safety with launch of Scotland’s biggest fire training simulator

Airport news  •  29 October 2014  •  Edinburgh Airport Limited

The biggest aviation fire training facility in Scotland was officially opened this morning (29 October) at Edinburgh Airport – following a £1.3m investment...

Ensuring a safer future for the aviation industry

Issue 1 2013  •  18 February 2013  •  Kim Thorbjørn Olsen Assistant Fire Chief, Copenhagen Airport

In May 2012, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other specialists from different parts of the aviation industry set up large scale fire tests to compare compressed air foam systems (CAFS) with normal aspirated foam, using different foam products for Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) use to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Level B and Level C, including a comparison of fluorine-free foam with AFFF. These tests took place at the Centre National de Prévention et de Protection (CNPP) research facilities in Vernon, France, with the participation of UK CAA regulators, manufactures from the aviation and ARFF industries and airport fire fighters.

RFF station design and siting

Issue 4 2012  •  1 August 2012  •  Jack Kreckie, Regulatory Affairs Officer at the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Working Group

The design and construction of a new Rescue Firefighting (RFF) station may only occur once during a career in emergency services. Selecting the right team, consistent leadership, prudent planning, and awareness of the specific needs of an RFF Department today and in the future will help to make that legacy a positive one.This is the first of two articles looking into the challenges involved with RFF station design and siting. The second part of this piece will be published in issue 5 of International Airport Review due out in September 2012.Chain of command: Although there may well be a design committee involved in the planning of a new facility, clearly one person representing the fire department must have the final say. As in emergency management, the lines of command must be clearly defined. There may be a number of people in charge of vertical columns of responsibility for the airport, i.e. budget, engineering, aerodrome operations and RFF, but adherence to discipline within those vertical lines is absolutely critical. RFF personnel are generally acceptable to this process as Incident Command Systems (ICS) are utilised around the world in emergency services.

Training and readiness is crucial for the fire and rescue staff at your airport

Issue 1 2010, Past issues  •  22 February 2010  •  Jens-Peter Larsen, Fire Chief, Copenhagen Airport, Denmark

Daily routines, training, readiness (the effort of being constantly ready) - are not new words when we are setting demands for our fire and rescue personnel. This article will give some examples in "lessons learned" from aircraft disasters, in order to give value to the words ‘daily routines', ‘training and readiness", and how to use the knowledge in a proactive way.

Keeping up with the pace of rapid globalisation – “A challenge for the Airport Fire Service”

Issue 5 2009, Past issues  •  29 September 2009  •  Peggy Hinkel, Senior Executive Manager, Fire Training Centre, Fraport

As we look at airports around the world, we see the effects of globalisation. Airports are no longer airports. Globally, airports are evolving into “Airport Cities” pulsating with major development and expansion projects. They are becoming the “Market Places of today’s Economy” becoming “job generators” and the business place of major retailers, hotels, cargo forwarders, […]

The ACCA Fire/Rescue Department

Issue 5 2008, Past issues  •  30 September 2008  •  Timothy P. Holmes, Deputy Fire Chief, Allegheny County Airport Authority Fire / Rescue

Pittsburgh International Airport’s 10,000 acre facility is protected by the Allegheny County Airport Authority Fire / Rescue Department, which currently operates with 50 personnel, one administrative assistant and 19 pieces of apparatus. The airport facility includes approximately 200 structures, two military installations and approximately 10 miles of a four lane divided highway. The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) Fire / Rescue Department is responsible for all aircraft emergencies, structural fire response for all constructions on airport property, Emergency Medical Service (EMS), and Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction (HazMat / WMD) incidents. ACAA is also responsible for any other fire or rescue situation including mutual aid.

‘World Class Emergency Services at a World Class Airport’

Issue 3 2008, Past issues  •  30 May 2008  •  Jessie Gentry, Division Commander of Fire Operations – Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport is known as the economic engine for North Texas. It is strategically located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and serves as the gateway to air travel around the world. At over 18,000 acres and with seven runways, DFW continues to be one of the busiest airports in the world.

Cargo Aircraft: Planning is Paramount

Issue 5 2007, Past issues  •  28 September 2007  •  Bob Lindstrom Jr., Chairman ARFF Working Group

In Aviation Fire Protection we arrive at work daily and think about all the possible scenarios we might be up against. There is a mindset we have to use to see how our training and planning can fit into any scenario. Each day I come to work and think about my role in any given incident. I look at the weather forecast, the other conditions such as runway and taxiway closures, vehicle status of our ARFF (Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting) vehicles and personnel status. Then throw in some problems with the roads connecting to our airport and we already have a list of things to think about before we even have a problem. In our industry I’d like to say that we plan for the worst and hope for the best. Sounds a bit cliché but if we did not look at things like this, then we stand the chance of coming up short.

Aircraft rescue fire fighting history

Issue 2 2007, Past issues  •  3 April 2007  •  Marc Tonnacliff, ARFF Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Since the early existence of man and the advent of fire, there has been a need for fire prevention and fire control. Fire fighting has an established history dating back to the ancient times of our ancestors. We have evolved from bucket brigades to horse drawn pumpers to highly sophisticated vehicles with computerised equipment for agent application. Fire fighting has grown from your local volunteer to the one of the most highly sought after and professional careers today. With so much interest in the fire service and the fire fighters ability to protect and serve the community, there has become a need to have a set of standards. The standards were put in place to provide for and protect the firefighters laying their lives on the line with every call they answer.

Aircraft Interior Access Vehicles for ARFF

Issue 2 2006, Past issues  •  16 June 2006  •  Dan Pierce, Airport Safety Officer, Los Angeles World Airports

Today, there are more commercial passenger aircraft flying than ever. In 2005, there were more than 11 million departures for U.S. air carriers alone – this is equivalent to approximately 31 thousand daily departures.

Fire training for a safer airport

Issue 3 2005, Past issues  •  16 September 2005  •  Tim Oakes, Divisional Officer, International Fire Training Centre

The best training for your airport’s Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) will not necessarily focus solely on technical ability, writes Tim Oakes.


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