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Ocala (FL) Firefighters to Train with New Aircraft Firefighting Vehicle

OCALA, FL—Ocala (FL) Fire Rescue (OFR) has accepted a new aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) apparatus and will be undergoing vehicular function training.

 All members of OFR’s ARFF team—certified annually by the Federal Aviation Administration—are slated to learn how to use the new apparatus’ operation system and deployment of its firefighting agents. Training will include theoretical instruction followed by drills where firefighters will familiarize themselves with the nozzles, preconnected hoselines and their functions, as well as pumping capabilities for the 200 gallons of foam, 500 pounds of dry chemical agent and 1,500 gallons of water contained within.

“The acquisition of this apparatus allows Ocala Fire Rescue to provide cutting edge services to the Ocala International Airport, “said OFR Chief Shane Alexander. “It is with tools and training like these that OFR continues to foster the relationship both departments already have.”

The apparatus, ARFF1, is equipped with the following:
• Ground nozzles – a watering system under the truck, used to keep the apparatus cool
• Ground sweeps – a watering system used to extinguish a ground fire in the path of the apparatus.
• (1) Roof turret – top front nozzle which sprays water or foam, only.
• (1) Bumper turret – front nozzle which can deploy all three firefighting agents; water, foam or dry chemical.
• (1) 200 ft. Hose – preconnected hose used to deploy dry chemical only.
• (2) 200 ft. Hose – 1¾-inch hoses used to deploy water and foam only.
• (1) 200 ft. Compressed air line – used to run power tools as needed.
• (1) Infrared camera – built-in system to help in identifying hot spots, locating people, etc.

 ARFF 1, was manufactured by E-ONE. ARFF 1 will replace the department’s current airport firefighting apparatus, in service since 1997.

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