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Fire safety - Articles and news items


Airport news  •  6 January 2016  •  Intelligence-Sec Limited

Intelligence-Sec’s leading CBRNe Summit Europe conference and exhibition is just 2 months away. Do not miss out on being part of Europe’s largest gathering of CBRNe experts from across EMEA and the US...

London City Airport installs new fire system simulator

Airport news  •  13 August 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

London City Airport has installed a new fire system simulator allowing airport staff be trained in the latest aspects of fire safety.

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...

ARFF: Establishing a world-class firefighting facility

Issue 5 2014  •  14 October 2014  •  Pierre Borrodier, Head of SSLIA Service at Lyon Airport

With the inauguration of Lyon Airports’ new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Service training ground, the airport has become the first in France to offer training facilities to cope with real-life situations...

RFF station design and siting

Issue 5 2012  •  2 October 2012  •  Jack Kreckie, Regulatory Affairs Officer at the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Working Group

This is the second part of Jack Kreckie’s article that outlines the requirements of planning a new airport Rescue Firefighting (RFF) station. The first part of this paper was published in International Airport Review Issue 4 2012.Station layout: The selection of furnishings and equipment should be based on current and anticipated needs, taking into account the next 10 years. Prioritising the value of the space may be required to keep the project within budget limits as there may be items that are good fits for your project and others that are not.Proximities: As you determine which spaces are necessary, their locations need to be roughly located and the square footage for each of these spaces determined, to work out an initial layout concept. The project team should provide recommended or minimum square foot requirements based on industry standards or requirements. The team needs to have an eye to the future to ensure that there is adequate expansion space to accommodate future growth.Finishes: Low maintenance should be the general theme in all of the operational spaces in the fire station. The ARFF Subject Matter Expert (SME) should provide questionnaires asking about preferences for finishes in each space.

Changing times

Issue 5 2012  •  2 October 2012  •  Mike Willson, Managing Director, Willson Consulting

Much is happening in Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) circles at present. Proposed changes to the ICAO standard with the new Level C and apparent ‘dumbing down’ of existing Level A and B fire tests have caused considerable concern amongst airport operators. In addition, a few operators have started using Fluorine Free Foams (F3) for their operational response. They may be surprised, and somewhat confused, by unexpected results from recent independent testing in Denmark.Substantial changes have been proposed to the ICAO standard fire test protocol. A new high performance Level C test is proposed to control air crash fires using higher performing foams and lower foam application rates. This could be beneficial and reduce the vehicles and mobile foam and water requirements affecting a range of category airports, but relies on a particularly low application rate of just 1.75 litres/minute/m2.Of greater concern is the apparent ‘dumbing down’ of the existing ICAO Level A and B fire test protocols. This proposal suggests that instead of ICAO Level B approved aviation foams currently being expected to extinguish the Jet A1 fuel fire within 60 seconds, only fire control should occur within 60 seconds, with the extinguishment requirement extended to 120 seconds.

Whitepaper: Fluorine Free Foam (F3) Fire Tests

Whitepapers  •  12 September 2012  •  Dynax

This white paper conveys the results and conclusions from a series of Fluorine Free Foam (F3) Fire Tests in Esbjerg in Denmark. The tests were independently conducted to compare the fire performance of difference fluorine free foam concentrates.

Being safe in Sydney

Issue 4 2012  •  3 August 2012  •  Mark Von Nida, Fire Superintendent at Airservices Australia

Airservices Australia’s Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) service at Sydney Airport is just one of 21 fire stations at international, domestic and regional airports located through - out the country.Airservices Australia employs over 740 highly trained and experienced aviation fire fighting and technical personnel operating 113 high per - formance fire vehicles, specialised difficult terrain vehicles and specialised water rescue boats. This makes Airservices Australia ARFF larger than some Australian state or territory fire services.ARFF’s mission is to rescue people from an aircraft accident or fire and protect property from fires on the airport. With a proud 65-year history of protecting Australian aviation, Sydney ARFF has been a dedicated airport fire service since 1947. As one of the oldest continually operated airports in the world, the first flights from Sydney Airport at Mascot were in 1919 and today Sydney currently ranks as the world’s 28th busiest airport.

Preparation is everything

Issue 4 2012  •  1 August 2012  •  Chief David Y Whitaker, Airport Liaison Chief at Memphis International Airport and Chairman of the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Working Group

We have all heard the old adage that if you’ve been to one airport, then you’ve been to them all. However, airports are complex places and the size of the airport, scheduled aircraft, ARFF equipment, training, mutual aid, and jurisdictional boundaries all contribute to the differences. Exactly who is in charge or is responsible for each airport operation varies with each airport environment.The same concept is true regarding aircraft fires, no two are exactly alike. First responders must prepare for every imaginable set of circumstances. Table top, functional, and full scale exercises will help educate and prepare the airport for many different scenarios. The time to make many of the overall incident management and jurisdictional decisions is during pre-planning as any issue that can be worked out before an incident will be one less hurdle to overcome during the event. The use of a Standard Emergency Response Pattern (SERP) as a template can help responding agencies with the overall geographic layout (see Figure 1). The pattern is primarily based on wind and terrain but also considers many external factors. When overlaying a diagram of a clock to the incident scene, down wind is at the 12 o’clock position. If possible, no Incident Command System (ICS) positions should be placed between the 10 to 2 o’clock directions. The ideal condition has always been up wind, uphill and up stream. With that being said, there are a few basic principles we should consider for every incident.

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.

FIRETRACE® protection for airport’s mission-critical assets

Airport news  •  28 March 2010  •  Magna Communications

Firetrace International will be showcasing its full range of FIRETRACE® automatic fire detection and suppression systems at The Airport Show in Dubai...

BAA Developing a Coherent Approach to Fire Safety Design

Issue 3 2009, Past issues  •  26 May 2009  •  John Boyce MSc(Eng) MSc (Struct E) BSc(Hons) CEng MIFireE MBEng MRICS, Head of Fire Safety Heathrow Airport and Gary Moorshead, Chief Fire Officer BAA

This is the first in a series of articles which describes some of the fundamental initiatives BAA have developed to ensure fire safety design is an integral part of the design process resulting in fire strategies that meets our operational and business requirements across our airports.


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