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Anatomy of an ARFF Truck

  By Alan M. Petrillo The anatomy of aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) trucks, while similar in intent to municipal fire apparatus, have a number of major differences that affect how they look, their configuration, performance, and how they are used. In comparing an ARFF truck with a municipal fire pumper, the municipal pumper pulls up to a scene, hits ...

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The Importance of ARFF Truck Preventive Maintenance

By Wesley Long It was shortly after lunch when the afternoon bank of arriving commercial aircraft overtook the skies above my small and humble airport. In and out they came as I proceeded to go about my duties as the only firefighter on shift that day. I heard it when the last couple of flights were transitioning into our airspace. ...

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Building an ARFF Spec for Purchase

By William Greenwood When you start to consider purchasing a new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle, what should you consider when writing a vehicle specification? If you are looking at purchasing a new vehicle, you should have a good understanding of apparatus design, manufacturing, and fireground operations. To make this process easier, I want to provide the top 5 ...

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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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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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The Legacy of Firefighting Foam

1 ARFF training exercises from the early 2000s

By Philip Paff In Australia, a great deal of attention is on the past use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) containing perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) such as perfluoro-octanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluoro-octane sulfonate (PFOS) by municipal, industrial, and defense force agencies. The use and effectiveness of these firefighting foams produced from the 1960s to the early 2000s was good; however, ...

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