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ARFF Training: Basic Aircraft Firefighting Hazards

  BY JACOB McAFEE I have been responding to aircraft accidents and mishaps my entire career, and I have seen some of the amazing ways aircraft hazards can sneak up on you and challenge you to think outside the box. Have you heard that once an aircraft is on the ground, it’s no different from a structure fire? I don’t ...

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Latest ARFF Apparatus Designs Stress Safety, Quick Attack

Alan M. Petrillo Makers of aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) apparatus are continually improving their equipment, upgrading their units’ ease of use, adding safety features and turrets, increasing fire suppression capabilities, and making more nimble vehicles. ARFF Primer The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developed ARFF vehicle requirements (Class 1 through 5) using National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 414, Standard for ...

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Fire Suppression in the ARFF World: What Can We Learn?

Grady North   The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) may be associated by many with municipal or wildland firefighting, but many of our member companies also produce airport rescue fire fighting (ARFF) apparatus, both for domestic and international markets.   Although there are several firefighting methods unique to ARFF situations, there are also many similarities. Here is an overview of ...

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Protecting Airports with New ARFF Designs and Equipment

By Alan M. Petrillo   Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle manufacturers have made great strides in ARFF vehicle design and operation in an effort to give firefighters greater fire knockdown power, more nimble vehicles that are more ergonomically friendly to operators, and rigs that require fewer personnel to operate them. R.J. Jones, sales and product manager for United States ...

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New and Refined ARFF Truck Designs

By Alan M. Petrillo Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) trucks have grown in size and equipment-carrying power over the years. ARFF manufacturers have come out with new designs to meet customer demand and refined existing designs to be able to do more within the same truck footprint. E-ONE E-ONE makes two models of its Titan Force™ ARFF vehicles: 4×4 and ...

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Some Departments Add Structural Attack Functions to ARFF Rigs

By Alan M. Petrillo Manufacturers continue to evolve their aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles, with more mobile, more powerful, and more ergonomic rigs. And, some airport fire departments are having makers build structural firefighting equipment and functions into their ARFF rigs in the interest of making them become more multirole vehicles. Equipped for Structures R.J. Jones, sales and product ...

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Planning for ARFF and Mutual Aid

BY MICHAEL J. LOPINA THE Lockport Township (IL) Fire District began its aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) program in 2006 as a result of assuming fire protection for the general aviation Lewis-Lockport Airport (KLOT) from the Romeoville (IL) Fire Department in 2003. It is the fourth busiest airport in Illinois with 120,000 takeoffs and landings per year. As the ARFF coordinator, ...

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E-ONE Receives Order from U.S. Air Force for ECOLOGIC® Testing Systems

E-ONE, a member of the REV Group, announced an order from the U.S. Air Force for 167 ECOLOGIC® testing systems. The ECOLOGIC testing system is a patented technology developed by E-ONE to allow customers to test their ARFF vehicles’ foam systems without discharging foam into the environment. The ECOLOGIC technology was first introduced on an order for 24 E-ONE 4×4 ...

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Developing ARFF SOGs and Response Cards

BY MICHAEL J. LOPINA If your department is responsible for covering an airport in your district, developing standard operating guidelines (SOGs), response plans, and response cards should be on your mind whether your airfield is Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 indexed or not. As far as aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) is concerned, indexing determines the level of protection needed ...

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ARFF Training: Basic Aircraft Firefighting Hazards

BY JACOB McAFEE I have been responding to aircraft accidents and mishaps my entire career, and I have seen some of the amazing ways aircraft hazards can sneak up on you and challenge you to think outside the box. Have you heard that once an aircraft is on the ground, it’s no different from a structure fire? I don’t agree; ...

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