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Memphis International Airport - Articles and news items

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.

FAA dedicates $72.6 million air traffic control tower at Memphis International Airport

Airport news  •  20 October 2011  •  FAA

New $72.6 million air traffic control tower at Memphis International Airport...

Memphis airport is 200th to join the ACI Airport Service Quality benchmarking program

Airport news  •  7 February 2011  •  Airports Council International (ACI)

ACI welcomes Memphis International Airport as the 200th participant to join ACI’s worldwide Airport Service Quality program...


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