On the Road

This article discusses current trends in the training of aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) personnel. One specific innovation is the increasing use of the mobile ARFF trainer, a simulated aircraft that serves as a mobile training center. Designed for highway transport, these mobile units go to various airport sites to conduct live fire drills. Another trend in ARFF training the author notes involves increased preparation for cargo aircraft fires. Such training is more focused on fighting the actual fire than on life saving operations, due to fewer lives at risk and the difficulty of fighting a fire in the smaller interior of a cargo plane. Other trends noted include changes in command structure from a strict military style to a more team-oriented approach, allowing for more evenly delegated duties and responsibilities. Key factors that have pushed these changes to the forefront include the reexamination of emergency services as the result of the 9/11 attacks, and revisions to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, in 2004. The key change to Title 14 (Part 139) requires Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for airports accommodating carriers whose aircraft have fewer than 10 seats. This is a significant change to Title 14, as aircraft having 30 or fewer seats were exempted prior to the change.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 20-26
  • Serial:
    • Airport Magazine
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: AAAE Service Corporation, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0744-5326

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046499
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 10 2007 9:59PM