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FAA Airport Technology R&D Branch Researching New Technologies to Benefit ARFF Firefighters

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Technology Research and Development Branch is involved in a wide variety of research program areas at its Technical Center, including those dealing with aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) technologies, composite material firefighting, and new large aircraft firefighting. And, it’s the new technologies area that has been getting a lot of R&D attention lately. Research ...

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Emerging Technologies Show Innovation in ARFF Vehicle Design

Aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) demands a lot of a crew. You’re often responding to an extremely hazardous scene. Firefighters could be exposed to explosion hazards, toxic fumes, and a variety of materials on scene. In these dangerous environments, your equipment choices matter. Ensuring you’re using apparatus that can handle the unique demands of ARFF is essential. Certain design aspects of ...

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The Risk Assessment for ARFF Personal Protection Ensembles

By William Greenwood Many civilian airport fire chiefs are struggling to fund their operating budgets, and personal protective equipment (PPE) in the industry is one of those line items that must be funded. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspects all Part 139 airport fire departments annually, and one of the highly scrutinized areas of the inspection is firefighter PPE. The ...

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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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Five Things to Consider When Purchasing an ARFF Truck

A REV Group Article There are a number of key areas which should be considered when purchasing a new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle to ensure that it is best suited for your particular fire and rescue situations. In this article, we take a look at five of the most important things to consider or research when your department ...

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New E-ONE TITAN® 4×4 ARFF Rig Takes Inspiration from Customers

The new E-ONE TITAN® 4×4 aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle is markedly different from its predecessor, now showing newly-redesigned styling inside the cab, as well as a number of bold angles, sweeping edges, and seemingly acres of windshield and side glass, taking many of its cues from what matters most—customers. The new TITAN cab and windshield slopes forward and ...

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Orlando (FL) International Airport Fire Rescue HP 100 Aerial Platform

CUSTOMER INFORMATION Truck Type: Aerials Dealer: Hall-Mark RTC Dealer Phone: 800-524-6072 FEATURES AT A GLANCE Body: Extruded aluminum Platform:  Extruded aluminum aerial Chassis:  Cyclone II with 67.5-inch CA Engine: Cummins ISX12 500-hp Tank: 300-gallon water; 30-gallon foam cell Axles: Tandem Pump: Hale QMAX 1750 gpm CHASSIS 78,000 lbs. GVWR 260″ wheelbase with formed integral torque box frame 11′-9″ +/-1″ travel height 46′-10″ +/-1″ overall ...

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US Army Fort Rucker Fire Department, Alabama, Titan Force ARFF 4×4

FEATURES All-wheel-drive chassis with pump and roll Extruded aluminum roll cage designed cab Cummins QSX15 engine rated at 665 hp Hale Model RSD 1,500-gpm water pump ATP 3 percent foam system Akron Model 3353 roof turret 375/750 gpm Akron Firefox 300-gpm bumper turret 1,585-gallon water tank with integral 205-gallon foam cell 500-pound dry chemical system Dual-agent booster reel Federal Signal ...

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