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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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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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United States Navy Rapid Intervention Vehicles for Whiting Field, Florida

The United States Navy recently placed an order for five rapid intervention vehicles (RIVs) to be manufactured by KME.  Specifications for the rigs include: CHASSIS Ford Chassis 4 Door Es-Key Multiplexed Electrical System FRC Inview Truesight Rear Camera 7” LCD Display DRIVETRAIN 6.7L 4V OHV Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel TorqShift 6-Speed Automatic PUMP & TANK E.J. Metals 20 GPM ...

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ARFF Emergency Response to Composite Materials—Fiber Dispersion Concerns

By William Greenwood Aircraft composite materials (ACM) are widely used in the aircraft industry and have allowed engineers the ability to create shapes and smoothness that affords greater aerodynamics while maintaining strength. There are a few concerns with these materials when ARFF stations respond to crashes and/or fire. The first is the rapid burn rate at which some of these ...

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Southwest 1380 Pilot-to-Airport Audio

On April 17, 2018, Southwest Airlines 1380 en route to Texas made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after departing LaGuardia Airport. There were 144 passengers on board and five crew. The plane landed safely, and Philadelphia Fire Department units responded with its ARFF rigs, and medic units transported several injured passengers. One passenger died as a result of injuries sustained ...

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