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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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The Workings and Processes of the NFPA 414 Technical Committee

By Alan Petrillo The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) wants to have diverse groups in its committees that review and suggest changes to standards in order to include as wide a variety as possible of different interest categories. When it comes to the committee charged with handling NFPA 414, Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicles, the committee is made ...

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Bigger Isn’t Always Better in ARFF: Effective Use of the Penetrating Nozzle

By William Greenwood This month I wanted to review some basic ARFF tactics regarding combating small hidden compartmentalized fires. Compartmentalized fires in the ARFF industry can range from fires involving larger cargo holds and cargo shipping containers to the smaller and limited access areas of the interior lavatory, cabinets, food service galley, and many other hidden void spaces within the ...

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ARFF Hazards of Next Gen—Over-the-Wing Exits

By William Greenwood Airline passengers know the benefits of the over-the-wing exit each time they board to fly. The flight attendants do an exceptional job during the preflight safety briefing to explain the location and operation of the aircraft exits. Aircraft rescue firefighters often have been educated on the same things, except our focus is primarily based from looking at ...

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TIC Talk for ARFF Applications

By William Greenwood With the advent of the thermal imaging camera (TIC), technology has given us the ability to see again. That alone is an amazing feat and provides an increased level of safety. But as with any technology, it also comes with challenges that some operators might not know about. We all know and understand how important a TIC ...

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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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Mt. Pleasant (TN) to House New Fire Trailer

Photo: Columbiadailyherald Maury County’s emergency departments have decided to house a new firefighting vehicle in Mt. Pleasant.The newly acquired firefighting foam trailer will be housed at the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department’s station adjacent to the airport and will respond to all major flammable liquid fires across Maury County.Representatives of Mt. Read more at Columbiadailyherald     The newly acquired firefighting ...

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Airport, Fire Department Reach Lease Agreement

Photo: Ridgecrestca INYOKERN – The Indian Wells Valley Airport District and Kern County Fire Department reached an agreement over the lease of the Inyokern fire station. The airport district voted 3-0 to approve the contract at a special meeting Thursday afternoon stipulating a 25-year lease for the station, which the district owns and sits Inyokern Airport property. Read more at ...

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Welding Sparks Fire To Airplane At John Glenn Columbus International Airport

Photo: WBNS 10TV Firefighters were called to an airplane hangar at John Glenn Columbus International Airport Thursday morning. Read more at WBNS 10TV   Crews arrived to find smoke coming from a Delta airplane inside the building, according to a Columbus Fire chief on the scene. The building located in the 4300 block of East 5th Avenue, was evacuated due ...

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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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