AIRCRAFT FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS--HANDLING OF EQUIPMENT

Rescue equipment and techniques in use at Dutch airports are discussed. An inexpensive firefighting unit designed for single-man operation at the smallest airports is described, as well as a larger version of the vehicle, employing a combination of premix and dry chemical extinguishing agents. A medium-sized airport requires one of the larger vehicles and two foam tenders, while a large airport (such as the Schiphol airfield) requires at least two sets of this equipment, operating from separate stations. Use of monitors and hoselines in combatting open fuel fires is assessed, together with the special problems of engine and wheel fires. Techniques for forcing entry into disabled craft and evacuating vicitims are considered, and a portable breathing apparatus permitting nine minutes of rescue work time inside a smoke-filled craft is described.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • International Seminar on Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, Geneva, Switzerland, 13-17 September 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Fire Protection Association

    470 Atlantic Avenue
    Boston, MA  USA  02210
  • Authors:
    • Koppert, A J
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Pagination: 6 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180166
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM