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Achieving a “Loss Stop” with APU Fires

By William Greenwood This month let’s take a look at auxiliary power unit (APU) fires. The APU itself provides power to start the main engines. Heavy turbine compressors must be turned to a significant speed to start the engine. Before these engines are to be turned though, the APU must be started, generally done by a battery or hydraulic accumulator. ...

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Resilience in Airport Risk Management (Case Study: Miami), Part 2

By Wesley Long Part 1 Applicable EM Theories The gap between theory and application in emergency management can be bridged with education and experience. A deep understanding of the various types of theories that can be found in emergency management and how they pertain to risk, planning, and resilience is essential in a successful risk assessment strategy. Below are a ...

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Resilience in Airport Risk Management (Case Study: Miami), Part 1

By Wesley Long Part 2 When it comes to resilience within airport communities, there are very specific needs that should be considered. In this article, we will look at Miami, Florida, as an example that we can all identify, at least in part, with. Naturally the geographical location as well as past and present trends in weather events, political events, ...

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How Bad Can It Be, Chief?

By William Greenwood Has your ARFF Department readied personnel for the possibility of a cargo hold fire? Everyday when I come to work, I want my personnel to be operationally ready to respond. With the constant demand to meet minimum training requirements, the rapid advancements of technology can outrun the current training curriculums as set forth by some local jurisdictions. ...

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At Least 41 Dead in Plane Crash

A passenger jet crash-landed on a Russian runway on Sunday, killing at least 41. Video from the scene shows the plane bursting into flames as it touched down. Passengers worked to escape through two forward doors. However, at least 41 are reported dead. Click here for the latest via AP. Above: Video from inside the burning plane, courtesy of CNN.com.

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ARFF: Developing Proven Tools to Manage and Deal with the Airport Building/Terminal Bomb Threat or Lone-Wolf-Related Emergency, Part 4

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 By Wesley Long Over the last several years there has been heightened security concerns regarding the potential use of setting wildfires as a weapon to be wielded by terrorist. This keeps popping up in intelligence circles and is a rather innovative approach to cause disruption and chaos that is both a low tech and ...

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ARFF Ready to Respond—Hot Brake and Wheel Fires 101

By William Greenwood On the cover, the situation seems pretty-straightforward, right? Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) respond to the scene and witness smoke or fire coming from the main landing gear. But, understanding why these types of incidents occur is critically important to have well-educated and seasoned firefighters operating on multimillion dollar aircraft. Understanding the Why In the same way ...

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ARFF: Developing Proven Tools to Manage and Deal with the Airport Building/Terminal Bomb Threat Or Lone-Wolf Related Emergency, Part 3

  Part 1 Part 2 Part 4 By Wesley Long  Some of the training mentioned in Part 2 can be applied in the following ways. Bleeding control: great for standard employee awareness. Tactical bleeding control: great for fire, EMS, and law enforcement. Run hide fight: employee, tenant, and stakeholder populations. Rescue Task Force: great for fire, EMS, law enforcement. This ...

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ARFF: Developing Proven Tools to Manage and Deal with the Airport Building/Terminal Bomb Threat Or Lone-Wolf Related Emergency, Part 2

Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 By Welsey Long Part 1 covered risk management for airports. Part 2 delves into the differences between lone-wolf, terrorism, and IEDs. Understanding the Difference Between Lone-Wolf, Terrorism, and IEDs Over the years, the media has hyperinflated actual terrorist-related terminology into buzz words to fit whatever event they are discussing into something more easily understood ...

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ARFF Leaders: Are We Training Them for Failure?

 By William Greenwood  One of the biggest challenges for the professional educator is how to stay up to date on the latest ways to engage students for a positive behavioral modification experience. Most of us understand that one-size-fits-all training in the fire service doesn’t engage everybody. But, is it bigger than that? Depending on your student’s intelligence map (which is ...

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