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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

  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 is increasing in popularity, recommended. I ...

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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

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 by the masses. This severely skews ...

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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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ARFF: Developing Proven Tools to Manage and Deal with the Airport Building/Terminal Bomb Threat Or Lone-Wolf Related Emergency, Part 1

By Wesley Long What Is Risk Management in the Context of Transportation Sectors? In an effort to identify potential risks associated with your airport being a potential target of terrorism, we need to understand risk assessment and management as it best pertains to our industry. Identification, analyzation, evaluation, and treatment of risk is the management of risk. When applied appropriately, ...

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Advantages of High Reach Extendable Turrets on ARFF Rigs

 By Alan M. Petrillo A high reach extendable turret (HRET) on an aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) truck offers a number of advantages to fire personnel in confronting fire situations, both on and off airport runways. These include greater accessibility to the fire, allowing different angles of attack, the ability to use a piercing nozzle, and a greater degree of ...

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ARFF Mutual Aid and Communication Network

By Wesley Long Tetragnatha guatemalensis, a long-jawed orb weaver spider, may hold the secret to how we in the fire service can better understand communication and teamwork through mutual aid. These spiders put aside any potential differences to work together for a common goal and build mega webs through communal and cooperative methods. What does this do exactly? Well, for ...

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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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Where ARFF Meets Tech Rescue

By Carl J. Haddon Hypothetically speaking: It’s a stormy summer night when commercial passenger Flight OU812 comes in for a landing. As it touches down, a rogue gust of crosswind pushes it off the port edge of the runway. In the blink of an eye, this aircraft slides through the grass and through the airport security fence into the adjacent ...

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ARFF’s Role in Airport Events

By Wesley Long How many of you have had the pleasure of working with “The Beast?” Chances are quite a few, although you may not have realized it! “The Beast” is the presidential limousine, and it spends a good deal of its time on a military cargo plane or on an airport as part of the motorcade necessary to move ...

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