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Starting the Day at an ARFF Station

By Chris Mc Loone Welcome to ARFFResource.com. This site is dedicated to aircraft rescue and firefighting training, operations, and, of course, the vehicles ARFF firefighters use every day. Although these rigs and their crews spend most of their time at civilian and military airports, they have been called to help fight wildfires and are often requested by municipalities when an ...

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ARFF Training: Basic Aircraft Firefighting Hazards

  BY JACOB McAFEE I have been responding to aircraft accidents and mishaps my entire career, and I have seen some of the amazing ways aircraft hazards can sneak up on you and challenge you to think outside the box. Have you heard that once an aircraft is on the ground, it’s no different from a structure fire? I don’t ...

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Latest ARFF Apparatus Designs Stress Safety, Quick Attack

Alan M. Petrillo Makers of aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) apparatus are continually improving their equipment, upgrading their units’ ease of use, adding safety features and turrets, increasing fire suppression capabilities, and making more nimble vehicles. ARFF Primer The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developed ARFF vehicle requirements (Class 1 through 5) using National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 414, Standard for ...

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Fire Suppression in the ARFF World: What Can We Learn?

Grady North   The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) may be associated by many with municipal or wildland firefighting, but many of our member companies also produce airport rescue fire fighting (ARFF) apparatus, both for domestic and international markets.   Although there are several firefighting methods unique to ARFF situations, there are also many similarities. Here is an overview of ...

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Protecting Airports with New ARFF Designs and Equipment

By Alan M. Petrillo   Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle manufacturers have made great strides in ARFF vehicle design and operation in an effort to give firefighters greater fire knockdown power, more nimble vehicles that are more ergonomically friendly to operators, and rigs that require fewer personnel to operate them. R.J. Jones, sales and product manager for United States ...

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New and Refined ARFF Truck Designs

By Alan M. Petrillo Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) trucks have grown in size and equipment-carrying power over the years. ARFF manufacturers have come out with new designs to meet customer demand and refined existing designs to be able to do more within the same truck footprint. E-ONE E-ONE makes two models of its Titan Force™ ARFF vehicles: 4×4 and ...

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Some Departments Add Structural Attack Functions to ARFF Rigs

By Alan M. Petrillo Manufacturers continue to evolve their aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles, with more mobile, more powerful, and more ergonomic rigs. And, some airport fire departments are having makers build structural firefighting equipment and functions into their ARFF rigs in the interest of making them become more multirole vehicles. Equipped for Structures R.J. Jones, sales and product ...

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E-ONE Receives Order from U.S. Air Force for ECOLOGIC® Testing Systems

E-ONE, a member of the REV Group, announced an order from the U.S. Air Force for 167 ECOLOGIC® testing systems. The ECOLOGIC testing system is a patented technology developed by E-ONE to allow customers to test their ARFF vehicles’ foam systems without discharging foam into the environment. The ECOLOGIC technology was first introduced on an order for 24 E-ONE 4×4 ...

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ARFF Training: Basic Aircraft Firefighting Hazards

BY JACOB McAFEE I have been responding to aircraft accidents and mishaps my entire career, and I have seen some of the amazing ways aircraft hazards can sneak up on you and challenge you to think outside the box. Have you heard that once an aircraft is on the ground, it’s no different from a structure fire? I don’t agree; ...

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The Legacy of Firefighting Foam

1 ARFF training exercises from the early 2000s

By Philip Paff In Australia, a great deal of attention is on the past use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) containing perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) such as perfluoro-octanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluoro-octane sulfonate (PFOS) by municipal, industrial, and defense force agencies. The use and effectiveness of these firefighting foams produced from the 1960s to the early 2000s was good; however, ...

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