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Fairchild AFB (WA) 75-Foot Aerial Delivery

Fairchild Air Force Base Fire Department , Spokane, Washington Truck Type: Aerials Dealer: E-ONE Direct  Body Extruded aluminum Chassis Typhoon with 67.5″ CA Engine Cummins L9 450-hp Tank 500-gallon water; two 30-gallon foam cells Axles Single Pump Hale Qflo 1,250-gpm

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ARFF Considerations Working Around Ballistic Recovery Parachutes

By William Greenwood Airport and structural firefighters working around small aircraft today have myriad hazards they must contend with. Technology is constantly evolving in the aircraft industry, and so must the knowledge base of our first responders. Maintaining a high level of training and situational awareness is critical for firefighter safety. This month we will discuss how modern technology has ...

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Lufthansa Airbus A340 Damaged By Fire From Frankfurt Airport Truck

Photo: USA Today A Lufthansa Airbus A340 was damaged after a fire broke out on a truck towing the widebody jet at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport on Monday. Ten airport workers, including ground crew and emergency responders, suffered smoke inhalation injuries that The Associated Press described as “minor.” Lufthansa said it was not clear what led to the blaze. Ten airport workers, ...

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Into the Danger Zone: MCAS Miramar ARFF Conducts Hazmat Exercise

Photo: www.marines.mil Into the danger zone: MCAS Miramar ARFF conducts HAZMAT exercise By Cpl. Jake McClung, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Marines and first responders with Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, the Provost Marshal’s Office and MCAS Miramar Fire Department conducted a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive threat exercise at MCAS Miramar, California, ...

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Morgantown First Responders Participate in Disaster Response Drills

Photo: www.dominionpost.com MORGANTOWN – The Morgantown Municipal Airport was closed for several hours Tuesday as a series of mock disasters struck during the Triennial Emergency Exercise. The training exercise is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test the airport’s emergency plan, Morgantown Fire Chief Mark Caravasos said. Read more at www.dominionpost.com     The training exercise is mandated ...

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FAA Airport Technology R&D Branch Researching New Technologies to Benefit ARFF Firefighters

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Technology Research and Development Branch is involved in a wide variety of research program areas at its Technical Center, including those dealing with aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) technologies, composite material firefighting, and new large aircraft firefighting. And, it’s the new technologies area that has been getting a lot of R&D attention lately. Research ...

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Emerging Technologies Show Innovation in ARFF Vehicle Design

Aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) demands a lot of a crew. You’re often responding to an extremely hazardous scene. Firefighters could be exposed to explosion hazards, toxic fumes, and a variety of materials on scene. In these dangerous environments, your equipment choices matter. Ensuring you’re using apparatus that can handle the unique demands of ARFF is essential. Certain design aspects of ...

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The Risk Assessment for ARFF Personal Protection Ensembles

By William Greenwood Many civilian airport fire chiefs are struggling to fund their operating budgets, and personal protective equipment (PPE) in the industry is one of those line items that must be funded. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspects all Part 139 airport fire departments annually, and one of the highly scrutinized areas of the inspection is firefighter PPE. The ...

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United States Navy Rapid Intervention Vehicles for Whiting Field, Florida

The United States Navy recently placed an order for five rapid intervention vehicles (RIVs) to be manufactured by KME.  Specifications for the rigs include: CHASSIS Ford Chassis 4 Door Es-Key Multiplexed Electrical System FRC Inview Truesight Rear Camera 7” LCD Display DRIVETRAIN 6.7L 4V OHV Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel TorqShift 6-Speed Automatic PUMP & TANK E.J. Metals 20 GPM ...

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ARFF Emergency Response to Composite Materials—Fiber Dispersion Concerns

By William Greenwood Aircraft composite materials (ACM) are widely used in the aircraft industry and have allowed engineers the ability to create shapes and smoothness that affords greater aerodynamics while maintaining strength. There are a few concerns with these materials when ARFF stations respond to crashes and/or fire. The first is the rapid burn rate at which some of these ...

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