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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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The Emergency Response Guidebook for ARFF Responders

 By William Greenwood The 2016 US DOT (Emergency Response Guide) ERG is a guidebook that is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for all first responders. The commonly found orange paperback book is designed to be used during the initial phase (first 30 minutes) of a dangerous goods or hazardous materials incident. It is produced by the United States ...

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Considerations for ARFF Operations at Aircraft Engine Fires

By William Greenwood To better suppress an aircraft engine fire, the aircraft rescue firefighter must have a thorough understanding of the anatomy of an engine. The reason for this need is because with the limited amount of extinguishing agent carried on ARFF vehicles, it is imperative that when we commit to an incident that our agent of choice be the ...

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ARFF Vehicles Having Greater Knockdown Power, Carrying Bigger Payloads

By Alan M. Petrillo Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles are putting on muscle, often carrying bigger payloads than ever before; having more compartment storage space; and sporting larger, more powerful pumps and engines. ARFF manufacturers have changed their rigs to help operators get to an incident quicker, have greater visibility at the scene, and be more precise in putting ...

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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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